Altered Box

Hi everyone! Melissa here with an altered box. The paper I used is so beautiful, it was hard for me to put anything on it.  The beach is one of my favorite places to be, so this theme is perfect for me.

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Supplies Used:

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To make this covered wood box I first took the hardware off.  I adhered paper to the inside and outside with gel paste. I painted the hardware with gesso after putting it back on.  On top of the gesso I applied gold rub n buff with my finger, gold mica powder, and very lightly brushed on aqua metallic paint.

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To make a surface to apply paint to, I applied mat modge podge with a cosmetic wedge sponge. I also thought the sealed paper would be easier to dust, for when it’s on the bookcase in my scraproom.

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I painted on brown glimmery mist around the hardware,and drew on thick lines with a brown watercolor pencil. I softened the pencil with a wet brush.

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I left three sides of the box relatively plain, to allow the shoreline on the paper to be the main focus.

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I used glossy accents to glue on shells, metal, micro beads, and pearls. I painted with brown,then turquoise shimmery mist on the front of the top.

I sprayed on the same colors of mist on gauze. After it was dry, I  put small pieces on the box,  sprayed with water, and using a straight pin drew the threads out to where I wanted them. I lightly applied glossy accents along the threads.

I put on a photo of a Black Crowned Night Heron that I took a while back. He’s a water bird, so he fits right in.

As a final step I patted on gold mica powder with my finger to random spots. This was to kind of tie together all the items.

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I kept the color scheme simple.

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I rubbed on gold mica powder with my finger on the edges of the box.

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I’m sure I will enjoy looking at this on my bookcase for a long time.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

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