I've been having so much fun playing with my new stamps and fresco paints... I can't seem to stop exploring new projects and trying new things. Today I wanted to share the step-by-step evolution of a shadow box project I did over the weekend.
I started with a 15cm x 15cm wood shadow box from PaperArtsy.
I used my brayer to apply a base coat of snowflake, and then added some areas of cheesecake, zesty zing, and limelight paints, leaving some white spaces.
Then I used my scratchy leaf pod stamp (EEV02) - can you tell this is a recent favorite? I seem to be using it a LOT for backgrounds! I applied both Saffron and Sap Green archival inks to the stamp and repeat stamped it across the entire piece.
I love the dual tones of the stamping.
Then I used JOFY's new stencil and applied little black dress paint with some cut 'n' dry foam. Remember to get some paint on your foam, and then dab it off so your foam isn't over-loaded. That is when you'll have paint seep underneath the stencil and you'll get messy results. Dab ON... Dab OFF...
Added just a few white highlights with a Molotow fine tip paint pen, and a few black dots at the top of each flower pod with the black paint pen (this one is by Elmer's).
Decided to add more flower pods to the right side as well....
Set that aside and got started on my frame. I coated the entire frame with a coat of snowflake paint, and then added a few very brushy strokes of cheesecake and zesty zing so the frame would coordinate with the insert we just worked on.
Then I chose some stamps for the frame itself... the bold triangle in the corners is a great way to transition with other border stamps. The striped border is from EEV03 and the bold triangle is from EEV01.
And here's the results of the stamping...
I've had these strips of corrugated cardboard for *ages* and decided to finally use some of them. I cut them to the width of the frame edges and gave them a coat of snowflake, followed by brushy strokes of cheesecake and zesty zing, with the top part swiped over with little black dress.
I glued the cardboard strips to the edges of the shadow box frame, glued our brayered piece into the center, and.... voila!
Hope you enjoyed... I'll be finding a home for this in my studio... let me know if you give it a try - I'd love to see what you make! I'm working on a few pieces but the ole' day job is keeping me very busy these days... and today is "say-goodbye-to-the-gray" day! In other words... hair cut and color after work! Goodbye gray roots!
Hope you're having a good week so far. See you soon!