Cecilia Swatton, Red Bank, New Jersey
Cecilia designed the rubber stamps used in this project.
(Optional first step: Stamp Asian Butterfly on white printer paper, scan it
into computer, and reduce its size using image-editing software. Print it
on thin mulberry paper, attached with temporary 2-sided tape to a “carrier
sheet” of printer paper. Tear out the butterfly.)
1. Cut clip-art to match size of small square of glass. Run glue stick
across face of image; place under glass and press. Age glass with shoe
polish and brown or rust stamp pad.
2. Tear pages from old book; stamp them, using Jet Black Archival Ink with
the Asian stamps. Attach them to back walls with glue stick.
3. Age edges of shadowboxes by gently rubbing with brown dye ink pad.
4. Cut bamboo to size. Using Ultimate Glue, add to it to the outer frames
along with medallion, aged glass square and small round beads.
5. Likewise, glue mini-drum, remaining beads and mask inside the frames.
6. Use glue stick to add small butterfly to one shadowbox.
Note One: Any assortment of Asian embellishments can be used. Two
excellent, inexpensive sources:
Oriental Trading Company &
Note Two: Shadowbox frames similar to those I used are available at
Click on the icons above for a copy of this technique that you can
print or save to your computer.