Sailor’s Valentine by Laura Fraedrich

Laura Fraedrich

Avondale, AZ

“Forever and Ever” • 
6 3/4″ octagon

“I wanted to make my Sailors’ Valentine different from the others I’d seen on the Internet, so I decided to use bright, complementary colors. I gessoed and painted the top of the octagonal box I’d found at a local thrift shop and the swirl-shaped piece of wood I wrote the sentiment on. I drew a picture of a fish, scanned it into my computer, and made several copies that I cut out, colored with markers, and collaged onto the edge of the cover. I used some irregularly shaped beads from a necklace to complement the fish images, and glued some bling in the center of each bead. I added seashells that I dry brushed with several colors of acrylic paint, and then added accents with Stickles™ and multi-colored glass beads.”

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