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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

My take on Carol Quance paperartsy project - Cog box

I look at all the projects and creations over on Paperartsy's blog and am envious every time. 
But as Leandre says, its about how it inspires YOU to create something so today, as I've been home all day feeling sorry for myself, I decided to use a small pine box that has been gathering dust on a shelf unloved for months and months and months. 

I used some Reeves Course texture medium through a stencil on the lid and left it to dry.
Then painted the entire box with "Vanilla" acrylic paint from Papermania.
I then put a thick layer of Tim Holtz clear Rock Candy Distress crackle paint across the top and randomly around the sides. Again, I left it to dry. 

Once it was all dry, I painted over the whole surface again with "antique gold" acrylic paint by papermania.
Then lightly sanded the surface back to roughen up the sides. 

The inside and roof of the box were covered in old book papers and as I had some paint left on my glass mat, I watered it down and painted over the paper layer once it was dry. 

I used my visible image "broken" stamp around the edges and used the vanilla paint. 
I dry brushed some of the metallic paint around the edges. 

All the MDF cogs were bought at the recent Steampunk Rally in Cambridge. These were all classed as "seconds" and I got a massive bag for £1. I painted them all with Gold metallic paint from the kids section at Tesco's. I love the effect it has. 

Finally, I used a dry brush to highlight with "Treasured Copper" and added a antique bronze butterfly necklace that I had made a while ago. 

Hope you like it and thank you for stopping by my blog today x 

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  1. This is brilliant.... well done Sweetie x

  2. WOW hun this is fabulous! I love it!

    Linda xxx

  3. WTG! This is really cool and turned out fab

  4. Lovely box. Great techniques used.

  5. Fantastic work Cazz, you keep getting better and better at your craft.

  6. I love your little upcycled box! Those cogs are fantastic! xxx

  7. Absolutely awesome!! Great work - lovely box!!

  8. Stunning alteration of your box Cazz. Love the embellishments you used and the paint job, etc., is fab!

    Lesley XX