Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mixed Media and Me

I am having a great time playing with Mixed Media and decorating things. Two weeks ago it was Altoid Tins that I loved doing. This week I am decorating a cigar box. I bought some empty Cigar boxes from Thompsons Cigar Co and they are awesome. I got 10 for 19.95 and I love them. 10 should last me forever because I cant see me doing a ton of these boxes but I love this one. First thing I did was get the box ready it looked like this before I started. Then I covered it in Gesso from Hobby Lobby in the paint department, It gives the paint something to grip on to and makes the paint cover better to get the box all one color. Next I painted it a teal green cover because I was doing crackle paint and I wanted the bottom layer the teal my bedroom is teal and tan. :-) I forgot to take a picture at this point but used Liquitex Basics acrylic paint. Then when that dryed I applied a heavy coat of crackle medium I also got at Hobby Lobby. I used Delta  crackle medium and let it dry and get tacky. It says not to let it dry completely. I hear that some crackles have to dry completely this one does not. Then I took a large sea sponge and got it wet and wrung it out and applied the last coat of paint with the sponge. If you wipe the crackle or make strokes sometimes the crackle rubs off so I chose to use a sponge.If you wipe I hear that the paint crackles in the direction you paint the last coat on so I didnt want line cracks I wanted more spider cracks. I am thrilled with the way it turned out.  Isn't it beautiful?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Altoid Mint tins altered I am thoroughly enjoying altering these little jewels

Sunday, July 8, 2012

I created the cutest altoid Mint tin today I am really proud of it!! I am excited I cant post it on here yet because it is for a swap and I havent mailed it to her yet. However I was nervous about it because the lady getting it is so creative and talented that I was nervous that my work wasnt up to her standards. It is not perfect but I LOVE the way it turned out. When she messages and says she recieved it I will post pics.