Friday 4 July 2014

Shabby Box workshop

I had a request from some of the ladies at The Art of Craft where I do some workshops, they wanted to make a ‘pretty’ box. So having chosen some lovely Graphic 45 papers to play with and having a play with the jumbo tattered florals die this is what I came up with.
shabby altered box
The box was first painted with white acrylic paint, dried and then a peach colour, this gave us the base to work on. We used Graphic 45 Secret Garden papers to cover the box on the outside ……
…. and on the inside.
After the papers had been, cut, torn and glued on securely I dry-brushed the papers with white acrylic paint to take off that new look and added some lace which I had painted.
crackle paste
We used a Memory Box stencil and Dreamweaver crackle paste, it produces these gorgeous small cracks when heat dried. I was going to rub over with walnut stain distress ink but I thought it would grunge it up too much, so left it white.
Even the bottom of the box was covered with the G45 papers…….
…. and the base of the lid.
shabby rose
The big shabby rose was made with card, coloured with distress inks and cut from both the tattered florals and jumbo tattered florals dies, I used 12 layers of four different sized petals in total and was inspired by Paula Cheney who made one similar to this and put up a great tutorial on her blog – One Lucky day. On the bottom layers of the petals I used fired brick and graduated upwards using, victorian velvet, tattered rose and then antique linen for the smallest layers, once it was made I rubbed the walnut stain DI pad over some of the edges of the petals to finish it off.
I sanded down the edges and added some walnut stain DI to age it even more and some shabby ribbon scrumpled with tumbled glass and stormy sky DIs, it was then finished.
shabby altered box

At the end of the workshop I managed to take some photos on the iphone, the light is not good but you will see hoe lovely these turned out with the different colour paints people chose to use.

If you follow A Vintage Journey the new challenge winner and pinworthy mentions are up today, please go take a look to see the wonderful projects the Creative Guides have chosen.

Have a great weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx


Astrid Maclean said...

Oh stunning Brenda!! Really love how your box turned out!! There are such great shabbying techniques incorporated here and the giant flower looks brilliant! Fab use of those papers too. Your pupils' boxes all look wonderful too.

You should add it to my challenge at Our Creative Corner!!

massofhair said...

Wow, am loving the huge flower on your delicately decorated box, seeing a lot of these around but not as nice as this one!

Great workshop images, everyones projects all beautiful, tfs:-) xxx

Unknown said...

Beautiful, it is amazing work.

Paper Profusion said...

These are all so pretty Brenda - lucky class! Nicola x

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Stunning Brenda, you teach your pupils well judging by the gorgeous work they created too :)

Have a great weekend
Donna xx

Redanne said...

Wowzers Brenda, that is one fabulous flower! I really love how you used a different colour for the central petals, it looks so realistic and the splats look fabulous too. That set of G45 papers was an excellent choice for the box and didn't your ladies do well!! Hugs, Anne xx

Joanna Wiƛniewska said...

Love your box, flowers is gorgeous and the colors.
Love the all boxes too :)

Words and Pictures said...

Definitely pretty - it's absolutely lovely! Great papers and the flower is stunning, and the whole class have created really beautiful boxes too. I see Astrid's ahead of me with the suggestion about OCC!
Alison xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful work! Valerie

Kathyk said...

Gorgeous project from you and the other ladies.

Seems like an age since I got to visit your blog - my apologies - hope you are well.

Happy Friday ..... I have crafters coming for the weekend and we'll be tarmac-ing Bristol!!!


Gram's Treasures said...

Beautiful projects from everyone! They all turned out so nice, with all the different colours.
Joyce xx

Nan G said...

Wow love your box. And the class made some fabulous flowered boxes.

froebelsternchen said...

so pretty and this flower ist just stunning!
Happy weekend!

Unknown said...

This is gorgeous Bren, great choice of papers and media - love the crackled stencilling. Well done to all the ladies in your class too, they're makes are all stunning. Chris xxx

Margreet said...

You made a beautiful box with an awesome flower...lovely to see how the other boxes and flowers turned out to be so different from each other.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
xxx Margreet

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

GORGEOUS from absolutely every angle! And that flower is definitely a show-stopper. 12 layers of petals?? You go, girl! It was also totally enjoyable to see how the other versions turned out that the workshop members made. Kudos to all of you on a sweet and breathtaking creation.

Dagmar said...

oh - I love your box and the flower is so beautiful! The other boxes are fantastic to - great work!!!! Hugs Dagmar

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! The papers, the texture and that beautiful blossom - I also enjoyed viewing the boxes created by the others.

Inkypinkycraft said...

A really gorgeous box Brenda, love the shabby feel, gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous flower! Yum! X

Nikki Acton said...

Lovely! I really must come to more of your workshops xxx

debby4000 said...

Gorgeous gift box.

hazel said...

A gorgeous box Brenda, the flower is fabulous - love all the other boxes too.
xxx Hazel.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Looks like a very creative workshop, all of the boxes are wonderful.

Martina said...

How incredibly gorgeous these are, I love the beautiful colours and the shabby design, Brenda! Totally stunning!

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

That looks like a great workshop day - beautiful 'pretty' boxes! xxx

craftytrog said...

I bet your ladies loved this class Brenda! All of the boxes look absolutely stunning!
Alison xxx

Terry said...

Wow these boxes are stunning! I love the effect of that crackle paste and those flowers are gorgeous! Brenda, I just know your students have a blast! Hugs!

Mary Elizabeth said...

What a great workshop!! Everyone made such beautiful vintage boxes. Love the design Brenda with that gorgeous shabby rose on top (I'll have to drop by Paula's blog and check that out!) Really love the lace trim that you added and you gotta love the Graphic 45 paper (love the time worn look you gave to them -- that's the sort of detail I forget sometimes!). Just lovely!! -- Mary Elizabeth

Annie said...

Absolutely gorgeous Brenda x such a beautiful box for special keepsakes. Your flower is amazing. The ladies projects are wonderful and it looks like they had the most wonderful time.

Hugs Annie x

Jenny Marples said...

Utterly fabulous as a project for your ladies to complete Brenda. The flower is of course just perfect and didn't they do a wonderful job with their own versions. Jenny x

Marjie Kemper said...

You sure work wonders with that tattered floral die! My stars... the flowers are stunning!