Monday, 18 July 2016

Life in the Sea

Hello crafty friends..
Welcome to my page today. I have been wanting to do a project with animal and the undersea theme and there were just some challenges which inspired me to give it a try!
As always, I went about altering an empty packaging box lying around at home. The box was all black and so easy for me to start off.
I started by sticking all the beachy and sea stuff that I had in my stash including some sea shells collected probably 20 yrs back!
I first stuck the net and went about sticking the sea animals and shells with quick drying glue. 
Once they were secure, I gave the whole box a coat of black gesso.
As this was drying, I made some homemade texture paste with sand and smeared it all around the base of the box except where the lid would sit. I applied the same on the base of the lid too.
By this time the gesso was dry and I picked up a dry brush and some white acrylics and started to work on the lid. I just love the subtle yet dramatic look of dry brushing! It just hit randomly and I love the pattern created! The lid was coming to life with this look!
The texture paste too had dried; I went about doing the same dry brushing, this time with blue acrylics. The effect was that of waves on beach sand with the animal life above!
What a spot! Just inspired me stamp the quote...”IF I COULD LIVE HERE”.
Do you wish the same???
This was a quick and easy project. I sealed the box with a coat of ultra matte varnish and loved the porcelain look to the animals and shells!

I would like to take this box to the following challenges...
Deco Art-Under the sea challenge
Anything but Cute- Summer time
MIXED MEDIA WORLD- Under the sea
The Corrosive Ch blog- Nature/ animals
Try It On Tuesday- Happy holidays
Simon Says Stamp Monday blog- Nautical/by the sea
A Vintage Journey- Monochromatic
Blog studio 75- No flowers
Berry71bleu-Fantasy It is

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling,
Cheers.














30 comments:

  1. Love the fantastic wintry ocean colours and the fishing net texture works brilliantly with all the other embellishments.
    Alison x

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  2. beautiful effect Rupa, love the porcelain kinda look of the sea creatures !!

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  3. Wonderful altered box with great ideas

    Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday

    Love Chrissie xx

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  4. Loved it to the Bits !! Fabulous finishing touches n loved the texture using sand:) you could like it to SSS Monday challenge too :)

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  5. Loved it to the Bits !! Fabulous finishing touches n loved the texture using sand:) you could like it to SSS Monday challenge too :)

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  6. So beautiful - an amazing box! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday!
    Susi

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  7. A fabulous altered box. The sea details all look awesome. Thank you for joining us at TioT's.
    Yvonne xx

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  8. Oh my! This really is beautiful! So pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

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  9. Such unique colors Rupa and the netting is gorgeous

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  10. A delightful altered box with wonderful details. I so love sea themes and this is gorgeous, the colours would fit at AVJ as well. Great make Rupa xxx

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  11. Such a wonderful nox, Rupa. I love the clustering you have done and the overall look of the box. Amazing!

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  12. Rupa, I just love everything about this project! The dry brushing brings all those elements to life! I love the fishnet background and the seahorse is just adorable! Love, love, love this! Thank you so much for joining in our Summertime Fun challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs, Anne DT xx

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    Woooow, Rupa, I am totally in love with this marvelous piece! What a beautifully created background and your seahorse is simply stunning! I love how you used a dry brushing on top! A trully brilliant piece of art! Thank you so much for joining in our Summertime Fun challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Branka DT :)

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  15. Oh Rupa! What a fabulous project, I am so in love with!!! The layering of elements and color are brilliant and your sentiment is true perfection! One of my favorites for sure! Thanks for sharing with us at Anything But Cute! Hugs, Autumn

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  16. This is a wonderful project, Rupa! I love how you made your own texture paste with sand, what a great idea! The top with the rope and nautical elements makes me feel like I am at the ocean finding treasures. Fantastic! Thanks so much for joining our monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp! hugs, Maura

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  17. Rupa - this looks like a "real" box that you would buy at a department store - it's LOVELY. Such great use of textures - found objects - and the monochromatic color is just STUNNING. Thanks bunches for joining our DecoArt Media, Under the Sea challenge. Joi

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  18. Rupa, this is a beautiful sea themed box with a lovely use of found objects, painted so beautifully! Certainly is quite different from your usual colorful work, but I LOVE it! Thank you for joining our Summertime Fun challenge at Anything But Cute with this treasure! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

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  19. What a wonderful cover you created Rupa! so much texture and shading of blues - what a lovely box to store special items in! Thanks for joining us in the AVJ monochromatic challenge! Julia xx

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  20. Beautiful altered under the sea box. Thanks so much for joining on the DecoArt Media Under the Sea Challenge

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  21. Wonderful creation!
    Thank You for joining our challenge at Berry71Bleu!

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  22. A really lovely altered box . Love those colours and the netted string - wonderful touch.
    x

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  23. Gorgeous creation and thank you for sharing with Things to Alter.

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  24. Stunning box. Thanks for playing with us on Studio 75 blog. :)

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  25. This is such a wonderful mixed media project! I love the distressed look and all of the texture!

    Thank you for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge for our Animals/Nature challenge.

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  26. Fantastic work :) Thank you for playing with us on Studio75 challenge!

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  27. This is a brilliant project for our under the sea theme at DecoArt, I love the deep sea look and fabulous textures Rupa. Thanks for sharing and joining in the challenge xxx

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  28. Beautiful repurposing of a simple box. Your underwater theme is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing with us at DecoArt's under the sea challenge.

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  29. Beautifully altered box, loving the colour! Thank you so much for joining us for the DecoArt Media Under the sea Challenge. Tracy xoxox

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