Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Paper Mache Cup for Theme Thursday

Today, I decided I was going to take a little blogging/art break and just clean up my studio. It's a total wreck - seriously, you would be shocked. So, I started to clean off my desk and came across a half-finished paper mache teacup that I made months ago, using this fantastic tutorial by Ann Wood. It was abandoned after I made it because I couldn't decide how to finish it. I said to myself, No! Do not get distracted!" Then, I was putting away my Dabbers and thought, oooh, how cool would that cup look if I painted it a turquoise-y blue....and added the rosettes (that had been sitting inside the cup for safe keeping)?

So, I gave in to temptation and cleaned my desk by making something! Sounds reasonable, right? I painted my teacup with Pool, Snow Cap, and Aqua Dabbers. I had made a little banner for a different piece I was working on for the Theme Thursday Paris challenge, but ended up not using it it. Of course, I don't throw anything away, so I thought I'd reuse it on my cup! 'Paris' is spelled out using Tim Holtz's Chip Block die. Again, I used my Dabbers to color them and added a few splotches of white using Picket Fence Crackle Paint. The banners were made using French text and the Sizzix Pennants die.

The rosette trim is both the downfall and the winning element. In person, it is so adorable, but it makes it hard to see the shape of the teacup in the photos. I still think it's the perfect touch! White crepe paper was used to line the interior.

If you've never been to Ann Wood's site, you really need to check it out. She is an absolutely amazing and original artist.

Great news!! Inspiration Emporium is now offering a 10% discount for my readers! Just enter my coupon code: stamptramp at checkout and you'll receive 10% off of your whole order. Let's get shopping! Below is a list of supplies I used for the project:

Paint: Adirondack Distress Crackle Paint - Picket Fence; Adirondack Dabbers - Pool, Aqua, and Snow Cap.
Dies: Sizzix Chip Block, Pennant
Trims: Idea-ology Lavish Trimmings


  1. Beautiful teacup, Shelly. I can totally understand how one can get 'distracted' when attempting to clean up one's art! I do it ALL the time. That room will never, ever be neat:( At least we have fun though, right???

  2. Ohhhh, this is gorgeous!!! I vote for doing art over cleaning any day! :D

  3. Shelly, that is SO cool! I love the shape, color, flowers. What a great recycling idea. I'm off to look at the blog.

  4. You are amazing with this piece of art work it is very original.

  5. Definitely a beautiful cup for a very fine lady! LOVE the color and all the "frills."

  6. Your teacup is fantastic. I need to try this.

  7. Lovely cup, the trim around the top sets it off very well. I used Ann Woods tea cup template a while ago for Alice in Wonderland cups.....she is a very clever lady!

  8. Fabulous fabulous cup, I love it and the co,our is perfect, looks just like our old English tea sets, love it. Tracy x

  9. What an amazing piece!!! I love it! You've inspired me to make one for my art desk! TFS!

  10. Hello Shelly,

    what a sweet teacup in my colors :)

    Love the swirly handle and the letter on the cup: it would make a great tabledecoration if you had a personal teacup for each person.

    and the roses...yes these are from Tim :)

    My halloweenstamps from the artistic outpost
    arrived yesterday from Inspiration imporium. I DID yet my 10 % off using your coupon code !!! Thanks !!

    They are all cut out already and attached to clingfoam : ready to use !!

    greetings from belgium

  11. A gorgeous distraction from tidying!! x

  12. FANTASTIC! You know that creative blocks are best treated by organizing your craft area... you will always find something to inspire you and take away from the task at hand ha ha ha.
    Beautiful creation!
    Chris xo

  13. brilliant idea! look over your blog - I am stunned and I`m glad that I found here :))) Amazing things you create!

  14. Such a unique and beautiful piece, Shelly! i love that handle and the rosette trim.... stunning. I need to follow your lead and start a serious clean-up here.

  15. Sooo, pretty another gorgeous make xx thanks for sharing shelly xx



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