Oh, Promise Me!, decoupaged Adirondack rocking chair on Shalavee.com

Last year at this time, I was asked by Susan Langfitt, Volunteer & Community Events Coordinator for Talbot Humane, to take part as an artist and decorate a chair for the Talbot Humane Society’s fundraiser. They raised 17,000 last year for the puppies and the kitties between their live and silent auctions.

butterfly fabric for inspiration for my collaged chair on Shalavee.com

Again this year, she asked me to “paint” a chair and this year, it was a child’s chair to be auctioned off at the benefit auction. I said sure but then was so absorbed in teaching my blogging workshop that I ended up pulling it together last-minute. As usual, I’d say it really turned out well. As I did with last year’s chair, I did a  little decoupage and a little paint but really wanted to leave the raw wood exposed as much as possible.

 Watercolor Butterflies on Shalavee.com

The inspiration for this year’s chair was from this fabric with the neutral vines and branches on white background with colorful butterflies popping off the surface. I had made some cards on which I used shapes cut from old encyclopedia pages color washed with watercolors. And that was what I knew I needed to use for the butterflies. Again I love using the vintage paper in the design.

Three quarters of the chair for the Talbot Humane Society

I decided the vine lines would be more childlike if they were swirly and exaggerated. I may retry a more sophisticated version of this on another piece of furniture later but this worked for this child’s Adirondack chair.

I named it Butterflies Are Free and my chair is being displayed at Ouvert, an art gallery, museum, and gift shop in St Michaels co-owned by my friend Jen Wagner-Campbell, until it goes to the auction being held this year at the Avalon Theater at 6:30 on Friday May 29th, 2015. For more information on the Rock On Talbot Humane project, contact Susan Langfitt at 410-822-0107 or susan@talbothumane.org.

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