An alter in time! – Altered gift box

Had been procrastinating about wrapping a birthday present, and as always my crafting came down to the last moment…or more like the day of the birthday! A sunday well spent 🙂

The birthday girl has a recently founded obsession for crafting, i thought it apt to send her a box full if crafting supplies. Coincidentally the only thing these supplies fit into was an old gift set perfume box, and yes i hoard these too 😛 I was inspired by the olive green box and decided to do the project in yellows and green.20151004_113232

The surface got a lick of white LiquidTex Gesso, some torn paper. Once dry I added on some stenciling details with Gesso and Gloss Medium. Next adding on colors, I misted on a vibrant yellow to build the green color over. Once semi dry I added on Dark green mist in one corner and stretched the ink across the lid a rag, on the opposite side of the lid i added White acrylic paint and merged the green mist, yellow mist and the white acrylic paint to create a lovely ombre effect.

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To create some additional visual interest i diffused the inks by spraying on some water with a mister and sprinkling on sploches of white ink. Embellishments were added on next, an old Tag with silicone melt butterfly details was distress a bit with gesso and TimHoltz Ever greenbrough green distress ink. The Butterflies were spruced up with DecoArt Metallic paint.


I ran with the rustic/ foresty look and added on floral metal embellishments, rope, Gesso covered leaves, a gigantic metal paper clip and some emerald green rhinestones. Ps: the flags and paper trimmings used to layer are all scraps of paper that were lying around on my craft table – they got covered with Gesso and ink while i was being the messy crafter that I am. I thought they looked very organic  so i ended up using them on the project.

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Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #18 – Texture


Mixed media: Note to self!

So I think I can officially say I’ve gone nuts mixed media-ing over everything and anything I can lay my hands on. Last weekend I was rummaging through some old boxes and found this funky orange hardback notebook (had probably bought during my “I was to collect notebooks” phase). The cover was dry brushed with a layer or two of gesso, I liked the messy look so I let the brush run everywhere. Next I rummaged through the studio and my trinket box to find some pieces that would go well with the two central pieces – the resin flower and the wooden wow speech bubble. Ripped out a chunk of corrugated cardboard to form the base and left the edges torn and raw. Added on some trimmings and beads to fill the negative spaces. The butterfly swoosh trails are hot glue melted in swirls. Once everything was in place I glued it down and went over the pieces with two thick layers of Gesso. I love drying the gesso with a heat gun, the bubbly textures that form with over heating are some of my favorite design details. I sprayed Stephan Barnard Sprays in Tangerine and Banana and watered them down with a paint brush to get a water colored effect. Once dry I dabbed on some copper Marie acrylic paint and finished the project off with a layer of Matt Gel to seal everything in.


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