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April 17, 2010

Alter it Monthly challenge 1

So there's a new blog in town - Alter it Monthly.  You can visit from the button in my side bar or click here.  Basically, it does what it says on the tin - issues a monthly challenge for altered artists.  This is so cool because I hardly ever have the time to make something from scratch for a weekly challenge, so I only get to enter if I have made something that happens to coincide with the theme.  A month gives plenty of time to think of something and get it made.  This month the challenge is to alter a matchbox.  Well I happened to have one sitting on my pile of stuff - probably left over from one of those matchbox altered calendars.  So, I gave it a coat of gesso, then sprayed it inside and out with a few different shades of cosmic shimmer mist.  After that it sat there on my desk looking at me for a few days and I had no idea what to do with it.  I gave the bottom of the inside a triple coat of UTEE with a sprinkle of a few different mica powders in the last layer, and then it sat there again and looked at me, and again I had no mojo.
Finally I was playing with some tranparent Croco on something else, and inspiration struck.  I coated the outside with the transparent Croco and, once it was dry, gave it a coat of pink Precious Metal Paint.  I smooshed some black paint into the cracks to highlight them a bit then ran a gold Krylon pen around the edges.  I've had this corset charm for a while and thought it looked cute inside, and the rose is leather from my treasure chest (aka the box with the broken bits of jewellery and other interesting tat) which I seem to have edged with some kind of frosty looking stuff at some point.  I thought it looked good on the top.  So here it is, my entry for the first challenge on the Alter it Monthly blog!

PS- please excuse the crappy first photo, I think I have the shakes today!


Crafty Chris said...

Hi Popped over to the challenge looks like fun, think i will give this a go, although have to go out and buy matchboxes as its something I dont have.
love the colour on yours, very arty
Christine x

Helen said...

Great idea! I didn't know there was a transparent croco though, sounds interesting!

Zuzu's Blog said...

Thank you so much for taking part and showing support for the challenge site. its great to see so many people spreading their wings and making attempts on their first matchbox.. or returning to make new attempts.
I love your crackle effect... vary aged and fitting for treasure.

Well done.

Gillian said...

Hi Kay, thank you for joining in with our first challenge, I see you love those croco paints as much as I do, love the Blackberry edged with Gold it really adds to the aged/vintage look, the utee and the mica flakes add another different depth to the matchbox too, great work.

Lottie said...

This is lovely - I haven't used the paints etc you have - and now that I know and see what they do I shall be very tempted to buy some


Carmen said...

Oh Kay this looks so yum, I love all the crackled effect. I see you mention that croco a lot - what is it exactly. Thanks so much for the link to the site - it's just my sort of challenge site :P

My name is CINDY...... said...

Love the effect - great little matchbox!!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Love what you've done with this Kay :)
Anne xx

Moira said...

Hi Kay, love your matchbox, the crackle is fantastic and such sheen on it, really lovely