So here's an altered matchbox I made for a swap. I have never altered a matchbox before so this was a first for me. It's tiny and really fiddly to do - the box measures just 5.5 x 3.5 cm! I collaged the cards and box first using some old text and then painted over it with Ranger dabbers. I added all sorts of images and bits of texts - everything from crows to butterflies to fish - before finally adding the doll images. My hands were covered with a lethal layer of gel medium and paint, hmmmmmm, it took some scrubbing off. Looking at this photo I think these flowers look a bit too pink - I might have to get my distress inks out and tone them down a bit.
These are the 5 cards that are inside the box:
I'm not sure if these are finished yet. I may add a little stitching or even a layer of my favourite.........beeswax...............I'll see. I do think these old dolls are quite sinister, in the same way that clowns and masks can also be sinister. With these dolls it's something to do with the eyes.......so I covered them up. I used to like dolls when I was younger but then I read about Amelia Jane by Enid Blyton - the story of the naughty doll who comes to life in the nursery and gets up to all sorts of mischief. That book gave me nightmares for years.Inside the matchbox I also have to include a surprise for the recipient but I can't show you that or it wouldn't be a surprise would it?!
Bye for now.