I've mentioned in the past that I work as a designer for a shop in Nashville (Indiana) named
Papertrix. A recent assignments was to design a shadow box using Seven Gypsies Conservatory papers. I started with the black photo tray. I also used chipboard letters from the Seven Gypsies Venice line and rubbings from the Natural History collection. I also used a package of 7 Gypsies Vintage hardware which included a spoon, a clock face, a label holder, a sprocket and a key. Ephemera that I had at home included a coffee stained piece of doily, metal numbers, a real twig from a tree, some real butterfly wings (including a whole monarch), real moss, real dried leaves from my yard.
Here I am in the shop. If you look closely, you'll see Wayne and Cindy behind me.
Doesn't the shop look fascinating? It is!I also used a brass bug that I had, watch parts that I bought from Wayne and Cindy, ribbons and word sayings cut from a sheet (Artchix Studio). I also used a new stamp that I had just bought (Memory Box vintage scroll) with a new Versa Magic Dew Drop (oasis green). I LOVE that ink and will buy more!
I get a little bolder with each piece I create. With this piece, I was using two different adhesives and one of them dried white rather than clear. I just ripped off everything I had used the white adhesive on and started over. There are no mistakes in art, just character. I also distressed the black frame a bit using picket fence Tim Holtz distress crackle paint. Cindy has it all in the shop!
I spent hours on this piece and really loved it. When I took it in to Cindy, she told me that she loved it so much it about made her cry! Do you know how good that made me feel? It is such an amazing experience to work for someone who empowers me in my artistic adventure. Wayne and Cindy both feel that there is no "less is more," but rather, "more is more," which is exactly how I feel.
If you live nearby, come in and see this shadow box in person. I know Cindy can fix you up with all that you need to make one for your own home. And if you aren't local, call her! She will send it to you. Pretty soon, I'll start working in the store on weekends from Fall through Christmas. Come down and see me! Wayne and Cindy are enthusiastic and friendly and FULL of good ideas. Every time I go into the store, Cindy has lots of new things. So, if you have been in, go back again and again. You'll find new and fun items to create with every time!