Old is New or Out is In

It is time for a new challenge at Anything but a card blog, this time is Old is New. The one who follows my blog could read the last week that I had one word to sum up the last year, or old year if you like it, and I found that I still need to continue with that same word in the new year as well. So old year out and new year in, word stays and it is: dare. This time I created a small box with inspirational words in it in case I need some push. I used some completely new things in my art and of course also old and reliable techniques. Here is my impulse box: Would you like to peek in? Tadaah: The words I printed for myself on my computer, cut and distressed the edges. The box was a simple book shape decoupage box. First I applied a piece of white crinkle ribbon to close it and some canvas fringe collage with soft gel. On the spine I added the year 2015 with wooden laser cuts. While I waited for my first collage pieces to dry I painted the inside with white gesso. I went back to my front cover to add some more interesting pieces. I cut Sizzix weathered clock die from chipboard. And then I got that crazy idea. I am always looking for some new material to create more texture and layers in my art. I visit a lot the hardware store, they have such a variety of great stuff, so I found these black trimming mats. Now it was time for the cover to get a layer of white gesso, and then a second one. So all the black was covered. First I coloured the numbers on the spine with birdwing copper acrylic ink. Then I coloured the back and front cover with bister and Lindy’s stamp gang sprays (ponderosa pines olive and yellow rose of Texas). Finally I splattered with birdwing copper acrylic ink. The back: What was left is to apply my word DARE (alpha chips elementary), some other altered embellishments and copper glass beads.  I will add some words from time to time during the year to reach for when I am out of ideas. You may also make a box or a jar, fill it up with inspirational words to use when you get stuck. Hope you enjoyed my impulse box, why don’t you jump over to Anything but a card blog and join our challenge? Don’t forget to visit the other DT members’ fantastic blogs as well!


About lerusho

I am obsessed with experimenting, using my fantasy and creating new and unique visions. The challenges are endless and that gives me real inspiration.
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40 Responses to Old is New or Out is In

  1. Lisette says:

    Fabulous. Love the idea of having the inspirational words in a box – a great way to focus and not just on art and creating. Those tiles are genius, love the effect you have created. I am always looking at silver scouring pads and thinking they’ve got to have more uses than for cleaning pans!!!

    • lerusho says:

      Lisette, it depends on you, just take the scouring pad and try to apply it on something, give it some colour and look, it will be completely different 🙂

  2. windinn says:

    Fabulous idea, and gorgeous results, Ruth – I can see you kicked that migraine thoroughly! 😀

  3. Shel C says:

    This is a gorgeous project Ruth! And I love the idea of a box of words for inspiration. I was going to do those inspiration sticks..but I like a box much better. Thank you for the idea 🙂

  4. frandalicious56 says:

    I LOVE this idea Ruth, I think I might create one for myself, yet I shall do affirmation box, seeing as I am new to this mixed media, I have more ideas squishing through my head than you could imagine. Thank you, I always enjoy reading your blog 🙂

  5. Felicia says:

    Ruthhhhhhhhh! This is just COMPLETELY AWESOME! This project is so gorgeous! Love your hardware store Ideas! They do have fun stuff if you just look! Your colors and techniques with this box are so wonderful and I TOTALLY love the idea of the words you put inside that I could see as using as prompts for your projects throughout the year! Just love it! This is why folks seek you out as a “guest designer” my friend! Brilliant! Blessings dear Ruth!

  6. wandahentges says:

    This is wonderful, Ruth!!!

  7. zksmith says:

    Wow, this is astonishing! Love all those bits and pieces and the way you’ve put hem together!

  8. Julie Short says:

    The texture on this inspirational box had me rushing over here to look more closely. I’m so glad I did as the details are delicious and different. The repetition of shapes and the little beads tucked into the edges…genius!
    So glad too that you are feeling better!

  9. Love this project Ruth…lots of interesting techniques…Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. vickiross says:

    Nice, Ruth! My fav colors too! Now to find the box when I need an inspiration word. 🙂

  11. What an intriguing, cool box! I love the textures and grunge look of it! Using those beads and getting supplies from the hardware store is genius! I have about 40 or so really lovely cigar boxes just waiting for me to make something with…I need to get on that!

  12. Pallavi says:

    Wonderful idea and project.I love what you did with the tile things and the colours are lovely.I am still thinking about my word for the year.I have so many things I want to focus on that I have a hard time finalizing one.Great idea to put all your inspiration in a box.Loveeeee the glass beads.

    • lerusho says:

      Pal, the glass beads are Finnabair, and I just love playing around with them, also with glass glitter and the mica flakes, they are just yummy texture additions 🙂

  13. Tracy says:

    What a fabulous idea, Ruth! A gorgeous box to hold some inspiration. I enjoy going round the hardware stores, too. You never know what you may find to add texture and interest.

  14. Angela Coles says:

    truly fabulous idea and a beautifully altered box.

    Many blessings to you and yours from Angela, visiting via Inspire Me on Monday.

  15. slasew says:

    What a great inspiration to keep close by!!!!!! Wonderful to be on the same DT and seeing all of your creativity!!!
    Much love, hugs, and friendship

  16. Vicky says:

    what a great creation. Love the tiles.

  17. Becca Cruger says:

    Loving the soft, grungy color palette you’ve used. This is truly a stunning example of layering and depth. Great design work here!

  18. kimmer01 says:

    What a great idea! I love the box you created and what it is for.

    Thanks for entering Design Team Showcase.

    {Craftisan Studios}
    Design Team Showcase

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  20. heather says:

    WOW! All of these bits and pieces (fun find at the hardware store you incorporated, too) came together to make a fabulous box. Thank you for including instructions/supplies.

  21. butterfly says:

    Fabulous use of your “found” materials – DIY and building stores are a great place to shop, and kitchen stores too, I find! Love the colours and the finished look of your journal cover – fab ABAC inspiration!
    Alison x

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