“Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly.
While not written for Halloween, The Spider and the Fly poem by Mary Howitt is what inspired my design for a set of rusty old chairs.
I actually made them last year, but when craft shows went into full swing, I couldn’t find enough hours in a day to blog all my projects. I did, however, take pictures for “rainy day” blogging.
As you can see, they were really, really dirty and really, really rusty. Hubby to the rescue! He cleaned them, then used some kinda metal brushes to clean up the rust.
Finally, he prepared the chairs for my design with black spray paint.
Initially I didn’t have a clear idea for the base so I began by dry brushing the entire surface with orange. While it looked okay…It didn’t cover as much of the black as I wanted. That’s when I decided to add an additional layer of orange with a sea sponge. It was exactly the color and textured I envisioned. The picture is of the dry brushing. I couldn’t find one of the sponging, but you can still see it in the finished chair. All four chairs got both layers to stay consistent.
It was then time to design my stencils. I love, love, love my Silhouette. I was able to design the words, tree branches, spider and fly into stencils that were custom fit to the chairs.
First, the tree branches were stenciled to the chair back and seat in gray. I then added the words to the seat, overlapping the branches. Lastly, I added the spider and the fly. I also painted a spider web line from a tree branch to the spider.
On to the aging process. Uhm…yes, it does seem kinda weird to make them look old again when we went to all the trouble of getting rid of the old in the beginning. But I wanted fake old. The real old was not going to work for this.
Using a stencil brush and black paint, I lightly smudged all the edges on the chair. The final touch was splatter painting with black, white and gray.
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