Sunday, 14 September 2014

Patchwork Money Box { with Eclectica³ Darcy Stamps by Designer Darcy Wilkinson}

Good evening everyone, Darcy here.  This month I wanted to do a relatively laid back project, so I turned to my box of 'things to alter/decorate' and pulled out an MDF money box. A girl always needs somewhere pretty to save up the pennies for the next craft show right?

My first job was to seal the whole thing with 2 coats of watered down PVA glue, I always do this with MDF items so that the loose fibres are sealed in. Next I gave it a coat of black gesso. Not much of this will show in the end, but some will , and it is easier to paint it now than later. 

Next I cut some heavy weight smoothy that would fit the 4 sides and the 2 halves of the roof. I then cut each panel into random sized sections. 

Each piece was coated with Chocolate Pudding, this is to give a little consistency over the whole project. 

Now the fun bit, paint each piece a different colour, but not just one coat. Add at least 4 coats of paint on each piece, using a range of shades within that colour. So one piece has 4 coats of different pinks, one has 4 coats of different blues, one has 4 coats of different greens etc. 

As each piece dries, pop it under a stencil with a small pattern, and then rub away through the stencil to reveal the layers of colour. if your paint is too well dried then dip your brush into rubbing alcohol, that will help strip back the layers of paint quickly. 

I used a different stencil on each colour, and ended up with lots of colourful patchwork pieces with subtle patterning. 

I then dry brushed on a little Chalk, this knocks them back very slightly. I inked the edges with a brown ink pad and glued them to the money box using matte gel. 

To complete the patchwork effect I doodled on some different stitches around the squares, using a waterproof black pen. 

You could leave it like this, but I felt it needed a little something to focus the eye on the front. 

I stamped the heart flowers and leaves  from EDY10 onto thin metal. 

I cut them all out and worked into the back of them using a paper stump and a teflon stylus. Once they were all puffed up I  painted them. The flowers are a mix of Pea Coat and Eggplant and the leaves are Hyde Park and Sage. The paint is partly wiped back off to reveal the silver. 

These can now be attached to the box. To prevent them collapsing they are filled with either grunge paste or matte gel.  I also rubbed on a little White fire Treasure gold. 

As a finishing touch I filled up this mould with matte gel , then left them to dry overnight. 

They are not fully opaque but not fully transparent either, if you hold them up to the light you can see light through them. I first coated the large one with Eggplant, and then Metallic glaze.  I love it. 

It just finished the money box off nicely.. 

Here is the finished box, flowers just on the front and going around the left side. 

Now, what should I save up for?

Hope this has inspired you, until next time.. 

Darcy x

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Helen said...

fabulous way to alter a money box - it looks a bit too big for any loose change I've got, but I love it! Happy Saving...

Claire said...

Great project tonight, love the metal embellies and that very unique patchwork effect X

BLockHEad said...

A really beautiful and inspiring project x

Julie Lee said...

I love those MDF money boxes. They look so different depending on the style you choose to decorate them and I love this one, Darcy. What a brilliant idea to paint with the black to begin with! Love the patchwork effect too and those fabulous metal embellies from your stamps, which are so adaptable! Julie Ann xxx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Oh I love this! So original! Your flowers were just made for metal - did you plan it when you designed them? Dying to try this!

Lucy x

Unknown said...

Gorgeous! Love it! X

Kirsten said...

That's fantastic. The faux stitching looks so realistic & I love the metal flowers.

Lin said...

Darcy your money box is beautiful!! love it xxx

Craftyfield said...

Your box is gorgeous Darcy, particularly love your metal work and the butterfly made out of gel!

Ruth said...

Fabulous idea, lots of lovwly the layers of paint and rubbing away through a stencil, looking forward to trying that. Wonderful! Ruth x

Unknown said...

Yummy patchwork, cool way decorate the money box xxx

Unknown said...

Beautiful, who wouldn't want to save their money in this for future craft purchases. Fabulous inspiration as always.

CastleKelly Crafts said...

Gorgeous money box and the metal flowers are beautiful, not used a paper stump before --- might have to raid my money box ! X

Deborah Wainwright said...

Wow Darcy you never stop amazing me with your ideas and how well you bring them to life. Fantastic money box and I know I have one of them under my work table in the shed lol. I think it will make a lovely present for my granddaughter, thanks for sharing xx

craftimamma said...

This is fabulous Darcy! Lovely the metal flowers as well as the patchwork effect.

Lesley Xx

PaperArtsy said...

Oh those rubbed back paints look brilliant. Great patchwork effect!!

Cathy L. Calamas said...


Rupa Swaminathan said...

This is just so pretty. Loved the faux stitches and the metal flowers.

craftytrog said...

It looks great, love the patchwork! xxx

massofhair said...

Fantastic idea Darcy, lovely to see such fantastic doodled stitches around the papers. The finished box is wonderful.

Thanks for all the tips :-) xxx

SCarol said...

Really stunning. Love the patchwork effect with the doodled stitches.

Art By Wanda said...

Love this, Darcy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kezzy said...

Wow wow absolutely awesome amazing money box, I love the technique you did, really unique and fabulous. Happy Creating ☺ Kezzy xxx

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