Friday, December 17, 2010

Adding Texture

Literally and figuratively, I think.

I had been hoping to find a block of time to return to my bears&boxes work. So, here just a few days before Christmas, I found it. Some people use their kitchen for baking this time of year. Oh well. It was exciting to bring my boxes out again. Usually, I work on one at a time, but with several ideas dancing around in my head, I plunged into working on three at a time – so far.

Two of them started out like this.


See that ‘Hand Made’ text there?  I know it refers to the cigars, but I think it could also refer to the box.  So apt I have wondered if I should leave it.

Then I had my husband split the lid on one of them because I wanted to try and create a piece that opened in the middle.


Last time I was working on a box, I got stuck on the outside and that halted all forward momentum. I had to put it away until I became unstuck. This time I started by adding texture to see where it might lead. Out came the mediums, gesso and paint.


This was so much fun to do,


I decided to break out the box I had gotten stuck on and add texture to it as well –


a different kind, but texture nonetheless. Bingo – just what it needed to move me forward.


I get truer color in the daylight so I generally quit when I lose the light, but now you know what I have been doing the last couple of days – and that is


washing my hands over and over and over.


  1. I like to see as a box becomes a treasure chest.

  2. Hi Ginger,

    I can't wait to see these boxes finished. This is something I have never seen in progress, & it looks quite interesting.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Merry Friday


  3. I can't wait to see what these ones turn into!

  4. Ginger, me tienes intrigada.
    Estoy deseando ver el resaultado.
    Feliz fin de semana
    besitos ascension

  5. Looking forward to seeing the new box creations. And hey, if any of your holiday goodies also have texture, I'm sure it'll just be added fibre ;o)

  6. Love to see the boxes when they are finised.

    Merry Christmas,



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