December Creative Play Day 31: Chocolate Box 2011- A Year In Preview by Candace Jedrowicz

The Cool2Craft Creative Play theme for December is “Give Yourself a Gift.” You give to everyone else during the holidays and all year long. Time to give yourself a treat! Make something, go somewhere, do something that’s just for you and photograph it! Then share it with us – post it on the Cool2Craft Creative Play blog on the Hive. Anything goes! I’m going to run with this theme and craft every day in December. I’ll be posting tutorials and videos as well as making some kits available at the Marketplace. Join me on Cool2Craft for 31 days of blissful, healing, creative play and give yourself the gift of play, too! [Candace J.]

I’m so in love with chocolate box art! I decided to do the last project of this amazing month of Creative Play as an affirmation of the sweetness of life for the coming year.

I gathered papers and images that appealed to me and set about visualizing my “Sweetness of Life in 2011″ concept. I wrote affirmations and prayers on the inside of the top half of the box.

I sanded the outside of the chocolate box to prep for decoupage.  Then I made my assemblage decisions and went to town with my Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue.

Hands, hearts, bright colors, coffee cups, glitter, gems, sweets and chocolate are things you’ll find in most of my art.  They represent joy on a base a level.  That childlike joy for those magical things is ever present for me.  I don’t just love them, I allow them to work through me, through my heart and my hands.
When I started to think about what the chocolates would say about the theme, I decided to do individually constructed centers.  I would normally use chocolate shaped hump molds to make hollow pieces.
A small amount of polymer clay can cover this type of center and be smoothed successfully.  The bonus is that you don’t have to try to take the polymer clay off!

I ended up gold leafing the heart.  I felt it brought balance to the piece.

For more detailed pieces, you can use a wire frame to wrap the foil around
The wire allows you to reposition the piece without losing integrity.  Notice that I didn’t try to wire the thumb.  It was small enough to add when the rest of the hand was shaped and positioned.
It’s important to make and place your main pieces so you’ll know how many filler pieces you’ll need.  I only needed three filler bits, and even those are symbolic in this piece as a whole.
Several of the symbols called for gold leaf.  They represent celebration, prosperity, adventure and the secondary theme – “We will write our own story.”
What are your hopes and expectations for the coming year?

Mine are delicious!

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