Friday, 27 February 2009

A "BLANK" CANVAS ....?

Hope that you managed to find some kind of card or wooden blank to alter - they are such fun and (as they say around here) cheap as chips! My book blanks were two for one pound which can't be bad. I wanted to make it into a Harry Potter-ish tome, vaguely weird and wizardly, so I had a LOT of fun with this. I've used a K&Co paper from the Verbena range, and all sorts of bits of brass from my collection, plus a hand-made key. I lined the inside in a toning striped paper and the book plate says "enquire within" partly because I haven't yet decided what I'm going to put in it!! The sides were made of finely corrugated cardboard to suggest pages, so I painted them gold and then antiqued and distressed it because it was too bright and brassy.


Linda's blank was a tissue box cover which comes in two parts - base and lid. She's used all kinds of images, including birds and nests to cover it, and as you can see there is a quote running around the edges of the lid which reads
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words and never stops at all. - Emily Dickenson



Now we look forward to seeing what YOU can do .... and courtesy of our lovely sponsor Artchix this time there'll be this lovely prize on offer! (see below) Do go and visit their site as you'll find a selection of the most delicious materials you could ever want to play with!
Also included in the package is a new Tim Holtz ATC background stamp and a flower mini-book.

27 comments:

Rosie said...

Utterly gorgeous, b oth of them! You come up with the most wonderful items (still have to find a rock!) and I love joining in... I only have small blank boxes, but I'll alter a couple later!!

Jaqi said...

Wow, you have created two beautiful pieces here. You have some fantastic ideas, thanks to both of you for being such an inspiration, now im off to find a blank something ! Cheers Jaqi x

AliMayes said...

Well- I've got the box so watch this space!
Love what you've done with yours by the way.
Ali xx

Cora said...

Here is my box.
http://paperflowers1.blogspot.com/2009/02/for-art-adventure-this-week-here-is.html

~Barb~ said...

OMG, your book/box is awesome! I love how it's taken on a whole new life and meaning. Absolutely gorgeous!
Peace & Love,
~Barb~

magpie said...

Rosie How wonderful is that the book is amazing I have to do one the corners are fab the whole book is yummy..........
Guess you know I like it....
Sharon xx

magpie said...

Linda I love your tissue box that is amazing also.
The quotes are really nice ones I can see I need to find a mojo !!

Sharon xx

Talking Horses Arts said...

Wow..these are awesome! Gotta try this.love both of them.
Well gotta go and find "blanks"..LOL
Andrea.

Dolores said...

They are both stunning. Very inspiring.

azLizJane said...

Your work inspired me to jump in and play with a blank wood cross. Both of your pieces are exceptional!

Here is my submission:

Jeweled Cross

Thanks for stopping by.

Liz

Viv's Visuals said...
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hurleymurley said...

As I woke up this morning I had an idea and I just had to share it straight away.

You know how it was becoming too much to post pictures of everyone's work every week?

Well how about a flickr group, so we can all put our own pictures into the photo pool?

Just an idea! I had to tell someone before I forgot it!

Viv's Visuals said...

Fabulous examples you have done this week.
Have deleted my first comment as I've added something else to my blog and didn't want you having to trawl down the page!
So here is the link now

http://vivsvisuals.blogspot.com/2009/02/box.html

Thanks for looking.

hurleymurley said...

I'm loving everyone's creations so far. I love seeing all the different styles people have.

Here's my contribution.

AliMayes said...

Well, I've done it and here is my box. Thanks for looking.
Ali xx

Dawn said...

Beautiful!! What fun challenges you have here - glad I found you! You have wonderfully talented followers too - the submissions are amazing - definitely inspiring!

Thanks for sharing and Best Wishes!

*jean* said...

i had a great time with this one! thank you for all you two do! i so appreciate your fun challenges!
mine is on my blog...

jean :O)

Jendy said...

Again you have given us a fantastic challenge. You can find mine on my blog.

Thanks,
Jendy

Virginia said...

Wonderful theme..Love the sample pieces.
Mine is Here
Thanks for looking.

Jan said...

Thank you both for another great challenge. Mine is on my blog. Thank you for looking.

Kimmie said...

My dollar store did not have one of those boxes .... I ended up using an empty paper box for chocolates left over from valentine's day ....

My Box is Here

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

As always the inspiration pieces really are VERY inspiring! Thank you Linda and Rosie for another great challenge.

Here is my card holder:

http://bitze.wordpress.com/2009/03/02/abaa-a-blank-canvas/

Jan said...

I'm on a roll here! Have made a gypsy box which is on my blog. Thank you for looking

Jaqi said...

Well im finished , a day earlier this week.....Im getting a proper slow coach at finishing sorry.
You can find my altered box here Thank You Jaqi

Rosie said...

I know it's late, but I have made a pin from a wooden blank for your challenge (plus a couple of boxes, but they aren't dry yet!)
Just have a giggle at what happened when I was thinking of food!!

http://alteredartandstuff.wordpress.com/2009/03/05/peeking-duck/

Smullis said...

Here's my altered box.

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