Anyway - this is the project I did manage to get done :-)
I bought this old pencil box at a boot sale, I think it was 50p ( me and my thrifty finds...) lol :-) I told Carlo I would alter it and he said it was ghastly and anyway, it'd be too much trouble...
Pah! What do men know? :-)
First thing was to sand it back a bit and then repaint in acrylic. I chose a nicer red - Christmas Red by Anita's. Then came a lot of inking - of course ;-). It's lined with inked spotty paper, and the lid covered with a beautiful scripty heavy paper - sorry, no idea what, but ancient.
The magistical memories filmstrip was painted, as was the bookplate and folk heart, then inked and once dry I outlined everything with a Krylon Bronze leafing pen. Fiddly, but looks gorge.
I dyed some silk flowers, and outlined them with bronze pen, and decorated the paper ones with bronze stickles and pen also. The heart was wrapped in crinkly copper wire, and I altered some pewtwr brads with krylon pen. Lace coloured with 7 gypsies colour wash. Rub on, deco brad, ribbon and fibre make up the lid pull, and finally everything was drybrushed with copper gold acrylic.
The hardest part was finding and choosing suitable old pics to shrink and sepia tone - I have too many!
Inspired by the idea of making a memory box for the coffee table I hope to fill this with old photo's of Christmas past, Santa notes and other memorabilia for the family to browse.
Thanks for looking - I hope you like my project!
Family news, Vin went up to Birmingham's Carling Acadamy last night to watch Bullet for my Valentine, Black Tide, Bleeding Through and Lacuna Coil with his mate Ollie ( and Ollie's mum and dad, who are considerably braver than me...) He came home with ringing ears... lol, but had a brilliant time and escaped the Mosh Pit's with his life! I shall now be subject to listening to this for days no doubt.... pity me!
Ok, work calls. More later!