Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

January 14, 2011

In the Mood for Something Celestial

As I make my first tentative steps into the altered art world, I'm doing a lot of experimenting.  This is one such project, as I'm not entirely sure what it is, or what purpose it serves, other than being yet another celestial-themed knickknack to gather dust in my house.  

I found this little box at Ben Franklin.  It was just plain brown paper in it's raw form.  It's about an inch and a half'ish in height, and has a clear plastic window in the lid.  I instantly thought of those dioramas that were so popular for homework assignments in the 70's.  A bunch of themes went through my mind, but I realized that I didn't have any of the items I wanted to make the wildlife scene I was thinking of (namely: the wildlife).  So I went another way with it, and decided to go celestial.  Because I really can't get enough of the cobalt-blue-and-crescent-moon-with-stars-thing, you know?  

I painted the whole thing inside and out with peacock blue acrylic paint.  It's darker than the pictures show. The inside bottom of the box is done in a lighter blue.  Then I brushed the inside walls & bottom of the box with silver and multicoloured glitter paint.  I stuck tiny silver stars on the bottom and crystals on each of the 8 walls inside.  

I wasn't sure how to make the flat blue glass crescent moon disc look like it was floating, then decided to use a glass bead glued in place, with the glass disc glued to the other side of the bead that was sticking up.  I used a product called Gorilla Glue for this because it's unbelievably sturdy and quick drying.  I also added the crystal star on the face of the blue glass disc.

I'd also decorated the outside of the box with the sliver stars and crystals.  Then glued the lid on.


  1. Honestly, you just gave me an idea of what to do with an inch thick of the tree stump we acquired last month. It is just sitting on top of our key shelf and I had no idea how to preserve it until now. I'll try painting it so I can use it as a paperweight. Teehee! Thanks for the idea!

  2. Anonymous12:10 PM

    What a FABULOUS colour!!!

  3. Anonymous2:45 PM

    I love the crescent moon glass. The blue was the perfect choice to create a universe/space effect. Lovely.

  4. It's Absolutely Beautiful! The color is so vibrant.

  5. Stunning! The choice of color is spot-on, babe! You are GOOOOOOOD!

  6. Your creativeness and vision know no bounds. It's beautiful.

  7. I love that. The blue is so rich and is beautifully trimmed with the silver glitteries!

    Nice work!

  8. Thanks everyone! :D