Friday, 1 December 2017

Grandma's Wicker basket!

We are in the last month of the year...oh My! How fast has this year flown by!
However, the first of every month is the challenge up at Rhedd's Creative Spirit and the rules are simple..."Anything goes, Mixed media or Altered Art".

As for my DT creation, I have altered a packaging box!

I  altered it into a wicker basket using paper rope.

The paper line that I have used for this is from DCWV Nana’s Kitchen Mat stack. Some of them even have glitter! I wove an oval pattern with the paper rope on the lid and then plaited it up on the flap to make it a stand out! For the closure I used a lovely floral bauble and some jute rope to form the loop. The box closes really snug!

For the embellishments on the lid, I have stuck some hand made gardenias using joy crafts die and leaves are using CLD Tropical leaves.

A little note from grandma here…
I had this vintage stamp from Itsy Bitsy and made a mini post card which co incidentally has a thank you note on it and I have clipped it using small wooden peg which I colored and have hand written the words too.

And when the box opens…

 Take a peak into the box and here comes….

Actually I haven’t complicated the mini…it has  4 main pages with lots of interactive elements! Lots of pockets and pull outs for photos and journaling.

The paper line is the same as the box and I have only used flat back pearls as embellishments here. I dint want the mini to fan up! Not too much fuss on this one, very functional mini inside!

I hope you liked this project and Thanks much for visit my page today.
Do play along and have a look at what the team has in store for you.
this challenge runs till the 31st of January, so here's wishing you a MERRY Christmas and Happy 2018.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Fully "Archived" !!!

It's November already! That brings us to the new challenge at Rhedd's Creative Spirit where the theme always is "anything goes, Mixed media or altered art". Do take time to see what the team has in store for you and play along, it's fun!

I have altered a thrift store plastic pot and have given it an antique look. The colors are inspired by cool cool weather here in Bangalore!
This is what it looks like now after the makeover.

Let’s get on with the step by step….

First of all, primed the surface with gesso and sponge, a generous e2 coats and for the second coat, I added a few drops of blue ink to the gesso. This gave the pot a lovely icy blue color and then I went about shading the edges with cornflower blue Archival ink.

The sponging gave the pot a natural coarseness and then I further added texture with TH burlap stencil and cornflower blue archival ink.

Next, I did some random text stamping using Bo Bunny stamps and potting soil Archival ink. The butterflies were also stamped with black Archival ink. Finally, I did some black color splats and edged the pot with brown and black ink give it an aged look. That’s a lot of Archival Ink on one project, and hence the title, lol!

The pot was ready for some embellishments…I decided to make my own ornate embellies for this. I used some packaging cardboard and Sizzix Fleur de Lis die to cut out 3 pieces.

I applied some air drying clay on the die cut and created an ornate texture on it using Micia stamps. Before it dried, I applied some black acrylic color and dusted in some metallic silver color.

The silver fler de lis was ready to be altered further! I aged it by rubbing Paper Artsy rusting powder with some white vinegar. I love the real rust smell that comes and within minutes the rusty crust appears on the surface.

The aged and rusted silver fleur was further embellished with a chunky white Rhinestone which was embedded inside a mini ornate oval frame! This was made using air dry clay and modge melt silicon mold. I colored it using alcohol inks and rubbed in a bit of metallic silver too!

I placed all the 3 silver embellies around the pot and there it is. I thought a silver lining on the rim of the pot would complete the look and am finally happy with the way this pot got turned around! 

The cool minty colors is always refreshing and my love for Vintage and worn out stuff too got its share on this project.

I love altering home d├ęcor items and this one is no exception…this is the final look! Looks like I need to wait for some other blooming pot from the garden…but these handmade blooms don’t look bad either!

So take time to make your wonderful creation and do play along.

Until my next Creative Journey,
Happy Crafting and Re Cycling.


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Hydrangeas on my table!

Hellooo Crafty folks,
Its October already! The new month brings us to another challenge at Rhedd's Creative Spirit where the theme is always "Anything Goes, Altered art or Mixed media".

Well, I have altered a plastic curd bucket, a leftover after inviting guests at home, lol! The size was perfect to make it into a flower vase.

I decided to give it 2 coats of chalk paints, bit of grey and white dabbed with a sponge randomly. I wanted a rustic, cemented kind of look. Once, I liked the color, I went about doing some stenciling in white and also decoupaged some floral tissues here and there.

My flower was ready to be displayed...but to display what???

Well, here is another experiment that I tried, I made hydrangeas using coffee filter paper!
I love hydrangeas and where I live, I have no access to this beauty and so I decided to craft this from my studio!

I have used coffee filter papers and food colors and made 3 bunches of them in different colors and have arranged them in the case!

I am not sure which side looks the but, however I looved it from all angles and love my new hydrangeas on the table! I also added some lavender oil to the food color and so my flower do smell a bit, lol!

Hope you liked my project and do hop in to see what the rest of the team has in store for you.
Do participate and play along.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Faux rust flower vase

Hello and welcome to my page.

The beginning of September and it's time for some inspiration from Rhedd's Creative Spirit! The rules are simple, "anything goes, altered art or mixed media".

My DT project is an uocycled liquor carton which I altered into a faux rusty flower vase.

Here is the before pic...

And this is what it became!

I started by covering the top half on the carton with an embossed card stock(dry embossing) and the lower half with some cotton chord.

I then covered the embossed portion with black gesso and then applied some crackle medium in random areas.

Next, i applied patina paint over the black gesso and once that dried, sanded lightly over the top to reveal the base color.

Here is how the distressed top looks!

I am sorry, I forgot to click the pictures at this point! I first applied some dark rust paint. This is from PLAID painted finishes and over it I applied some light rust paint. I used a sponge to dab on this and once this dried, it gave an amazing textures, peeling rusty look!


For the lower half, where I had covered with twine, I decoupage a floral tissue using Mod podge and sealed it too.

A closer look at the rusty texture!

My rusty shabby chic flower vase was ready to be flaunted!

Do hop over to the blog to see what the team has in store for you and hope to see you all play along.

Until my neat creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Faux Galvanized metal and rust

Hello and welcome to my page today.

My today's Plaid play is all about FAUX GALVANIZED METAL technique using chalk paints and then to give it a rusted finish using the Plaid texture paints in Dark rust and light rust.
I have upcycled a few items of this project and you can see it all in the video tutorial

Here is the entire family together!

It's so easy to do amazing faux techniques with chalk paints .

A closer look at the faux metal and rust look...

For the you tube link on the making of today's project, click here.

I hope you give this technique a try and do let me know your view on the same.

 Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

wooden log or not????

Helllooo crafty peeps...
 It's the beginning of a new month and I am here to share with you my DT project for Rhedd's Creative Spirit for August'17. The theme as always is "anything goes", Mixed media or altered art.

As for me, I have up cycled a packaging carton this time and altered it using the faux palette wood technique. I have a video here for the technique..

Here is the packaging before the makeover!

Here is how it looks after the treatment...

I have made it into a table decor and candle holder.
It also has some hand made foamiran flowers which I am beginning to enjoy making!

The candles when lit , looks surreal...I love the warmth of the entire about you???

A closer look at the textures and am sure you will think this is a wood log!!!

 I hope you play along this month and showcase your works too and take the time to visit the blog to see what my team mates have in store.

Thanks for stopping by.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Fusion play with PLAID

Hello and welcome to my page today.

This week for the Plaid play at Crafters CornerI have played around with chalk paints in a different way. The weather here is beautiful and things around are bright and beautiful and drawing inspiration from my beautiful garden over looking my studio, I decided to upcycle an empty coconut oil jar this time! it is..

I wanted to try mixed media with chalk paints and have layered the lid with found objects at home, gauze, corrugated card board buttons, bobbins, nails, flowers, broken pendants and ofcourse some coconut coir!

After  the layering, went about with giving a coat of black gesso and then started the fun.

 I have used the dry bruising technique and have layered some lovely chalk paints from Plaid to add colors.

The lid now reminded me a little dense forest, what say ??? With a shiny coat varnish, it was ready to attract the winged creatures!

And so the base a treatment with chalk paints in 2 colors and some crackle medium from Plaid (Homedecor) too and I have used the antique matte mod podge to decoupage this lovely tissue on to the base.

It's beautiful so see the print thru the cracks and the intentional distressing on the glass jar adds to the vintage look.

Another coat of the mod podge and I sealed the entire jar with satin varnish from Plaid. Here is how it all looks put together.

I wanted more to this home decor piece and lit a candle inside to see the magic unravel!!

Here is how it looks with lid on, I have drilled some holes on the lid and look is just surreal!

With the final look, I can feel this is not just a summery, beautiful, nature inspired, home decor piece...but can it be called Christmas in July too???

I leave that to you....Thank you so much for stopping by.

I would like to link up to the following challenges...

 Try It On Tuesday- let it shine
 Blog Studio Home decoration
Country View Challenges- Things with wings
Creative Moments- Christmas in July
MIXED MEDIA WORLD- use natural materials
Scrapki-wyzwaniowo- anything beautiful

Until my next creative journey,

Happy crafting and recycling.