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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

French Script Pears

Harry & David move over.  Little Miss Maggie is selling pears (in a fancy wooden box no less).  For this project I used three Graphics Fairy images copied onto my homemade script tissue paper.  If you haven't seen this method click here.  However for this project I simply used scotch tape and taped the bottom and the top of the tissue paper to my regular copy paper and fed it through the copier.  It was less messy and I was in a rush.  Worked just as well.

I am totally smitten with these pears.  They turned out great and I have 7 more pears to work on.  The following photo was my inspiration.  I was trying to duplicate the look of my apples I purchased and I have used these in my photos before.  They are great too, but I do love these darn pears.
The pears I started with were plain plastic pears.  I bought a dozen of them at the flea market for $1.  Super deal if you ask me.  I painted them white with acrylic craft paint.
Then I selected my images and printed 3 X 5 copies of the images to keep the scale correct to work with the pears.  Don't make huge copies.  Your print and image will get lost on the fruit.

I put all three images on one sheet of paper to copy on my tissue paper.  Even though I did five pears, it took 7 copies to do all five.  This was because I wanted to cover 95 % percent of my surface and at the end I had to cut out little words and decoupage into the small spaces that were still white and blank.  Work in sections and let them dry to the touch and then continue working.  The tissue is thin and you don't want to tear it because you are touching it with sticky hands.
The next photo is the white pears and the copies of my tissue paper.

My experience with the tissue is that used tissue paper works best.  It gives me the look I want which is vintage or antique.  I personally don't like new looking stuff.  I want patina on all my projects.  This is totally a matter of preference so you do what works for your taste.  Also I printed the images in sepia tone, not black, and I made color copies of the images to maintain the brown coloration.

Cut out your sections you want to use.  Each pear took two complete images, one for the front and one for the other side.  You can see I cut into the copy with slits so that I could get things to lay flat.  Decoupage away.  If you have blank spots, and you will, cut little words out and fit them in between so you don't see white.  You can use any image for this.  I do like the Graphics Fairy images, but if you like my French script papers I have shared just save them to your computer, print them in the 3 X 5 size and do the same procedure.  Happy crafting.  I love your comments.  I try to reply to every one of them unless you are a no reply blogger.  

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karen@somewhatquirky said...

Oh Maggie! I just love pears. Don't know how the obsession started - perhaps it is the color...but then I fell in love with the shape. I love these!

kathee said...

knock it off girl~ you are so DANG talented and creative! You are AMAZING!!

NanaDiana said...

oh- I love it- I see some of these in my future- if I ever get everything else caught up to a bare minimum. xo Diana

miss flibbertigibbet said...

You've done it again!! Those are fabulous and will fly out the door...I know it!
Blessings, Lorraine

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love the way your pears turned out Maggie! I think you have a lot of patience to take on this type of project. I love the apples, too. I think I just passed on a deal on them from either Decor Steals or Antique Farmhouse. I may have to try the pears; even though I messed up pumpkins this past Fall.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Great tutorial! Love your little pears.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Maggie, cut project! I love the way they turned out and yes, you got them for a steal of a deal!


Anne said...

Hi, Maggie! I LOVE this...and I actually have a couple of dozen faux pears just languishing in a closet upstairs...(used them in a basket over my cabinets in a previous house) ~ have to try it! Saw your pear-fect idea on Wow-Us Wednesdays, and am now following you ~ so nice to meet you!

Gail said...

Oh Maggie, I love the way your pears turned out! They are so cute and will no doubt sell in no time at all. Hope you have a wonderful day, Gail

Gail @ http://biblelovenotes.com said...

GREAT IDEA. These turned out so well. I'm motivated to try something similar. Thanks

Patricia said...

Maggie, you've given me some great ideas. These pears are excellent.

Bliss said...

Little Miss Maggie has more talent in her little pinky that Harry and David combined!


Sew a Fine Seam said...

That is absolutely great! I LOVE them! i'm bookmarking this one for sure! Can I pin it on Pinterest??

nelda said...

What a great idea! I'm going to do this with some papier mache items I have (birds, mushrooms, and a little dress form. Thanks for sharing!

ღ Jans Life According To Milo ღ said...

Those pears look so great! Such a great decorating idea! : )..

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

I love this project. I have some pears - that now have little teeth marks in them. This would be a great way to restore my pears.


Rhissanna said...

These are so sweet! I love the tissue paper copying tips. I really need to do something with that! I know I have some left-over plastic pumpkins somewhere. It's about time they had a transformation scene all of their own!

Virginia said...

Absolutely brilliant. Who knew plastic pears could be so magnificent. Bravo. Virginia

DAVID said...

Cute, cute. I did eggs in french script for Easter so now I see I will have to try this! Love it! Michele(not David)

Nancy said...

Oh these are just adorable!! I follow you by email~

Huggs, Nancy