Good Evening, we are back with our 3rd and final dose of colourful art today! Heather Mitchell has created some awesome inspiration for our Facebook group up-cycling challenge…
The latest challenge over in the Visible Image group is an up-cycling challenge where you are encouraged to up-cycle something you would normally throw away!
I sat (for ages) trying to figure out what to make and then it hit me that what I actually needed was a small box to pop my makes in so that they are kept separate from those cards I’ve already blogged or posted on social media. I like keep my un-posted makes separate so I know where my head is at!
I needed a box wide enough to fit an 8×8″ card in and initially I looked at a small cardboard box I had but realised the porridge box in the bin was perfect!
At 8.5″ on it’s side, it was perfect size-wise but a tad flimsy so I backed it with some thick card and then added watercolour card over the top so I could distress and grunge it up. I filled in the gap round the top of the box using modelling paste and a palette knife just so it looked a bit more ‘finished’.
I didn’t have a theme for the box, didn’t know where I was going with it really so I just went with the flow.
I began by using the Stars and Stripes stencil, utilising the stars with modelling paste for the sides of the front of the box. Once dried (over night) I just spritzed it with blues and green Distress Oxide Spray as I love the chalky finish they give and added some Picked Raspberry Distress Crayon to the stars to contrast with the cool colours.
I had to use my favourite stencil, Ripples, on the project somewhere so grabbed a Chipped Sapphire ink pad and dotted the fabulous circles around the box.
It was then a matter of layering up the stamps. I love the two fish from the Art Rebel set so stamped those swimming around and then added the seaweed image from the Dare to Swim set. I hadn’t really intended the box to have an underwater theme but the colours kind of dictated it a bit.