Creating something yourself, especially when you bring an old object back to life, is incredibly satisfying. It is also good for the planet. Anything you can stop going to landfills through reuse, recycling and reinventing, is a triumph. When it comes to objects in your home that are both useful and beautiful, lamps are high on the list. They offer both a practical, and, a mood-altering, addition to your home. Lamps can help with increasing focused light where it is needed, such as for reading, and they ceate a subtle shift in the feeling of a space. I turn off the overhead light each night and turn on the lamps, using LED globes. We are exposed to so much harsh, digital, blue light during our days, switching on a soft lamp at night time, brings much needed relief.
I have been a paper lover since childhood. I adored collecting old books, music sheets, vintage maps, and cards. Dad and I collected stamps together. I loved writing letters and had a number of penpals. And of course, I read voraciously, and wrote from the minute I could hold a pencil. Vintage sheet music, papers, letters, book pages, and maps, work so well for decoupage projects and artworks. There is something about old music sheets and maps in particular, that are very beautiful. They can be used to upcycle cupboards, tables, and lampshades. You can even simply mount and frame them for unique artworks.
Music can evoke such strong emotions. It forms part of so many special times. Just think about how important choosing your wedding music is, or the memories of the songs you sang your babies, or the life changing tracks of your teenage years. Music can heal, soothe, excite, and bring people together. The very clever Patturn Studio puts music and lamps together in this project and creates hand crafted lamp shade and lighting designs, featuring lacquered papers. She uses a range of papers such as old maps as well. These are stunning and unique styles which bring vintage papers into the light. This is a guest video from Patturn Studio, taking you through how to upcycle a lampshade with vintage music sheets and maps, in particular, but you could use any old papers to create a new look on a favourite lampshade. If you don’t already have one in mind, you can pick up numerous lamps and shades at op-shops. You can also find music-sheets, maps and so on, at op-shops, garage sales and places like ebay and gumtree.
Thanks to Rachel for sharing this with us – you can follow the tutorial below and hop across to her website for more information.
**updated post from 2016