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How to make a vintage style small paint box

This is a Paper Mache` book box that has been modified to give it a vintage look through the use of gesso and paint. I have made this into a paint box for water colors that will be useful for 'on the go' creative moments, but it can be used for anything.


Top of Paint Box

The color pad was pretty easy to organize the way I prefer, however although I mention in my video that I place a magnet layer in the bottom with individual snippets of magnets under each of the paint containers, it did not go as planned.

The tricky little suckers wouldn't stay put! Thankfully we have glue!

Inside of Paint Box

The Closure

How gorgeous is this filigree closure?

I found a bracelet in an op shop in Adelaide and pulled it apart to fit perfectly with this funky little creation - booyah! I created two of these beauties and gave one to my daughter (without the paints - just a cool box for putting stuff into)


Tasmanian Lavender Fields

This is my first watercolor painting using this sweet paint box. I wouldn't class myself as a watercolor artist, but I do like to dabble. I think that I should have scanned this baby as I gave the original to my beautiful sister-in-law and only have the 'not so wonderful' picture I took.

Tasmanian Lavender Fields

The Video Tutorial

You may find this a little long - don't want you to be bored, so feel free to flick through it! The video also gets a little close so if you want a different view, go to my YouTube Channel to find a 'wider' angle option.

The Christmas Card

I painted a number of these funky tree pictures and used them on the front of my Christmas Cards - not too bad eh?

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree.....
Christmas Tree Water Color

I think that I may use this one again in the future (I have the original and may scan it).


Let me know what you think and if you would consider trying to create your own paint box.


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