“Oriental” – MMM

Diane’s Mixed Media Monday challenge blog is always fun to take part in and one that I thoroughly enjoy Guest Hosting now and then. I was in the process of altering these two blank boxes and had chosen reds, Asian newsprint and a couple of lovely images from the ‘Geishas’ Faux Postage sheets at Ten Two Studios. Between us, we came up with “Oriental” as the theme title, so here they are:


Looks big, doesn’t it? The sides of the hexagonal lid are all about 1″ long, so it’s quite a dinky little box, and only 2″ high!


The oval one is about 2 1/2″ at its longest point – again deceptively small!

Both were brown blanks to begin with. I used an Asian newspaper page which was part of the wrapping in my TTS box, brayered with Fired Brick distress ink. I stuck that to the lid with gel medium and folded it over where necessary. As the newspaper is thin, it wasn’t at all bulky and dried quite quickly.

I then trimmed the excess paper from the edges with scissors. I cut the images I thought would go best together from the Faux Postage Sheets (here) and stuck them to the tops with gel medium. Using my finger tip, I applied a thin coat of gel medium to the entire lid of each box – sealing the image and the newspaper too.

I used the same distress ink on the bases, applying it directly to the boxes from the inkpad… Some detailing with the gold Krylon-style pen, a few embellies and there you have 2 little “Oriental” boxes – ideal for trinkets or earrings, beads or buttons.  🙂

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  1. beautiful boxes Rosie, love the colorcombination and the images!!

  2. Fabulous oriental boxes!!!

  3. wow! these are gorgeous!

  4. Oh, yum! They are both fabulous! I really need to find some Japanese text and include it in some work soon…it is great on your pieces! Nice job.
    Peace & Love,
    ♥ Barb ♥

  5. Your artwork is gorgeous, as always, Rosie…love this box art!

  6. Beautiful work! Stunning sampler for us all to follow

  7. What fantastic boxes. I love them both.

  8. What absolute treasures you’ve created Rosie, inspiring us all! Thank you for such a lovely challenge. oxo

  9. Absolutely gorgeous, love your boxes

  10. These are fantastic!

  11. mixedmediamonday

     /  March 23, 2009

    They are stunning boxes, Rosie! It’s always a pleasure to have you as guest host – I hope you’ll have time to do so again once your move is complete! Good luck with moving! Diane

  12. Beautiful artwork and fantastic box!!!

  13. Thanks for being our host Rosie x
    Your work is so beautiful on such tiny boxes…
    You never fail to inspire xxx

  14. Fabulous artwork and beautiful box!!!

  15. Amazing boxes! Think of all the treasures they can hold! 🙂

  16. So beautiful! Love the gold. Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. Beautiful art! Love it!

  18. wonderful! love the theme, rosie.

  19. Beautiful boxes – wonderful artwork. Thanks for hosting the challenge

  20. Rosie, what beautiful little boxes. Real works of art! You produce the most unusual and creative beauties for these challenges. I always look forward to seeing what you’ve done.

  21. Both boxes are beautifully altered Rosie, perfect little treasures:)

  22. Amy

     /  March 24, 2009

    these lil’ boxes are so delightful!

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