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!
I’ve not been writing this blog long, only a few months, but I’ve found I am developing my own style and niche for myself. This is like a self discovery and reminded me of the things I value and are important in life. I often forget and getting sucked down into self loathing or seeing the negatives of things. This has been especially true since I’ve been ill for about three weeks and not been able to do the things I like as much (yet still dragging myself to work!).
However, by writing my blogs, creating this little space to express myself and meet fellow bloggers with similar dreams, I feel as if I am moving towards that person I was always meant to be. It is the small things that give depth and meaning to life, whatever they might be for people. For me, noticing some small flowers growing outside, reading a book and really challenging my mind, painting my nails bright colours, even having a tidy throughout the flat gives me a sense of contentment and completeness. And I stop fretting so much of things I have very limited control.
As I have started to feel better I am hoping this weekend will be filled with lots of creating. I really want to make a crumble! I like to cook but rarely do. I also want to continue with my sins painting, and start a new altered project and a pressie for my little sister. She’s going to be 17 soon and already started her A-levels! I have lots of ideas for this project 🙂
Hope everyone has something to enjoy too x