The one thing that remains constant is my desire to try different techniques and to learn the diversity of how different mediums can be used.
I love treasure boxes and have "a few." So, what better project than to try to alter one using new style and techniques and see what I can come up with?
I received a box of candy for Christmas from a neighbor and knew that I wanted to save it for a future project. Yay, glad I did as it was perfect for this project.
I painted on two coats of gesso to mask the slickness of the original coating.
Using the Heidi Swap Flower Doily Stencil and modeling paste, I randomly covered sections of the box to give it some texture.
I noticed that the parts of the box that were not textured with the modeling paste (the corners in particular) seemed 'lacking', for a better word, and I wasn't sure how to get those spaces to feel coherent with the rest of the box.
As I was wiping up the ink overspray, I realized that the paper towel I was using was obviously the same colors as my box.
And, because in Mixed Media anything goes, I began tearing off pieces of the paper towel and adhering them to those empty spaces with some gel medium. I LOVED IT!
Now that my box was covered in texture, I had to decide how to decorate the lid.
I gathered items from my stash, my kitchen junk drawer, and my Frosted Designs "Rustic Beauty" kit. I arranged, rearranged and changed them to see what was appealing to my eye.
After finally deciding which elements I would use, I painted all the hardware type pieces with gesso, sprayed them with inks and rubbed them with metallic paints. I used a piece of the number plate paper that came in the Frosted Designs "Rustic Beauty" kit. I also decided to use an old paper bag flower that I made a while ago (top left flower) in lieu of one of the kit's paper flowers. I added pearl beads as centers to some of the flowers and blue bling, of course :)
I was so excited to see my first grungy, steampunky piece completed. Woo Hoo, I still haven't gessoed over it.
Actually, I am very proud of it. I want to try more of these, so I will search my house for more boxes... a girl on a mission... haha!