Thursday, August 15, 2013

Synchroblog - August Pinterest Project

The Artists Synchroblog is a group of bloggers who post on the same topic on odd months and on even months we take on a Pinterest Challenge where we each take inspiration from a Pinterest picture, creating something (art, a meal, a DIY project, etc) and then posting about it.  You can read more about the Artists Synchroblog here.
 So this project for me came about in a really round about way. I follow a most amazing blog called Young House Love. It's a home DIY blog by a really cute and funny - and talented - couple (John and Sherry). and their darling daughter Clara. And their fiesty chihuahua Burger. Yes, I know - what's not to love?  Is it weird that they showed up in a dream I had the other night? (don't answer that.) (or, ok, do answer that - is that weird?)

[ok, and actually the Pinterest Project component of the Synchroblog was inpired by YHL as well. Sherry teams up periodically with some other creative souls and they do a Pinterest Challenge thing. I liked it, I adopted it. I told you they were amazing. 'nough said]

So anyway, on occasion they house crash. They post a photo tour of someone elses house. They recently crashed a house that gave me tons of ideas and inspirations, so I pinned one in particular as it immediately gave me a DIY idea.

Here is the tour and here is the photo I pinned.

So, what caught my eye? Well those little round plates on the wall of course!  With the white animals - How cute are they!

The other thing that has been on my mind lately is plastic animals. You know how spray painting them is all the rage right now? NO? You didn't know? Well looky here - spray painted plastic animals in a bajillion ways  and more here.

so anyway, I combined my love of those plates, with my growing obsessive need to spray paint some plastic animals and came up with this:
Similar, but different - inspired by, but not duplicated!! 

I'm really kinda in love with them. :)  

And while I mimicked the color scheme - these would be so amazing done in bright colors for a childs room. Right??  And you don't even have to do plates - you can do small photo frames and just glue the animals in there! 

I love that it's 3D - it's tactile. It's not a boring plain old same old thing. 

so here is how I went about it. 

I bought some cute animals - ones that we have in our yard constantly. I thought the grands could relate to what they see out back. :) 

so we have a fox, squirrel, and rabbit. Play nice guys.

they took a quick trip to Antartica, quickly becoming an 
arctic fox, arctic squirrel, and arctic bunny. 

It took a couple of coats before they were truly frosty all over. 

Then the 'plates'. I'm actually not sure if they are plates with a lip or really shallow bowls. But I got them at Goodwill specifically for this project. I thought the little lip would give the frozen chosen a little ledge to stand on and they would be more incorporated into the design rather than the animals looking completely stuck on a plate. The plates were a horrid 70's floral in disgusting drab colors. They took a quick trip to well, wherever things are dark. Very dark. All the time. 

Now here is where I point out my major mistake. I got hasty. It was wet outside and very humid and I also sprayed a little to heavily and so there are some bubbles in the paint. Ignore those. 


Seriously. they are an embarassment.

What bubbles you say? 


inexpensive items + spray paint + glue gun = adorableness

In the end I have a little tio of plates that really are quite enchanting. To me anyway. I have NO idea where these will go. I need to apply little hangers to the back and then figure it out. But I kind of heart them. 

My next plastic animals to take the spray paint plunge, I think, will become 
handles on a cup for my older grandson. 

Fun, right? 

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