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My business partner Ann can make art out of anything, including lampshades!
I hang a lot of art in my house, but less than one per cent of it is my own. When I do display my own work, I like to sneak it in on unexpected surfaces, without taking up precious wall space. For example, my bedside table lamp.

I had an absolute ball turning my lampshade into a piece of functional mixed media art - and you can do the same thing!

Posted by sarah.trumpp from Fillmore, New York, United States • Published See sarah.trumpp's 7 projects »
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  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Turning A Lampshade Into Mixed Media Art - Step 1
    Step 1

    Prep your shade. If you're starting with a paint base, apply a sparing coat of gesso. If you're starting with papers, glue those down.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Turning A Lampshade Into Mixed Media Art - Step 2
    Step 2

    Make your masterpiece! Use anything and everything that you would on any other mixed media piece, whether you traditionally work on canvases or in your art journal.

    I started by attaching various papers followed by anatomical images and a copy of an organ transportation label.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Turning A Lampshade Into Mixed Media Art - Step 3
    Step 3

    Since the lampshade sits by our bed, I decided to make this mixed media piece all about our relationship, which is (I confess) a very mushy, gushy affair. I turned the Eyes label into a sort of rainbow, and I plastered the piece with hearts. And I’m really not a heart person!

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Turning A Lampshade Into Mixed Media Art - Step 4
    Step 4

    I gave all of the neutral areas a quick wash with a warm orangey-yellow

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Turning A Lampshade Into Mixed Media Art - Step 5
    Step 5

    I used a spray sealant and put it back onto my lamp base where it commands attention even from across the room!

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Penny F.
Penny F. · North Bay, Ontario, CA · 19 projects
Very interesting! Happy
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