Saturday, 14 September 2013

Forgotten Things - Our Creative Corner

Hello visitors to Magpieheaven. I don't know what it is, but ever since I was a little girl I've loved anything to do with Pierrot. When I saw that Our Creative Corner were challenging us to create using 'Forgotten Things', I recalled that when I first started crafting seriously back in April I began with decorating small, exploding boxes from Retro Cafe Art Gallery. I still had one left and a project I had never undertaken, still partially formed in my imagination - to create a Pierrot box! My forgotten thing that I should like to enter in this challenge is the exploding box kit I bought for this project!
I gathered together some bits and pieces that I might use. In the end I did not use the little house in the background or the wide black and white diamond ribbon! I painted the two sections that would form the body of my box with Paper Artsy Snowflake Fresco paint. I had some green wire, which I made into a little stick man. I wasn't sure if this would work, but I intended him to become my Pierrot and to sit on the little RCAG chair at the centre of my box.
Here is my lid in the early stages. I painted it with a blend of Mermaid and Sky Frescos, using a Harlequin stencil with Treasure Gold in White Fire and another Crafters' Companion swirls stencil, which I used with South Pacific Fresco. The butterflies are cut from Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante paper. I used some Coredinations canvas style paper to make a tattered floral from a Tim Holtz die. After decorating my inside layers with the same colour scheme, I added the top layers of decorated paper napkins.
Here is what would become the outside of the box. The little fairy Pierrette is from a Stampington, 'Clearly Embossed' plate called Petite Whimsies by Sandra Evertson. I stamped her onto tissue with black Archival and fixed it with Paper Artsy Satin Glaze. The diamonds are Mermaid Fresco painted through the Crafters' Companion stencil onto Guacamole
.I Crackle glazed the inner layer and stamped with some script in coffee Archival ink.
I had lots of layers of paper napkin left so I mixed these with water and multi-medium and began to layer them over the stick man to create some flesh on his bones.
I then added shrink plastic medallions, die-cut, painted with Mermaid Fresco and then stamped with a Lynn Perrella image from Paper Artsy and glazed with Glossy Accents. The white pom-poms are to suggest the decoration on a pierrot's costume and the black lace was for contrast. I also added some tiny RCAG dice as feet.
Please click on the images if you would like to see in a little more detail
And the box opens to reveal Pierrrot playing with the pair of die that will govern his fate. I wonder what the white dove is whispering in his ear? The butterflies with girls' faces are shrink plastic stamped with black Archival on a 'Lost Coast' stamp.
 Here is a shrink plastic charm from a Spell-binders keyhole die-cut. The medallion just peeping above the butterfly below is a Pierrot and Pierrette image from Paper Artsy.
In the end I decided not to use the little house, as I wanted to emphasise Pierrot's solitude.
 
Perhaps my little man is something of  'a forgotten thing' himself, just like my box: the object and its theme have become one. In the same way I took up my 'forgotten box', I hope that one of the little Pierette's from the lid will come dancing along when we are sleeping and, like the fairy-tales, they will live happily ever after! Do check out what other crafters have been doing with their 'Forgotten Things' at  Our Creative Corner.

23 comments:

  1. WOW Julie Ann what an awesome creation!!! So fabulous with a hidden treasure a stunning project:-)

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  2. Julie Ann, this is simply gorgeous!! I love it - it is so clever, and beautifully decorated.

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  3. This is amazing, lovely creation and beautifully decorated as Helen said, I'm sooooo impressed.

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  4. Utterly gorgeous! Very, very impressive project x

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  5. Oh Miss Julie Ann this is absolutely brilliant, sooooo creative, its ridiculous.This is a WINNER for sure, all those gorgeous layers, the brilliant way you created Pierrot from wire, amazing the gorgeous textural ,beautiful crackling,those gorgeous images, stunning colors, and those fantastic signature pieces, the parliament is again standing and applauding your creation, you should be very proud of this whole post. If I ever really visit your nest, I'll be taking pics of your process in the making :O). I'm off to make a big pot of home made brown bean for the BBQ tomorrow, hope to be able to visit again soon, have a wonderful day..

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  6. Julie Ann you are so creative and do the most amazing projects. First comes the imagination and secondly comes the talent to bring it to fruition! Are you talking about our wonderful detective from Belgium who walks like a penguin! I loved that show and am so sad that I do not see it on television any more. Anyway, once again you have knocked my socks off with your creativity. Your creation is a blue ribbon winner for sure!
    sandy

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  7. WOW fabulous, what a beautiful project! You are so creative!! Love it.
    xx Monique

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  8. Fantastic project Julie Ann! It's absolutely gorgeous. I can imagine the surprise opening the beautifully decorated little box and finding those lovely layers and this little chap right in the middle! I love it xx

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  9. Your exploding box is so clever, I love the way it opens up and the inside is beautifully finished, as is the outside. Also love how you created the little character, he is so sweet sitting there inside. Thanks so much for joining in our Forgotten Things challenge at Our Creative Corner. Anne x

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  10. Wow, that is a stunning creation & so beautiful.

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  11. Completely wonderful, Julie Ann - the design of your box is wonderful, revealing that little chap sitting at the centre... but it's all the wonderful paint effects and stamped, embossed images on the way that have captured my heart. The glossy butterflies and little Pierrots are wonderful, and the distressing on the edges gives the whole thing a wonderful weathered "forgotten" look. Thank you so much for playing along at Our Creative Corner with this beauty!
    Alison x

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  12. Julie Ann I am jaw droppingly stunned! What a truly terrific work of art! Your attention to detail is amazing and this is definitely a beautiful box that would delight anyone, young or old, who was lucky enough to open it. It would take me 6 months to make this project, even supposing I could have thought of it in the first place, which I know I couldn't. I really hope you were over the moon with the result of your efforts because you should be. I'm off for another look!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  13. This is an absolute gem Julie Ann! Love each of the beautifully detailed box sides and the solitary Pierrot with his dice of destiny. Thanks so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner with this terrific project, hugs, Jenny x

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  14. Just gorgeous! It looks such a delight to open I'd have in front of me to play with all the time, love it!! Chrisxx

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  15. I love that project, house has many doors,each doors has each story, little man is something of 'a forgotten thing' himself even dove is whispering. What a fantasy is this box! I want try that like box some day.

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  16. Wow wow wow wow Julie-Ann this is truly out of this world amazing, gorgeous and stunning. I love all the paint techniques and the shrink plastic is awesome. The lonely figure in the middle has certainly pulled my heart strings. Hugs :-) Kezzy xxxxxx

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  17. OMG! Amazing fabulous so creative! Love the story behind the box and all of the painty techniques and medallions! WOW!

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  18. WOW!!!!!.....Julie-Ann, your work is always so amazing but this is just something to leave people speechless. It is beyond amazing. You have such an inspiring talent and I am always so in awe of how expertly you use Fresco paints and inks. Thanks so much for joining us this month at Our Creative Corner - Love from Laura xxx

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  19. Hi Julie Ann, Congratulations on your winning project at Our Creative Corner. Well deserved. Hugs Mo x

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  20. Had to pop over to see this in more detail Julie Ann. A truly FAB-U-LOUS piece and well deserved winner at OCC. Brilliant creativity at work here! Nicola x

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  21. CONGRATULATION, I said it was a winner YIPPPEE, the parliament is cheering (((( BIG HUGS )))).

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  22. This so beautiful. I love the colors, the details ooooh, everything.

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  23. I just found you on "our creative corner" and felt the need to hop over and tell you in person how impressed I am. Your work ist stunning and full of emotion. I love all the details and accents. Really well done, dear Julie Ann!
    Greets,
    Manu

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