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