Saturday, 18 January 2014

A Julie Ann inspired box for Paperartsy...

This week saw my good twitter buddy Julie Ann announced as the latest Paperartsy Guest Designer - and boy did she come up trumps!  You can see her masterpiece here...  but this is my take on it, which I was inspired to try today now that my cold is finally starting to go... well, at least I don't feel so rough with it!

I started with a soap box that came from Mum's house.. and covered it with several layers of gesso before starting to add colour.

 there's mermaid, and then space cadet, then mixed a bit of both to blend, generally faffed with it .. sanded back, added a bit of French Roast in the sanded areas.
 then stencilled some grunge paste through the FAB bubbles stencil by Finnabair for Prima... loving it already!
 attempted some crackling round the bubbles... didn't crack particularly well (think the glaze was too thick)
 stamped some script over the crackle and round the sides (see later photo) then stencilled French Roast back through the stencilled bubbles (very tricky finding the right part of the stencil, having already cleaned the GP off!!
 time for embellies.... the leaf was cut by my friend Sam from the new Tim bigz die - it's an irredescent bronzey colour paper she used, just right...
the big flower is a Finnabair embellie, with a tad of Lake Wanaka brushed over and removed, and TG added, and the little one is a resin flower painted with Lake Wanaka and Space Cadet and TG'd

 added a stamped scroll and some dragonflies from my stash - painted them with Fresco but wiped most of it off, just left enough to give a key for the Ruby TG
Added some more little resin flowers in the left corner, also painted with Frescos and TG'd


This was a great, fun, project... I haven't decided what to do with  the inside of the box yet, so that may be for another day!

Entering the Paperartsy challenge here - check out some fab entries!

24 comments:

Sarah Dunkley said...

Love the colour combo H! Gorgeous! xx

craftytrog said...

It's beautifully decorated Helen! x

Hazel Agnew said...

You got a lot of stuff from your mums house Helen. Really love what you have done. Good combination of all the elements. Well done. X

Jacqui Hall said...

Lovely! Nice blending on the blues

Deborah Wainwright said...

Creat box Helen love those colours and your embellishments are fab. Lovely xx

massofhair said...

Love what you have created Helen, gorgeous colours and beautiful stencil work :-) xxx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Helen, this is fab! I love the colour - well, you know how I love blue, the Grunge Paste and the way you used the Sara Nauman sentiment - the stamping was terrific btw. 'Reflection' suits this box perfectly. Thanks for playing along and creating such a beautiful project. Julie Ann xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous transformation Helen. Love the texture from the paste and great colour choice. Love the embellishments. Tracy x

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a lovely box and beautiful colour. So lovely to see people inspired by Julie Ann!

Lucy x

Carmen said...

Such a lovely box Helen. I love what you did with the bubbles stencil (where did you get it? Pretty please?) And the colours you chose too. Reflections suits it perfectly!

Jacqui Chimes said...

Lovely

Sarah B said...

love the colours you've used here - the embellishments are perfect x

Sue said...

This is beautiful, I love the stencil you've used xx

Darcy UK said...

Really nice Helen, love how you created dimension with the sentiment raised up like that.

sam21ski said...

Fab decoration, love your bubbles with the French roast on it

Sam xx

craftimamma said...

What a fab box from your Mum's and even better now you've given it some tlc! It's beautiful and to have done that after having that rotten cold all week is quite something.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Etsuko Noguchi said...

It's a beautiful box and It is a perfect take any part. I just staring again and again. xx

Lin said...

Your box turned out great Helen..I love that stencil and your bumping :)Love the colour combination too,it all came together nicely!!

Craftyfield said...

Simply gorgeous! You've done well to find the time to do this second project with all this painting work involved...

isisimaginings.com said...

Helen, it's gorgeous, I love the colours.

butterfly said...

Wow, Helen, I think this is stunning! Definitely goes into my top favourites of your makes... colours which are right up my street, and I love the shading on the bubbles. Brilliant sculpted script on the top, and fab embellishing - altogether delicious!

And yes, I'd love to meet up at Stamperama!! Not worked out timings yet, but let's keep in touch about it...
Alison xx

Virginia said...

Oh Helen that's beautiful!

Julie Bell said...

Beautyful design and colours x

Julie Bell said...

Beautyful design and colours x