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The Wizard of OZ Lawn Chair

by Amy Bowerman

Hi everyone!  I’m very excited to share the Wizard of Oz lawn chair I have created for the “Somewhere over the Rainbow” challenge at TOFF.  We are off to a glorious new year of challenges at TOFF first glitter, then stars, now rainbows…I’m in artistic heaven with all of my favorite things!!  The idea for this project literally hit me like a beam of sunlight.  I was outside on a sunny day and noticed the light shining on the arc of my lawn chair.  I knew right then and there that this chair NEEDED the rainbow treatment.

The Wizard of Oz Lawn Chair

"I'm Sitting on a Rainbow..."

Here is a side view…I’m still trying to figure out how to use my Ottlite properly to take indoor photos.  Anybody have any suggestions for the photography impaired?

The Wizard of Oz Lawn Chair

The most colorful seat in the house!

Now Click your heels three times and say, “There’s no place like home…”

Wizard of Oz Chair Ruby Slipper

Click your heels three times...

A Wizard of Oz chair just wouldn’t be complete without a pair of Ruby slippers.  The Ruby Slippers were created with several coats of Folk Art Bright Red Pearl paint and Martha Stewart glitter in Garnet (added directly on to the last coat of paint).  I used Grosgrain ribbon sprayed with Krylon Glitterblast Diamond Dust and sealed everything with Krylon Glitterblast clear sealer.

The Wizard of Oz lawn chair

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

The Rainbow image from The Octopode Factory is a personal favorite of mine.  This was the first image I ever bought from The Octopode Factory and used it to Alter this wooden stool….rainbow style of course!  Have I mentioned that I LOVE Rainbows? 😉

The Wizard of Oz Lawn Chair before

Before the Rainbow treatment

This is what the chair looked like before going “Somewhere over the Rainbow”.  I originally painted it with Krylon Plastic spray paint but never sealed it.  I’ve had this chair for a few years and the paint job has held up pretty well considering it’s been left out in the elements.  I wanted to touch it up before altering it and gave it a quick coat of Krylon True Blue to cover some areas where the paint had chipped.

The Wizard of Oz lawn chair with Copic Marker and Folk Art Paint

Copics + Folk Art Paint ? Yes Please!!

In retrospect I should have given the areas I wanted to paint with acrylic a coat of white primer but I didn’t feel like messing with painters tape.  No big deal it just took several coats of Folk Art and Martha Stewart Pearl paints to make a smooth coat.  I used a sponge brush to apply the Acrylics.  I’m in love with the orange it is Martha Stewart Pearl “Tiger Lily”.  I’m a huge fan of Pearl paint.  I love Folk Art paints by Plaid and the Martha Stewart line (also from Plaid) is quickly becoming a new favorite.

A black Copic Marker was used for the line work in between the stripes.  Not only is this an easy peasy way to add bold, graphic outlines to your projects it also helps to hide the wayward brush strokes of shaky handed artists that drink too much coffee like myself :)

The Wizard of Oz lawn chair with Krylon Glitterblast

Glitterblast oh how I LOVE thee!!

After I was satisfied with my paint job I gave the now Rainbow colored chair a coat of Krylon Glitterblast Diamond Dust.  I know I’ve said it before but I have to say it again I LOVE this stuff!!  Have you tried it?  If not you MUST!!  Just be sure to hold the can the suggested 10 in away from your project or you will wind up with clumping…like I did.  I was rushing a bit and we all know how “haste makes waste.”  The coat of Glitterblast muted the tone of the Rainbow paint which I actually liked.  It also gives it a nice texture which I also like.  Of course I sealed everything with Glitterblast Sealer.  The sealer is great for pretty much any glitter related project.  I found a new use for it while working on this project which I will get to in just a sec.

Octopode Factory Dorothy with Copic Marker and Martha Stewart paint

Octopode factory image with Copics and Pearl Paint

The Octopode Factory images were colored with Copic Markers.  I used Martha Stewart Pearl paint to add details and highlights with a toothpick.  This works especially well on Copic colored hair.

The Wizard of Oz Lawn Chair

Rainbows and Ruby Slippers

Ok so here we go with my newly discovered use for Glitterblast Sealer.  As you may already know I always seal my Copic colored art with Mod Podge.  Per usual I sealed dear Dorothy here with Mod Podge but I wanted to add some glitter to her Ruby Slippers.  To keep the Glitter from rubbing off a grabbed the Glitterblast sealer and gave the slippers a quick spritz.  Well wouldn’t you know the over spray that landed on the rest of the image gave it such a lovely sheen and brightened the colors to boot!  I sprayed the rest of the image and hit the rainbow as well.  So there you have it…a new way to seal and brighten your Copic art!

I hope you will join us “Somewhere over the Rainbow” this week at TOFF!

I’m also entering this project at SSS “Anything but a card”….I love an anything but a card challenge since I like making everything BUT cards :)

Hope your day is filled with Sunshine and Rainbows!

Amy*

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Eric January 23, 2012 at 10:03 am

Love the colors!!

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2 sarah engels-greer January 22, 2012 at 6:04 am

As ever so creative and fun – it looks so wonderful and is such an original piece of art! Thanks so much for joining in with the challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Sarah.

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