Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Shopping Our Stash - Challenge 401 - Base it On a Book

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
The fortnight challenge at 
Shopping Our Stash is
"Base It On A Book!" 
For me, there was only one choice...
Maya Angelou's "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings"
I chose to alter an Altoids tin and use it to house a fold-out booklet.
The front and back covers are an attempt to capture the theme of the book's title as well as Ms. Angelou's writing career.

Following through on the book title, I used music themed paper to cover the bottom of the tin.  I also cut smaller birds from newsprint and music papers.
The pages of the booklet were designed to capture certain moments in Ms. Angelou's book, for instance, the second panel pays homage to the fact that Maya was the first African-American Cable Car Conductor in the City of San Francisco.
I applied Gesso to my tin and then used DecoArt® Moss Pearl Metallic paint as my base coat. I used Rub n' Buff™ "Patina" and "Autumn Gold"  to finish distressing the tin.
I think I need to practice my paper tearing technique. I wanted to keep the front of the tin fairly "clean" so that the title remained the primary focus.
I cut out several small birds and placed them in the cage behind the large bird in the forefront.  I used foam tape to create some dimension.
The most difficult part of this project was trying to get my paint color to match the ribbon I chose to secure my booklet.  My success came when I mixed Ranger's Broken China Distress Ink with DecoArt's Moss Pearl Metallic Paint.  I almost removed my large bird because he is so large but he has grown on me and I really like him there!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will join us at Shopping Our Stash!

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  1. Stunning is an understatement, just gorgeous, loving everything and all there is to see, hugs, Lori m

  2. Oh my goodness, Chana, this is a work of art, a work of love and a work of patience.
    Gorgeous details, so beautifully vintage, so very lovely.
    I'm glad you left that bird there, it looks like it can't be anywhere else.
    Beautifully done project!!!!!

  3. Thanks, Maria! I appreciate the feedback because that bird was still bothering me!

  4. Oh my goodness this is the most awesome item I have seen. All the detail on your project is phenomenal. I am in AWE.

  5. Like all above, this is an amazingly STUNNING mixed media piece, Chana! WOW! So much thought and love went into making this. Such a gorgeous creation!

  6. Chana!!!!!
    I can hardly believe this began life as an altoids can!!
    AMAZING - so beautiful!
    And I agree with Maria, I am also glad you left the bird - it's just perfect!

  7. oh holy WOW i already thought this was an amazingly lovely project, but now i realize the photo at SOS is only the tip of the iceberg. this is so utterly, wonderfully, jaw droppingly cool... i could just look AND LOOK missus! ♥♥♥

  8. Fabulous project and love that all the images and elements tell a story and mean something -love all the torn edges on the front too and the paint and ribbon are a perfect match
    carol x

  9. This is amazingly intricate work Chana, I am in awe! Hugs, Jackie x

  10. I adore this accordion album and the beautifully decorated tin... gorgeous papers and beautiful details and textures throughout. Delightful! Thanks so much for your recent visit and lovely comment over at Words and Pictures.
    Alison x

  11. wooowww adorable one Chana
    complete and so many details on it
    I never made some kind of project
    jaw drop..I love this
    and this will be a winner in any challenge

  12. Oh my gosh, Chana! This is gorgeous. I could look at all the amazing detail for days. Absolutely stunning. xo


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