All my friends are certain of two things — I love my dogs and I’m obsessed with Jane Austen. Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley, my two dogs, get their names from the characters in “Pride and Prejudice” so it is only fitting that Mr. Darcy’s first birthday party be a Jane Austen-themed soiree. To prepare for this extravagant, and slightly ridiculous, get-together I created some quotes to hang around the house as party décor. I took my favorite quotes from the book and decorated them with roses to match the shabby chic vibes of the party.
Bookish Quotes Project Directions:
Use gel medium to adhere 4 pages of book text to a piece of cardboard. Seal with a thin coat of gel medium on top of the book pages.
Mix white paint with plenty of water and whitewash the book text to mute the pattern a bit. Let dry completely.
To paint the roses, begin with Blushing paint and mix with white. Paint a quick circle with a messy, scalloped edge. Mix Fuchsia paint and Blushing with a little bit of white and add some petal shapes to the center and edges of the rose. Add some white petal strokes to the flower as well. Continue layering paint strokes until you are satisfied with the result. You can also blend out any strokes you don’t like with more of the Blushing/white paint mixture.
Print quote and transfer text to panel with a graphite pencil. Draw over the tracings with either a gold paint pen or gold paint.