Friday, May 26, 2017

Zen Dragonfly Box with Sandy McTier

Hi Y’all!! I was super duper excited when I saw the new Southern Ridge Trading Company Zen Dragonfly items and couldn’t wait to create with them!! Of course I had a thousand and one ideas running through my head and initially planned to paint water lilies for my dragonfly (which I started but didn’t finish), then I saw this picture that INSPIRED my dragonfly creation! As I was scrolling through pictures on my computer, I found this gorgeous Art Deco Compact (pictured below) that was a silver brushed metal with a gold dragonfly on top, and it led to this catch-all box that I’m in love with.
The box is a 5” paper mache box from Hobby Lobby.

To give it that brushed metal look, it needed to have some texture. I used one of my all time favorite stencils. This stencil is actually from the M2 (as in ‘M squared’) line of stencils that Tracy Moreau and I have created. This particular stencil, M2-3, lends itself to the “Art Deco” feel. I used a palette knife to apply the DecoArt Media Black Modeling Paste to box, doing so in stages so that the sides, etc. had time to dry before moving on to the next area.

I didn’t paint the box first, but you certainly could with black paint. I chose to wait for the modeling paste to dry and then painted it with a very thin application of Lamp Black. Next, I loaded a sponge dauber with the black paint, pounced off the excess and painted the dragonfly.

Once the box dried, I brushed some of the Extreme Sheen Silver over the entire box and lid and then wiped back some of the excess paint with a paper towel. It was super shiny, and I loved the look, so I snapped a picture so you could see what it looked like. I even brushed on some Extreme Sheen Aquamarine to see how that would look, which you can see in the picture. However, I wanted a more subtle look to the metal shine, so decided to antique it with DecoArt Media Carbon Black Antiquing Cream. I brushed that all over the box and then wiped back the excess paint with a paper towel, repeating that step on the lid as well. While that was drying I painted the dragonfly with the Extreme Sheen Gold. I found it easier to load a sponge dauber with the paint and lightly pounce over the dragonfly to keep the intricate cutouts paint free.

To finish off the look, I loaded a 1” stencil brush with White Frost Metallic Lustre, working it into the bristles and then dry brushed the lustre on the box and the dragonfly. This added that perfect brushed metal look to the piece. You can buff to the desired shine with a soft cloth. Finally, I glued the dragonfly to box using E6000 glue.

I hope this inspires you to create it!! I think it would be cool to make some 4” coasters to match, using the M2 stencil and paint (without a raised texture) and then add the dragonfly using the new Southern Ridge Trading Company Zen Dragonfly Stencil.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

Surface: 5” Paper Mache Box (Available from Hobby Lobby)
- M2 Stencil – M2-3 (Available from
- DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Lamp Black
- DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Carbon Black Antiquing Cream
- DecoArt Media Metallic Lustre: White Frost
- DecoArt Media Black Modeling Paste
- DecoArt Extreme Sheen: Silver and Gold (Aquamarine – optional)
- Dynasty Brushes: 1” Faux Sable and 1” Stencil Brush (Available from – use promo code: sandymc for an additional discount)
- Other supplies: Palette Knife & E6000

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Y’all have a GREAT day; Happy Creating!! Sandy 


1 comment:

  1. Beautiful! Love how you got the inspiration for you project, well executed!