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Thursday, April 3, 2014

ePlay Challenge–Wood!


Welcome to the April ePlay Challenge. Our challenges are about encouraging you to explore your creative journey and inspiring you to step outside of your comfort zone.  When you submit your artwork, share a unique card, scrapbook or journal page, a canvas, home décor project, or anything that you’re excited to share!  We’re looking forward to crafting with you! One project will be chosen at the end of this month-long challenge and will be awarded a $25 shop voucher for the eclectic Paperie store. It just might be you!

Good morning!  Sherry here with you today and it’s my turn to host the ePlay Challenge this month, which is Wood!  I chose to alter a wood box, but wood could be anything from a small wood embellishment on the front of a card, a chunky ATC made from a scrap of 2x4, or an old cigar box.  The possibilities are endless!

While shopping in one of my favorite junk stores one day recently, I ran across a footed cedar box
very similar to the one below.

ePlay Unaltered Box

Of course, in my haste to get this project started, I failed to take a before picture of the box I actually used.  I can say, however, that the condition of the box was much the same as this one . . . mine did not have a latch on the front, but did have wood feet.

ePlay Unaltered Box Side

The box was painted with gesso first, then given a few coats of gray acrylic paint (inside and out).  Once thoroughly dry, the top and sides were skimmed with crackle embossing paste.  Another layer of gray paint was applied to the dried crackle embossing paste.

ePlay AlteredBox

As a finishing touch to the crackle, linen acrylic paint was mixed with a staining and antiquing medium, which was applied and wiped off the gray finish.

The flowers are old Studio 490 Art Parts – Florals and Leaves, which were inked with Wendy Vecchi Signature Ranger Archival Inks in Dandelion, Cornflower Blue, Red Geranium and Fern Green.

ePlay Unaltered Box CloseUP

Using backgrounds from some older Studio 490 sets, Optical Art, Art by the Number, It’s More Flower Art and Dimensional Rose Art, the Art Parts florals and leaves were stamped in Potting Soil.

ePlay Unaltered Box Side Texture

As a final step, the box was sprayed with a workable fixative to set the antiquing as well as add a little shine to the Art Parts and finishes.

I hope you’ll play along with us this month and incorporate a bit of wood into your project.  If you do, please come back and link up your photo or blog post, using the linky tool below.

eP Signature - Sherry Cheever

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Sidelle Menon said...

Hi I want to enter your challenge but I just can't find the linky tool..could you please help me with the same.

Unknown said...

Hi Sherry! Love the wooden box!! The crackle under the paint - SO pretty!! Thank you for a great challenge - I loved it!

Julia Aston said...

What a great way to 'beautify' an old box Sherry! love the layers of blooms on the top and the wonderful crackle!

Erin Smetak said...

Gorgeous box! LOVE the crackle effect and the flowers on top are perfect! What a great way to kick off the challenge!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous box Sherry, the crackle is fantastic ! Sue C x

Jutta said...

Lovely and useful are my favorite craft projects. Yours is both! Thanks for the information.

Sue Lelli said...

Love the crackle paint and how you sprayed it at the end to give it some shine! Fabulous flower too! Great altered wood project, Sherry!

Andiepants said...

The crackle is fantastic! Great box!! {{hugs}}

Micki said...

Wonderful transformation of that box. Love the white with that gorgeous texture! The flower is beautiful. Love how the white makes that flower pop. I'll be working on my submission this weekend!

Unknown said...

The crackle looks amazing on your box and I love the texture it adds. Wonderful inspiration and a beautiful keepsake box. :)

Janis said...

Ooops...I messed up on my cropping with the linky tool. Could you crop it better for me, or send me an email abt how I can redo it?
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Tracy said...

Gorgeous Sherry, sorry mines so late, will be linking it up tomorrow. Thanks for a great challenge.