This month I have a chance to present a personal project or style that defines my art. Well I have a few different art pursuits so its a little difficult at this stage for me to say one is more important or dear than the other…(imagine a scene like Toy Story where all my art tools start fighting for supremacy!…lol))
Well today I chose to present an decorated wood blank letter holder.
We can buy these blanks in so many shapes and designs at local art stores in South Africa. There are very few options here in Singapore unfortunately but definitely a lot of options online. (See links below for various regions.) I wanted to go with a vintage shabby chic kind of look for this one. Something neutral in color so it matches some other pieces I have made before. The blanks are raw wood (MDF)and unless you are going to cover every bit of it it is better to paint it a color that matches the papers/decor. I have painted the back , bottom and visible edges in a Moroccan brown tone acrylic paint.
There are very few occasions where I will not come away with pretty paper from the craft store and I will often pick up sets of paper that work together without a real plan in mind. And so it was in this case where I have combined papers from various purchases to create a unique project. All the papers were cut to fit each panel and applied with wood glue.
On the front surface I have used transparent embossing powder through a floral stencil n the one side and texture paste through another stencil on the right. The paper had a really pretty motif which I used as the main focal point and built on that with buttons and flowers. These lovely metal embellishments were in my trinket box, I thought they worked perfectly with this design. I used the damask backing paper as inserts and stamped the words with Stazon ink and alphabet stamps. Some stick on lace and ribbon trimming added a bit of delicacy to the piece. All the edges were distressed with chalk ink.
This box now houses most of our important letters that come in the mail. Especially the ones directed to my husband as he is travelling all the time. This way he has a designated spot to look for his mail.
I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did. Follow me on Creatif Eksperyans for similar projects and other art and crafts.
Happy Easter Everyone!
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