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Jeni Calkins
Design Team Project
Zen Garden
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Challenge: Krafty Inspiration - Take 1 Make 5

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Zen Garden
using
1 Krafty Lady Zen Garden Kit
AM185 XLge Swirl
AM186 XXLge Tag Rectangular Large
AM191 XLge Shape Folk Heart
AM192 Sm Tag Rectangular
AM212 XLge Domino
AM214 Lge Deep Majong shape
AM217 Med Small Domino shape
AM245 4XLge 5 Dominoes

Cast made with Easy Cast clear epoxy resin embedded with papers.
More details at the bottom
 
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using
AM185 XLge Swirl
 
using
AM186 XXLge Tag Rectangular Large
AM245 4XLge 5 Dominoes
 
using
AM186 XXLge Tag Rectangular Large
AM245 4XLge 5 Dominoes
  
Click for larger version in a new window Click for larger version in a new window Click for larger version in a new window
using
AM191 XLge Shape Folk Heart
 
using
AM191 XLge Shape Folk Heart
 
using
AM192 Sm Tag Rectangular
 
Click for larger version in a new window Click for larger version in a new window Click for larger version in a new window
using
AM192 Sm Tag Rectangular
 
using
AM212 XLge Domino
 
using
AM212 XLge Domino
 
Click for larger version in a new window Click for larger version in a new window Click for larger version in a new window
using
AM214 Lge Deep Majong shape
 
using
AM214 Lge Deep Majong shape
 
using
AM217 Med Small Domino shape
 
  Click for larger version in a new window  
  using
AM217 Med Small Domino shape
 
 
Instructions:
Make the stones using Easy Cast clear epoxy (Environmental Technology Inc.).Work in a well vented area. Carefully follow the direction on the package exactly as written, to prepare the epoxy. Fill the Krafty Lady Art Mould half way (no release spray needed) and layer in printed photos, scraps of paper, book pages, iridescent film, or other items. Fill the rest of the mould. Let harden for 12-24 hours. Unmould and sand the edges smooth then sand and polish further using fine grit polishing papers (wet/dry sandpaper) starting with 400, and working your way up to 8000 (it's important to not skip grits: 400, 600, 1200, 4000, 6000, 8000). Seal with a coat of Future Floor Finish.

Find some old books the size of the Zen garden box, I used two book stacked to accommodate the entire depth of the box. Open the front cover of the top book and outline the Zen Garden box on the first page. Using a craft knife and a ruler carve out a niche. You will need patience, and must take your time while carving away at the pages. Check for fit of the box.

The hole in the top cover of the top book has to be just big enough to extend over the lip of the box. A good way to mark it is to paint the lip of the Zen Garden box when it's inside the niche, close the cover of the book to make an imprint, and then when you open the lid, you will see exactly where to cut your line. Proceed to cut the book cover. Glue the pages together and then glue the box in the books.

Paint with gesso add texture by tapping your brush onto the wet gesso. Paint with layers of Golden's Fluid Acrylic Paint. Start with a layer of iridescent bright gold, let dry. Mix quinacridone with a little primary magenta and water and paint few washes of color letting it dry in-between. Paint heavy body medium over a stencil filling the spaces and then lift leaving the Asian script texture on the book's surface. When the stenciling medium is dry, iron leafing foil onto the medium and remove the backing.

Paint the rake the same way.

 

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