Desk Tidy – Milk Cartons!

Papertake Weekly have a super colour combo theme this week which influenced how I finished off my desk tidy! You’re to use any shades of green and purple in your artwork and here’s my finshed desk tidy, made from recycled milk cartons – I originally saw this on the Arte y Pico site, just the bare bones diagrams. I couldn’t read the instructions as they’re in Japanese!!

And here’s a close-up…

It started as 4 milk cartons, washed out and cut down roughly to the size I wanted. I sat and covered them with torn scraps of paper from books and stash, stuck on and coated with PVA + water. I left them to dry in my craft room and then gave them a thin coat of gesso. Yesterday, I used a combination of red+blue water colors and purple acrylic paint to cover the outsides – so I ended up with two coordinating shades of purple. From there I used black acrylic paint and foam stamps for the images and the edging, which I really like! I ran the lime green ribbon through the Xyron and stuck it on. The last touch was a purple paper and wire rose to the carton on the left and some gold punched out leaves I brought home from work yesterday! I used 3D foam tape to stick the cartons together – it gives them a bit of space as they aren’t perfectly straight or rigid. I also didn’t over-embellish the backs of the cartons so that I can add more to this desk tidy as and when I want to!

As we’re ‘altering’ something this month on Aunty’s Design Team, I’m ahead of myself for once!! Here are the rest of the pics I took whilst making this project… not very complex, work in stages and make something useful and gorgeous for yourself!!

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  1. Fab! I think I’d need more than one desk tidy for mine though lol!!!! Thanks for joining us for the PTW challenge! x

  2. wow this is fab love the colours, stunning 🙂

  3. this is beautiful work !!!

  4. Wow these are fabulous great work ,xxx

  5. Fabulous boxes.

  6. Nice boxes !!!!

  7. Cool project! Now I have to start buying quarts for a while instead of gallon container, just to make this.

  8. You’re so clever *bows*

  9. carolann

     /  May 14, 2008

    Great work Rosie love the desk tidier you are so clever

  10. OMG that purple is jusut the BEST colour!
    And man you are so cretave!
    LOVE this!

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