This is my first project as
Alchemist (designer) for
and it's an altered box
in which I store the postage stamps
I use in my arting.
I bought the plain basic box from a charity shop
ages ago and have never done anything with it.
But then I received the Gauche Alchemy goodies!
The arrow of inspiration struck!
|(top of lid)|
First of all I covered the box with torn strips of
paper from the GA Foreign text pack.
I particularly wanted to use foreign text
because the little box houses stamps from
all over the world.
I know what you're thinking,
"But you can't see any of the text!"
Well, actually I can, it's not obvious but
After covering the box I brushed gesso over it,
wiping off the excess.
I then lightly sanded the edges to give
a greater distressed look and also to allow ink
to 'take' more in those sanded areas.
|(front of box)|
I dragged Distress Inks round the edges giving
a distressed and vintage look.
Once all this was dry
I cut a strip of
GA Punchinella (sequin waste)
and stuck it to the top of the lid.
I smeared this with gesso to dull the shine
and once dry dabbed gold acrylic
dabber over the central area.
|(clasp and rinchie)|
Over this I carefully stuck the image of the bird
cut out from the top layer of a paper napkin
from the GA Paper Napkin pack.
I found some foreign stamps
to stick on the lid,
muting the vivid colours with a smear gesso.
|(back of box)|
After this I printed out part of a poem by
Robert Louis Stevenson
'As in their flight
The birds of song
Halt here and there
In sweet and sunny dales.'
onto tissue paper
(thank you Carmen for top tip).
Carmen is able to just tape tissue paper to
her printer paper,
but my printer is far too fussy,
so I have to spray a sheet
of printer paper with repositional adhesive
spray and then put another sheet on top
and peel off a couple of times to take
away the extreme stickiness.
Next I put a piece of tissue paper on top,
trim to size and then I can print the text/image.
Once stuck onto the artwork,
the tissue just seems to disappear.
I finished off the box with charcoal rubbed on the edges
and a bit more Distress Ink here and there
to make sure it was as grungy as I wanted it to be!
For the clasp hook and charm;
I took a precut rinchie (round inchie)
and used gold acrylic dabber on the back and edges.
I cut another bird's head from the same paper napkin
and stuck it on the rinche.
I used a Big Bite for make the hold
and then put in the metal hole thing
(what ARE they called??!!).
I cut out the word 'stamps'
and stuck it on and finally
made the hook out of a bit of rusty wire.
It was immediately put into good use!
Pop along to
for inspiration and the link to their shop
(so you can buy their inspirational goodies!)