Mixed Media Art group. We were to alter and decorate an ordinary cardboard tea box, transform it into a little work of art, fill it with fun surprises and things our partner might use for future altered projects.
There were around 28 of us, mostly in North America, but a few were elsewhere... each paired with a partner. We got in touch and told each other a bit about our lives, our artwork, favorite themes/colors, etc.
|First step, two coats of gesso inside and out.|
|Golden Fluid Acrylics- several layers of thin wash for a very watery effect.|
|Right away, that blue butterfly grabbed me.|
Anything blue seemed to pop out at first and be drawn to this box, but I really had to let go and let this project lead me. I struggled with a vision of where it was going until I stopped trying too hard and just allowed it to evolve.
Once I saw the butterfly was the perfect size for the top of the box lid, I knew it was going to be the focal point. I started pulling some scraps of vintage newspaper, dictionary pages and old magazine advertisements to tear and place randomly here and there so they'd be peeking out from under the butterfly's wings. So far, so good.... UNTIL I got to the point of gluing down the butterfly itself. It seems I had forgotten a former painful lesson about how slick magazine pages respond to acrylic gel medium! All was well in adhering the image to the box, but when adding a layer of medium OVER the image to seal it... I had a near disaster of wrinkled paper! I wanted to kick myself.
|No, you won't see close-ups of my wrinkled nightmare!|
Some elements like this seed packet image were added, then removed later and replaced with others when they weren't really jiving with the design.
Dreams and secrets began to move in, as secondary themes...
One end of the box has a poem about the seashore, torn from a vintage children's book. I used one of my favorite scroll-y rubber stamps, and basic typewriter ABC's, plus the essential Staz-On black ink to stamp details here and there.
|I used colored pencil and chalks here and there to add color accents and highlights.|
This background was from an art card made by another artist. I can't credit her, because I don't know her name, but since I am not selling this piece, I'm just owning up and apologizing to the Universal Artistic Commons! I clipped the text from a vintage newspaper, circa 1902.
|"Why for fun, of course", she laughed.|
|Trust me, that jewel embellishment needed to go right there.|
|The box I received from Tammy also had blue butterflies on it. Total coincidence! We must be psychic!|
|Back view, with fruit label image and paper flower.|
|Beautiful hand-painted labels.|
|Very cool tissue paper flower embellishment.|
|Sweet gift tags made from tea bag packages.|