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Gold on black for the holidays, how to make a West Elm inspired pillow….

I see  a new trend coming. I can see black slowly creeping back into decor.I haven’t used black in a while, but I love it.

I’ve seen these West Elm plates all over blogland and love the look gold natural hand-lettering on the black matte finish of the plates.

West Elm platesThese plates are done by a very talented artist named Shanna Murray

Gold on black placesettingsThis pretty setting is from Making Lemonade

I know you have seen her work before, here are some holiday cards she did for Terrain last year.

Shanna Murray for Terrain In fact you can see a lot more of her work on her Facebook page.

I was inspired by her work to create this pillow.I zipped a quick pillow with an envelope enclosure in black suiting material. I really wanted  to use black linen, but my fabric store was out.

I printed out my image and transferred it using chalk.

image transfer using chalkI rubbed chalk on the backside,

how to transfer an image to dark fabricand then used a pen on the front to trace the image with firm pressure to transfer my text.

transfer an image to dark fabric using chalkOnce I made sure my whole transfer was done,I used a gold paint pen to trace the chalk lines.

painting with a gold paint pen on dark fabricThen I filled in with gold acrylic paint.

paint on black fabric with gold paintI let it dry 24 hours. If you think you are going to wash it, you can add fabric textile medium to your paint.

how to transfer and paint an image on black fabricI put in a pillow insert and BAM!

how to make  a west elm inspired pillow

Though I will tell you, I have found black to be a challenge to photograph if the light is bad.

How to make a West Elm inspired pillow



I also have the text printable for you so you can make your own!


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