I’ve had a couple different queries about my designing lately. I’m still designing – there’s been a long gap in publishing things because life is busy right now. The quiet may last into the fall; and that’s just how things go sometimes. I’m well, I’m busy, I’m still knitting all the time.
In lieu of knitted projects*, here’s something I did this morning.
I’ve been looking for a piece of art for the bathroom; specifically something to hang above the tub. The man and I are both frequently enjoy tubs, and while he reads a lot in the tub, I like to just float. There’s a bare wall I look at that has been crying out for something since we finished the reno a couple years ago.
I gave up on finding the “RIGHT” thing and instead bought a beautiful piece of paper at Mona Lisa Art Supply here in Calgary. It’s a tad heavier than tissue paper, but not as heavy as ordinary paper. Then I ironed fusible interfacing on to the back of the paper, stretched it, and hung it up.
This is the paper with the fusible interfacing; I used a fairly heavy interfacing that’s typically used in suit jackets. It’s what I had; I don’t think woven or non-woven would have made a difference. I just wanted fusible. The interfacing adds some substance to the paper – it was quite filmy before; now it looks the same but has a much more stable hand. I did use steam when I ironed the interfacing; I used a press cloth to protect the ironing board in case the ink was affected by the steam at all. (No problems from the paper at all. Still glad I erred on the side of caution.)
This is the paper with the frame (which I got from Ikea ages ago). Turns out, it’s square. Huh. I thought it was a rectangle, but I don’t care enough to McGuyver it into different shape or go buy another frame from somewhere. Lucky it’s just wide enough to wrap or I’d have had to put this back into the “I’m Working On It” pile.**
I carefully nailed the paper into place; I started with one nail in the center of each edge then worked my way outward.
The corners weren’t challenging at all – I think without the interfacing I may have worried about tearing the paper but with the interfacing I had no problems.
(I tried to photograph how I did the fold/pleat/fasten, but Ikea does it better.)
Here’s the finished item, just waiting to be hung up. It’s like this project was meant to be – I can’t believe that the paper and the interfacing and the frame were all the perfect size to work together with minimal trimming.
And here it is in place – I know that it looks like it’s hung a bit too high when you look at it from eye level, but from the tub I think it’s just right. I also think a rectangle would have been a better shape, but eh. I may find the perfect piece of humidity-resistant art; I may buy another piece of $8 paper and a different frame shape; any number of things could happen! For now, I’m pleased with it. Orange is my favorite colour – and as luck has it, the goldfish plant that hangs in the bathroom is blooming right now.
Lovely! I’m going to have a tub tonight for sure :)
*I hate to share pictures of knitting before they are DONE-done, you know?
**The “I’m Working On It” pile is not an oubliette, but it’s close.