This project seems like ages ago now but I’m glad that I documented it as I went. Now I can show photos of how it progressed from being a plain, unfinished wooden box to a gallery piece for TBAI.
Here’s where I started –with the front masked off to protect it from all the hazards that surely ensue when I work with glue and paint and various other mediums.
I wanted the front to be more ornate so I went about adding some trim.
After measuring, sawing, gluing and much woe-is-me-ing, the trim has been applied.
Here’s the fun and sometimes tedious part – adding some interesting texture to the surface of the box.
One of many coats of paint that doesn’t look like much in this photo.
The color in the photo below is a little better and the photo shows the designs I added to the surface earlier.
Now I turn my attentions to adding a decorative paper to the inside.
An idea came to me for some shelves for the inside. “Sure, no problem,” I said to myself. Me thinks that sometimes it’s better that way – at least until it’s too late to turn back!
Yes, this is the shelf unit upside down. I think the glue was drying at this point. It’s very weird in my house sometimes.
Below a trial run to see how the shelf fits and a glimpse of the transfers in process for the edges of the box.
A close-up view of the shelf trim mostly because I love this shot. It makes me feel very, very small – like an elf.
This shows the left side with the transfer paper beginning to be removed leaving the quotes in place. I think part of the enjoyment of working on these boxes is getting to fiddle with tiny little things like these itsy bitsy chocolates.
A close-up of the transfer paper coming off. Makes me quite nostalgic it does. Perhaps it’s time to start a new piece?
An artful shot of the left side chocolates, quotes, and a milkshake on the right side.
A bit of the detail – yummy.
Here’s the completed piece from the front – closed, of course. Yes, there is a teddy bear in there. A chocolate colored one!
Here’s the piece completely open – “Chocolate Dreams”.
The final photo of the right side with all the chocolate goodness displayed inside. Just remember: “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” ~Charles M. Shultz