the gordons

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  • This was a commission for a wedding gift. I was given a photo and creative freedom so I tried something new. I work a lot with hand cut stencils on papers, wood, canvas, metal and other materials, however, I've never worked on acrylic. I really wanted the couple to pop off the image. I played with the colors in the original image in photoshop. I then had a sign shop print the edited image onto a clear vinyl that I then applied to the second surface of a piece of clear acrylic. My initial plan was to then sand the first surface of the acrylic to create a frosted/hazy effect, however, I tried this method with a piece of scrap acrylic and couldn't get it to look how I wanted. That being said, I moved forward working on the glossy surface of the acrylic. Ultimately, I ended up pleased with the outcome.

    I used a piece of 3/16" acrylic. I think the effect could've been even more dramatic if i used thicker acrylic but for the scale of this project (16"x36") the 3/16" worked great.

    I built the frame using a kreg jig for the joints, 1x3 and lattice, sanded primed and painted. The finished product looked pretty clean and modern.

    **I did not take the original photo used for the stencil. It was provided to my by the person who commissioned the painting.
  • this is the stencil for the darker purple before I sprayed it
  • finished product