Friday, August 7, 2015

Mixed Media art box

Hi and welcome to my blog. Mixed media is fairly new to me and while I have so much fun experimenting with textures and styles I still have a lot to learn. Pinterest is an amazing source for techniques , tutorials and of course and endless supply of inspiration! I also found some really great challenge blogs to play along with. Anything But Cute has great monthly challenges... I love that we have a whole month to play along with.... and the DT has stunning samples to get your creative mojo going!! This month they have a magical mood board for us to play along with.....

Isn't this stunning??? There's so much here to be inspired by... the gorgeous colors, the glittery texture and of course all that gold!!! 
I pulled out my inks, stencils,glitter ( yay, I love glitter!!!) and whatever else I could find to start my project. Take a look....

I have several of these wooden boxes from the dollarstore just laying around waiting to be turned from drab to mini works of art. I started off by adding layers of texture with my stencils and modelling paste ( Prima) and scraps of paper and a bit of painters mesh. Then I spritzed Tim Holtz diastress and Lindys Stamp Gang inks in  browns, blues and yellows( spritzing water between layers ) to achieve the desired effect. I then added more layers of gold tones from Prima Bloom sprays  for the final touch.

I stamped randomly with a few Prima stamps ( honeycomb and script) before I started on the flower cluster. I used mainly Prima flowers which I inked for an aged looked. I made a larger flower from Graphic 45 Topography paper , on my Silhouette diecut machine. The moraccan chipboard was made on my Cricut Explore - I cut sections of the shape and used the same colors as the box .I used strips of paper from the same collection here as well. A few buttons ( I have tons of them in my stash!), wooden shapes, enamel dots, crochet flower, cheesecloth and lace ,glitter, a wooden paintbrush and a bit of gesso on everything completes this cluster nicely.
I made this ART by adding chocolate brown Gelato by Faber-Castell with their Whipped Spackle. I love  the thickness of this medium , yet it's so lightweight and dries very fast. Look at how the letters just pop off the box! Awesome!! I applied TH Distress Glitter ( in gold, of course!!) in random places throughout the box. My last embellishment is this pretty glittery butterfly.
I had so much fun creating this altered box, I hope you enjoyed it ,too! Thanks for visiting my blog today!


  1. This is so captivating. I felt like I was in a stare off looking at it. It's gorgeous!!!

  2. Wow this is one gorgeous box . Loving all the texture and elements so much detail I had to take a second look.

  3. Oh my gosh Candy, you create the most beautiful pieces!! This is so wonderful, like a magical box found deep in the enchanted forest! Your textures are amazing, the eroded effect on the "ART" is so realistic, wowsers!! Love your arrangement of flowers and elements, layers upon layers of goodies!! Just stunning!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Making Magic' challenge, it's always such a pleasure to have you playing along! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  4. Gorgeous, so artistic and magical :)
    Thank you so very much for joining our challenge Making Magic at Anything But Cute!

    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  5. What a magical box you have made, Candy! Now YOU have me inspired! Thank you for your lovely words about Pamellia's blog and the Design Team! We all just inspire each other, don't we? About this box, now...I am just loving all the texture and the way you have made the word ART look so old and rusty...a real favorite of mine! Lots of gorgeousness to look at here! Thank you for joining our Making Magic challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  6. Absolutely wonderful magical box, Candy! So many amazing details to look at! What a fabulous texture and amazing design! Love it!
    Thank you so much for joining in our 'Making Magic' challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Branka DT x

  7. I'm so pleased you love my mood board Candy, and I LOVE what it has inspired you to create. Your 'art' piece is just gorgeous, so much beautiful mixed media!
    Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute xxx