Friday, July 1, 2016

A Whale of a Shadowbox

Hi everyone Steph Ackerman here today and I've created a whale of a shadowbox.  Sumer is here and I wanted something summery to hang in my studio.

I started by painting a chipboard whale from Eyeconnect Crafts with  FolkArt Milk Paint by Plaid in Jamestown Blue.  Once dry, I assembled the whale with brads, then painted the waterspout with Petticoat.

I found a delicate wood shadowbox and lightly sanded it with my Delta Sander.  Next I painted the shadowbox - Jamestown Blue around the outside and Petticoat inside.  Once dry, I lightly sanded the shadowbox again with the Delta Sander then painted on a second coat of Jamestown Blue.  The Delta Sander is perfect for accessing small areas.

Around the edges of the shadowbox, I stamped a small design in complementary colors of ColorBox Crafter's Ink by Ann Butler

I adhered the whale across the middle of the shadowbox, then placed assorted die cuts in the boxes.  An anchor holds a sentiment from Rubber Dance in the top box - mesh was adhered along the edges of 3 boxes and some coral die cuts were placed in several other boxes.

To finish I created some clay shells, a fish and a starfish created from Makin's Clay Sea Shell Push Mold and assorted colors of clay which I mixed together to create a variety of colors.  They were mixed amongst the mesh and coral and adhered in place with Beacon Adhesives

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