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Another item changed!

It appears I can’t leave anything alone these days! Something looks a little dull or plain and I am ready with paint, tissue paper and inks. This time it was a jewellery box that belonged to my late and much loved sister-in-law. It housed all those little buttons and badges I never quite knew what to do with and stood all forlorn and unremarked in its dull brown overcoat on a chest of drawers. The grandchildren love it because when the bottom drawer is opened it plays a tune – Brahms lullaby I understand; my DH is trying to educate me into recognizing classical music but, Philistine that I am, if it isn’t 60s or 70s pop it doesn’t stay in my head for long!  So he finds the “trying to educate me” very trying indeed – poor man.

The box’s drawers were emptied and the box was very roughly treated with coarse sandpaper to remove its varnish and give a bit of tooth for the acrylic paint to adhere to. To assist the sticking power of the paint I mixed in some Liquitex matte medium and covered the box and drawers with paint and left it to dry. Crumpled up white tissue paper was then glued on and plenty of diluted PVA glue slapped all over it.

jewellery box with sigA flourish stamp (manufacturer unknown) was used to stamp images in Jet Black Archival ink over the drawers fronts  with green gold Daler Rowney Goldfinger finish rubbed on here and there.

side view

side view

On PaperArtsy crackle tissue I stamped the bird image and a script with Archival ink and then painted the reverse of the tissue paper with gold acrylic paint over the centre and a mix of violet and white around the outside and adhered this panel of tissue to the prepared box. String beads were glued to the top and bottom edges of both sides as well as along the top edge with paper flowers added to each corner of the sides.



Out of greyboard a back was created, painted and covered with crumpled tissue paper then crackle tissue was stamped with a Crafty Individuals image and another flourish stamp in black Archival ink. Feathers, paper leaves, metal leaves and paper flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts were added. The little decoupaged bird was a small RAK from a UK Stampers forum friend who hosted the Twinchie swap – Catherine, thank you Catherine!

close up of top

close up of top

Does anyone recognise the image used on the side panels? I’d love to know who made that so I can credit the company!

Materials used:

Acrylic paints – gold, violet and white

Tissue paper – from stationers

Crackle Tissue Paper – PaperArtsy

Jet Black Archival Ink – Ranger

Strings of beads – stash

Paper flowers & leaves – Wild Orchid Crafts

Stamps – Script (Creative Expressions)

– Birds (Crafty Individuals CI-193)

– Flourishes (Creative Expressions)

Thanks for looking x




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5 thoughts on “Another item changed!

  1. Wow Lynn I love it!!! What a lovely item to display. Very sweet! And a nice remembrance of your sister (il)

  2. Cor Blimey Lynn this is stunning!! Wonderful work, your sister in law would love it I’m sure. Can’t wait to see what you make next! Big hugs, Sam xx

  3. Beautiful transformation Lyn. Thanks so much for sharing it with us Kayex

  4. Being able to actually see your work on a large screen instead of the itty bitty iPhone screen makes this so much more enjoyable. I love what you have done with this jewelry box. I think your Sister-In-Law may want it back :D. Now that would be a rather frightening event let me tell you 😉

    Your flower grouping and the bird in the top corner of the piece is stunning! You have beautifully altered this much treasured piece. You crack me up girlfriend. There is nothing wrong with the 60’s and 70’s pop music. Joe has tried to get me interested in classical music as well. There are some I like but most I don’t.

    Love you my friend – Leslie

  5. billiescraftroom on said:

    Ohh this is beautiful, you know me and pearl paints. This is stunning, well done, hope you now love the piece?


    Billie x

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