Saturday, 21 May 2016

Inspired by Art Nouveau

I've had this little box in my drawer for over 2 years now but just never seemed inspired to do anything with it.  Finishing another project recently, I had some pale blue ArtDeco acrylic paint left over and on a whim plucked the box out of the drawer and painted it.  And then it sat on my desk for a few weeks until this month's challenge theme of 'Anything Goes' was announced at CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS and I decided the box was it!!!
All stamps are from Crafty Individuals and the image is from their miniatures, People & Places 2 set. Ink used is Distress Ink in Broken China.
Having painted the box, I used CI-116 Crackle Background stamp to add a vintage feel to the box. 
I planned to add a smaller, silver panel to the lid and lightly brushed Viva Precious Metal Silver to all the edges to give the appearance of an old but valuable trinket box.

I heat embossed the corner stamp onto the front corners and turned the same stamp upside down for underneath the clasp, which I coated with Alcohol Ink in Latte.
The panel was cut to size from thick chipboard and the image added with ModPodge after distressing it lightly to looked aged. 
 I've been reading about The Glasgow Boys, a group of painters from The Glasgow School of Art who had an association with Charles Rennie Mackintosh and inspired by his work, I chose this lovely Art Nouveau style stamp for the lid.  
Several layers of silver embossing powder were added to the sides of the image and heated until thick enough to press the stamp into to create the impression.  You need to be careful when doing this, making sure you wash the stamp immediately afterwards.
To complete the vintage feel I brushed some of the Viva silver on the top and bottom of the image which gave it a dull, worn look as fingers, tinged with fondness, had lightly brushed the lid for years bringing back memories.


Florence said...

Wow! Sue, this is gorgeous. Love everything about it. Super effect with the silver. Definitely got a Mack feel to it. Thank you for joining in the Crafty Individuals Challenge.
Flo x

Jean Hardy said...

Your decorated box is beautifully created Sue, and doesn't the crackle look great too! Loving all the silver! Thanks for joining in the CI Challenge for May. Jean x

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Sue, this is exceptionally pretty and so love the way you made the CI image such a wonderful focal on the lid by embossing the frame, drawing the eye right in.
Thank you for joining the Crafty Individuals Challenge.
Good Luck Wishes