Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer Brights Box

My mojo has been MIA lately... so I decided to give myself a night of no pressure creative time.  All I knew was that I would use stencils and paste so I could play along with The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge :) Since money has been tight, I don't have many new purchases to play with... but I did purchase texture paste and a few colors of Dina Wakley's paints after teaching some recent classes, so I figured they would be my starting point!  These Sizzix dies are another summer purchase that I've been having some fun with!

This project started as a tag, but once I finished it I decided to keep going, playing with more paints and such on a 5x7 piece of cardstock.  I enjoyed just playing without a goal in mind as far as finished project, and it definitely got me experimenting with products (even some glitter, which is not the norm for me!  I mixed it with Rock Candy Crackle Paint... kinda fun!).  When I was done with this, I had a 'thing' that I wasn't sure what to do with...  but I noticed a small, sturdy box (from my very first julep nail polish order!) that was just slightly smaller than 5x7.  I painted it up to match the front, which I reinforced a bit and adhered to the box.  Bonus- the filling inside the box is the same turquoise color :)

I took a bunch of photos so hopefully you can get a good look at the textures and cheery colors.  Hard to believe summer is almost over... this project was a fun 'last hurrah' before I move on to some autumn colors!




I'm not sure I captured it very well, but I even played with some beeswax on the background for my first time :)  Here's one final photo that shows the size of the box I attached it to:
The box allows me to display it as a stand up 'canvas' of sorts... probably in our wanna-be beach theme bathroom ;) 

There's still time for you to play along with the stencils & paste challenge- it's monthly, which I love.  It's a new blog, so show them some love!  Now that I'm done, I can go check out what everyone else has been doing!

7 comments:

Mary Elizabeth said...

Oh! This is so fun Tara. I love you colors!! Vibrant. And you have such great texture and layers on here. I certainly hope that you guys get your beach themed bathroom. This would be such a wonderful addition :) Beautifully creative piece. -- Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth said...

Oh! This is so fun Tara. I love you colors!! Vibrant. And you have such great texture and layers on here. I certainly hope that you guys get your beach themed bathroom. This would be such a wonderful addition :) Beautifully creative piece. -- Mary Elizabeth

Anita Houston said...

Beautiful! I love the bold bright color! Awesome design too!

Lynn K said...

LOVE this altered box! The vibrant colors are my FAV!! This will be a great addition to the beach themed bathroom!

Donna B. said...

What a great project! I just love these bright colors and all fun summery and glittery accents that you added. Thanks so much for playing at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

Melanie said...

My heart is still at the beach this summer and so I am loving the theme and colors! Great job. Thanks for joining the August Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

Rachel said...

this is such a fun canvas! i really love the seahorse tag.. makes me wanna hit the beach! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
-Rachel
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