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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

"Summertime Blues"

My wooden shadow box cost me 50pence from the local Cancer Research charity shop.  It was plain on the inside (the side I have worked in) and the other side was a children's cartoon mouse.  For 50pence it was very substantial and solid.  I should have taken a photograph of what it use to look like ....but that's me Mrs Impatient!

It is now hanging in the Cubby Hole's exhibition in the collaborative summer centre piece.  I used acrylic paint that I blended myself and then overstamped with acrylic white paint - this was in an attempt to get a "scrubbed washed" look - as if bleached by the sun.  Pale pink flourishes were also added. 

The individual panels in the box were made from the cover of an old Next Directory - these too were painted and stencilled.  Words were added by stamping onto tissue paper and various stamps were used to create the backgrounds.





Some elements were further stamped onto painted card i.e. the flowers above.  The butterflies, bird and foliage are Tim Holtz grungeboard elements and these too were painted in acrylic paints and edged with white acrylic paint to make them hopefully pop out.  Numerous charms have been added



Paper flowers, Magenta swirls and Marianne Creatables leaf sprigs were added to the outside of the frame.  I am entering this piece into the following challenges:-


Flutterby Wednesdays - "open" challenge showing a butterfly in my case

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully commenting, I appreciate you taking the time.  Suzanne ~x~

14 comments:

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Wow Suzanne - this is a stunning altered project. Love the soft colours and the beautiful details, and what a bargain at 50p - that's amazing! Must visit my local charity shops more often!
Hugs, Sylvia xxx

Ali Manning said...

This is beautiful, Suzanne! What started out as a 50p charity shop find has been transformed into a real work of art :)

Steph Lee (Arty Carty) said...

Wow Suzanne. This is an awesome piece of art!! I love all the loving details you added to your 50p box. Thanks for sharing this with us at Tuesday Throwdown.

Brenda Brown said...

What a find and what a transformation Suzanne - amazing work. I love the colours and all the elements you have added to this.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Love how you recycled your Next directory Suzanne. Lovely soft muted colour palette. Great piece of art. Tracy x

Suzi B said...

Fabulous Suze... having seen in the flesh know how lovely it is.
Suzi B x

Artesania said...

Hi ,Suzanne,stunning project with pastell colours and beautiful details,like the flowers and leaves,the bird..
a real masterpeace of Art!
Hugs Gudrun

Cazro said...

Wow! Suzanne this is adorable, I love the colour palette you used, it is so pretty. You are so talented. Why can't I find such bargains when I go on charity shop hunts? Wish me luck on Saturday, going to be doing just that, hunting for some altered art potential. Caz

Danni said...

Truly gorgeous!! Thank you for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

Brenda Brown said...

Hi Suzanne
Just me back again to say a huge THANK YOU for my wonderful candy gift which arrived yesterday. So many lovely things to play with and gorgeous stamps. You are so generous.
Have a great weekend.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Shar said...

Totally stunning!

2amscrapper said...

I love this--beautiful color palette!

Lucy Edmondson said...

So beautiful!

Lucy x

Deedee Anderson said...

What an amazing project! I can't believe you go this box for just 50p -- such a steal, considering how beautiful you have made it! Thanks for sharing this at Tuesday Throwdown. :-)

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