Thursday, April 22, 2010
Fresco box, pallet knife oil painting thread box and antique pin cushion.
Look at this stash of old stamps! I found these at my local flea market, Happy’s. Closer observation shows you that most of the stamps are from the USA but there are quite a few from all over the world as well. This find threw my creative juices into high gear. I’m imagining all sorts of uses for them. Boxes, paintings, paper/cloth applications. The sky is the limit.
Vast array of stamps found at the flea market
I used my secco fresco technique that I call fres-gos on this box.
Fresco lid and stamp box
Mostly everything I find at the flea market and antique stores goes straight into my studio.
Here are 4 different storage containers that show off my special finds.
Fresgoed three drawer box
I found a “mood” disc that I attached to the top of this little box. I painted it and attached one of my original stoneware clay faces to it. It is perfect for current day stamps and If I place it just right, the sun comes in behind it and I am treated to a light show on my wall.
Close-up of stamp box
My father used to do a series of paintings by using his pallet knife. When he passed away I received literally dozens of his beautiful paintings. I took this small landscape painting and attached it to one of my boxes. I added ball feet and now use this for leftover thread. I always save my metallic and gold threads for future projects.
Pallet oil painting created by my father, James Galloway, for thread box
The Dysfunctional Family Calendar box is made of paper clay and lots of rustic pieces of fiber found in my studio.
Dysfunctional Calendar Lid
I’ve got many more storage containers that I’ll show at another time.
Maybe you have some unique storage system you’d like to share. Who needs Rubbermaid tubs when we can be creative!
Another note. The very old fashioned black pin cushion was one that my father made when he was in the 8th grade. When he passed away, my mother gave it to me. She knew how much l love old treasured pieces hand made by my father.