Friday, 3 April 2015

Curio Box Week - Dawn Heald


It's Friday and it is Easter, Good Friday here in Britain.

Don't go eating too much chocolate......Kati......I'm
talking to you!!
(For those of you too far away from the shop, Kati
has been part of The Craft Barn for the last 100
years and loooooves chocolate....ha ha).

Enough about choccy, 
today it is Dawn's turn to show you her Curio Box.

Dawn says -

"I decided to make my Wooden curio house into a pretty shelving 
piece for my mum. The children and I like to give mum tokens
 of love, and she keeps them all and likes to have them out
 so she can see them. Now they can all be kept in one place
 and kept safe.
These Maja Design Papers are so pretty and beautiful they were
 perfect for my project. The addition of buttons is because we both
 love buttons and Mum is a talented sewer.
The actual making of this was quite easy, it took a while to make
 but nothing taxing and I enjoyed it all.

To make one like this.
Paint house with two coats of white gesso, drying between coats.

Then paint with pink acrylic paint. Dry. Paint a layer of crackle
 glaze all over. Let dry or use heat tool to speed up. I used a 
combination of brush and plastic spreader.

When dry paint over with white acrylic paint. 
When doing this just get your paint on and don't go over again
 otherwise it won't work. Thick paint gives bigger cracks. Leave to 
dry or use heat tool.

            Next cut paper to sizes of each section. On mine they were each
             slightly different sizes, so I drew a plan of the house, numbered 
      each section, cut some scrap paper first, numbered them to correspond
             with sections of house then cut my pattern paper to size. Again
              writing on the back with each section number. This saved guessing
                        and messing around finding which went where!

                 Distress the edges of papers then glue to the back of each                                             section/compartment.
Use Dove Grey Stazon ink and the script stamp to stamp all over
 the painted parts. Then use Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
 and sponge ink all round the white house edges.

For decorations, cut some banner shapes out of pink side paper and
 glue along some edges at front. Cut out lots of butterflies from
 the pattern paper. These are easy to cut out and so 
lovely in detail.

                   Lightly sponge paper pieces with Worn Lipstick and
                                     Tumbled Glass Distress ink.

Decorate with pastel coloured buttons and then glue on the butterflies and finally add some flat back pearls".

Well, how lovely is that??

This is what Dawn used -

That's it for today....

Don't forget we have demos in the shop on Saturday...

Chris Dark, Rachel Snook and myself.

See you tomorrow with our last project of the week!

Jane x


  1. The crackle and Maja papers looks so beautiful on the Curios box. With the buntings it looks perfect for a day of celebration.

  2. The crackle looks great, as do the lovely pprs & butterflies. What a lovely idea for your mother to keep her treasures in! My first ever altered piece was a wood house, similar to this one. I think it needs a "makeover"! Tfs, enjoy your weekend.

  3. Cannot WAIT to give this a go! I've got so many little art and craft pieces I could store in this. Or maybe a makeup storage house...or a mini doll house with paper people in it! It's so beautiful! x

  4. Very nice, I have a few of these to do.


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