explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Cigar Box Project


The "offshoot" group from my Artful Journaling class (we call it "Artful Adventurers") got together recently to alter and embellish cigar boxes. I couldn't attend the session, but worked on mine at home. I tried to give it a bit of an Asian flair so I could display it in my family room with some decorative items from China. I decoupaged scrapbook paper onto the top, painted the rest of the box with acryclic paints, and embellished it with Asian-style jewelry components I had left from my jewelry-crafting days. The "feet" are goldtone beads antiqued with some black ink to dull them a little. I let the original cigar box printing show a little through the paint, and left the inside mostly unfinished because I liked the look of the bare wood.

The box sits comfortably on a dark red table, in front of three embroidered Chinese folk-art embroidered pictures that we bought in Shanghai, and next to the small terra cotta warrior reproduction figures Ryan sent us from China while he was there.

1 comment:

the Inner 'I' said...

Love it - just beautiful! Any chance of a photo of the box with the other Chinese items:-) ?
i.