How to Alter a Home Decor Piece With Mixed Media

by Toni Burks-Grijalva

Let's have fun creating a one of a kind kleenex box holder for your area.


  • Paper Mache kleenex box
  • gesso
  • Asst. Flowers
  • Asst. Metal and Wood Embellies
  • Adhesive of Choice
  • AA Mud Texture Paste
  • AA Stencil of Choice
  • AA Coloration Spray-French Toast, Sand Castle
  • AA Sorbet Black Leather Jacket, Kenyan Copper
  • AA Velvet Tuxedo
  • Utee Gold & Rust
  • Heat Gun
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Give it a nice coat of gesso to prime the surface. I used my homemade gesso which you can see the recipe on the lid of the jar.

    Step 2

    Using Mud Texture Paste on your stencil of choice on sides and top of box. Allow to dry.

    Step 3

    Using 3D Gel Paste I adhered my embellishments, flowers and wood pieces to my box. Allow to dry.

    Step 4

    Here are the assorted flowers I chose to use. I love the texture that the burlap flowers and leaves provide for my piece.

    Step 5

    This is the tedious part, but important. Completely cover all areas with a nice coat of white gesso. Take your time and enjoy the process.

    Step 6

    Let's get started with our sprays and paints. I also used baby wipes to remove excess of color where not wanted.

    Step 7

    I first took the black paints and swiped over the high parts of the box and using a baby wipe, removed what I didn't want. This allows the black paint to get into the crevices nicely.

    Step 8

    After all done, I dry brushed AA's Velvet in Cotton mixed with Sorbet Linen on top to brighten up my project. This is one of the sides of the box that did not have any of the embellishments on it.

    Step 9

    I then started adding my sprays. Starting with the darkest around the edges for shadowing. Heat set in between adding your colors so they won't blend together and you will get distinct colors.

    Step 10

    I applied Copper Kenyan to the tops of my butterflys. The sparkle is amazing. This photo definitely doesn't do it justice.

    Step 11

    Then an addition of Gold Metal Effects was applied here and there.

    Step 12

    I decided to add a bit more bling, so I swiped the Versamark on top of the petals of some of the flowers and added Gold and Rust UTEE and then heat set.

    Step 13

    Here is a closeup of the butterfly. Unfortuntely the camera did not pick up the gorgeous sparkle that these paints provide.