Monday, 4 February 2013

Oriental week - Neil

Next Sunday, February 10th, will be the Chinese New Year, so we thought about doing an oriental week. 
I have published over 800 posts on this blog (plus the ones on the previous blog), so to be honest, I don't remember them all LOL. But... I don't think we have ever done an oriental week. So here goes. 

This year is the year of the SNAKE. I can imagine some cringing just reading this name LOL. But, I have read that ancient chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve. Seeee, not so bad after all (I love snakes...).
2013 is not "my" year, as I am a rooster. Do you know what you are? you can check it out HERE.

We have a lot of oriental themed products in our store, as this is always very popular... Here are just a few...  

Kanban stamps

 Artemio stamps

 or Hobby Art stamps

Today, Neil is using the Dreamweaver dragon stencil I mentioned above to alter a cigar box he was given a while ago.. 
Love this box and I'm looking forward to your comment to read what you think.

When I was looking for inspiration my eye fell on this cigar box and I suddenly thought that the patterned paper around the edges looked pretty oriental to me so I started off by creating the top by using the Dreamweaver dragon stencil with Pearlescent embossing paste on black card. I then added some of the dry Stickles to the surface and left to dry. Once dried I added it to the top of the box. While I was doing this I realised that the glitter was shedding of a little so I covered everything with a layer of matte multi medium. It kid of dulled everything down, spread a little of the glitter everywhere but I like the way it made the surface look a little like slate rather than black card.

I ran a strip of self adhesive metal all around the sides of the box and then used Alcohol ink to colour it and the exposed areas of the box too.
I added a metal clasp to keep it closed and added a couple of Chinese coins to the lid too.

 To finish I used the "fringing" from the bottom of a Lynn Perella stamp on the side edges of the box

Stamp LPC009
Alcohol inks - Sunset Orange, Red Pepper and Bottle
Dreamweaver Dragon Stencil and Pearlescent Embossing paste
Stickles dry fine glitter - Star dust
Woodware Chinese coins

See you tomorrow


  1. Just love the dragon. The use of the metal band and stamps is great.

  2. Wow big time, I love it big time Neil!

  3. Super box Neil and Japanese art is my love! I belong to the Oriental Stamp Art Yahoo group....going to love this week! TFS

  4. Simple, beautiful, elegant. Lovely


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