Summer 2017 Classes at WhimSoDoodle (Part 2)
The Embroidered Face is Finished!

Desk Caddy Transformation

My Mother was gifted with a hot pink desk caddy.  It's fabulous storage, but not exactly her style.  She asked if I could fix it up for her.

No problem!

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I thought a bit about my Mom's style and home decor and decided that something from nature and with an art deco feel might be right.  I decided to carve a stamp of an art deco flower.  (You can see a quick video of the printing process here.  Learn to carve your own stamps here.)  I covered several sheets of black cardstock with the multi-colored prints (I made four sheets to cover this caddy -- two vertical and two horizontal).  These are the vertical ones -- one print denser than the other:

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I painted the caddy a flat black (with black gesso) and then cut the papers to fit the caddy.

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I love how the flowers visually line up on the front of the caddy despite the distance.

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I cut some small notches...

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...so that the decorated paper would slide into the divided sections.

I think this revamped desk caddy is gorgeous from every angle now!

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I used a gold printing ink for the flowers and I think it really makes the whole project even more special.

Finally, here is the caddy at Mom's house where it now fits right in!

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I wasn't conscious of it at the time, but this is the nearby tile in that room:

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I feel like I did a really good job matching color and feeling!  I was a bit surprised when I brought her the caddy and realized how spot on it was!

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