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« on: October 13, 2014 12:46:10 PM »

Inspired by all the lovely mixed media shrines, Altoids tins, ATCs, etc that I have seen online, I purchased a Tim Holtz Configurations box at Michael's with no idea of what I was going to do with it.

A few days later, I woke up thinking about some Korean screens I had seen at a Joseon Dynasty exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "The Ten Symbols of Longevity" is a widely used motif in screens, paintings, etc. The symbols I used in my rendition are mountains, sun, pine trees, stones, water, peaches, mushroom, deer, turtles, and cranes.

I used scrapbook papers, scrapbooking stickers, craft moss, mini Christmas trees, rocks, etc. For the peach tree, I used a cherry blossom branch sticker, removed the blossoms, and painted miniature fake fruits a pinkish-peach color.

I used origami paper on the outside of the box, painted with antiquing paint to mute the colors/give it a more natural feel.

Everything was coated with Mod Podge and lots of coats of acrylic varnish. I had a lot of fun putting it together!
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2014 10:09:12 AM »

This is really lovely! The mushrooms are awesome, and I love how you have the turtles at a different depth from everything else. It looks like it was a lot of fun to make!

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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2014 07:47:18 AM »

Wonderful! Awesome choices of all the goodies inside. And the unity of it is great, too. Nice job!

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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2014 08:14:48 PM »

I like the mushrooms box the best, I think. But it all meshes very well.

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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2014 03:15:19 PM »

Lovely! All the elements work so well together, it looks wonderful!

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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2014 12:21:39 PM »

 I like the theme and the way you layered everything. Great inspiration!

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