Welcome! I created this Keepsake Box for those of you who know a precious young girl in dance. It is a perfect box for her to store all of her ribbon and mementos . Because of the level of difficulty, I created a second project that is frame-able. It is very simple with two dimensions for those who are new to painting. The other is more challenging because it has shades and highlights making it three dimensional. This is completed using traditional Decorative Painting techniques. Whichever project you create, it will make a lovely gift for someone you love.
Dream Keepsake Box by Debbie Cole, CDA
Stampendous® Jumbo Cling Glance stamp
Stampendous® Cling #SSC1168 and #SSC1169 Vintage Upper and lower case stamps Stampendous®
Fran’s Stack Art Stamps, # SAS01 Angel Wings tamp Set, Damask stamp
Stampendous® Perfectly Clear Acrylic Jumbo and Medium Handles
DecoArt Americana® Acrylic Paint Blue Haze Light, Lamp Black, Spa Blue, White Wash
DecoArt Traditions, Aquamarine
DecoArt Multi-Purpose Sealer
DecoArt DuraClear Matte Varnish
Silver Brush Ltd. Brushes- Golden Natural brushes, 2008S Square Wash, size ½”, 2002S Shader, size #4 and #6, 2000S Round, size #3, Series 2007S Liner, size #00, Monza 2629S Short Round #2, 4, and 6 (for dry brushing)
Surface- 8″ square box or 12″ square acrylic paper
Sponge Wedges ( without oils or lotions)
1.Seal and sand the box. Basecoat with Aquamarine + Spa Blue (3:1). Apply one coat of matte varnish. The paper project is simply based and then varnished. Mark off two inches on each side of the paper.
2. Place the “Glance” stamp onto a large acrylic handle. Dampen cosmetic sponge and remove as much water as possible. Pour a puddle of Spa Blue out on the palette paper. Pounce the sponge into the paint and then on a clean area of the palette. When you look at the bottom of the sponge it should be covered by paint but you should still be able to see the texture of the sponge. Quickly pounce the loaded sponge and apply to the stamp. Stamp it slightly left of the middle of the lid.
If you would like to see how I load stamps with paint, here is a You Tube video showing three different methods of loading stamps with paint. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQk8nqG0shU
3. Basecoat the face with Spa Blue using a 1/2 inch flat brush. Pull the brush up creating an egg shape for the face. Stroke a “c” stoke for the ribbon bun and add a “U” shape for the ear. Coat the head with matte varnish and allow to dry.
4. Load the “Glance” stamp again with Lamp Black. Align it with the face and stamp to add the features to the face. If it is not aligned correctly simply wipe off with a baby wipe and stamp again. Add additional features and add strokes for hair with lines of Lamp Black. Refer to the finished two dimensional project. At this point the female is finished. Simply add a border going around the outer two inches of the square. Refer to the following photo. If painting the box, the remaining instructions are for the box.
5. Add shades with Blue Haze Light and highlights with Spa Blue + White Wash (1:1).Add second shades with Blue Haze Light + Lamp Black (3:1). Add additional highlights with White Wash.
6. Pull softer lines of Lamp Black to fill in the hair and eye brows. Add the lines to the irises with Blue Haze Light. The glints to the eye are Spa Blue.
7. Place the text on an acrylic handle, load with Lamp Black and stamp the lower left corner of the lid. Use the damask stamp to stamp Lamp Black all around the sides of the box.
8.Apply multiple coast of DuraClear Matte Varnish to protect the lid.
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