|Love Letters by Ellen McHale|
The creative process is an interesting thing. You start out making one thing and the next thing you know you are off in a million different directions. I have been thinking about doing a series using letters or the alphabet as my inspiration. First, I needed to come up with my alphabet and see how the letters felt to me.
|Paste paper alphabet by Ellen McHale|
|Paste Paper Letters in Letter Tray|
Once my paste paper alphabet was completed I let them sit for awhile on my desk in a tray. I started to think about how and where I would use them. Perhaps on a new piece of artwork or maybe they might make their way onto a new product. It was time to come up with some samples or a prototype of sorts to see how they might look.
|Love Letters paper weight|
With Valentine's Day just around the corner I came up with my Love Letters piece and thought that it would look lovely under a piece of french crystal. A new paper weight was born - maybe just for me or maybe for someone I love.
I began to randomly place my E initial and my husband's W initial on some of my vintage letters to see how they might look. It got me thinking about some frames that I had found last year at Restoration Hardware. They have been sitting on a shelf without anything in them as of yet ...
|W and E monogram on vintage map|
I printed out our monograms on decal paper and smoothed them over some vintage maps that I shrunk down to size. The monogram decal ended up looking like a watercolor wash an effect that I wasn't expecting but ended up loving ...
|Monograms in Restoration Hardware frames|
The frames alone were lovely and sculptural. With the monogram on the vintage map the frames are now fantastic. They will be going upstairs to decorate the top of our armoire in the bedroom.
|Monogrammed Hand Towel|
I've got monogram on my mind so why not a hand towel or a tea towel or some great linen napkins? The wheels are really turning now ...
I've been working on a prototype for a line of aprons for Nelley Kelley 2011. This "alphabet" day has given me the motivational boost that I've been in search of. I decide to take some of my flour sack fabric and finally commit to making my apron sample. The E monogram is just what I need to dress it up until my Nelley Kelley fabric line comes in. I love this apron - no bib - perfect length. I'm excited and you will be too when you see some of the fabrics that it will come in ...
|Nelley Kelley Fabric coming soon ...|
Here is a little sneak peek of one of the Nelley Kelley fabrics coming this Spring. Won't this look great on my butcher apron?
So you've got a little glimpse into my erratic creative process. One thing begets another but that is just the way I like it. There is nothing like a snow day in New England to pull one out of a creative slumber.
See you next week with some vintage finds that I'm sure you'll love ...