Breaking Free

I’m youth, I’m joy, I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg.  (James Matthew Barrie)

On opening June’s DT package from The Altered Element and seeing that my Upcycle Challenge item was a box with three glass panels (see photo below)

it brought to mind memories of when a family friend collected birds’ eggs (legally) – one big hurdle, how do I  obtain eggs?  That is when free vintage images come into their own.

Supplies – Upcycle Item is a box with three glass panels from Ikea. The dimensions of the box 8″ x4″. Chipboard inchie (1), Glass tiles (2) *, Crackle paint in Picket Fence, archival Sepia ink, Distress Ink in Crushed Olive, Camisole Pink Emulsion paint, Walnut ink solution, Feathers, Decor twigs and artificial stem, Nest  and Clip Art images. Stamp – Character Construction French Laundry (for bird stamp)

Instructions – 1. Sand the box  and lid. 2. Sponge Camisole Pink paint. Remove some of the paint with baby wipes – aim for some of the original green paint to show through 3. Drip walnut ink solution to form a faux style wood grain. 4. Repeat all steps. 5. Add Picket Fence Crackle Paint 6. Print out clip art and adhere behind glass panels  6. Paint chipboard inchie with emulsion paint. Stamp bird. Sponge edges with Distress Ink and add Picket Fence crackle paint on edges 7. Use Glossy Accents to adhere glass tiles over images of eggs. 8. Fill nest with broken twigs, feathers, stamped inchie and glass tiles. 9. Bend Pussy Willow stem and adhere with strong glue to lid. Add nest. Scatter twigs and feathers onto lid.

Two of the glass panels have the images of eggs and the third is a collage of bird related images.

Photo below shows close up of the painted wood.

*The chipboard inchies and glass tiles ( included in the DT package for June) are available from The Altered Element. The Altered Element also stocks the nest I used in this project.

Throughout the month of June there will be more DT artwork using products from The Altered Element.

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JeanFB
    Jun 10, 2010 @ 15:56:09

    Stunning!!! I love your faux aged wood technique, it’s gorgeous! And anything bird and egg and nest related is always going to be a favorite of mine. TFS!


  2. Lynn Stevens
    Jun 10, 2010 @ 17:39:30

    Its just adorable Lynne, A sweet little nest and some eggs. What could be better!


  3. craftytrog
    Jun 10, 2010 @ 18:55:52

    This is fabulous! You have such a wonderful imagination Lynne! x


  4. Terry
    Jun 10, 2010 @ 21:56:52

    What a darling little nest! Very cool piece!


  5. debbiek
    Jun 11, 2010 @ 01:52:25

    What a cute little box, Lynne! You did an amazing job with it:) You always come up with something wonderful….


  6. Shelley
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 13:17:42



  7. Penny
    Jun 13, 2010 @ 00:34:01

    Looks like the box has been hanging outside for years giving a home to many a bird family – lovely weathered look – and I like seeing a close-up of the nest.


  8. Crafty Dawn
    Jun 13, 2010 @ 21:08:45

    Oh like this I placed an order before the 10% offer came doh! and hope the delivery will be Mon catch up soon

    Love Dawn xx


  9. Lynne
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 08:26:37

    I wouldn’t have known what to do with this box, Lynne. This is wonderful – I love the colours and the nest is fab! I really like the way you’ve used the clear glass tiles to represent the eggs too 🙂 Lynne B x


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