The Art Elements theme this month, as issued by Susan Kennedy, is Forest. What a wide-open theme! It took me a little time to decide whether or not to participate. And, the moment I did, I was right in the thick of it. As Susan suggested, the theme could go in any direction - trees, moss, fairies, woodland creatures, and just about anything that can be found in the woods.
I've been wanting to use up some of the treasures I've collected over the years and decided to turn to this small Altoids tin for the challenge.
I started by sanding off the label, but since the word "smalls" was raised, it had to be hammered down before I finished sanding it.
I didn't remove all of the design from it as I knew I was considering painting over the top.
From there, I had to figure out what to fill it with. I thought about a layered paper design of just trees. Fairy huts also came to mind. However, I just couldn't decide. Since I'm lucky enough to have my own small forest on our property to inspire me, I decided to take a walk.
I love the shady seclusion of the woods and all the natural treasures that can be found there. As such, I began gathering beautiful discoveries from the forest floor.
I found bark, limbs, pine cones, acorn tops, dried flowers, skeleton leaves, and other lovely elements to incorporate.
However, since everything green eventually turns brown, there wasn't much natural I could add to get that pop of color. I needed to add my own touch of green to give my piece some life.
First, I punched two holes in the top of the tin. Then, several shades of green Vintaj Patinas were used to color the inside.
For the outside, I mixed brown and black Patina. A skeleton leaf was adhered to the top with the Vintaj sealer.
A green border was added for a touch of color and a hint at what you could find inside.
It took some tinkering to get the natural elements displayed inside the tin just right.
I wanted to include as many of the forest floor elements as I could. E6000 glue was used to secure the pieces.
To complete the necklace, I used headpins to make loops on the outside of the tin. Brass chain was connected to the loops.
A few stacks of wood beads were added along the chain to make sure there were natural elements there too.
I love that this pendant really is reminiscent of the forest in that from the outside, it doesn't look like much. However, when you enter it, it's a whole other world of magic.
I really enjoyed this prompt as it not only allowed me to create something surprising, but it prompted me to go out to explore and find the unexpected.
Big thanks goes out to Sue and the Art Elements team for the opportunity to participate. Please make sure to hop around to the other participants and see just how they interpreted the Forest too. I can't wait!