My Mom grabbed this lamp shade a few months ago at our recycling center. She knew I was in need of one , little boys are rough on lamp shades. I've been through a lamp shade with each of my grandsons , they love to pull , tug and spin them.
I like the shade , but it just didn't go with my decor. So I decided to alter it with some techniques I use to make altered books. I grabbed the gesso and gave it a couple of coats to cover the ivy.
I used the toilet paper technique. I started with a cream color , spread the paint on a paper plate , then you take a piece of toilet tissue and start dabbing away. Let it dry a bit and add more colors if you like. The tissue leaves little bits of tissue which gives it a wonderful textured look.
It looks so much better in my living room , the ivy doesn't scream " look at me " when you walk into the room (LOL). Sorry for the terrible pics , I think it's time to recharge my batteries or maybe it's actually time to buy some new ones.
Have you upcycled anything lately ?
~ Many Blessings ~