Monday, 31 March 2014

A Curious Heart - Words, Words, Words .....


This is my latest challenge entry; I've recycled an old drawer that I originally thought had been a clock housing, I bought it a while back at a bric-a-brac shop for about £2. I've created a little door for it to make it into a little cupboard.




The first thing I did was to line the inside.  I created the background paper by stamping various words (did I tell you I like text stamps?) on a beige coloured sheet of paper using crimson and chocolate coloured ink-pads.  I also stamped some little flourishes. I then blended the edges of the paper with the crimson ink and tattered rose.  The sides were lined with a co-ordinating paper.


I've wanted to try a distress, cracked paint finish for a while so, after a bit of online research,I painted the outside with a metallic copper acrylic paint, when dried I then applied a coat of pva glue and when thi was tacky but not completely dry I applied a coat of black acrylic paint.  As the glue dried the peeled effect revealed itself. I'm more than pleased with it for a first effect!


The door is a strong piece of card which I've covered with two different papers.  The front first, then adding the hardware (hinges,  handle and bookplate) before adding the back piece.  I then added a stamped tag, some wooden cogs and a leather flower embellishment to the inside of the door. I used some large round beads to create the feet.










The heart is a small polystyrene one which I've painted with a mixture of copper, red and black paints before threading a wire through it to hold it in place.




I am entering this into the following challenges:
SanDee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenges - Your Favourite Technique goes Steampunk (I've decided that the peeled paint technique I used is a new favourite!); here (www.sandee-and-amelie.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/your-favourite-technique-goes-steampunk.html?m=1)
Rhedd's Creative Spirit monthly challenge - altered art: here (http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/april-challenge.html)
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22 comments:

  1. Fabulous work, love that technique with the paint, must try it myself. Great paper and embellishments.

    Thanks for joining us at Rhedd's Creative Challenge.

    Moira DT xx

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    1. Hi Moira - thanks for your visit. I'm really pleased I found your challenge site - look forward to joining in again!

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  2. The peeled paint technique IS fab and it looks great on your awesome project, Steffi!

    Love how you turned that drawer into a treasure! Thank you for sharing it with us at SASPC!

    Claudia x

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    1. Hiya - thanks for stopping by & thanks for your comments :o)

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  3. What a great idea with the heart on the wire! You really have done magic with this drawer!
    Thank you for playing along at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges! :)
    All the best, Agnieszka

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    1. Hi Agnieszka - thanks for visiting - I love your site and look forward to joining in more challenges in the future.

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  4. Thank you for sharing your creative piece with us. Your peeled paint looks great, and I can't wait to se your next project with it.

    Thank you for participating in Sandee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenge.

    Hugs
    Susan

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    1. Thanks for visiting Susan - I'm already planning the next peeled paint project :o)

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  5. What a lovely piece of altered art - the paint effects are great and I love the heart hanging in the midst of all those lovely words! Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

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    1. Hi Alison - thanks for visiting :o)

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  6. You've done a fab job on this! Thanks for linking it to Tando this month.

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  7. lovely project - thank you for joining us at Tando Creative this month.

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  8. Thank you for sharing with us at Tando Creative this vintage box/drawer beautifully recycled! Coco x

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    1. Hi Coco - thanks for your comments :o)

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  9. WOW! Beautiful piece of recycling Steffi! Thank you for joining us at Tando x

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  10. Gorgeous work! I love the crackle finish and the metal hardware. Thanks for joining us at Tando Creative! :)

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    1. Thanks for your visit Dana - I keep looking for more things to crackle now!!

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  11. Great project! Thank you for joining the MMP challenge!

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    1. Hi Riikka - thanks for your visit and your comments :o)

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