Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Beach worn box by Zuzu

I altered this wee wooden box to make it look all beach worn. A bit like drift wood thats not been out long enough to loose all its colour. To get this look, I gave the box a coat of gesso, then white acrylic. Before adding the final coat of blue acrylic, I smeared some Vasaline (petroleum jelly) along the edges and in some random places on the surfaces. Then I put on my final coat of paint. once it was dry I used a soft cloth to remove the Vasaline and it took the paint with it, leaving a nice view of the white underneath to give it a bit more of a distressed look and also to smooth it down for stamping, i took sandpaper to it. You can sand it back as much or as little as you like.

I stamped on the box using some seaside stamps, with black stazon ink and used a white highlighter to draw on some accents. I realised that the fish lost his tail as it hung over the edge so i stamped him out again on to tissue paper and coloured him in so he matched the box, so i could glue him on and fold his tail around the edges.

Supplies List:

Stamps used from "Seaside No1" HERE
small wooden box HERE
Studio Gesso, Studio paint (blanc Canvas) and Studio Paint (Sky blue)  HERE
Jet Black Stazon Ink HERE


Redanne said...

Fabulous box, gorgeous colour and wonderful stamping, love the seashell too - the whole thing has a real vintage look.

Zuzu's Blog said...

thank you anne x

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...this is so pretty, a little timeworn treasure, great attention to detail too...Mel :)

Louise said...

It's fab! great tip with the tissue paper too x

Sid said...

Great effect !!

Julia S-W said...

I totally love this 'shabby' little box - meant in the nicest possible way!!!!! The colour is rich and vibrant and the images are so appropriate to it.

anna christensen crafts said...

This is so so lovely... perfectly distressed and would be just the thing to keep my little sea glass collection in ;)

Astrid Maclean said...

Great technique that, love it and the box turned out fab!!

Daniele said...

lovely shabby blue box, love the seashell

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Beautiful box .
very nice the color you used.

Greetings Janny