Wishing all of you a very Happy New Year..a year filled with lots of color, creativity, good health and happiness.
With that said, I have a good news to share with you. I am joining the creative team of Rhedd’s Creative Spirit! It was a pleasant surprise when Sandie asked me to join and of course I gave in…I love altered art and what a way to start the new year.
So people, it’s anything goes here and ALTERED art only! Thank god for that…so play along and let’s see what you have to share with us. Do hop over to see what the rest of the team have in store for you.
Do you want to see my first creation for the year???? Here it is….
An altered biscuit tin…I told you that my Bro got me lots of stuff…this is also from that, Lol! I couldn’t wait to finish the biscuits and was in a hurry to give the tin a makeover!
Got lots of supplies from Paper Artsy this time…I heave used their Limited Edition Fresco paints in 2 colors to layer up the tin. I gave time between coats and shaded with the colors and once dry, used Elizebeth Borer stamps to dress it up! The colors used are Chartreuse and Seaweed…loved the end result!
Some amazing stamps I must say…just look at this Ivy Queen! MY god, I just loved coloring her with DI and then took the negative of this ornate oval die cut and gave it the faux wood treatment. Colored it with acrylic colors and framed the lady in there! She looked amazingly beautiful and comfortable in that wood frame..what say???
On the sides I used the PA Jofy stencil and crackle embossing paste . I left it to dry naturally and dint want to color up the cracks at all..I think it looks plain and nice against the brown- green.
I stamped some ivy creepers and the sentiment on tissue paper and used gel medium to stick it on the tin.
On the back side, I stuck a yearly calendar just so that this can be used as a pen stand on the table! Pretty functional eh???
Now comes the embellishments…The lid of the tin has a lovely vintage rose using TH tattered florals die, seated on a bed of coconut coir for dimension! The leaves are all from CLD tropical leaves, though I would have loved to have some ivy hanging there!
I have fixed a metal handle on the lid and colored the butterfly with alcohol inks too. Two winged beauties on the front panel…what can I ask for???
Well is that it…what do you think happens when the lid is opened????
An album…NO…a junk journal made from paper scraps, PP all dyed with coffee!
Yes COFFEE stained papers, folded with some pockets, doilies, interesting knick knacks here and there…all hand sewn together with lots of LOVE. Am not getting into the details of the making here…maybe a dedicated post later on this.
Just stopping by a few favorite spots in my journal….
It is held together with Ideology clasps and some metal charms.
It’s unbelievably addictive to hold this journal to your nose and keep smelling…I HATE to drink coffee but I LOVE to smell this…very very relaxing!
I wonder if I will ever have the heart to write here.
Well that’s it crafty peeps…my tryst with a tin and coffee stained papers!
Do let me know your views on this and will be back soon with a dedicated post on the making of the coffee journal. I owe it to the Cuppa!
Hope this inspires you play along!
Until my next creative journey…
Happy Crafting and Recycling.
For all you lovely people residing in the UK, I have something interesting for you this start of the new year...
On a different note - I would like to mention here that my brother who is based in London has launched a new mobile application called Playfolly. It has been designed and conceptualised by creative artists in the UK. Please have a look at the promo video here www.youtube.com/watch?v=
If you like it, please download it for free on iOS and Android.So, go ahead and spread the word, a small favor for me.
Thank you all.
I am would like to enter my altered tin in the following challenges....
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Something new ( have used new supplies and tried the new coffee dyed papers technique)
Our Creative Corner - Christmas leftovers( the tin has xmas cookies that my bro got from London...emptied the tin before finishing the cookies, Lol!)
Loves Rubber Stamps -Something old and something New -( new supplies, new technique, papers from my stash)
A Vintage Journey - Ring out the old, Ring in the new -(old tin, old papers from the stash, new supplies and new technique...coffee stained papers for the junk journal)
The Artistic Stamper Creative Blog - New Beginnings
Country View Challenges- Use something New To you ( have used new craft supplies and a coffee dyed papers,new technique)
Imagination Crafts Challenge- Anything Goes