wan·der·lust [ wóndər lùst ] a strong desire to travel
With summer vacation just a mere few weeks away, there is no better time than to share this window of mine with all of you. I created this window completely inspired by the original lithographed map in the background. Found at an estate sale, I knew I had to have it. The rich aqua in the print is stunning, along with all the signs of age in the water stains, tears, etc. The best part: they had 3 of these maps rolled up and tucked away in a corner. Talk about a fabulous find for me! Going through my rather large stash of vintage windows, I found one that fit it almost perfectly. The overall dimensions of the window itself are appx 40" wide X 30" tall. As you can see, this window is rather massive to say the least. As for the word "wanderlust" I chose it because of the magical feel to it. It sounds so whimsical.
Right now hand lettering and script fonts are all the rage. I have always had pretty decent penmanship, so I decided to hand write it rather loosely. Surprisingly enough, I liked the overall look and I created it within the framed space pretty effortlessly. As for the mosaic tile on top, I painstakingly cut every single piece to create the overall design just so. It took many hours, and there are close to 1,000 tiles on there! Lastly, I applied and "carved" out the mocha colored grout in my signature style.
Although this window has already sold, I am currently creating another one just in time for my next show in June, JUNK HIPPY ROADSHOW.
Since I am such a fan of recycling and upcyling with an artistic flair, I always enjoy visiting Lessology's Blog to see what current challenges they have going on. Right now, the challenge is "Window Display," using at least one upcycled product in your design. Could my Wanderlust Window fit the criteria any better?!? If you like upcycling materials in your work as much as I, you should stop by their blog for more details, the deadline to submit is June 1, so come play along!
Talk to you soon!