This piece began as an unfinished box – no paint, no finish, no details. The first thing I did was to gesso the entire piece. Then I added some texture in the form of these swirls.
I had done this technique on a previous box but wanted to see if I would be happy with a more definite design.
I oriented the letters vertically – it seemed like a good choice for the space.
Then I softened and blended them into the rest of the design by adding some tissue paper.
Next it was time to paint. The first coat was a very pale blue.
Here you can see the paint shows some of the texture.
These next two photos you can see the progression of different applications of paint. One the left you see the first layer and on the right you see the second. Then the second to the third. Painting a box is a little nerve wracking for me because I have an idea but I never know if it will turn out like I plan.
Some of it is quite subtle so you might not be able to see the change from one stage to the next.
Here’s a shot of the side – I took this one because the texture and the colors show up fairly well – maybe not entirely accurately on a computer though.
After adding the quote transfers to the edges of the box, I lined it with a swirly paper. Funnily enough, I had had this paper for quite some time just waiting for the right project to come along. I liked it before I used it but I liked it even better after I found where it was going to go.
These are shelves – each one with its own purpose.
Photos of some of the details under way. Mostly of things being painted like little round wood pieces that will be stands.
Lots and l0ts of stars painted silver, gold and copper.
And clear glass balls dyed.
Repositories for all the different items that will be inside – created and collected so they don’t fall off the desk and onto the floor. Not sorted by type though – I couldn’t be that organized!
Finally the front of the finished box. The color is quite a bit more subtle than it seems in this photo. If you click on these last few photos they will show up a little larger.
The left side with genie lamps, dandelions in bottles, genie bottles, bubbles, “WISH” tickets, pennies and wishing dust. Just a few options for making a wish!
The right side with birthday candles, wishbones, feathers, stars and wishing well buckets. And the bear I also named “WISH”.
Here’s a photo of the entire piece. So many things about this piece I enjoyed creating but the tiny tickets are probably my favorite.
Hold your breath. Make a wish. Count to three.