Saturday, 8 June 2013

Upcycling Twitter challenge stylee

Many of you that follow my blog also follow me on twitter and you are well aware that I can't keep my mouth shut and will volunteer for just about anything.  You will also probably remember that Paper Artsy challenged a number of us #PATwits to the #3UP challenge.

As you may have guessed we couldn't leave it at that and @LIN1923 decided we needed something to channel our crafting energies.  so she challenged us to upcylce some items of her choosing and posted them out to us.

This is what I received in my "kit"

The rules were as follows: Use everything, Make as many projects as you wish, must be shades of one colour with one accent colour used once and send one picture of the completed project/s.

I started by seeing which colour I could get the most tones/shades from in the inks etc I had, so went for browns, as I have distress inks, distress stains, alcohol inks and an archival inkpad in sepia.  I dyed eveything in various shades of distress stains and/or alcohol inks and Gesso'd the tin and the folder and left them overnight to dry (giving me thinking time).

Once everything was dry I backed the folder with 7 Gypsies papers and then embellished it within an inch of it's life

I then set about the tin, which to be honest, given the size and the embellishments could be nothing other than a sewing kit tin.  I covered it in papers inside and out and painted the base of the tin in brown acrylic paint.

The two finished items
You can see all the other projects made for this challenge here: Lin's blog

Challenges entered :C.R.A.F.T challenge - anything but a card
Happy Campers - Use metal (tin, zipper pull and brads)
Everybody Art Challenge, Refurbish


Minxy said...

Great projects, seems we both opted for the brown/cream tones :P

jojo79 said...

Great projects,


Julie Ann Lee said...

A terrific idea and great projects with fantastic use of that one colour and super textures. I love anything recycled. Looks like it was fun! xxx Julie Ann

Lin said...

Jax your projects are fantastic!! thank you so much for taking part!! Hope you find good use for your pieces.:D

craftimamma said...

These are gorgeous Jax! I love how you used the puzzle pieces and the sewing kit tin is a fab idea.

Who would have thought these items could look so elegant.

Lesley Xx

sam21ski said...

Great makes Jax, fun wasn't it!!

Sam xxx

Helen said...

Fantastic makes, Jax - love what you did with the binder I found that so hard! Was great fun though.

Sarah Dunkley said...

Great projects Jax! I love them! xxx

Anonymous said...

They are beautiful - total vintagey fabulousness!

Darcy said...

These are so great, love the neutral colour scheme.

Aunty Sue said...

what brilliant clever projects thanks for sharing with us at craft this week