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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Artful Days: By The Sea project 2

Hi everyone,

My post tonight is my second project for this month's Artful Days Goodie box. I'm flattered and delighted to have been accepted onto Julie Bell's design team for her monthly Goodie boxes which you must know by now are just gorgeous for Mixed Media artists, scrap bookers, art journalers and card makers. The contents of this month's box are so wonderful that I just can't stop making things with them. Hence a second post this week! Tonight I'm posting my 'Mini tin Collage'. I do hope you like it. I had great fun making it.
The tin that I used was a discarded Caran D'Ache Neocolours 11 tin. I have so many of these crayons that I now have them all in a jar on my craft table. Once I knew the size of each side of my tin: 4 and 3/8" by 5 and 3/8", I could select a couple of papers for the backgrounds and cut them to size. However, before I glued anything down I planned and arranged the 'pictures' I wanted to create first.  I 'fussy-cut' a wonderful, typically quirky focal image from one of the beautiful Graphic 45 sheets, cut out some bunting, then selected and cut out some of the sentiments that can be found on several of the sheets. Together with the gorgeous light wood lighthouse and various ephemera, I was ready to start gluing and layering everything in place. There is so much to choose from. Great fun. 
Before I did any gluing, I inked all the edges, even the lighthouse. I didn't want to paint this as it fitted the colour theme so well as it was.  However, I did have to come up with a way of creating the light from the lighthouse. 
Just two little triangles did the job nicely: simple! The lace is not actually included in the Goodie box but it's the only item I added; a lovely piece of vintage lace from my stash. In an attempt to create a wavy sea, I used the piece of denim (which is an added 'freebie' this month) to cut a wavy strip from. I'm really chuffed with how this turned out. It was just trial and error. I put a few folds in and stapled them to create the effect. Love it. Now, all I had to do was add the focal image, sequins, shells (you get tons, all different sizes) gems and other ephemera to complete the scenes. I can't tell you what fun I had 'playing' with all this lovely stash. Julie has hunted down some beautiful, top quality items, almost too beautiful to use. And, of course, because everything complements the theme, it is very easy to build a scene in no time. The hard work has been done for you. 

You can see here how I just kept adding bits and bobs to the scenes until I was happy. Don't you just love that little string of blue beads? That glittery sun is beautiful too. The amber gem in the middle gleams when a light shines on it. Delicious. All it now needed was some doodling! 
And there we are! I'll leave you with a close up of both sides of the tin which is now sitting on the bureau in the dining room catching the afternoon light.  I hope you like it too.  If you love the items I used why don't you pop along to the website and order your own, Here
If you are interested, you can see more photos of this project with more details of how I made it over on the Artful Days blog, Here together with more projects made by Julie and the team.

Thankyou so much for stopping by. See you again soon!