Sunday, September 28, 2008

Treetop Chickadee Vintage Ceiling Tin, Note Cards & A Blog Break

I finished my latest vintage Ceiling tin , Treetop Chickadee, it measures 12" x 12" and comes ready to hang on your wall with a hook on the back. When I first saw this antique tin, I really fell in love with it because it was so intricate in design and well, just plain different from anything I had purchased before, I knew I had to have it.

With the embossed design covering the whole of the tin, it was quite challenging to decide what exactly I should paint on this one that would compliment the tin design.

I mulled over several design choices in my head for a few days, really unsure what to do. If I decided on a complicated and intricate design, I ran the risk of making this tin look like a crowded expressway at rush hour. : )

More so then any other tin I've painted so far, my design had to be something that complimented and flowed with the lovely pattern already on the tin. As I sat and studied the tin, it occured to me that the tin pattern kind of reminded me of a treetop somewhere high in the sky, lots of vines and branches twisting around. Maybe this treetop was so high up that you couldn't see it, you could only imagine what it really looked like.

This is when I was able to finalize the design and settled on a little chickadee perched high up in a treetop. I created some flowers, leaves and vines to coordinate with the design already on the tin. I painted in some of the embossed areas of the tin, with light blue and light green, to give it a very whimsical and natural feel. This little guy is now available on my ETSY site and my website as well.
I've also started to create a line of note cards from my vintage tin images, the first two designs can be seen on my ETSY site @ . They are a set of 10 blank note cards, with 10 envelopes in each package.
Last but not least, I'm taking a blogging break for just a little while to embark on quite a big adventure.... I will be going with my friend and her family to visit the Grand Canyon and some lovely parks out west. I'm leaving this week and will return the week of Oct 9th, no doubt with tons of pictures to show you from my grand adventure. I will be away from my computer for the week but Chris will be here caring for the 3 Tzus while I'm gone and he will keep me posted on what is happening in the land of the internet . Until next time....


Cindy B said...

Ruth, this is absolutely lovely! I too love old ceiling tiles and marvel at the designs they used for making them.
have a wonderful trip to the Grand Canyon. we went there a few years ago and I am still in awe.

Gail McCormack said...

Lovely work Ruth
I'm sure the 3 babies will be fine with Chris
I hope you enjoy your trip - sounds fantastic

look forward to your homecoming post

Yolanda Elizabet said...

That little chickadee is adorable, you've captured it very well Ruth.

Enjoy the Grand Canyon and have a lovely time!

Catherine Holman said...

Very pretty Ruth! Have a great time and we'll be here when you return.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Very sweet Ruth and I hope you have a wonderful trip. What Fun! ~ Lynn

NeereAnDear said...

Very pretty piece Ruth...

I love the detail on this ceiling tin... such beauties you have... and the art is quite lovely...

I do hope you have a wonderful and safe trip and cant wait to see your pics..



KarenHarveyCox said...

The notecards that you created from this design really look lovely. I just visited your shop. Your things are both beautiful and unique. I really love that little bird with the witch hat on top. Karen

Donna said...

Love the ceiling tin!

Have a great time on your trip, Ruth! Sounds like a great adventure and I'm looking forward to seeing lots of pictures!



Beautiful things Ruth! Enjoy your blog break.

Happy Autumn,

Rhondi said...

Hi Ruth
Your painting is beautiful. I love it on the tile.
Hugs, Rhondi

Inspired Tokens said...

I love what you did with the ceiling tile's beautiful. Enjoy your blog break ...and enjoy the Grand Canyon. It's a wonderful and spectacular place to visit.

Suzanne said...

Love your little Chickadee tile! Everything is perfectly placed. Hope you are having a wonderful time at the Grand Canyon....can you believe we lived in AZ for 9 years and never visited?
I have a little something for you on my blog when you return. Can't wait to see pics!

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi ruth!
thank you so much for your sweet comments. :)
i cannot wait to hear about your trip.

celestina marie said...

Hi Ruth, Missed seeing this before you left as I have been absent for 10 days or so. Your painting is just lovely on that gorgeous tile. Love it!
Have a great evening.
la rea rose

Erin said...

Love your Art!