Thursday, October 13, 2016

Once upon a printed box!

This month we are sharing Altered Box projects.

There were so many ideas swirling around in my head, but I decided to use my Gelli Plate to create prints that I would use to cover a previously purchased wooden box.  My color pallete for my prints was inspired by a Mandala Card which was recently given to me.

I started my transformation of this box by giving it a good coat of Gesso and once this was dry, I used purple paint to paint around all the edges.

Next I took out my Gelli Plate, added a light sandy brown color and covering my plate with this paint color took my first prints.  My second layer was a mix of purple, red and blue paint smeared across the plate using a credit card.  Once I had my plate covered in paint, I added some shapes which were the offcuts left over from a die cut I had been using on a different project.

This combination gave my prints a distressed paint look.

I then traced around each side of my box on the back of my prints and cut to size to cover the outside of my box.  Sticking them down with a liberal coat of Gel Medium.

Once my prints were adhered and dry I added some of the die cut shapes I had previously used as masks on my prints to the top of my box over laying the spots where these shapes appeared on my prints.

I love the uniqueness of this box.  I think I will play with this idea further, as for this box the only question left is whether to add wooden feet to it or not.

Hope you all have a great week!



  1. What a transformation! From plain to an aged looking Morrocan treasure box. WOW

  2. So cool! I love the pattern and colors!