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Wednesday, August 3, 2016


The bathing machine was a device, popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, that allowed people to change out of their usual clothes, change into swimwear, and wade in the ocean at beaches. They were roofed and walled wooden carts that were rolled into the sea usually using horses. Some had solid wooden walls while others had canvas walls over a wooden frame.
Women were segregated from the men as it was quite scandalous for men to see women in their bathing suits.
This project was so easy to put together and decorate as it is made from the NEW Alpha Stamps Bathing Machine Kit
The sheet contains 19 vintage beach themed posters.

The beauty of the Bathing Machine kit is that it can be used for different themes. Below is a fabulous Snake Oil Caravan by Alpha Stamps Design Team Member Shannon! 
I could see this kit used to create a gypsy caravan or a Halloween themed piece for those of you who have made the Halloween Carnival or Halloween Haunted Village.
Checkout the suitcase sitting on a crate on the side of the caravan.  I love all the details that she has incorporated.

I used chipboard mermaids to jazz up the roof.  First, I glued the chipboard to the two roof pieces then painted the roof with blue acrylic paint.
Finally, I used a bristly paint brush to lightly brush on white acrylic paint.  I used one of the mermaids (painted the same way) for the center front of the roof.
The curtains on the sides and top of the doorway are from the Teal Square Shadowbox Curtains Collage Sheet.
I used thread to make the beaded curtains.  I started by making a knot in the thread (as you would if you were going to hem clothing) and threaded the tread through the hole in a sequin seashell.  I then glued another seashell on the side where the knot is, which hides the knot and helps to keep the knot from sliding through the holet.  Next, I added beads from my stash.  I attached each string of beads to the inside of the opening using glue and tape.
If you peek through the curtain you can see women in their bathing suits.  The images of women in the windows, on the steps and inside the bathing machine are from the Vintage Beach Babes collage sheet.

If you look at vintage pictures of bathing machines, you’ll notice that many of them have numbers above the door.  Typically the bathing machines were rented so each had a unique number.  Below is the number image I used.  Feel free to download and use it in your project.
To cover the sides and back, I used the Amour I Love You red and white stripped scrapbook paper and trimmed it with White Dresden Borders.

On the sides and back, bathing beauties are framed in 6 panel rectangular windows. To give the windows more weight, I mounted them on rustic frames from the Antique Frames download set.

The posters on each side are from the Mini Vintage Beach Posters collage sheet. Stamps.

This list has the supplies used for all three framed collage pieces.


johala said...

So nice, I love them!!!

smokeysmom said...

Oh Laura, your bathing machine and new collage sheet (mini posters) are terrific! I always enjoy your crafty projects. Hugs

Erica said...

This is such a fun and creative piece!