My idea for this project came from Arlene Cuevas, one of the amazing members of the Graphic 45 team. As soon as I saw her creation, I fell in love and wanted to do something similar. Check out this blog for a link to the two step-by-step videos that show you how to make it.
I was merely waiting for something to decorate to copy her technique. And, when my mom gave me an embroidered doily with chickens on it, I knew it was the perfect thing to frame.
Naturally, I put my own spin on it and went through a little trial and error, but eventually my project came out looking like this:
I started with a plain black shadow box I got on sale at Michaels.
I coated the entire box with white gesso.
Then, I used Wendy Vecchi’s white embossing paste and a stencil from Christy Tomlinson Designs to cover the entire frame and provide some texture.
This is where my project took a turn …
I wanted to see what would happen if I used Piccolo 3D Enamel Gels to help provide some background color. I started with Dark Green.
Then I glued on a bunch of random flowers, metal pieces, ribbon, keys, buttons and more to the front of the box and coated everything with gesso. This covered up all of the odd colors … my flowers were navy, hot pink, gray and peach! I kept the gesso light on the sides so the colors would show through.
Next I added a bit of Bright Yellow …
And some more green and orange … I taped off the glass front (it couldn’t be removed from the frame) and sprayed it with blue Glimmer Mist. It came out darker than I wanted, but it looked OK. (I don’t have any photos of that stage because it was a bit of a disaster).
Needless to say, Glimmer Mist does not dry on top of 3D Enamel Gel. Ever.
I tried heating.
I tried sitting it in the sun.
After a week, I was still getting blue on my hands every time I picked up the piece. I really didn’t want to start over since I had quite a bit of time and money invested in this, but I knew I couldn’t hang it on the wall as it was.
Deciding I couldn’t hurt it anymore than I already had, I ran it under the faucet. The water washed most of the Glimmer Mist off — at least the parts that refused to dry.
And I ended up with this:
The perfect box to showcase the doily my mom gave me!
Here are a few close-ups …
The flowers took on the look of molded plastic. Very cool when you think of it …,
The front is pretty, but the sides are amazing … I love the patina I got.
Thanks Arlene for the inspiration! I still plan to follow your instructions to do another one that more closely resembles yours!