This is a photograph of Grille du Coq, the Elysee Palace's back entrance, the gardens are behind this gate. Elysee Palace is the French Republic's version of the White House. The Gallic Rooster is the symbol of France. It is incorporated into fabric, decorating objects, kitchen items, on the jerseys of the national soccer team, etc. So I think a framed, canvas print of a rooster would go well with any country decor especially country French.
Shopping at a local craft store I spied this cute frame with chicken wire instead of glass - on sale too, $6.00.
Real chicken wire, out in the elements, will oxidize to a dark charcoal color and crafters like to use black chalk paint to mimic this but I did not want to put anything on the wire that would detract from the print so I used some Annie Sloan paint(Coco) and just painted the wire, let it dry, then dabbed areas that were still showing shiny with a little more of the paint.
Next came the frame and I used Annie Sloan Emperor's Red (one of my favorite colors). This is such a beautiful color clear wax over the wood would protect the project, but I wanted it to have a more rustic (country) look so I used the dark wax, one coat of each and when the frame was dry I went over it with a soft cloth.
I remembered that I had these little fleur de lis push pins so I just snipped off the back and glued on the top of the frame for a little embellishment - but first, I put some dark wax on it to take away the shine.
Some cardboard in back of the print, then a few glazier points to hold all in place and finally Kraft paper glued to the back to finish. It is sitting in a rustic plate/picture holder. NOTE: Please note that I would normally glue the image printed on cotton canvas for ink jets to a piece of foam board before framing but this frame would not accommodate the thickness of the foam board that I had so I just backed the print with some cardboard and it worked because this is not a normal frame but if you are using a normal frame please glue the image to foam board to give it stability.
This is an auction donation for the upcoming Alzheimer's Idaho golf tournament. I'm safe because if the item is an auction dud then it will become the door prize at the August support group meeting, win-win.
Moseyed over to The Graphics Fairy and found a frame and rooster that I liked. Using Corel Draw created a label for Le Coq.
Cut out a piece of foam board and wired the feet of the frame to give this stability, wrapped with cellophane, added a ribbon and the tag and ready to be donated.
Rooster Graphic, The Graphic's Fairy, Link
Rooster on tag, The Graphic's Fairy, Link
French Frame on tag, The Graphic's Fairy, Link
Information on Golf Tournament, Tele: 208-914-4719, Fax: 208-939-6380, Email: email@example.com
Frame, Craft Warehouse
Fleur de lis push pins, Marshall's
Rustic plate/picture stand, Hobby Lobby
Gingham ribbon, Michael's
Cellophane, craft stores and online (good Ebay sellers)
Off white cardstock, Michael's
Font used on the print and on the tag, Embassy BT
Canvas paper for ink jet, Royal Artist's Canvas, Pack of 5 (28942)
Annie Sloan paints and waxes at specialty shops and online
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