Sunday, 1 April 2018

Mixed media box

It's 1st of April and we have a new challenge at the Country View Challenges. The theme is Pimp it up! and the lovely Evelyn is the hostess this month.

For this challenge, I chose a box which was green, white, gold and I still couldn't decide what to do with it. So it was a perfect subject to alter.

I always admired the works of the mixed media artists, mainly Finnabair's style but I never had the courage to make something similar. But as you can see I took a deep breath and decided to give it a go!

So here is my every colour wooden box:

First I took off the self-adhesive laces.Then I painted black with DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint.

Then I put back the laces and I put on the top too.

I glued cheesecloth on the top. For this, I used decoupage glue. When it was dry I painted black and I did some stencilling in the corners.

Then I cut out some elements with my Big Shot from chipboard and I also chose some metallic elements (wing, screw, key etc.) from my stash.

I used the following dies from Sizzix-Tim Holtz:

Sizzix Bigz Die, Trellis

Sizzix Bigz Die, Caged Bird

Sizzix Bigz Die, Gadget Gears

I painted black the die-cuts.

I arranged the elements and then fixed them one after another. 

Now, it was time to add metallic paints in different colours (pink, purple, green, turquoise).

I spattered with black ink.

I hope you like my box and if you have an altered project, please join our April challenge where you can win a £20 voucher!

With my box, I would like to join the:

- Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Inside the box

- A Vintage Journey: Treasure



  1. Fabulous finish Monika! I recently did a Finnabair inspired canvas but I find it so difficult to put anywhere enough stuff to get the same effect as she does... Happy Easter!xx

  2. This is so beautiful Monika, I love all of the elements that you've used. Have a very happy Easter, Sue xx

  3. It was worth to try the finnabair style, dear Monika - you did a very good job! I like your little box very much.
    Frohe Ostern für deine Familie und dich - und viele bunter Ostereier =)
    Evelyn xxx

  4. Such a great alteration ! Love it !
    Happy Easter !
    Corrie x

  5. awesome Monika - so very glad you went with the Anna Dabrowska style - it worked perfectly! Hugs rachel x

  6. What a fabulous altered box, love the texture and the stunning shimmery colors. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  7. Fabulous textures Monika and love the metallic finishes! Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey for our 'Treasure' challenge, Deb xo

  8. This is magnificent, Monika. I am making a halloween book box right now and looked at all the projects on A Vintage Journey. Your project jumped right out at me. Great job altering your box. Really incredible. Now I have to go order the Caged Bird Die. Thank you for the inspiration. Lucy

  9. What a beautiful transformation of your box Monika! You got the Finnabair technique nailed here - wonderful colors and layers - thanks for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey! Julia xx

  10. What an amazing transformation! I love the steampunk design you created - beautiful 😀. Wishing you a happy and creative week! J 😊

  11. Great transformation Monika, love the colours you chose to create this darling little box. Thanks for taking the time to share it for our fourth birthday celebrations at A Vintage Journey. Hugs Brenda xxx


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