Hello Crafty peeps…
A big warm welcome to my followers and I hope I keep the interest on! Today I am sharing an altered art…trash to treasure project with you. This box had seen its day…I happened to clean my husband’s wardrobe and I saw this “poor little thing” untouched for a long long time in the corner.It was time for a make over!
I just knew what I was going to do…a lovely gift for “the man in my life”! It’s our 20th wedding anniversary in a weeks time and I thought he deserved something that he would treasure too, other than me, lol!
He will use this every day, he will see it every day and it will take care of his daily essential…he can’t do without it…any guesses???
I care for his “Eye care” and so this was born….
Have I told you before that I LOVE making masculine projects…I love the grunge, texture and colors that go with them and the fact that I don’t have to make flowers, lol!
Time to get messy again…here are the steps.
I first covered this plastic box.. You heard it right…PLASTIC box with tissue paper. Then I went about creating textures with Prima basket weave stencil, TH alphabets stencil and some modeling paste. I also stuck some dry wall tape in places and gave a coat of gesso.
I took my acrylic tubes, some metallic colors and Inka Gold and had a blast coloring, shading and highlighting! This is one process I enjoyed…the black brown base and then the highlights with metallic green and blue just brought life to this box! I rubbed some “old gold” Inka gold too…isn’t he looking handsome after the initial makeover???
Just look at the texture, grunge, colors up close… feel like touching, don’t you (naughty, naughty). I am in LOVE…
At this stage, I decided to bring “The man” himself…have a look!
I took a print out of this vintage man,first fuzzy cut him, them adhered him onto old text paper. Next I gave him 3 coats of clear UTEE, allowed him to cool! Then I bent him and twisted …I know that’s a lot of torture here but that’s what gave me this lovely “faux cracked glass” effect! So so Vintage…I bet he is not complaining, I am not, lol!
I then rubbed the vintage photo DI directly over him and then blended just to see how the cracks absorbed the ink and he was looking even more handsome! A closer look and you can see the text thru him…how cool is that! I am in LOVE again…
I gave “The man” some color and texture by placing him over a piece of yellow fiber paper and he looked comfortable and just “popped” from the back ground!
Time for embellishing…I made a set of gears and gave it the same treatment as the box. I can’t get enough of these colors! I connected with a metal chain and had them “locked” too!
I altered some bottle caps with the same colors…I told you I can’t get enough of them…and voila, my box stands proudly on it!
3 little words on the top…say it all. Well not the conventional words…something different here…a brad and another gear holds it in place!
This is back side…I think he looks great all around, lol!
Shall we open it…(wink)…I am feeling naughty here, lol!
For the inside, I have adhered some old text per which has been inked with Tea Dye DI and for the base, I ran a piece of blue foam thru an embossing folder. A perfect “seating” for the eye care!
I had this gros grain ribbon in my stash and thought would cover the ugly joint with that.
And with that we come to the end of this project. Thank you so much for your patience and your visit today. I would love to hear your views and comments on this project.
I would like to have “my man” enter the following challenges…
Anything Butcute –Make it masculine
SimplyCreate Too – Masculine
EclecticEllapu (purple team) _ Steam punk
Dream valleyChallenges – father’s day
Crafty BootsChallenge – For the man in your life
Craftin DesertDiva’s – Father’s day
Love ToScrap Challenge – Male call
PolkadoodlesChallenge Blog- anything male
Until my next Creative Journey,
Happy Crafting and Recycling