Sunday, August 3, 2014

OHIO Proud

I haven't been blogging much lately because I've been busy making and painting items for my daughter's vintage show later this month.  I've mostly been working on accessories to go with the furniture she's painting, but now and then I pick up my brush and give it a go.
Trying to keep my work load lighter since I'm also trying to keep up with my gardens and get some of the outside of the house painted before winter.
Here is my latest creation made from a piece of plywood and an old map of Ohio.
I wish I had remembered to take pictures during the process, but I always get so excited when starting a new project, that I forget.  
I started with a map of Ohio and although it was already old, I rubbed it down with brown shoe polish to give it an aged look. This is a close up of where I live in Columbus.
 Then I traced the shape of Ohio onto tissue paper and used that for my pattern for when I would cut out the shape on plywood.  After that, I cut out my map and added at least an inch around the edges of the state so I could wrap it around the edges of the plywood.
The hardest part, I won't lie, was cutting it out of the plywood.  I used a jigsaw for this and it was a slow process and a little tiresome on my hand.  But with patience, I ended up with a great piece for mounting the map on.  I sanded the rough edges of the board and then mounted the map with Mod Podge.
I applied a light coating of Mod Podge to sections of the plywood, working from one side of the state to the other, slowly pressing it down and smoothing out wrinkles as I went.  
 After that came the slower process of clipping the sides and sticking them down with the Mod Podge.  I filled any gaps with small cut leftover pieces of the map.  
The back of the board was covered with a blank sheet of brown paper that was cut from tracing around the map.  A final thin coat of Mod Podge was applied over the front and back of the map for protection and hardware was attached to the back for hanging. 
I may hang it in my house so I can enjoy it for a few weeks before it goes to the show along with this vintage OHIO brick I purchased at an auction.  I was able to get two of these bricks and may just have to keep one for myself.
I don't know about where you live, but here in Ohio, there seems to be a lot of decorating with the shape of the state.  A new fad I guess, but it's nice to see people being "OHIO" proud.
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Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Hey Cindy -

Just went to the BIA Parade of Homes just north of me off 315N and Home Road - and there were a few houses with Ohio things - nothing quite as awesome as your craftie, wow it's awesome - but did want to tell you that it seems to be the rage around here. You are so right.

Did you get a chance to go this year?

Debby said...

I like the o h i o. My first thought was how hard that would be to cut out.
Where is the show. I am ready for the fall shows to begin.

My Garden Diaries said...

You nailed it Cindy!!!! That piece is so fantastic! I love the affect the brown shoe polish gives it! I have been wondering what you have been working on! How lucky is your daughter to have this for her show! And I can only imagine how hard it was to cut that out of plywood!!! Wishing you a wonderful week friend! Nicole xoxo

Sally Somervill said...

Hey there Cindy, I wondered what you had been up to! Your project is great - so creative. I just love how it turned out. And that vintage brick adds the perfect touch. Good luck to you and your daughter at her show!!
Sally @cottagefix

the cape on the corner said...

that's awesome!

Kathleen said...

I agree! It's really nice seeing people take pride in their home state. Two of my children now live out of state and would LOVE this! I wonder if the pride is coming out because so many had to relocate for employment but still love home? Beautiful job!

M.K.N Designs said...

Awesome! Love this

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