The Idea Box

If you are having trouble thinking outside of the box, get inside the box.


Well, hello there! You found me...inside my Idea Box.

I was having one of those days where my 'creativity' was mad at my 'imagination' and my 'imagination' was not talking to anybody.  Come on you two!  Let's work together here! I hate trying to keep the peace when these two fight; if only I had an Idea Box to go to - LIGHTBULB MOMENT!  

Thomas Edison had 1,093 U.S. patents and 2,332 patents.  He must have had a gigantic Idea Box!  He once said, 'I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.' I didn't need 10,000 ideas, just one, so here is my Idea Box - my latest creation featuring DecoArt products.  I created this Design Team Inspiration piece for Mixed Media World's October Challenge 'Use or Imitate Glass'.  

The base of my project began as a faux marble and wood block made from resin that I had purchased to alter.  I could hardly wait to cover up it's manufactured ugliness with some black gesso and brown acrylic paint!  Next I added a light coat of crackle paste and set the block aside to dry while I worked on the embellishments for the box. 

My embellishments were an assortment of purchased elements and my own makes.  The purchased clock face, mason jar lid, letters, mini padlock and key were treated with DecoArt Texture Sand Paste and 'rusted' with acrylic paint. From a sheet of chipboard, I cut, treated and painted the brackets, arrow and caution sign.  

Back to my box, I chipped away some of the crackle pieces before adding a stenciled number and paint.  I then attached my prepared embellishments to the top of the block and on the four sides to complete my Idea Box.  



Product List

DecoArt Media Mediums:  Modeling Paste, Texture Sand Paste, White Crackle Paste and Ultra Matte Varnish

DecoArt Fluid Acrylics: 'Quinacridone Gold', 'Transparent Red Iron Oxide', 'Burnt Sienna', 'Blue Green Light', 'Pthalo Turquoise', 'Raw Sienna' and 'Yellow Oxide'

DecoArt Antiquing Creams:  'Patina Green' and 'Raw Umber'

DecoArt Media Stencils: Andy Skinner's 'Industrial Elements'

DecoArt Americana:  Acrylic Paints in 'Dark Chocolate', 'Bittersweet Chocolate', 'Burnt Sienna', 'Antique Gold', 'Burnt Orange', 'Tomato Red' and 'Aqua Sky'.

Kaiser Craft: Roman Clock Face Wood Flourish

Black gesso, 12 x 12 chipboard sheet, wire, miscellaneous found objects.