Monday, February 7, 2011

Lille Configuration

Thought we would show you the Lille paper wall up close today with a little explanation of how we put it together so you could recreate it at home.
You can make whatever configuration you like.  Debbie laid the trays/drawers out on her studio floor to find the right shape for our wall.  The real key was that Deb took a picture of each configuration so we both see (via email) all choices at the same time and then be able to recreate the one we liked later.

The winner...the only thing we changed is removing the brown Letterblock tray and adding a black one in its place.
 We used -

Now the trays move to my house in California (the configuration is much too big to be mailed or fit in a suitcase from Debs) where my husband sanded the edges of the trays for gluing.  We made a pencil mark where the trays meet so he only had to sand the joining edges.
He started with the two center trays, which were the brown large Shadowbox tray and the black 4 x 6 photo tray...he just used plain old wood glue between the trays and then clamped them together for about 30 minutes before adding more trays to the configuration.  NOTE: Remember to cover your work surface with some plastic or newspaper.  My husband was gluing on the kitchen island so the granite need to be protected with some old newspaper.
Once the clamps are on, use a wet paper towel to clean up any glue that squeezes out along the edges. Remember to clean up both the front and the back of the piece.  My husband had a little helper so he could hold the piece up and she could wipe away the glue.

If you have enough clamps you could add more trays, as shown below, before the first set is dry.
So once it was glued together I started to fill all the spaces with all the pieces of paper Deb had cut and then added items she had sent.   I let it sit for a few days while I gathered things here at the house and changed some things and added others to get it to it final state that was used in the show.  Here are some pictures that show the highlights of the piece.
Deb had the metal letters in her stash as well as the red thread and string.  She made the padded backing by covering foam core with burlap.

Backing - Lille paper, old frame, vintage book and American flag.  "Life is Good" is part of the new Family ATC kit... I just rounded the corners of the card and clamped the whole thing right to the drawer with a big bulldog clip.

Using a piece of a screen over the opening let me add loose buttons to the tray.  I just nailed it right to the wood with random size nails.
paper from the Lille collection and again, a card from the ATC Family kit.
Some old rubber stamp that are part of a collection I keep in a bowl on the coffee table.
Wood type numbers and a large ephemera card from this set.

All the empty spots were filled with our new glass bottles at the show.

Well, we hope you liked the Lille display...a lot of work but well worth it.  I would venture to guess there were more photographs taken of this wall piece than anything else in the booth (with Debs rain of tickets taking a close second). 
We'll be back on Wed with some Valentine Fun.  
Meet you here.

Oops, I almost can read about what I got to do after CHA here.
Just fabulous.
I mean, who gets a private class with her? and then brings along her good friend Jenny?
lucky girl.


  1. Sigh...such loveliness! My Lille goodies are on their way to me! I can't wait to try a smaller version of this!

  2. What a creative and amazing piece you have created! It is just so inspiring with so much to see.

  3. Beyond awesome!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it so VERY MUCH!

  4. This is AMAZING! Wow, totally love!!!

  5. oh my... thank you so very much for showing the behind the scene's work.... that means so much - to see how it was done... a little insight into your creative talent. Thank YOU!

  6. I was lucky enough to see this at the just don't do it justice. Made me fall in love with 7 Gypsies all over again.

  7. I stood there and looked at this at cha for about an hour...I just love all the other favorite display was the little wooden chair attached to the wall...

  8. These trays are just incredible! Thanks for sharing with us.

  9. I love the display! It is truly fantastic and I have no difficulty in believing that it was photographed so much. I'd be taking those photos too! Great ideas, great composition! What a neat way to display old family treasures that might mean little on their own, like some of my mother's old sewing scissors! Thanks for the ideas and for sharing!

  10. also a great project, i also made something like that, only a bit smaller!

  11. Wow this is fantasic! Super work :)

  12. This is perfect.....just love the detail..lots and lots of it!!

  13. Oh wow this is beautiful. I love all the little bits and pieces you have used :-)

  14. UAU!! this project is so big and full of art!

  15. I'd love to see a pic of the entire configuration from a distance, so one could see how all the little parts fit together into the whole wall display. Beautiful.

  16. Nevermind, i found the pic in the older post. Happy Valentine's Day to the best company!!

  17. LOleana,
    Just go to the post before this one called, "Back from CHA" to see the complete Lille wall.

  18. This is absolutely one of the coolest things I have ever seen. I just love it. Thanks so much for sharing it. Amazing......

  19. I am working on a similar idea - at the moment (but mush , much smaller) Back in my uni days I was an assemblage artist so this really appeals to my aesthetics!