Monday, October 21, 2013

Jacquie's Up-Cycle Nation: Vintage Inspiration Board

 Like most artists, I am constantly collecting tidbits of intrigue.  A small scrap of antique lace,  a pretty postcard,  random bits of nature- all necessary to the creative process. To maximize their inspiration potential, these tidbits need a proper idea board. My favorite idea boards begin with an up-cycled vintage frame and left over supplies lurking in the garage.
 I purchased this vintage mirror frame for $5 at an estate sale  but any large frame will do.
The supply list:
Spare paint (preferably paint with primer)
Sand paper
Paint brush
Wood Craft Glue
Cork Roll
Initially I was going to paint the frame white, but after sanding and cleaning the frame a beautiful vintage oak patina begged to prevail.
With scissors, or exacto knife, cut cardboard to fit frame opening.
Cut cork same size as cardboard.

Flatten cork board and apply a thick coat of paint. 
I started with a paint brush but soon gave it up for a paint roller.  Cork board is porous and the brush was taking forever to give a good coat.
Allow painted cork board to dry thoroughly.

Once the painted corkboard is dry it is ready to be glued to the cardboard.
I recommend using Elmers wood craft glue for this project.  Drop large dots of glue on cardboard back.  Spread glue evenly in a thin coat to cover the entire surface. Adhere corkboard.

To ensure a strong, flat bond, place newly glued cardboard and corkboard on a flat surface. Cover cork side with freezer paper and place magazines or books on top for weight. Let sit for at least 4 hours.
Insert dry corkboard in frame. Secure with small tacks, or frame backing, and begin pinning up inspiration! 
 I just love a blank slate. White space never lasts long in my studio!
Random bits of inspiration now have a home in plain sight where they can be accessed with ease and not get lost in the studio shuffle.
Jacquie Wheeler
Hand of Bela Peck