Saturday, August 17, 2013

Jennifer's Altered Box

Hi everyone, Jen here again sharing another project and my first tutorial with you.

Our theme at Zeus and Zoe this month is Altered Vintage so I decided to create an altered vintage writing desk. I got some beautiful images in my DT pack, along with some gorgeous lace and doilies, the hardest decision I had was what to choose.

My writing desk was one of the Off The Page range from Kaisercraft and started out looking like this:

The first thing I did was paint all the edges and add the vintage music sheets provided in my DT pack. I cut up one of the paper doilies in my pack and glued them to the corners of my image. I then used a stencil and some modeling paste to add some texture:

After everything had dried, I used mists, inks and some Luminarte Twinkling H20's to get the desired colour blend. I stitched up the bottom of the doilies to create a flower shape, added some of the vintage buttons from my pack and that was it.

I finished off by inking round the edges of the box with Tim Holtz Tea Dye ink pad and added the Tim Holtz feet to the base. The knob came from Kaisercraft and I added a beautiful, vintage pendant from my pack to make it look pretty.

Now on to my tutorial. I wanted to add one of Marivic's butterflies to the writing desk but the colours just didn't fit in with my design. Here is what I did to change them:

First I applied a coat of Gesso to cover the pattern. 

I wanted to add some interest to the wings, so again I cut some of the paper doilies as seen above. 

I blended in some Tim Holtz ink in bundled sage and tea dye, then used some Smooch to paint the middle and give it an outline.

The only thing left was to glue it all together and add some pearls from my pack. This was the end result:

Thanks for joining me today. 

Jen x


Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

Wow! Gorgeous box! I love the butterfly! =)

Patricia said...

This looks like something I would love to have on my desk as well!!! Loving it Jennifer, well done!

Marivic Clifton said...


what a lovely box! I have one of those Kaisercraft boxes but haven't had a chance to use yet. Thanks for the idea and inspiration! love the butterfly too!!

Norma Gomez said...

Gorgeous project!