Thursday, 11 January 2018

Box of Junk

We all hoard "junk" or as we call it
"treasure" lol
So what better way to use it up than by making a 
"Treasure box"
*inspired by another Ina Solsbery vid*

I kept this old box because my youngest had "decorated" it...
 a layer of crumpled tissue for texture...
 White gesso....
 stuff I would never have put together in a million years
on any other project lol...
 more gesso and paint....
 I nearly left it at this point as it looked quite creepy,
 but I was determined to try the faux tarnished metal look
 So after many drippings and dryings...
 adding paints and wiping aways...
 I now have a box to treasure :D
See I knew they would all come in useful one day...

Enjoy :D XXX

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  1. Hi! I was just browsing through different blogs and I came across your blog and wanted to follow your inspirational I am now a new follower!
    This is fantastic! I am truly inspired to give this a try! Thank you for the detailed photos and directions~

    All the Best,

    1. Thank you Jan, I like to share my process whenever I try something new :D XXX

  2. Adore this one Gina. Its similar to how i did my latest piece, (great minds lol ) Gorgeous art work. Hugs June x

  3. This is really lovely Gina, I too have lots of lovely junk (treasure) and this is such a fab way of using it! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Country View Crafts, and have a fun weekend. Sue xx

  4. Oh that's lovely, it just shows you that we should do more with all those things we save!

  5. Wow, Gina, that is gorgeous, what a wonderful transformation and love that you 'redecorated' the box your youngest had so thoughtfully decorated for you :O) Amazing textures and colours, thank you so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey for our Think Inside or Outside The Box challenge, Deb xo

  6. Junk? Where? This is pure treasure all around. You can tell by its shine, and by how all of us are lusting after it. And yes, by "all of us" I mean "me". :-D

  7. Wow Gina! What a treasure! This is so beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing the process! Big Hugs!

  8. You've got me laughing for sure! Soooo much otherwise un-usable junk in our stashes. Love the Grey stage of the process (just add a dolly arm of leg to finish the "creep", and of course the finished painted version is superb. Thanks so much for sharing at Dream In Darkness

    1. Now you've got my mind wandering again lol...I have a mould....mwahahaha

    2. Over here, a mold is the shape you have to make more of the shape. Mould is that, and also the fungal stuff. So when you say you have a mould, I'm thinking athletes foot, candida or some other personal nasty. Get well soon mwahahaha!

  9. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Made by Helen{My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  10. Wow - you really made a work of art out of your plain box Gina - and what a great place to keep all your 'treasures'!! I admire your ability to put all these strange things on your cover and then make them look like they all go together and actually look beautiful!! I always say I'm going to try this and never sit down to do it!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey! Julia xx

  11. OMG, this is so stunning!! A totally fantastic treasure box! Unbelievable what a few coats of gesso and paint can do, - the end result is truly stunning! Thanks so much for adding this to our challenge at A Vintage Journey!

  12. Oh, it ALL comes in handy some day, doesn't it? I mean just look at the JUNK I used on my box project, right?! This is a fabulous transformation! And what makes it so special is that your youngest child's artwork is safely hidden there, too! Precious! Thank you for playing along at A Vintage Journey! Hugs! Sara Emily

  13. You are absolutely right, Gina, we all need boxes for our treasures =)
    Your box turned out wonderful!
    Thank you for joining in with our challengen this month at Country View Challenges!

  14. Your alteration is fabulous Gina and its great to have you join in with us at A Vintage Journey challenge blog this month

    Best wishes
    Annie CG

  15. Love to see how junk turns in to treasure. Box looks stunning! Thank you so much for joining Dream in Darkness challenge, I hope to see you this month also.

  16. Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner - save the bones for our next creArtion!

  17. I am so happy to see your box was chosen as one of the Pinworthies at A Vintage Journey! Such a wonderful was to preserve the artwork of your child! Hugs!