Leather Box with Copper Inlay

One of our challenges for homework this time is to cover two boxes. One is to have a traditional design and the other can be anything. I decided to use some of my leather paper to cover one box.

I had a roll of very thin copper sheet that I embossed with Celtic designs. I thought Celtic would fit the traditional design category. I then used liver of sulfur to discolor the really shiny copper. Here’s the top of the box.

The copper had very sharp edges so I decide to cover the edges with “padded leather”. I used some fun foam for that. All the box sides have the same design.

And the inside is covered with “leather” too. I am pleased with the results although it did take a bit of time to complete. I am now working on the second box. But it isn’t finished yet. So I’ll show that one later.


Anniversary Card

Tomorrow is my 18th wedding anniversary so I made Dennis a card. It is from my supply of gelli printed papers. Happy Anniversary to me 😉

Working on Homework

I am busily working on homework almost every day in hopes that I might get everything I need to get done by December when we go back to class.

Today I made some faux leather out of brown paper. I used a variety of inks and then covered with two colors mixed with gloss medium. I think the result may be a bit too shiny. I still have to iron it again and see what it looks like completely flat. It is drying now. This is to add to a book that I am creating. There are a bunch of tutorials on how to do this if you’re interested. Basically, it is crumple up the brown paper, rub with brown inks, iron flat. Then coat with a medium such as gloss, matte or gel medium. I added a bit of brown ink to my medium to give it a deeper color.

This is actually what I have been spending the most time on this week. This is for my final project for class. So these are just a few sneak peeks of the beginnings. I hope you had a good week and thanks for stopping by.

Staying Busy

I added a bit more to my Rose Hips sketch. I decided it needed more yellow green in the background. So I added it in with a permanent marker pen. The one I showed you last week is on the left and the revised sketch is on the right. I think the yellow green in the background made the sketch more cohesive.

I worked hard today on my big project and this is one of the color studies that I completed for the project. Looks a little too checker board like but I think the colors are going to work.

Here are a couple of notebooks that I covered today. I need to have all my notebooks for Level 3 Art and Design covered before our exhibition in March. I have a couple of more to cover yet. But I’m glad to mark these off my list.

Here’s a collage I finished a while ago but didn’t show you. It was inspired by one of the photos I took while walking in the woods this spring. I can’t believe it’s mid September already, all the leaves are turning yellow and red. I miss the flowers but the changing leaves have their own beauty too.

Thanks for stopping by!

A Couple of Sketches

Since my last post, I have been really busy. We had our annual art retreat and then I was off to Washington state for my Art and Design class. Then back to Montana and trying to catch up with work and get all my art stuff back into the right places. I have a big project to work on for my class and I started some sampling for that but you’ll have to wait to see it until it’s finished. But I do have a couple of sketches that I completed.

This is one of the plants that I saw while we were in Lake Tahoe. It is called Woodland Pine Drops. According to the US Forest Service, it is a root parasite that grows near pine trees. They produce minimal chlorophyll and are not green in color and do not conduct photosynthesis. The ones I saw were in the “pod” stage where the flowering is complete and the plants become woody and hard. They look like little pumpkins on a stem.

And here is a sketch of rose hips. I did some cross hatching on this one to hopefully give it some depth. I think I need to add a little more yellow green into the background though.

Have a great rest of your weekend!