Firstly I will apologise for the pics, I waited for the promised brightness and it is yet again heaving down, grey and dark, so I did my best with what I had. I was going to artistically pose these outside, but rain is not the best thing for Acrylic paint.
A couple of weeks ago a twitter buddy Hazel mentioned she was looking through her Joys Jar (well it was actually a box she had made, but I thought Joys Box sounded oh so wrong!) and she explained it is some where to store written down happy memories throughout the year and then to look back at the end of the year/beginning of the next year, or when you feel a bit down during the year. My best friend Cazz then shot off and made herself a "Pensieve". She had also been reading a post on the darkside (facebook) from her niece who had done a similar thing.
I then went away for a few days to the Lakes and came back to see a beautiful secrets casket made by another twitter buddy and esteemed Guest Designer for PaperArtsy Julie Ann Lee.
I started my Warm Fuzzies box by covering it in Fresco Finish: Mudsplat, Toffee and then a wash of Stone. I painted the interior with Stone.
I then used Grunge Paste through a Stamps Away stencil, and I managed to get all the fluer de lys pointing into the middle (smug me). I left the top to dry and used some Rennaissance Treasure Gold on the edges of the base ( I should say I had removed the fixtures and fittings and had two halves). Once the top was dry I painted around the Grunge Paste with Chocolate Pudding to give it depth, I then used washes of diluted Chocolate Pudding and Stone to knock back the severity. While this next bit was drying I made my feather, drawing round a feather twice (I now had two tops doh!) so I used one of the tops to draw round again to make the bottom. These I cut out of some sheet music card stock and coloured it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and set aside t dry. I had prepainted a Heart embellishment some week ago in inky pool and gone over with Treasure Pewter, but it didn't quite go so a quick swipe with Rennaissance and voila Bob's your Aunty.
Now it was time for the Final Florishes I had happened upon a piece of browny copper embossed card stock and I covered it with Patina Treasure Gold and buffed it back, cut it into strips the width of the lip of the lid of the box and glued these in place, went round the Grunge paste with Patina followed by a dash of Pewter. I put the box back together and added the Sentiment "Warm Fuzzies" from HotPicks Extra 03 in black archival, postioned and glued the Heart and feather and added a gem to the top of the heart.