Monday, September 19, 2011

paint a "shaker" box

A side view of my circular box.

Brief Description: This paper mache box was modeled after a Shaker band box I think. I painted it with a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch pattern. 

Supply List:
  • prefabricated circular paper box
  • red, black, yellow, and white acrylic paints
  • tiny soft paint brush
  • acrylic sealer
  1. Paint the entire outside of the box, including the lid, with red paint. Let it dry
  2. Use the template below to lightly sketch the pattern on top of the lid.
  3. Paint the sketch black and let the design dry.
  4. Then add the painted yellow highlights and let these dry completely.
  5. Lastly, paint the white highlighted areas.
  6. This particular box had a delicate raised pattern already embossed on the sides. I simply painted the swirly floral pattern with the same colors used on the lid.
  7. After the entire box was painted I then lightly dry brushed a bit of grey around the lid's edges to suggest an "aged" appearance for the box.
Additional Suggestions: Don't forget to spray your final piece with an acrylic sealer. 

The "Shaker" like box as seen from above.
This template may be downloaded and sized in a
word document to fit the above measurements.
Read the Terms of Use before using it folks.

photographs and written craft pages copyrighted by Grimm 2017

Margaret Meyer talks about how to 
seal a paper/cardboard box. This is
particularly important if your box is large. 

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