Combining recycling and art is a sweet spot for me. You might know that I'm a first grade teacher as well as Etsy shop owner and paper crafter. These boxes held reading materials for my classroom. I couldn't wait to unpack and get my hands on these boxes. Three dimensional projects are fun and look pretty sensational. And it's not harder than making art journal pages.
To begin I put FolkArt White Chalk paint all over, doing two sides and then flipping the box when the sides were dry. Then I gently sanded the box to show some distress. I used black gesso on the corners and journaled with a white Posca pen. If you connect your words when journaling and don't stop to worry with spelling it looks pretty cool. Just write whatever is randomly on your mind--it's not a novel.
Then I used Tim Holtz's Mini Harlequin stencil and dabbed Dina Wakely Turquoise paint through it randomly on each side of the box. I added black using Momento Tuxedo Black ink stamping with Tim Holtz's French Script Stamp (I'm unable to find a link)Stamper's Anonymous Forever Art Stamp ( no link ), and Stampendous Butterfly Stamp and Die Set. Don't worry if you can't find the exact stamps I used. Go through your stash and find what cool thing you have.
Then using Dina Wakely Tangerine and Lemon Heavy body paint, I made flower blobs. I used Evergreen paint for stems and leaves. I left this to dry completely. I added details to the flowers by making sketchy lines with a dip pen and India ink. If you hold the pen towards the back, you get freer lines that just look better. I added shading with some Pitt Big Brush markers in coordinating colors, and smudging the ink with my fingers. Lastly, I used the white Posca Pen to add highlights.
I filled in the butterfly's body with a black Posca Pen and colored with wings with water and a brush and Scribble Sticks. I wanted to use my Fruits of the Spirit stamp set because of the wise and beautiful words. I stamped one work by each flower. For the absolute final touch I flicked paint on the box with the black pen. You have to flick it pretty hard, but you'll fill in empty spots and pull the piece together.
Now I have a box to store art supplies in my studio. I always seem to need another container to organize my supplies. Need to organize your studio or craft room? Make a worthy box for yourself and practice your art at the same time.
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Pink Bunkadoo products used:
FolkArt White Chalk Paint
Dina Wakely Heavy Body Paint
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink
Sttampendous Butterfly Stamp and Die Set
Pitt Big Brush Markers