I'm sharing my DT project for the new challenge at Artist Trading Post Exchange which starts today. The hugely talented Ruth is our host and here's what she has to say:
'Hi, Ruth here. I'm sure we all have alphabet stamps or maybe you have some chipboard letters that need using up? This time our challenge is about using letters or numbers in some way other than making a word or marking an anniversary with them. Maybe random stamping or use of diecuts to make a collage background, borders or some pattern building with them?'
There is some wonderful inspiration by the rest of the DT over on the blog - click HERE
to have a look. Our sponsor as always is the Artist Trading Post in Derbyshire
and they generously donate a £10 voucher for the challenge winner, so it's always worth linking up with us!
Here's what I made this time using mainly Fresco paints and a blank wooden book drawer:
|Front of the book box.|
|I wanted to make use of the book drawer and keep my die cut letters in so I'm not rummaging around trying to find any - and then resort to cutting more as per usual!|
|Firstly, give the bare wood two coats of gesso and allow each coat to dry thoroughly before lightly sanding the surface.|
|Die cut letters from plain grungeboard and textured grungeboard (in my store for ages!) and glue into position.. Give everything another coat of gesso.|
|Die cut more letters and randomly arrange them on the back of the book drawer. Add gesso as previously mentioned.|
|Follow the same process for the 'spine' of the book.|
|These colours of Fresco chalky paint are then applied to the front and back with a piece of foam in varying amounts.|
|Not exactly my usual colour palette but sometimes we need to branch out! At this stage it all looks plain and chalky so I felt it was necessary to add something else.|
|Stamp the die cut letters with the DecoArt chalky paint and dry. Add a coat of gloss varnish to add more interest.|
|Use a black pencil and another in a shade similar to one of the paint colours to add interest around the pieces of textured grungeboard.|
|Add colour to the back of the box using the paler shades. Use the darker colours in conjunction with the pale ones on the letters; stamp and add gloss varnish as before.|
|Add simple stamped letters on the background.|
|Add colour with a sponge to the textured letters. Stamp randomly with the Fresco paints shown earlier. When dry add gloss varnish to both the letters and the background. |
|Paint the drawer inside and out and seal with soft sheen varnish - I wanted to leave the drawer as chalky as possible. Stamp using the previously shown paints in a very random fashion. Stamp the outside base and the edges of the drawer. Leave the inside as plain paint.|
|DecoArt chalky decor paint is used to edge the box - just seen at the bottom of this picture.|
|A great place to keep those elusive die cut letters (and numbers)!|
I hope you enjoyed reading how this alteration came about. This is my interpretation of Ruth's lovely challenge - can't wait to see what you come up with!
Don't forget to pop back to Artist Trading Post Exchange
on Saturday to see who won our last 'Love Is In The Air'