Thursday, April 15, 2010

Treasure Box Tutorial

I painted a little paper mache box that I thought would make a great gift for Mother's Day or Teacher's gift. I wanted to share with you how I painted the box.

I applied purple and white Liquetex acrylic paint on the box. I made sure not to mix the colors together entirely, so you can see a little of the white to show through the purple. This gives it a sort of marbelized effect.

Next I applied the paint on the outside using angled brushstrokes.

Now it is all painted and ready to apply the image.
I glue the photo on and allow it to dry. The last step is to paint very carefully around the bird to cover the blue background. I apply a coat or two of varnish to seal in the paint.


  1. I love your choices of color!


  2. Very cute! I love purple, it's my favorite!

  3. That is beautiful and you're right, it would make a lovely gift!

    I just love your artwork. It's fun coming here!

  4. These are adorable!! I want to make one for my little sister :)

  5. OOOOH thanks so much for sharing this!!! I was wondering what I could do for mothers days and thanks you my friend everyone in Jersey is going to get one. This is fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful idea and thanks also for coming by and leaving your wonderful words. They are priceless!

  6. Hi Mechelle!!!!
    I am so glad you signed up for my class!!! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you. You can email me at anytime if you have any questions.
    Post some practice sheets if you feel comfortable to do so. I love to see my students' work and I am so proud of all of them!
    Oh, and by the way, this is an adorable little box!!!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  7. hooray for pretty things!
    i rather enjoy all the delightful pictures splish splashed through your posts.
    your blog oozes loveliness, and i thank-you for sharing! x