I couldn't help it.
We have been pretty busy over here since the launch of Orange Art Box. There are so many different things that have been doing every day: talking to print shops, packing boxes, and going back and forth to the post office to send Orange Art Box kits to subscribers across the country!
But my favorite part of the job is getting emails and texts of kids with their Orange Art Box (and please, send YOUR pictures to us at firstname.lastname@example.org) and seeing what they have created with what is inside. Seeing the smiles on their faces – they look like they are having so much fun! It’s because of these pictures you all shared that I got inspired! So, I grabbed a 'SMILE' sign, took it home with me and started creating.
We say that our boxes are perfect for kids between the ages of 5 and 12, but the truth is Orange Art Box is perfect for anyone with an interest in arts and crafts. Truth be told, I'm a bit older than our recommend ages and I love them, too!
Because I have been creating and playing around with different forms of art for a long time, I have been able to build up a big collection of art supplies. If you were to peek inside my "studio" you would see paint, canvases, boxes of beads, swatches of fabric, pliers, tweezers, paint brushes, and a ton of DIY and How To, books, just to name a few. Put away on one of the highest shelves in my studio are my Decoden supplies. As soon as I got home with my "SMILE" I popped those boxes off the shelf and started to work.
What is Decoden? Great question. I was introduced to this form of artwork a couple of years ago and fell in love with it. It's completely over the top and can include some of my favorite things like rhinestones, pearls, beads and floral cabochons. The word Decoden is the combination of "deco", short for "decoration" and "denwa", Japanese for phone. Originally this art form was for blinging (I'm pretty sure that is the technical term!) out phone cases, but now is done to bling out anything that you feel needs that extra "pop". I personally have done mirrors, jewelry boxes and ornaments. Which takes us back to my "SMILE" sign!
As I mentioned before, I couldn't help it. I started off with painting it a pale pink so that way, if there were any gaps in between my embellishments, there would be one consistent color. I also had decided on a pink and white color palette. Yes, orange is for sure one of my favorite colors but so is pink. Plus, I knew most of what I would be adding to the "SMILE" sign would work with those colors. Then I broke out my E600 (maybe the best glue ever) and started decorating!
What do you think? I understand that this girly over the top decoration isn't for everyone. What if you had an extra shoe box lying around and glued some twigs to it? Or rocks? Maybe you have some leftover pipe cleaners or googly eyes that you think would work. You could save all of your dried out markers and glue them on top of your Orange Art Box and use that to hold your art supplies. The possibilities are endless! If you do decide to try the art of Decoden, have fun, and if you can, please send your pictures to us at email@example.com.
We’re looking forward to seeing your projects and hearing your feedback!