I am going to show you how I turned garbage into ART by repurposing this box I saved from the landfill into some really pretty storage to hold all my STAMPlorations stuff in one convenient place.
And an added bonus to my using a box for this tutorial is that it has four sides, so I tried out something a little bit different on each one - all of which I will share with you!
Before I get started here is a photo of the products that I will be refering to in the step-by-step tutorial below.
|I started with this sturdy cardboard box and used my stash of inky paper towels to cover it. Lynne's Mixed Media Tip#1: I never throw away my inky paper towels but use them as the starting point to most of my mixed media projects.|
|After my box was dry I used masking tape to tape down my Happy Flower stencil and a pallet knife to push some gold colored Ferro (by Viva) through the stencil to create 3-dimensional, textured flowers. Once these had dried it was really easy to outline the flowers in black waterproof pen to make them really pop.|
|Lynne's Mixed Media Tip #2: Mixed Media is all about adding and taking away and then adding back in again. More close ups of the wonderful texture that paper towel and acrylic paint and gesso gives the project...|
|Here is another close up of the towel-covered box side. Note: when you are enhancing your mixed media backgrounds like this, nothing you do is wrong.|
|For this side I used Gun Metal Ferro - you can really see the sparkly sand in this image.|
|And now for the back side ...|
|Using my mini bubbles stencil, I added even more texture. I used a new-to-me product Art Anthology's Sorbet - a dimensional gel paint which looks like icing, is easy to use and is very subtle when it dries - exactly what I was looking for.|
|For these next flowers I used another new-to-me product by Dreamweaver, Crackled Texture Paste... it was super easy to use, thick enough to go through the stencil and hold it's shape and it dried with these beautiful crackles!|
|Even the messy bits that smeared underneath the stencil looked great after it had dried.|
|And even better, the crackle paste, once dried, had a beautiful matte finish which absorbed the ink that I brushed on to it for more color and highlighted those crackles even more.|
|And finally - I added my words using the Bold Stentiments-Create stamp set from STAMPlorations. I am in LOVE with these word stamps!|
|Lynne's Mixed Media Tip #3: stamping words and phrases on tissue paper with waterproof ink and using watered down Mod Podge or liquid gel medium to apply it to the lumpy, bumpy surface.|
|Just remember to use a delicate touch when applying your words to your project as wet tissue is VERY delicate!|
|So here it is-the finished product! My box full of STAMPlorations stuff sitting on my shelf...|
|and looking just as Wonderful as I imagined!|
for the ARTPlorations Mixed Media Design Team
The following STAMPplorations and ARTplorations products were used on this project:
|Happy Flowers ARTplorations Stencil|
|Bubbles ARTplorations Stencil|
|Bold Sentiments-Create STAMPlorations Stamp|