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« on: February 17, 2010 08:56:55 AM »

This box was made as a piece for the Labyrinth Swap. My partner loves the character of Agnes, the old woman who lives in the junkyard outside the gates of the Goblin City. I really wanted to make something to represent her so from my love of altering boxes I came up with a little treasure chest.



It started off as a cast off in the $.99 bargain. Poor, sad little box.... From there it got covered in Barbie doll toys, buttons, and other odds and ends found around the house. Hey, it is after all a junkyard scene!





For some texture on the sides I went the way of toilet paper and egg shells. I know it may sound weird but it really gives some great effects! Finally a layer of gesso topped it all off and it was time to get down to the fun part!



I once again broke out the acrylics, gel medium and iridescent paints and went to town. I wanted it to have a dark and ugly feel about it so I went with grays, blacks, and greens. I didn't want it too ugly though so shimmery purple and golds helped with highlighting. I used 3 flat backed marbles to mimic Jareth's crystal bubbles and finished it off with some black glitter (not in the pics though Sad )







I wanted to inside to really *pop* so I stayed with the purples and painted the inside. Finally I added a quote from Agnes and felt to the bottom.



I'm so glad my partner loved it - it's one of my favorite pieces to date!  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2010 09:04:41 AM »

this is awesome!  I wish I had the vision to create things like this! 
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2010 09:10:36 AM »

...i never would have come up with egg shells as a medium in a million years. You are a truly talented person!
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2010 09:29:08 AM »

Oh I love it.  I love creating things like this with random bits of this and that.  I like that you highlighted the items with different touches of paint, and I usually just paint the surface one color. 
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2010 08:22:47 PM »

I absolutely love this.  Everything about it says Agnes!!  Very well done!
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2010 09:46:40 AM »

...i never would have come up with egg shells as a medium in a million years. You are a truly talented person!

Thanks so much but I can't  take all of the credit for the eggshell idea, though I do wish I'd thought of it first.  Grin I got it from an Australian artist named Gary Reef. He's crazy talented and so creative with his ideas.

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