When I posted my previous tissue box blog I had a request for a tissue box make… so here is what I did.
Another trip to Hobbycraft to buy another paper mache tissue box – this time I went for the square vanity box style
I love these items, they have so many different boxes; you can decorate them in so many ways:- decoupage, painting, sticking buttons or beads etc.
Cover with suitable wrapping paper and use as a gift box.
In the paper mache range they also do shapes, animals and letters. They are really well priced too.
So, I got my tissue box and as my customer had requested a silver background with flowers, (actually similar to a watch she had just received for her birthday) I had no need to ponder what to do.
First of all I painted the box inside and out with white acrylic paint. Let it dry.
Then I painted the whole thing over with silver acrylic paint.
I let this dry and then started the first coat of the decoration…
I started with a very pale pink – no great botanical detail here, just a full bloom flower shape
I then continued to paint these flowers all over the box – overlapping around corners and from the lid down, this looks better than just doing a flower in the centre of each side in my opinion – although it all depends on taste.
Okay, so that is my basic design, looks a bit rubbish at the moment but now we need some leaves…
The pink paint, by the way is the white acrylic mixed with a little crimson red, make sure you mix enough paint up – it’s very difficult to make the same colour twice, unless of course you have thought to measure from the start!
So now I have my pink flowers and gold leaves. But although I painted the leaves with a thick enough layer to allow the brush strokes to give the impression of the veins of the leaves (see above) they still need definition.
Just a few blobs of white paint start to lift the petals and to make them look a bit more like flowers.
I then added, with a mix of crimson, gold and blue and a finer brush, a bit more detail to the leaves.
I also painted ‘stems’ just joining each flower to another – it brings the whole design together.
So, almost done, with the same colour used to do the veins to the leaves I now added some detail to the flowers, to the centre to indicate the stamen and around the edges just to finish off.
It’s all done, here’s a selection of pictures taken from different angles…
A fun project to do on a very dull, rainy Saturday afternoon. Acrylic paint is great because it dries so quickly. I’ve had a look and seen some amazing ideas for decorating these boxes
There’s no limit to ideas to decorate a plain box – this is also a very practical item, not clutter!
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
Back soon with more arty crafty makes.