Monday, September 28, 2015

Exploding Box by Terry Garrett!

When I was asked to be a blog guest I said yes – not knowing where I would go with this.
Then I decided I wanted to do something 3D. I don't do that often and so wanted to challenge myself.
I have long been curious about the exploding box. It's a fun way to have something be both flat and 3D.
I found a template online for the exploding box and there were several to choose from.

The photo below is of the blank pieces. I used a 140# watercolor paper for this project.
I decided I wanted to make my box look like an old city building with brick showing out from peeling paint.
This I thought was perfect to use some of Seth Apter's stencils.

So I started with a coat of some light colors put on with a credit card and then using
Carolyn Dube's Buildings stencil I stenciled on the bricks.

 Once that was dry I used a technique I learned from a friend of mine, John Arbuckle.
I put Vaseline over parts of the brick pattern and other areas and then painted a mixed gray over it. 

When that was dry I rubbed off the paint that was on top of the vaseline revealing some of the brick pattern. Then I found some windows and door online that I wanted to use and glued those down. 

Next I worked on the inside insert. The photo below is the back side of the insert. I painted the background and stenciled with some of StencilClub stencils and collaged with some things from TumbleFish Studios. 

Then I flipped it over and using my eBrush – I used Seth's stencils
and used rubber stamps for the center message. 

The next photos are of the finished exterior.
I used my eBrush with Seth's stencils for what I feel is an authentic looking graffiti.
The eBrush is an airbrush that uses art markers – it takes several different kinds – I used Copic and Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. Here is a link for the eBrush. http://www.craftwellusa.com/products/ebrush 


The photo below is of the inside of the exploding box.

This was a lot of fun!
To see more of Terry's work, please visit his BLOG at whisperwoodartworks.blogspot.com!

15 comments:

  1. So wonderful Terry! You are so creative!!!! So beautifully done!!!! LOVE YOU!!!!!

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  2. love it.. the colors.. layers.. collage.. totally awesome

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  3. This looks so cool Terry. Love the structure and the layer of graffiti that you added to the end. Thanks for making my stencils look so good!!

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  4. I adore this, Terry!! So much fun, and every inch is fabulous,

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  5. Terry you have hit this out of the park! Am looking at this and just keep scrolling back and looking some more! Every detail is just magnificent!

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