|Windows of Provence click on picture for details|
The ladies of the T.A.M.E. club in Toledo do a great job of putting together a special project each year that is open to others outside their club. This piece is a companion piece to the Doors of Provence I did a blog on earlier. This is a window of Provence. It is done in a deep box picture frame, about 3 inches in depth and about 12x15 in size. It is available at Michael's Craft store. A stucco Styrofoam wall is the back and a window with shutters is the feature. The rest of the items are made from Japanese water color paper and punches for the flowers. I added a bike with groceries from the local market. I plan on putting in a brick street under the bike. These hang on the wall and do not take up a lot of room. I plan on doing more of these using the wonderful pictures that are on line as inspiration. Just google Doors or windows of Provence. . I took the glass out to take the picture, but it is all enclosed in a box with just a hint of brown as a frame with a glass cover.
The stucco is made of acrylic spackling on a Styrofoam base. Then antique with a brown glaze, allow to dry and use caulks to add more aging. An exacto knife can be used to add cracks.
This was an all day project. A lot of preparation was necessary. The techniques were all new to me, and the flowers and the finish work I finished at home.
This was a great project that could be taught over a couple of evenings for a club.
This same type of frame would be wonderful for a street vendor scence or store front. It is just deep enough to get the idea that there is more behind, but a lot of window space could be used for fruits, cakes, bakery, antiques, dress shop etc. The time to purchase is when Michaels has a 40 or 50% coupon on line or in the paper.