Mixed media Altered Box

Hi y'all,

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.

Want to peek at my Etsy Shop?  Click here.

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FolkArt White Chalk Paint
black gesso
Harlequin stencil
Dina Wakely Heavy Body Paint
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink
Sttampendous Butterfly Stamp and Die Set
dip pen
India Ink
Pitt Big  Brush Markers
Scribble Sticks

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