Hello and a very Happy New Year to everyone.
One of my resolutions for 2019 is to try and catch up with the modern age by getting to grips with videos in my blogs. As you can also see, my daughter has been very helpful in getting them onto my computer for me, hence the titles of the videos.
What you will need to create your button tin:
- 1 x empty chocolate box
- Powertex Fabric Hardener (I used bronze)
- Strips of natural material
- Random buttons and embellishments
- Powertex Rice Paper of your choice (I used the Art Nouveau design)
- Powertex Easy Varnish
- Powertex Colour Pigments of your choice_
- Flat Brush
- Paper Towel
- Tub to pour Powertex into
- Rubber Gloves
- Masking Tape
- White Gesso Primer
Step by Step Instructions and Techniques:
1) As the box I was using was plastic I covered the base section with masking tape and then painted over this with Powertex Hardener so that the material would have something to adhere to.
2) I painted the lid with white gesso
3) Once the bottom section was dry enough, I turned it upside down and proceeded to soak strips of material in the Powertex Fabric Hardener and after squeezing out thoroughly placed them over the base. At this point I was keeping the material nice and smooth as I laid it on as I wanted a flat bottom for my tin to rest on.
4) I dried this with a hair dryer and once dry enough, turned it over and started to work on my sides. I wanted more texture on the sides, so scrunched up my fabric and added buttons as well.
If you want to you can also do this on the inside of your box.
5) Whilst this was drying off, I started to work on my lid. I gently tore around the image I wanted to use from the Powertex Art Nouveau Rice Papers. Then, using a good quality brush I brushed a little of the varnish onto the dried gesso, before carefully placing my image where I wanted it to go. I then secured this in place by brushing over with a couple of more layers of varnish. (NB: It is worth using a good quality brush for this as you want the image to be nice and smooth, the Powertex Brushes are perfectly designed for the job).
5) Once my image was in place, I carefully built up a pattern around it. I wanted the most texture on my lid, so have done a short video to demonstrate how I did this.
6) Once the lid was covered, I added pieces of jewellery from my junk stash. I also liked the idea of adding a frame, so used a small mdf one, and then, in memory of my nan and her tin, added some more buttons as well.
7) I left my box to dry off completely overnight
8) The next day it was time for my favourite part, dry brushing. I wanted to give the impression of a bronze tin, whilst also subtly incorporating some of the colours on the Art Nouveau image, so I opted to use pigments in Bronze Gold, interference Blue and Interference Red. Dry brushing is simple once you get used to the technique which is this:
- Dip your flat brush into a small amount of Powertex Easy Varnish
- Then dip the same brush into a small amount of whichever Powertex Pigment you have chosen
- Now wipe the brush off on a sheet of paper towel. This may counter productive, but it really is worth doing as you will get the best results when the brush is quite dry and will only pick out highlights, rather than smothering your design with thick colour.
- Now you are ready to very gently, sweep your brush over your design. Being sure to keep it flat. You will be amazed at how quickly your design starts to come to life.
My best tip for dry brushing would be to start off gently and gradually build up to the depth of colour you want.
9) I did this over the whole of my tin.
10) And voila!! A rather bog standard plastic chocolate box that was destined to be added to landfill is now a beautiful button box, in memory of a lovely lady.
I really enjoyed making this, and obviously similar boxes can be transformed in so many different ways – to reflect the personality of whoever you are making it for, or in memory of.
I hope you enjoyed this blog (please excuse the amateur video techniques, I will get better, I promise). If you create your own version of one of these I would love to see it, and you can post photos on the Powertex Addicts Facebook Page
If you would like to see more about what I do, and why I do it my website page is www.artandmurals.co.uk