Lately, I've been experimenting with my art and my boxes -- they have been consistent sellers in my etsy shop and at shows. I seem to have found my "canvas!" This past weekend, I took my collage art to a new level by experimenting with a technique I learned in Somerset Studios magazine, and let me just say it was a messy (literally) process. I was covered in paper, paint and Mod Podge, but I was having fun! I'm actually finished except for the insides, which need to be either decoupaged or lined with velvet paper.
This is really one of those go-with-the-flow projects, however, I can give you some initial steps.
- Wood boxes
- White gesso or a primer of your choice
- Mod Podge
- Paint colors of your choice (I used Deco Arts Americana Winter Blue and Snow White).
- Paint brushes
- Rag or paper towels
- Scraps of paper to match the shades of paint (or not - really whatever you want). I used some scrapbook paper, vintage sheet music, wrapping paper.
- Vintage jewelry piece for knob (if you want a knob)
1. Clean and gesso your "canvas" -- whether it be a real canvas or a wood box. I used little unfinished wood boxes.
2. Paint your boxes a base color. I used Deco Arts Americana Winter Blue ( I love this color!!!). Let it dry.
3. Using Mod Podge, randomly glue strips of ripped paper all over the box -- except the bottom. Let the box dry.
4. "Paint" over everything with a mixture of watered down white paint. I used Deco Arts Americana Snow (Titanium) White. Tip: you can also add a touch of brown paint to antique it if you want.
5. Rub off the paint in areas. This will provide you with a background for the rest of your collage.
6. Go wild with stamps, ink, more paint, and markers. Again, I left the bottom a calm winter blue and stamped it with a message of "Peace."
I can't wait to do more!! But, must. Control. Self.
I am linking to my first DIY Club party: