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There was a blank box. Well, it’s not so blank anymore thanks to a structure gel and a dragonfly stencil. And here is how it happened….

Two acrylic paints (antique white, metallic gold) and a liquid bitumen later the boxed was beginning to look like this:


Stamping inks followed:


The idea was to apply and re apply many layers of various colours with a make up sponge, paper towels and a thinly tipped brush. I always try to ‘frame’ the top of a particular surface I’m working on. Here, the centre remains fairly light and all the inking and staining with the Maimeri liquid bitumen was to give the lid a ‘finished’ look. Anyway, I call it ‘framing’ 🙂

The next one shows the structure gel I was working with (any sort of paste/modeling medium is fine). To produce slate/grey dragonflies the gel was mixed with two shades of acrylic paint and applied onto the plastic stencil. A spare brass stencil was used to scrape off the gel so that the ornaments were flat.


A blank heart + chalk grey ink + bitumen + roses =


Tip: If working with decoupage paper – soak it in tepid water for a moment, tap dry on a paper towel, place on the object and cover with glue. Let it sink in a bit, press lightly with paper towel, smooth out any creases or air bubbles with a flat brush (smooth and clean bristles are essential). After a couple of minutes apply more glue (quite liberally) rubbing it in with your fingers or a brush or both. Gently remove excess glue. A decent decoupage glue should allow the paper (even napkin tissue) to stretch a bit, for a moment become more ‘elastic’ You still need to be careful, but a gooey, fairly slow drying glue will make the job much easier.

The heart itself was varnished separately (here: invaluable glossy varnish by Maimeri) and then glued onto the side of the box. The bonding agent was the varnish itself. I just placed the heart on the side with a fresh coat of varnish on and let it set on its own.

That’s the final look: