Well, Open Studios is over for another year, but I just wanted to show you our greeter-lady, Valerie.
I have a folder full of display ideas, but I really wanted this one – a lovely vintage lady standee just like ones I had seen here on Nicky Grace’s blog.
Mum set to work and found the original on google images, she was a Jantzen advertising girl.
We blew her up to just over 5 feet tall (from about 12”) and used a free website called blockposters.com to print her out tiled onto A4 sheets. Mum added a skirt and also a half moon to the bottom to help her stand up and to strengthen those little ankles.
Mum transferred the image to a sheet of 1cm thick MDF (£6 from Wickes for 2’ x 6’). Transferring an image onto a soft material like wood is easy – place the template over the top and redraw the lines, pressing hard with something like a ballpoint pen. When you remove the template you should be able to see the groove left behind by the pen.
The cutting out is the only bit I did! Mum’s not a friend of power tools, but I am. A quick whiz with the jigsaw and we had this:
And then mum did her painting thing:
You’ve got to admit, she’s very good at it!
And here’s Valerie greeting visitors to our workshop!
Isn’t she amazing?