My latest finished box piece. It’s untitled as of now but I may eventually title it something.
I used a small soap box a friend bought back from a short hotel stay in Peterborough. I’m glad my my friends know to not bring me back souvenirs but old boxes and paper ephemera.
The interior of the box is painted black with acrylic paint and the inside back panel is red, purple and white acrylic ink.
The vintage anatomical heart image is available here from The Graphics Fairy and is attached to the box with black thread.
I then drew various sized gears form black card to fit inside the box at different heights and different lengths into the box.
I covered the outside of the box with old book scans (that I actually scanned quite a while ago) and distressed the outer edges with black ink.
To finish off the piece I added a blue teardrop rhinestone and transferred my beetle temporary tattoo from my Wonderbeats Kickstarter reward.
Look at my other box pieces:
Here and here.
I had some artwork off-cuts of cream and brown paper that had been inked which I didn’t to throw away. Of course I decided to make them into a bookmark.
The image is from The Graphics Fairy (as always). I used a little bit of ink to enhance her detailing and image transfered the quote “Finishing a good book is like leaving a good friend.”
On the back, over the top of the purple and white ink, I used a simple craft text stamp.
Now I kind of want to make a series of these and possibly sell them…maybe. Even if I don’t sell them, I’ll have some nice bookmarks for myself.
I need to do a little trial of setting up an online shop to sell a few things I’ve made recently.
I decided to make another piece with an Illamasqua eyeshadow box. I wanted to create something more abstract than the scene I created before.
Using the name of the eyeshadow as inspiration, I stitched between the two sides of the box with black thread- making a network of both connecting and parallel thread.
I cut thing strips of tracing paper and slid them into thread in different postions. I then used a pipette and ink pull the thread and tracing paper together. Finally I glued the front of the box back onto the main section to complete the piece.
I also created something with a Sugarpill eyeshadow box.
This time I took inspiration from Tako’s colour itself- white. For this I created clouds on an ink background and added blue inked rain drops. I then built up the scene with cut out paper clouds attached with foam squares at different heights from the base of the box.
I used black cardboard to create a kite silhouette and also attached that with a foam square, glueing one final cloud shape to the kite itself. I attached black thread to the centre of the kite, pulled tight and glued to the bottom of the box.
I used red thread, attached it to the bottom of the kite, twisted it round and glued it to the bottom of the box.
Finally, to finish, I cut out the ‘Tako’ from the box sticker and attached it to title the piece.
Link to my first eyeshadow box piece.
I generally keep packing I find interesting. It either gets stored away in one of many boxes ready to be put into my book of collected ephemera or used in artwork in some way.
As you can imagine, I didn’t want to throw my beautiful Illamasqua packaging away, so I decided to make things with them.
This is an eyeshadow box; I have 2 other eyeshadow boxes and a lipstick box that I have yet to decide what to do with.
I opened up the box and added ink to the back panel. I then cut a few different shapes out from previously ink coloured card and layered them with foam stickers on top of each other for dimension. I finally stuck a small inked bird to the inside of the front panel. I painted the box black, leaving only Illamasqua and the line Make-up for your alter ego. I took the Burst name sticker off the top of the box and added it to the front to title the piece.