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Thursday, 29 May 2014

New Drawing Box and Journal 52 - Paint Party Friday.

Rain, Rain and yet More Rain.............no wonder there are so many Ducks in the UK........

I had another sort out of rubbish I'd collected but found an old wooden pull out box which housed dominos and thought this would be ideal to keep my drawing bits in, well some of them anyway.  It was covered with brightly covered farmyard animals and this is how it ended up...............



First I painted it with Black Gesso, then sanded it to reveal some of the colours below.  Covered the inside rim and outside with Washi Tape.  To finish off I used Modge Podge Gloss to seal it.

The picture on the front is from a brochure that was given away at our local museum displaying clay models.


Am really pleased that I now have a useful box to use while am watching the TV

Journal 52 Week 21 prompt is Mandalas.  I have always avoided doing these, but the whole object of these prompts is to challenge yourself.............so had a go at making two of them.




The first one is in Black pens and the second one uses an old Gelli Plate background, Acrylic Paint and Black Pens.   Used CD's to make the circles.

Have also finished two small canvas board paintings which have to be framed and have finished a large canvas, which will show you next week if I remember.

So all in all a great productive week.  Thank you for dropping in, take care of yourselves, hugs Annette x

56 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

The box is a treasure, and the mandalas are both great! Hugs, Valerie

Von said...

Great makeover of the box and wowed by your pen drawings :)
Von ♥

Deborah said...

Great makeover - a definitely improvement on farmyard animals :-) And I love, love, love your mandalas!

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Your altered box has a great look, the mandala's look so nice, especially the woman on it!
Kind regards, Alie :-)

Margik said...

Fantastic altered box and the mandalas are amazing. I love those art work!
Hugs, Mar

butterfly said...

Ooh, how cool is that with the elephant looming out of the dark?! Love your alteration, and the mandalas look fab. Have a great weekend, Annette.
Alison xx

Pam said...

A wonderful week of artwork Annette!! Love the box you re-done!!

Laurie M said...

that box is amazing, your mandala are beautiful as well, you have been soooo busy!!!

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

Fantastic artwork, Annette.

crafty-stamper said...

love both the mandalas,but your box is beautiful and love the vintage looking image on the top
carol x

Boo said...

Love that elephant. Also the book is way cool. I might try that. The bird mandala calls to me. Great work!!

Gaby Bee said...

Your altered box looks gorgeous!

Hope your day is going great!
Hugs,
Gaby

Sandy said...

Wonderful box - the monkey knows he is riding in style - he looks so relaxed. Your mandalas are really smashing and I sure wish you would do more. How very talented you are!!
sandy xx

Daniele said...

looks like someone has been busy, love the box with the funky elephant picture on, brilliant project
hugs and best wishes
xx

Studio Kaufmann said...

What a delightful box you have made Netty. I think the mandalas are lovely too. Happy PPF

paintingforjoy said...

Excellent makeover on the box. Loving your mandalas too. Can't wait to see your paintings. So glad you had a productive week. Send some of that rain over this way! :) Have a fab weekend! xoxo

Meihsia Liu said...

The box you altered is gorgeous! Love your beauttiufl drawing, too. :)

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I lov eeboth! The box and the mandalas Netty! great!

Crafting Queen said...

Your box is wonderful and I just love your mandalas! The first one is just amazing.

susupetal said...

That box is awesome! I love black gesso, I'm addicted to it!

That woman mandala is beautiful, it sings harmony and peace into my ears.

Sirkka said...

What a beautiful bow, Annette, you ´ve don! a treasure really. The mandalas are great too. Happy PPF!

Aga Gasiniak said...

Fantastic work, Annette. I love your box! Thank you for sharing

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Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

That is a fun and practical box you made, but I'm especially intrigued with your mandalas. My favorite one is the ink piece with the group of women. Blessings!

Laila said...

Isn't it great when old stuff can come to good use. I really like how your box turned out.
For your mandalas I'll say, why don't you make more of them? They're beautiful and so well done. I especially like the first one which is flowing so well.

stefanie stark said...

I love your conclusion about the rain and the ducks in UK :) I laughed out loud while reading this.
And I also love your little embellished box! It's great to have treasures like this! Your mandalas are wonderful! I like the one with the sisters and I very much like the text about the dream.

Sharon said...

Love your box Netty - looks great & I like the elephant image! Fabulous mandelas too!

denthe said...

When I saw the first picture I thought you had sculpted the figures on there. Looks really 3D. Love how you altered it, and one can never have too many boxes ;-) Wonderful mandala's too. Love the 5 sisters ...

Faye said...

Netty, your mandalas are beautiful. I love the symmetry of the first one and the gorgeous colors of the second one where the colors flow into one another.

kat said...

It feels so peaceful and zen here this week, beautiful work Netty!

Leovi said...

Beautiful compositions, I especially like that magical elephant!

Victoria said...

wowness...I totally love the black decorative art box..so magical and how cool to have your treasures inside!Beautifully done!! and love-love your mandalas of course..the tree is so unique and symbolic!
Powerful works!!
hugs
Victoria

Mari Huertas said...

That its charming original cover drawing book. Saludos

Linda said...

The box is now a perfect bit of d├ęcor as well as being useful now Netty. And your mandalas are just beautiful!

NatashaMay said...

Gorgeous! And I love the mandalas. :)

MeOfCourse said...

Love that altered box Netty. Great job and your mandalas are also outstanding!:)

ann @ studiohyde said...

What a great idea with the box, I love what you have done with it :-)

Abigail Davidson said...

The altered box looks so lovely! Happy PPF!

AnnD said...

That box is fantastic! Isn't it great to make useful things? Much as I love panting canvases - and I do - that's seriously my favorite.

Linda R said...

Lots of wonderful work here my friend. The cover to your box looks wonderful. We are getting a bit of rain here as well.

Hugs~

1CardCreator said...

You've been a busy gal, I really love the box, great idea too. ~Diane

zana said...

That box is wonderful and love your drawing.

Giggles said...

Your box and mandalas are fabulous...I love the sisters one...so unique! Very cools work thanks for sharing your process!

Hugs Giggles

Jo said...

Your box is awesome. Your mandalas wonderful.

JKW said...

The art is unique. I love the gelli plate colors. Blessings, Janet PPF

Ariel said...

The box cover is beautiful Netty. I should try black gesso, it looks great as the background.
Your mandalas are also pretty.
Happy Friday
Susan

bellefrogworks said...

Love that box! Great pictures against the black and I always love elephants. I too have avoided mandalas - yours are lovely.

Tracey Fletcher King said...

The box is seriously awesome... i love repurposed things like that, and I have to say you handled the mandalas better than i ever do... they completely do my head in every single time I try them ...xx

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

What a great idea to alter the box to put your drawing stuff in it! The only down side is that you might forget to do the drawing part whilst you admire your lovely box! :-) Great take on Mandalas too! hugs xxx

Gloria said...

Wow, Annette. Great re-use of a storage box. I love the exotic picture you used for the front piece. Clever to use old CD's to draw your Mandalas, as circles are so hard! I really love the 5 sisters. I was wondering if the white backgrounds for the writing on your circle of life were paper cutouts to place over the geli painting?

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Netty to use one of your words. Smashing!!!!! I really like this box. The dark background really brings out all the colors. Well done my friend.
Nicole/Beadwright

BackHomeArt said...

love your mandalas annette! xo

Saskia said...

Wow, great box, very personal and unique! And your mandala is also lovely! You're so creative!

Smiles, Saskia :)

Laura Moore said...

Fab job on the altered art and your drawing box. Black gesso sounds interesting. Lovely Manadala's. I bet they were fun. Enjoy your week.

Karin said...

wow what a great altered box, love it! Groetjes karin

Gay Peplow said...

Love your box Annette and your mandalas are brilliant, I thought the first was a stencil that you had bought, WOW clever you :D xx

Tammie Dickerson said...

What a wonderful box - such a great place to store supplies in style! Cool mandalas, too! Happy PPF!