I made this a little while ago and put it to one side because I wasn’t sure what to do with it. However, I actually think now it is finished and so cute! I love making small items and especially themed things. I had a lot of little embellishments that went well with a sweets and cute theme – I love the tiny ice cream x
Here is my finished shadowbox. When creating it I had the idea of a Victorian Curios box in mind and the black really brings all the intricate pieces together. I think it is the little details that draw me to things like this. I am putting this up in my Etsy shop and am looking forward to my next media challenge.
I decided to write a post about something I care deeply about and that is Human Writes, an organisation that befriends prisoners on Death Row in America through letter writing. This is something I have wanted to do for a long time and knew someone who had done it before and described how much she got from it.
Here is my finished art journal page I did at the weekend. I love the colour sprays which are Dylusions by Ranger. I set myself the project of a little video showing how I made it. Here a link:
Please let me know what you all think! Enjoy!
I thought it might be fun to make a blog on how I made my very first Printer’s Tray 🙂
I had to banish stressy thoughts about making it perfect, because I knew that would never help me begin! So first I arranged the little boxes where I wanted them and glued them into the tray. Then I covered the sides of tray with patterned paper. With a colour theme in mind I got a mixture of white, red, blue and purple arcylic paint and squished a few big blobs in different corners.
It looks a bit of a mess!
While I was a bit worried about how unblended the paint was, once I started to cover the backgrounds in different papers, the whole colour theme started to emerge. I used tissue tape round the box edges to bring everything together, although this doesn’t stay down that well. I used some pva glue to make it smoother and stick down, especially in the corners where it can get a bit fiddly.
Some of the papers I inked round the sides to give the boxes more depth.
I tried to balance the different colours and patterns of paper I used. I like to mix things up and not have them too symetrical. I was also going for a bit more a muted colour theme to tone down the painted background.
Then comes the fun part: embellishments! I just love adding embellishments to things! I had so many different things for this tray, but wanted to keep to a earthy nature theme as it is for my boyfriend’s parents. Otherwise it would probably be much brighter!
I just started to add pieces and knew I wanted some small prima flowers in one of the biggest boxes. I place a few key things like the light bulbs and metal flower, then just naturally built the whole thing round these. I used metal leaves in gold and bronze, buttons, wooden pieces, a few small bottles I filled with beads, a keyhole, an ornate plate, ribbon, small gift tags, hat pins, lots of glitter and gems 🙂
I also used loads of superglue, especially for the metal pieces.
And here is the finished piece!