Colourful Mixed Media Box, by Leila

Hey everyone, it’s Leila here! Really excited to share my first blog post with you all.

I have been *so* excited about February’s box! The colours in this box are just incredible. They’re bold, bright and it’s impossible not to make something with this stuff that isn’t going to stand out. I especially love the Bramble Fox embellishments. I just can’t get enough of the Bramble Fox stuff at the moment, they’re just so gorgeous. Another item in this box that has really impressed me is the gloss. I have really enjoyed popping a little bit of glamour onto my pieces by using this, it’s so easy to use and it’s great mixed with inks/ paint.

I’m a bit of a tech addict and I have a load of boxes laying around. I just can’t bring myself to bin them. I might use them at some point. Well, that point has finally come and I have decided to convert my iPad box into something more useful and attractive.

So, here’s how I did it!

Tutorial

  1. First of all, get together you materials. The box just developed as I went along, so it’s good to have a few embellishments and materials around to help inspire you. I didn’t use all of what’s in this picture, but it’s nice to have options.

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2. To start off I needed to create a base, so for this I used gesso. I knew I wanted it to be slightly textured, so I used a sponge (just a makeup sponge in one of those big packs from Poundland), and dabbed. It took 2 coats to completely cover the images on the box. Iused a heat gun in between layers to speed up the process.

3. Once the base was finished and dried, I mixed some ink with the heavy gel medium gloss, from the February kit. It was really easy to mix and the results were very vibrant on the box, as you can see (below).

In order to create more texture, I also used modelling paste on one side of the box. Again, I used the heat gun to speed up the drying process. Before I dried the modelling paste, I added some pink glass glitter to give the box a bit of a sparkle.

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4. After I dried the modelling paste, I used some spray ink and continued to add colour. You can use inks, acrylic paints too to create a design of your choice. Once I was happy with the colours, I started to add some fabric and embellishments from the February kit to decorate the box. Along the side of the box, I used a gold paste to give it a shimmer and make it stand out more.

5. Et Voila! My finished box. I really love to use the Bramble Fox embellishments. The badges in this box were my absolute favourite. So colourful and can be used in so many ways. I also loved the felt flowers. There are two in the box, this pink one (nelow) and a blue one that’s more rose like.

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I hope you enjoyed this project. If you make you own, please remember to share on social media and don’t forget to tag Thompson Crafts.

Happy Crafting… Until the next time!

Leila xx

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