As promised, here are a few of the things that I have been busy with. On the run up to the festive season, my studio is chockablock with items in various stages of completion. In the run up to Yule I completed in excess of 40 decorated boxes to be given as seasonal gifts. I was not able to photograph all of them, but I did get manage to photograph around half of them, and the first six are included here.Purple Butterfly Box, Vintage Jewellery BoxPurple Butterfly Box
was created to a specific brief from the client. I was given the colour and a photo of a tattoo to base a design on. The tattoo was of a butterfly, so I copied this in two different sizes and painted them with gouche to match the photo. The larger ones were varnished to strengthen the paper and protect the paintwork. The outside of the box was painted with a simple swirl pattern which was embellished with purple flat back pearls and clear plastic raindrops. The paper on the inside of the box was a perfect match for the paint and carried on the swirly theme. Vintage Jewellery Box
was one of the first boxes I made last year. I wanted to make a jewellery box for my mother and she loves vintage, amongst other things. I wanted to use the chipboard pieces and the pinks were picked up and used on the interior. I have used a mixture of papers, fabric, felt card and ribbon as well as flat back pearls and decorated paper flowers. Maria, Padded Chinese BoxMaria
was created for my best friend and was named for her. When I first spotted the blue paper I thought of her and put it to one side. I wanted her to have something with a hint of luxury as she has had a bit of a tough time recently. THe interior was painted with several layers of gold paint to give it a deep lustre and I allowed the paint to overlap the edges, sealing the paper and giving it a slightly distressed look. I decorated the top with paper flowers and small crystal gems. Padded chinese box
was one of my favourite boxes, probably because of its simplicity. Starting with a card box and adding several layers of metallic paint, it gave the box a lovely depth of colour. The top was lightly padded before covering the centre section with fabric to match the base. I added a small resin lotus to complete the top of the box and painted it gold to match the 'cartouches'.Green Butterfly Box, Vintage Padded Trinket BoxGreen butterfly box...
This small wooden box was covered with a thinned layer of paint to act as a stain so that the grain of the wood showed through. I used one of my favourite IndigoBlu stamps to decorate the base of the box and a small butterfly stamp used to create a flurry of butterflies around the top and on the lid. The small butterflies were coloured with a metalic marker before adding the larger butterflies. The stamped images were further defined with a permanent fineliner. The inside of the box was stained to match the outside and a felt backing put in the lid to neaten the plastic which forms the window. Vintage padded trinket box
was created from a card box, the base of which was covered with a vintage style paper and the lid by a coordinating floral fabric. The centre of the lid was lightly padded and ribbon roses and off white flat back pearls used to embellish.
More to follow as I get things scanned and photos edited
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