Inspiration comes from the most unexpected places sometimes. Okay, maybe not the most unexpected places. The most unexpected places would include the corner of my produce drawer where that pepper disintegrated / exploded / was experimented on by aliens, followed by the spot under my art chair where the unidentifiable gunk is living and (despite my best efforts at cleaning) possibly breeding. Running a close third, however, might be this image, which I posted a few weeks back as one of our Sunday Freebies:
Do you look at that image and say, “OMG I HAVE TO MAKE A STEAMPUNK-INSPIRED KLEENEX BOX COVER THAT CAN ALSO DISPLAY ART!”? I’m guessing you don’t. For whatever reason, I did.
I started with this metal Kleenex box cover. It was made by Waverly, but I found it at Goodwill.
For the sides, I grabbed this whole assortment of frames and things, some from Goodwill, some from my existing stash.
Before I started painting, I wanted to make sure the concept would work – that is, that I could in fact bolt frames to the box and still fit Kleenex inside – so I dragged out the drill and got to work.
See the box of Kleenex tucked in there? It worked! I celebrated by breaking out the gesso.
After that, I base coated everything in Light Burnt Umber.
Although the frames could be used to display existing ATCs, I decided to make a little piece to honor the origin of this Kleenex box cover.
Once I had selected images for all of the sides, I added some snaps to capture the look of rivets.
Here is that light switch plate again, now fully painted and decked out with gears. (Given their size, it probably goes without saying that these are real gears from real watches. I feel very fortunate that someone gave me a whole bag full, because those suckers are worth a lot of money!)
There are more gears on the frame on the right. Meanwhile, that box on the left is not really that green. (Thank you, camera flash.)
I added some cap nuts to the top, staining them with alcohol ink and a copper mixative.
And there you go!
Normally, my Living with Art projects live with me in my house, but this one is available in my Etsy shop.