Monday, 1 September 2014

My Speaking Wall...

Hello Crafters…
New month welcomes us and am happy to welcome my old and new crafty friends and thank you too for stopping by.




Last stages of summer in many places and before it fades away, I have this project to share with you. My childhood memories about “summer” is about vacationing at my aunt’s place. We are more than dozen kids(cousins) who would meet up annually and play like crazy! My aunt’s backyard had lots of flowering plants and fruits too. The main being guava and gooseberry. Climbing these tress was the favorite pastime and except for lunch and dinner, we literally would live on top of the trees!
In memory of those good times spent…I made this “speaking wall” project. Have been working with cubes and cuboids lately…and this one too is another experiment with an empty liquor carton! I am actually discovering spaces from different sides of the box now…you will see soon!

I took my entire paper scraps and went about sticking pieces of it to the box and my! a whole of my scrap got over! Then after gessoing it, I made the home made texture paste in brick color and went about constructing wall, brick to brick using TCW stencil. I also gave some cemented texture in places. Once the texture dried, I applied fired brick, peeled paint, walnut stain and black soot to the bricks randomly  and my weathered brick wall was ready to speak!


Yes! My wall speaks from all sides and 360 degrees…have a look!
Front panel: I fussy cut images of fruits from the DCWV Botanical stack , adhered it to another plain PP which has the scripted bg and then inked the edges with walnut stain to age it up . I took relevant chit chat stickers and stuck it to each tile. The tile is sandwiched between acetate sheets. I gathered some rounded twigs from the garden and have done the faux bamboo framing!!!

Before adhering the frame to the wall, I have layered come coconut coir behind each tile, to give some natural feel. I have been saving so much and these came in handy for this project, you can also make lovely bird’s nest with it!
Back panel: I took out a lengthy floral image from the same stack and did the faux framing again…only this time, I adhered it with dimensional foam tapes so that there is a box created to hold some tags and loose paper. Some TH chit chat stickers speak here too.


Side panels: I have stamped these lovely quotes from Stampendous and distressed the edges and faux framed them too!




And now for the…
Top panel…The twist to the wall comes with the top panel here, where I have created 3 slots  and inserted empty tissue rolls and voila! A lovely country wall pen holder is ready!

Well it can hold just about anything on your table. I have laid a bed of coconut coir and some ready foliage and stuck some little blooms using TH tattered florals. Do you also see some oranges on top there?
Yummy, isn’t it…
Bottom panel: Has painted bottle caps on which the wall proudly stands on!!!
That’s pretty much what my walls have to say! You must have heard the famous saying “Walls have ears” but my garden wall here, has lots to say! Did you like it??? Well, my husband wants one for his desk without the roof garden!


This is going out to a crafty friend of mine, who had her birthday last week. I am hoping she will enjoy having this on her craft table and cherish my childhood memory!

Am linking this to…
Frilly and Funkie – Summer garden
Anything But A Card _my five F’s here- flowers, fruits, foliage, frame and feet!
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge _ Almost all the colors from your palette except pink!
Artistic Inspiration - Anything goes/Memories
Make My Monday _ Indian Summer
Craft My Life - Anything goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything goes
Altered Eclectics - Anything goes
We Love Vintage Challenge Blog - say it with flowers


Until then,
Happy crafting and Re cycling.
Hugs.


53 comments:

  1. Wow Rupa, just WOW!! Your brick texture is amazing and all your little fruit and plant images really make it feel like a garden!! Love how you did the little frames! What a gorgeous transformation...and functional too!! Love it love it love it! big hugs :)

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    1. Thank for the wonderful first comment, Pamellia. You made me happy...thank you, thank u, thaannnnnnk youuuuu! BIG hugs to you.

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  2. wow... new try and the result is wonderful. I love how u make such beautiful practically useful stuff... and all these upcycled too. Hats off to your creativity

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    1. Thank you so much Sujana, sometimes I wonder why I am bitten so badly by the "recycle bug" LOL...but it makes me very happy and am glad all you wonderful people are able to appreciate it too!

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  3. Wonderful Project Rupa ! I enjoyed this post..Its so inspiring how you have a definite theme while altering something and you make it usable too !Loved all the sides of the talking wall..and the twig frame are fab !

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    1. Thanks Pooja...glad you liked my wall speaking too,other than me normally, LOL. I do think a lot and yes my visuals in the "sleep" help me a lot!

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  4. Oh this is fabulous! Gorgeous *and* useful. Love it! Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

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    1. Thank you so much Sammy...glad you liked it!

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  5. Very pretty. Great idea. Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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    1. Thanks so much Donna. Glad to be the first entrant there!

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  6. WOW WOW WOW...I love everything about this Rupa and the framing is fabulous--I thought it was paper rolls at first. Your childhood sounds so idyllic!!

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    1. Thanks Sonia..it's amazing how simple things can make a difference like the twigs, I love how raw it looks, at its natural best!

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  7. COOL! What a marvelous way to repurpose so many items and make something beautiful to keep yourself organized. Visiting via Rhedd's Creative Spirit… Blessings!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to visit and spending some time here, Arnoldo. So happy you liked it. Crafty hugs to you.

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  8. Who knew liquor boxes could be so best to work with! Awesome job.

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    1. Thank you and yes, they are surprisingly very sturdy and many uses to it. I am still discovering!

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  9. That's fantastic Rupa! you've turned this box into a real treasure, and how useful! Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

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    1. Thanks Jenny...it's becoming a habit to take part in your challenges and I love it! glad you liked it.

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  10. Hi Rupa, what a useful box now. Great project.
    Julie x

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  11. Hello Rupa here is another of your gorgeous upcycled projects that is so beautiful! Thank you for joining in at Anything But A Cards 5 Challenge - your 5 made me smile too!

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    1. Thank you Julie. I smiled at my fives's too when I was typing it but that's the truth!

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  12. This is brilliant Rupa!! Wonderful color combos and all the details are just amazing!

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  13. That's an amazing difference before and after!
    Well done!
    I love the technics you used and pictures a lovely creation to join in @ WLVC!
    Thank you,
    Hope to see you soon at our new challenge that begins tomorrow!
    Kind regards,
    Jacomijn

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    1. Thank you so much, Jacomijn...so glad you liked it!

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  14. Amazing project, love how you have shown what you did and love the outcame! Thank you for joining Artistic Inspirations, good luck.

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    1. Thanks Sari...childhood memories are so beautiful, and that's what I have tried to capture here.

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  15. Oooo this is a amazing project....I love what you did, such a differance and soooo lovely. You did a great job.Thanx for joining us at WLVC and glad you found our blog. Are you a follower???? That's one of the rules to make chance to win a price. We love to see you back tomorrow when our new challenge is going to start.
    Hugs Plony

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    1. Thank you soooo much, Plony. So happy you liked it and YES, I am following your blog. Great inspiration for vintage style.

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  16. WOW what a stunning transformation-love the papers,images and great frames,love all the texture and stencilling to make the wall -brilliant and what an accomplishment to make such a strong childhood memory --thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspirations
    Carol DT x

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    1. Thank you Carol, I am glad you could relate it to what I had in mind! My memories are all about nature, trees and climbing!

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  17. What a wonderfully created piece... so many things to look at ... and one more exciting than the next... love it Rupa... great art... you are amazing. love those bricks... I have yet to do bricks... have to get that stencil... LOL.. one that I missed... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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    1. Bonnie, that's so sweet of you! Just add that brick stencil to your wonderful collection! Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend.

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  18. OOOOHHH! I love your wall with it's bricks,mortar and moss. It looks so realistic! thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much Sara...my house has brick finish too and I just got to see them up close and get the texture right!

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  19. GREAT altered project!! Love all the details and texture you added! LOVE the brick stencil!!! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

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  20. This is truly spectacular! Thank you SO much for playing with us at Anything But A Card - and did you notice we are having a DT call?? It would be wonderful if you'd consider applying ~ Thanks again! Christi ABAC DT

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    1. Thanks Christi for your kind comments and yes, I am in touch with Susan. Thanks for that too.

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  21. Wow - your friend is a very lucky lady to be receiving this from you - it's stunning. Love too how you showed us every detail of the making process. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at MMM this week - Jacqueline xx

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    1. Thanks a bunch Jacqueline and Oh! She just loved it.

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  22. Great make - would look perfect in my house!! what a good idea too! Many thanks for joining the Rosie’s Creative Spirit challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

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  23. What a creative way to sue your box , this is very pretty! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. trace x

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  24. Now this is true recycling and result is a very imaginative piece of art and beautiful at the same time. I would love it as a gift so I am positive your friend will too. Thank you for sharing with us over at Altered Eclectics this month.
    Elaine aka Ellapu xx

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  25. What an absolutely gorgeous creation! Thanks so much for joining us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  26. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Imagination Crafts.
    Mags
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  27. Wow what an amazing piece of art you have created Rupa = love it !!!! and I bet your friend does too

    Hilda x

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    1. Thank you so much Hilda...oh yes, she did!

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  28. Really gorgeous creation. Thanks for joining in with my MMM Indian Summer challenge.
    Fliss x

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  29. Your project is beautiful and very creative! Thank you for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics September Challenge.

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  30. beautiful flower box. love the idea to use it for craft supplies too! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
    -Rachel
    rwkrafts.com

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  31. Great project! Thanks for playing along with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

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