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Butterfly Squad creative team inspiration: Marit

Hi sweet Butterflies!

It's Marit here to show you some new inspiration. Today I want to show you an altered Tea box.

First of all I took the box apart and untightened the little screws and put those aside. I wanted them to stay clean of paint. I covered the box with a coat of white gesso, I didn't want the wood to interfere with the colors that I wanted to use.

When the gesso was dry I used Cobalt Teal Hue and Cobalt Turquoise Hue on the sides of the little box, the darkest color at the bottom and the lighter one on top. I didn't paint it to neat, I wanted it to look and feel like the sea. On the sides of the lid I even used diluted Fluid Acrylics to make it even lighter. And for the top of the lid I used DecoArt Chalky Finish.

On the top I applied a coat of Crackle medium and let it airdry. After that I made a mixture of Chalky Finish Treasure and some Tinting base. And I applied that on top of the crackle medium. It started crackling soon and I love watching that!

I stamped the arms of the octopus on the lid with black Archival ink. And because I want to use the box and don't want it to be damaged too much, I covered it with Ultra matte varnish to protect it.

Then the fun part starts, decorating the box. I used some leftover cambric, little shells I found at the beach and a stamped butterfly colored with pencils. And I glued it down with Matte medium.

I hope you like my altered box and hope to see you next time.

Love XO,


Products used:

DecoArt media: White Gesso, Tinting base, Crackle medium, Ultra matte varnish DecoArt Fluid Acrylics: Cobalt Teal Hue, Cobalt Turquoise Hue

DecoArt Chalky Finish: Treasure

Archival Ink: Jet Black

Wooden Tea box

Watercolor paper

White cardstock

Faber Castell Polychromes

Uniball Signo Broad black pen

Stamps: Illusionary Artists "Perfect Words", "Creepers and Crawlers". Click on the images to shop!


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