Who hates to throw away a shoebox? Especially those nice sturdy boxes with hinged lids...aren't those just the coolest things? I have been collecting photos for years, and learned many years ago that shoeboxes make excellent storage for photos. No need to go looking for acid free boxes. Shoeboxes fit the bill. And they are just garbage once you wear the shoes. (Because I never put shoes back in the original box after the shoes are on my feet.) So there I am, all these boxes, and I start throwing photos in them, for safekeeping, with the intention someday of organizing said photos. (Personally, I think it is way more fun to pull photos out of a shoebox and pass them around when someone's visiting, than have them pasted into a fancy schmancy photo book. Now all of you with fancy photo books, please don't crucify me. It is just my opinion, after all.)
|I used this for my design idea|
|reds, yellow, and white|
After mulling the idea through my head for several weeks, I got started. Here are the supplies you need:1 shoeboxGesso + large flat brushAcrylic paints: warm red, cool red, warm blue, bright orange, bright green, medium yellow, and whitePaintbrushes: size 5 and 8 round, and size 4 detail brushPaper plate (I use a plastic pallette that paint will peel off of when it dries)Water
|lightly sketch the outline of the flower|
Step 2: I painted the bottom first. The main reason I did was because if I goofed it up, it wouldn't be as noticeable. (I've had some epic fails in projects over the years. It's always nice when you can hide a failure.)
|paint greens in background first|
|add the flowers and blend colors|
|red and orange petal|
|layer a pink petal on top|
|layer more petals, and blend|
I was happy with the way the bottom turned out, so I went on to paint the rest of the box. I let it dry before I painted the lid edges. (If the top had been separate, this would not have been a concern. But I didn't want the paint rubbing off the top edge of the box bottom because the lid was rubbing it.)
I think I will make more of these boxes, and might even be giving some as gifts. They make a great place to store photos, or anything at all really. It's a way of making a nice looking storage box, with my "style" stamped on it. I have more ideas for these little boxes just jumping around in my head.
What do you think? Give this a try and let me know how your "treasure" turns out!
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