Captain’s Anchor Award

A group of ten have been planning a big event, and to lead them through all the details was a staunch captain. I was honored to be asked to quill an anchor trailing nine chain links – I’m a sucker for these unique, heartfelt thoughts of appreciation, something you’ll never find in a mall. They will sign their names above each link before being presented to her.

The distressed blue background paper was from the scrapbook section of Micheal’s and cut down from 12×12 to 8×10 to fit a standard picture frame. I first searched for images of anchors and used it to trace an outline, holding it in place with pins.

I’m a pack rat and I’m proud of it. Admitting it is the first step I hear. After flattening and cutting a used metallic gray envelope, I had more than enough strips of this perfect weight and color. My favorite part are the half loops (.5″ length) linking the full chains (1.375″) because of the depth and realism it gives.

The water is cut from the background paper. They matched of course, and since the back side was white, it represents white crests of waves. I love it when a plan comes together.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cheryl
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 17:34:17

    this is definitely unique and heartfelt…especially when the names are written on top. I love how it all came together for you like it was meant to be and the follow-through on the piece is what brings it all together. Great job

    …and I do see what you mean about the half loops giving it depth {very very clever}
    thanks for sharing it with us


  2. ann
    Jun 04, 2011 @ 09:33:00

    oh wow, this is fabulous. It turned out great.


  3. Ann Martin
    Jun 04, 2011 @ 11:50:26

    This is wonderful, Cecelia! I’m so glad you mentioned the chain as that was what I noticed first… how realistic it is. Just gorgeous overall – wow, what lucky captain/recipient!


  4. Dee
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 06:30:26

    Beautiful work cec! Love it!


  5. Lisa
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 09:38:29

    What an excellent piece. I love how your anchor turned out.


  6. Deen
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 21:15:59

    The chain is amazing. It looks so realistic!! Gorgeous job, Cec. Your water waves are so elegant and whimsical!


  7. Elisabeth
    Jul 11, 2011 @ 08:41:30

    I just found your blog and am completely blown away (and a teeny bit jealous) of your skills. I LOVE this anchor you made, how completely unique!


    • Cecelia
      Jul 11, 2011 @ 08:49:33

      Thank you everyone! You have no idea how much your comments help keep me going when I feel out of gas. 😀



  8. Ange
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 20:37:05

    You are such a Master Quiller!


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