Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Altered Box and Garden Drawer for Imaginarium Designs

Hey everyone, it's Miranda here today to share some projects with you! And I also share quick tutorial on a way to texturize your chippies! I hope you like what you see, if you have any questions do let me know! First up is this altered box I created using the Hope Chest paper line. I just loved the shape and details of this box!
And now for my little garden drawer :)
 I started this project not really knowing what I was going to do Lol. I just had picked up the little flower pots at the store. So I started from there and it turned into this :) I really love it! It cheers me up! I have been really experimenting with color lately! Even purple!
And now I will share how I altered the clock face.
I started out by applying a light coat of gesso, just for coverage. I used a sea sponge to adhere it.
After that coat was dry, I went back in and put a much thicker coat, focusing on random spots. You will want it to be thick so it will hold the beads we are going to add.
Next I used some seed beads and just little ones I had in my stash. They can be any color cause you will be painting over them. Mine are white and pink. Push them into the areas with the thick gesso.
*Tip* I heat set everything between layers, it will keep your chippie in a stronger state and won't be flimsy from too much inking and spraying.
After I dried those beads, I added some glass bead gel. I clumped it on in random areas, it will look gunky until it dries, then the medium that the beads are suspended in will disappear, and only the little baby glass beads will remain. I love this stuff!
Voila! Lots of texture! I went back over everything with a light coat of gesso before I sprayed.
The colors I sprayed with are Shimmerz Cotton Candy, Olive Branch, and Treasured Hymn. Use any sprays you want to create the colors you like!
 little close up! Before I added it to my project I went in with some liquid pearls for added detail
Well that's it for me today (long post huh? hehe). I hope you all like my projects! Thank you so much for viewing! Hugs!
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  1. Fabulous creations! I love that first one.

  2. Wow! These are amazing! Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Beautiful projects Miranda. I really love the garden drawer, it's sooo pretty. Fabulous technique on the clock too, thank you for sharing. ox Marg

  4. OhhhhWOW Miranda, great projects, I liked both of them.
    Hugs Astrid

  5. Beautiful creations Miranda! Love them both! Hugs, Els.

  6. Great idea, I love this, I have jars of wild color seed beads and bottles of micro glass beads just sitting on a shelf. Now I actually have a use for something I got about 7 years ago and just wouldn't throw away. Love the way it looks on the chippies and I really love this new Hope Chest line also.

    1. Thank you sweetheart! oh I love those beads! I never throw anything away Lol!

  7. PS Would love to see a video tutorial on covering that curved box with all the different trim on it also.

  8. WOW loving both projects!!! So amazing the things you do! Question: Is the glass beads gel a stronger hold than if I used glossy accents? I've never hear of this gel (still new to a lot of mediums -_- ). Thks hun

  9. +I love your altered art. So glad we will be seeing you on G45. Lanna

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  21. Miranda, this is so beautiful! How did you adhere the paper to the pot? I have watched your video n you mentioned that you embossed the paper down but I am not sure how you did it. Love all your creations. :)