After a huge studio clean out I realize that I still have to live to be about 1,000 years old to put a sizable dent in my accumulation of stuff. A stashbusting project beckons.
This project was inspired by the assemblage boxes of Joseph Cornell. His work has influenced more than one of us. Check out his art here.
This is more of a guide than a tutorial and I am breaking a blog promise I made to myself to only use materials that are widely available. I am assuming that most of you have drawers, closets or entire rooms of things and can follow along, improvising when necessary.
small, shallow box (a cigar box is ideal)
foam core board
Black spray paint
old credit card
tin snips or strong scissors
Tear out the pages from an old book and using Mod Podge, glue the pages to the sides of the box (mine are old sewing machine drawers), lining one edge of the paper along the outside edge of the box and allowing the other edge to overlap onto the back. Measure the back of the box and cut out another piece. Glue in place. If you need to piece 2 sections together, tear the edges that abut each other as the feathered edges blend better than cut ones and the intersections don't show as much. Smooth in place with an old credit card. There may be some wrinkles but you can disguise them in subsequent layers or chalk them up to the handmade look.
I found that clip art illustrations made a more interesting background to work with. I was lucky that my book was full of clip art pages, but if you don't have this, cut out individual clip art and collage it to your background book pages. The Graphics Fairy is a good source of clip art.
The next step is to divide the space using book page covered foam core board cut into appropriate sizes and glued into place with hot glue. Vary the sizes of the sections for some added interest.
here and glued them onto the bottles with Mod Podge. I punched out black butterflies using a Martha punch and glued them onto the old maps. Glue the heavier items with Goop.
Whew, 3 boxes down, eight million to go. Maybe then "Hoarders" won't find me and put me on their TV show.