Monday, March 26, 2012

Make this from that...

This past week, my friend Carol and I swapped out our weekly art challenge.  We have done hundreds of projects over the years and they really keep us motivated and challenged.

This week we used blank cardboard boxes 3.5 inches square with a plastic "window" in them.

The idea was to decorate them and turn them into art.  We seldom discuss details since we have a lot of experience with paper and altered art.  It is fun seeing what we come up with a week later.

Here is mine.  Seem to be stuck in mushroom world!

I painted mushrooms on watercolor paper and cut them out. I cut out layers of papers an created a dimensional back ground using adhesive foam squares to make space between layers.  The photo is somewhat poor but there are felt and fabric embellishments on the lid.

Carol, covered her box and created a lovely little  out of paper clay.  It is nestled in moss with a real branch.  Wonderful little scene!

Due to the fact the plastic window reflects the camera flash, I had to take the photos at an angle. I think you can get the idea can make a small diorama out of a regular gift box and just leave off  the cover.  There are so many ways one can create something from what one already has! I save cereal boxes for perfect cardboard for projects and save small gift boxes with can be decorated in so many ways.  White glue, Modge Podge, even glue sticks can be used to glue paper to boxes.

Sadly, I had to add an extra layer of security to comment on this blog.  I have been bogging for a decade now and have had some "spam" comments over the years.  Recently I received one so vile my jaw dropped! It attacked religion, politics, was sexual and racist... quite scary.   It had nothing to do with any subject on this blog. I hope my regular readers were not exposed to it...totally awful.

On a different note, normal spring weather has returned here and I am not at all disappointed.  Call me a traditionalist, but I like the seasons to be in order and enjoy them as long as possible.

How was your weekend?  Are you working on any special projects?  As always,

enjoy the day!


Helen Priem said...

Helen what a great idea,this is the sort of fun stuff I did for my sisters and their children's Birthdays.

I'm sorry you've got such nasty comments,they obviously have no life

April said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! You two gals are the BEST!!! I Adore BOTH Boxes and what FUN to see your styles and creativity!! You are the GREATEST ART Partners!!!!

Robin Andreae said...

That'a a great idea! I love what you both did :-) Sorry about the spam. People can be sooo weird sometimes.