Oriental Influences Hatters Challenge

Morning, morning.

Is it just me or is this year flying by without any breaks!! I have not been in blog land much this week.   My darling Freddie……my little optical fruit has been busy on the computer all week so I have not had much of a look in.  I hope all of my lovely blogging friends are well.

This week’s Out of a Hat Creations challenge theme is “Oriental Influences”.  As always there is a lot of scope for this challenge and is open to your interpretation.  What ever style of crafting you do, whether you are a card maker, stamper, mixed media artist, or sewer, we would love to see your projects.  Everyone is welcome to join in the challenge.

I have decorated a little wooden set of drawers for this weeks challenge.

I found some little oriental turquoise and black beads in my craft stash so I based this project on those.

I firstly coated the whole of the little pine drawers with gesso.  When the gesso was dry I painted them with a coat of white craft paint.  When this was dry, I painted the drawers inside with a very thin watered down coat of turquoise paint.  I then painted the whole of the outside of the drawers with turquoise (matching the colour of the beads) craft paint.  Whilst the paint was still wet, I dragged some of it off, using a piece of kitchen paper towel, to reveal the white paint underneath.   After leaving it to dry again.  I sanded the cabinet/drawers all over, giving a slightly heavier sanding on the edges and corners to show some of the pine wood.

The photo below is the top of the drawers.  Apologies for the quality of the photo.

I stamped the butterfly images using black staz-on.  I gave the drawers a couple of coats of spray varnish and added the beads to the brass drawer pulls.

Stamps used: Chocolate Baroque.

I just want to add to this post an oriental card that I made as it fits this weeks theme.

Stamps used Oriental Butterfly – Judikins. Backing papers Prima and Crafty Individuals.


Have a wonderful crafting week.  Tat tar for now.

Best Wishes Florence x


  1. baileyrosy

    Good morning Florence, I just love your drawers lol ! Beautifully coloured and stamped and the beads are such a pretty addition. The card is fabulous those butterflies are amazing and are a perfect match with the background paper. I’m trying to work out in my little head as to what an “opitical fruit ” might look like but no joy !!!



  2. giftsfromthehands

    Beautiful set of drawers, I think I may hunt for some in the charity shops and try this project. I’m thinking a pastel colour to go in my newly decorated ‘shabby-chic’ guest room. What a lovely piece, thanks for sharing 🙂


    1. Florence

      Hi there, Great to hear from you. Thank you for calling in and for your kind words. Pastel colours sound fabulous. Happy hunting in the Charity shop. Looking foward to following your blog.
      Regards Florence x


  3. Marianne

    Simply wonderful, Florence! Thank you for explaining the process, too. A perfect little chest of drawers to put fun things in, like tea, buttons, laces, etc.

    Blessings for more creative ideas,
    Marianne xox


  4. Susan Godby

    What a pretty and useful little chest of drawers! And the butterflies on your card reminds me of the “frog” closures seen on so many Asian dresses. Just lovely Florence! xoxo


  5. Hettie

    Love what you have done with this chest. I have just the draws I have been looking for ideas to change them…..Thanks for the inspiration. I am watching Eat Pray Love as I type so quite apt for the theme!


  6. Cards & Co

    Great projects Florence. The little blue beads are just the right touch. I have read “Gesso” on other blogs, but what is it (sorry if I’m sounding ignorant)? The butterfly card is sooo beautiful – I’m guessing it took you a long time to produce such a piece of art.


    1. Florence

      Hi Lorraine, Hope all is well. Gesso is a chalky paint. There is a long description on google but what I find it useful for is base coating wood. It gives a really smooth surface for painting over. You can use it on anything as a base coat really. It is also great for mixed media and collage work to create layer effects because it takes inks and water colour paints so well. I use white gesso and sometimes add coloured paint to it. Definately one for the craft stash. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comment.
      Regards Florence x



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