never did finish the trunk doll challenge for the online doll club I belong to on
time but I am still working on it and have developed an interest in altering
boxes as a result (one can never have too many hobbies or too many shoes). I am on my third box for the trunk doll
challenge which might be why I haven’t finished it on time. I wrote a post about the first box I made
which quite frankly was a disaster. My
husband made me the second box but by then I had lost interest in covering a
doll trunk with fabric. My Artistic ADD
clicked in and I had to chase all other things shiny down the rabbit hole
again. This time what caught my
attention was antique watercolor boxes.
So of course I had to go and buy several cigar boxes to alter into faux
antique watercolor boxes and while I was on the lookout for cigar boxes I found
a few wooden wine boxes. While chasing
the shiny watercolor boxes down the rabbit hole I became enthralled with
antique French Mignonettes and their traveling trunks. So the chasing something shiny brought me
back to the beginning and now I had a more interesting idea for the doll trunk
challenge even though there was no longer time to make the deadline.
first I needed to create the faux antique watercolor box.
are pictures of the unfinished cigar box I used and yet to be altered wine
box. The wine box in the picture is a
bit larger than the one I wound up using for the doll travel trunk but alas, I
didn’t take a picture of the wine box I wound up using for the travel trunk
before altering it. It looked pretty
similar to the larger one in the picture, just smaller.
I altered a label on the computer for the watercolor box with a free graphic unlettered
label from the graphic’s fairy http://thegraphicsfairy.com/category/printables/ (awesome site if you are a mixed media
artist). I changed the color to sepia
and then hand colored it with watercolors as a watercolorist might do with
their watercolor box label. I then “antiqued”
it with a sepia stamp pad.
I was having fun making a watercolor box label I decided to make a label for
the doll traveling trunk. I used the
same methods for creating an antique label for the trunk but just made it
I really don’t like playing with stinky stains I used Golden acrylic paints (my
absolutely favorite acrylic paints) to achieve the antiquing effect on the
boxes. I also wanted to make separate areas
in the watercolor box as the antique ones have and separate areas in the doll
travel trunk as many of the antique ones also have so I had my husband cut some
pieces of pine wood to fit the boxes and create sections. These are some pictures of the watercolor
box I “antiqued.” I haven’t varnished it
yet and plan to alter the tin and fill it with an on the go watercolor pallet. I’ll post more pictures when it is complete.
are some pictures of the “antiqued” wine box doll traveling trunk. Not sure yet what I am going to do with the
holes in front yet but will keep you posted.
moral of the story, Sometimes it’s okay
to follow your Artistic ADD down the rabbit hole. You never know where it will lead you, and
that can be half of the fun!
Thank you for
visiting my blog and wishing you a very creative day.