As a Photographer and Mixed Media Artist, I am definitely in my comfort zone creating Art Photography, Metal Art or Handmade Art Cards. Some of my work hangs in Art Galleries and has been published in numerous Art publications. Currently, I also have the honor of being an ARTIST IN RESIDENCE 2016 for ImagineCrafts/Tsukienko.
I live in sunny Tampa, FL with my husband and have made a full-time career creating amazing art. I'm hopeful you will enjoy my work as much as I enjoy creating it.
Friday, December 4, 2015
MATCH BOX MUSIC BOX
As an Artist In Residence 2016 for
ImagineCrafts /Tsukineko, I have created this tutorial featuring
Creative Medium and other wonderful products to produce a unique and
textured design for this MusicBox. My inspiration comes from my
childhood when I collected matchboxes from every restaurant I visited.
Without matches it was just an empty box but perfect for small rocks,
beads, etc. One day while creating unique boxes for jewelry Presto! the
idea of a greeting card was born. About 18 years ago I revisited some
cards I’d made and thought, what would happen if I dismantled a large
matchbox and used it for something other than storage? The answer is a
Match Box Music Box. This box is Christmas-themed but these keepsake
gifts can be made for any occasion.
**This tutorial may seem rather involved, but I guarantee you it’s worth the all the time, the effort and attention to detail.
Difficulty: Intermediate – Advanced
Time: One Hour + drying time
1. Take a large matchbox and carefully dismantle the top piece.
2. Paint both top and bottom surface with
Gesso [Black or white work best.] It may take more than one coat to
cover design to your satisfaction. Cover dried box top with fabric – I
used White Sticky Back Canvas. Make sure to paint Gesso along the edges
3. Now take the box and apply white
Gesso. *Optional step: Apply a water-base clear varnish. This creates
wonderful reflections of the inside of the box.
4. Take Music Box movement and place it
in the left hand corner of the box. Mark the point where the ‘key turn’
touches the box. Take box top and wrap around box bottom and mark the
same point. Make a hole in these two places – an eyelet setting tool is
ideal for this task. Take a piece of patterned paper and line bottom of
box. Apply a thin coating of the Creative Medium to paper using a sponge
brush. Apply decorative trim of choice to both ends of the music box
5. Take Snowflake Stencils and Creative Medium colors to create a design on the box top both inside and outside, as desired.
6. Take Creative Medium color[s] and
spread onto heavy card stock, watercolor paper or heavy Kraft paper.
Allow medium to dry. Take different Snowflake die and cut numerous
snowflakes from this piece of coated paper. These Snowflakes will become
the decoration for the inside of the music box. NOTE: Each snowflake should consist of at least two layers to give them strength and substance.
7. Take two Q-Tips and cut off cotton
tops. Rub each paper stick in Memento Danube Blue ink mixed with a small
amount of water. Let dry. Take some Creative Medium with your fingers
and rub onto paper sticks. Cut sticks to different lengths and attach
the ends with glue.
8. Take Music Box movement and align the
key turn to the hole you made. Glue movement to the bottom of box. Apply
Creative Medium to the movement itself being careful not to paint the
roller. This will help make it blend better into the whole design. Then
glue bottom end of Snowflake sticks into the box, as desired
9. Take top piece and wrap around the box and glue both pieces together with strong glue.
10. To finish, decide which type of
closure you’re going to use. I used two Snowflake shaped buttons painted
with Creative Medium Iridescent Turquoise. I attached one button to the
front of the box and one to the back. A piece of metallic cord is
strung from the front button closure to the back to keep the box closed
tightly so the music doesn’t play until the box is opened. The key to
the musical movement is attached to the back closure with another piece
of elastic cord so it doesn’t get lost.