Friday, January 05, 2007

altered art boxes

Isn't it funny how we get in these little moods to create certain things? Lately, I find myself wanting to create art-like boxes. I have always loved boxes. I like wooden boxes especially. They are, to me, little places to hide our little treasures. Our love notes, best friend letters/notes, and many other secret little treasures.

Every time I am fortunate enough to find an old little box at a garage sale or some other place, I have to search it all over for any possible hidden treasures. I know there might be something behind the fabric lining...I used to hide my own little secret treasures under the pink, satin, fabric lining of my little musical ballerinna box. That is where my little secrets were. I did not know that many girls found there little sacred hiding places in that same location. I figured that out when I watched Silence of the Lambs! Ohhh! Scarry! ANYWAYS......

This box was created by me in response to inspiration from my sweet friend Renea Hipp. She made the most beautiful altered art box and made the mistake of showing it to me 0ne day. I loved it. I wanted it so much. When I begged her for it she told me I could have it without a moments hesitation. She's like that...generous and giving. So, I put the beautiful box created by my friend on my dresser. I keep a few little secret treasures in this box. I see it everyday, so eventually, I decided I must try to create a similiar box.

This box has my mother's face on it. That makes it even more special to me. I have this lovely photo of my mother from when she was a teenager that I had to use on something! This was the perfect place.

Now, this not a collage at all. I wanted to see if Prisma Colored Pencils would work on wood. I felt like they did work good on wood. However, I did have to sharpen my pencils more frequently. I "antiqued" the entire piece with a black watercolor wash.

I have about 4 small wooden boxes my mother gave me that I plan to work on this weekend. I wonder what I will come up with....?
Another Note From Me: Another techinque I find myself drawn to lately is "encaustic paintings and collage". I am reading and studying about this type of art. I Want To Try It! So much for narrowing down my techinques to one or two styles/techinques! What is it, the 5th of January? That did not take long for me to break my New Year's Resolutions. No matter what, you are who you are!