Monday, March 4, 2019

She was a good egg

Hi Everyone,
I'm up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today with this altered tin.

My crafty mojo has been on a major hiatus the past couple of weeks.  You know when you sit down and everything you make is just blah? Or you just sit there and stare at all of your supplies and you've got no ideas? That's been me.  I decided to just play.
I started by taking the Feathers and some PaperArtsy Infusions to colorize them.  I gave each feather a layer of gesso.  Once the gesso is dry I made a puddle of white paint and sprinkled in some infusions.  The infusions will react with the paint, but if you lightly spritz it with water they really come to life.  I dipped and dragged the feathers through the paint.  On a few of them I sprinkled some extra infusions on top of the first layer and spritzed with water. I inked the edges(on the feather I used on this project I used Peacock Feathers) and added a bit of gold using a paint pen. Now I have a whole bunch of feathers in different colors and shades for future projects. 
A while back I got a blank tin from Gina(Ms. Gypsy Soul) and I decided it was time to use it.  I painted the tin using a layer of clear gesso.  I added a crackle glaze from Deco Art.  It's a super fine crackle and I ended up covering most of it up with my paint job, but in certain areas the crackle peeks through.  

The main color is Dina Wakley Turquoise mixed with a hint of Umber.  The speckles were added using Distress Oxide Sprays in Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.   I wanted the tin to look like a robin egg.  
For the inside of the tin I added Tim Holtz Collage paper to the shallow side. I used collage medium to adhere the paper to the tin.  Using water on my finger I ran it around the edge of the tin to rip the paper.  I didn't want it to be exact in the tin.  If you peek there are little spaces where the silver of the tin can be seen.  The frayed and wrinkled edges make me happy.  You all know by now that perfection is not my thing!I added some clipping stickers and edged the paper with a gold paint pen. I love how it looks like loose gold leaf on the ragged edges.  
On the deep side of the tin I cut a piece of paper to fit the back and glued it in using collage medium.  I took one of the Scalloped Tin Inserts and ran it though my 3d Kaleidoscope embossing folder.  Using my finger I ran a thin layer of white paint over the surface.  Before it was dry I rub it to expose the raw chipboard underneath.  I ran my Hickory Smoke Oxide pad over the top to age it too.  The inside edge was inked gold using the paint pen. 

The good egg fairy is sitting on a small plastic egg that I smushed so it was dented on either side.  This gave me a flat surface to glue to the bottom of the tin and a concave side to sit a second egg in.  She is propped forward by placing a small wooden die behind her.
The fairy is a tiny Tim Holtz paper doll that was coated in clear gesso and colored using distress markers.  She has tiny shrink plastic wings and a crown.  The "good egg" was trimmed out of a dictionary and glued to her dress using collage medium. 
To finish the outside of the tin I layered up three washi tapes and glued them to the tin. I used a rub on word in the bottom corner and used foam tape to attach the feather.
I feel like I am back in the groove and hope to start making more projects! 

Can you tell I am ready for Spring? What do you do to break out of a creative funk?


  1. This is so amazing! I love your style and appreciate you sharing techniques with us!! I am totally doing the infusion gesso one!! Thanks again for being an inspiration.. happy mojo!!

  2. Wow! A really beautiful project. A lot of work went into that. Love the way you coloured the feathers - the infusions work well. The eggs are wonderful and you really did achieve a robin's egg look on the tin. Thank you so much for sharing your art with us at Try it on Tuesday.
    Cath x

  3. What a fabulous box and a wonderfully creative techniques . I'm so grateful to have you play along with us at Try It On Tuesday!

  4. A fabulous altered tin, you've included so many details.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday

  5. OH MY GOSH!!! This is unbelievable. You make incredible mixed media and your detailed instructions showing how you created each part was perfect. I am in love with your art and so impressed with this tin. It's truly a perfect entry with your infusions for this fortnight at Try it on Tuesday.

  6. A fabulous project, with so many wonderful additions. Using the Infusions powder to colour the feathers is a great idea. Thank you for joining us over at Try it on Tuesdays this time.

  7. It is wonderful! Glad you decided to play.

  8. Oh what a wonderful little Art box in that nice Vintag style. I love that much. The frontside with the feather looks also so nice and I like the turquoise color which fits perfect to the rusty effects.
    Dear Greetings

  9. Wow Jess! This is a truly fabulous project! The feather alone looks amazing - no wonder you were inspired to carry on! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday and for inspiring me to get going too! Hugs, Chrisx

  10. I'm pinning this treasure to my Easter board! LOVE every fabulous detail and love the girl on the egg...she's a good one!!!

  11. Love your fantastic creation! All the embellishments and details are so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  12. Jess, I just adore this! I'm so happy your creativity has kicked in, because this is sooo inspiring! Hugs!

  13. OOhhh Absolutely Gorgeous Jess !! I adore this littel treasure tin, it´s Wonderful and love every detail.
    Wish you a very nice afternoon,
    Big hugs, Caty


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