Monday, 1 December 2008

LOOK WHAT I'VE BEEN MAKING




I've been doing an online class for an altered tin project, and I photographed the stages to show you. It used a couple of techniques I hadn't tried before.

The basic project required half a tin - so you get to keep the lid for another time. Then you had to tear masking tape into little bits and cover every inch of the tin, inside and out. I wasn't particularly sure about this stage because it was a nice shiny tin bought for altering. Anyway, since the whole point was to learn something new I did eventually do it, and admit to it being quite a therapeutic process. At this stage I also added a hanging wire to the back held on by strips of tape.

The next stage was to paint over the masking tape and then almost immediately rub most of the paint off. As you can see this gave a rather nice effect, and the dark paint went into the cracks and made a crazy paving effect. A coat of sealant went on the outside, but leaving the top edge and the inside uncoated for a better surface to stick things to.

Then it was decoration time and I put a large cabinet photo into the back, with a bottletop decoration. I don't know how well the photo shows that the other images are mounted in a 3D effect - in layers one above the other. To achieve this you make a hollow square out of cardboard and put it behind the image to support it - and I added tabs at the sides too for extra support. It gives a really interesting effect. The final stage is to edge and decorate the tin, which I've done with german scrap and some chipboard swirls painted gold then antiqued.

This piece is another of my stories - there's the man of the house and his sweet wife with a baby and their charming daughters, with their happy home pictured at the front. But there's a shadow over all of this - in that Father has a mistress an opera dancer (pictured in the bottlecap). Despite the appearance of Victorian domesticity, all is not as it seems behind closed doors ......

10 comments:

Linda said...

This is wonderful Rosie - you have done a fabulous job! Now I must get started on mine; I've got a sardine tin at the ready!
Love
Linda xxx
PS I liked the story!

magpie said...

Rosie I have been waiting for this tin to show......
It is a superb piece......
I have done the technique with the masking tape on an ATC didn't think to use it on a tin..... Must have a go......

Sharon xx

Chris said...

Wow!! This is great Rosie... thanks for sharing all the steps with us, the masking tape thing sounds like a fab technique to play with.
The end result is stunning... such a beautiful work of art...way to go :D
hugs
Chris xx

Bunty said...

This is lovely Rosie - I really like it. I like the sound of the masking tape technique. Must try it sometime.

You are so lucky to have the time to embark on all these wonderful projects!

Barbara

pammyjo said...

I really like this. You have such a crisp look to antique vintage that I adore. Your items look cherished or treasured. Have a great day. :o)

Kris Dickinson said...

Fabulous piece!

lisa said...

this tin frame is terrific! thanks for sharing the technique, can't wait to try it!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Wonderful and interesting to read how you did this tin Rosie TFS! I think the masking tape is one well worth trying. I covered a paper mache egg once with masking tape and rubbed shoe wax on it, it gave a nice leathery look to it. The 3d effect works splendidly on your tin and what a blackard that guy is :)

Sue said...

Wow..what an amzing tin. The effect of the masking tape is amazing...as is your story. x

Jaqi said...

This is out of this world, Rosie I love it.
Wow , you have been so busy since i last visited , but my mouth has dropped open at this, its fantastic. Thanks for sharing, Jaqi x