Newly listed one of a kind miniature box set in the shop today.
This set of two unique maple wood turned boxes have been gessoed, sanded, meticulously decorated with India ink and artist quality acrylic, rubbed with a dark walnut stain inside and out then varnished three times for durability. Continue reading
This rounded unique maple wood turned box has been gessoed, sanded, meticulously decorated artist quality acrylic then varnished four times for durability. The inside is sanded smooth after a couple of coats of gesso.
“Burst” is signed on it’s bottom by me, the artist and is availble for purchase in the art shop within the Handpainted Boxes Section.
Box Dimensions – 1 1/2″H by 2 1/8″W (H-3.8cm by W-5.4cm) It’s tiny!
I love the feel of fine wood and turning an ordinary box into a beautiful piece of home decor that both function as decoration and have use in storing precious personal items.
I seem to float between drawing on paper and the need to paint three dimensional objects that are useful. Each little wooden box starts out naked… then I clothe it in Gesso and let it dry and harden overnight and upon waking, sand it smooth before decorating it’s skin.
When my mind is restless and full, it seems to gravitate towards painting freehand patterns to work those repetitive and occasionally obsessive thoughts out of my head. It’s gratifying to see a flirty flower, then pattern emerge stroke after stroke contouring the box surface.
When the pattern is complete I varnish it three times for good luck!
Each little box measures about 1 1/2″ – 2 11/16″ (4cm – 6,9cm).
Recently, I commissioned my father to build 10 trunks for me. These trunks are the old antique style trunks. They measure about 12 to 16 inches in width and are made from his own pattern. I’ll be painting larger and more one of a kind items this year. The trunk pictured below is one Dad built for me about 15 years ago!
Each year, well almost every year I sit down and paint Christmas balls for gift giving as I finally did finish setting up that area in the living room to paint at earlier this week. I needed an area that could remain creatively messy. Thus far I’ve painted four Christmas balls and sadly have run out of Varathane to top coat them with. I’ll need to make a run to the hardware store this weekend. Yes, I use hardwood floor varnish on any piece that I paint with acrylic.
I think painting is like riding a bike. You really don’t forget how to do it but it does take about four balls to get back into the groove of making those itsy bitsy paint strokes. I use Kroma Artist Quality Acrylic made on Granville Island in Vancouver and you can only buy it there to. It’s a wonderful milky acrylic and heavily pigmented for a brilliant colour and a smooth finish.
These are some finished balls I’ve painted from years gone by that I’ve kept for myself. I think I’ve painted close to 150 different balls that family and friends now have and decorate their trees with.
And this just made me laugh to much not to post this here on the blog!
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Something happened over the last month and my handpainted boxes began selling on Etsy. This makes me smile as I love painting little boxes to hold your precious items in.
I’m setting up a painting station in the living room directly between the sunroom to the right and studio on the left just beside the bookshelf. I need an area that can get messy with needing to be cleaned up.
Although, I have a large studio every inch of it is used for something other than messy creative work. I have the computer desk for the 27″ iMac; the printing table with two printers, the drafting table which is used as my cutting and packaging area, all of which can not have water, paint or bits of paper, sandpaper, wood, dust or paintbrushes hanging around on their surfaces.
So, I’m expanding into the living room today and I’ll be painting directly underneath an illustration I created years ago entitled:
The Old Men in the Tree
who’ll grant you a wish…
Each box set is listed in the Handpainted boxes and objects section of my art shop.
Update – This box has since sold! Thank you! Other one of a kind boxes are available in this section of my shop.
I painted this box to go with a series of three paintings, I finished in late 2008, entitled The Nameless Ones.
This Nameless One’s box has to be my most viewed and most favorited listing on Etsy. It’s been viewed close to 4000 times. And I do wonder why it hasn’t sold yet. I even did a kick-ass job with the photography as it’s graced the front page of Etsy numerous times which could indeed account for some of it’s high view numbers.
It is hand painted by me, with India ink and the finest artist quality acrylic. This box has been gessoed, sanded and varnished three times for durability.
Box Dimensions – 2 11/16 by 2 5/8 inches or 68mm by 66mm
If you buy this box and mention this blog post in the message to seller upon checkout I will ship one, 5×5 inch print, from the Nameless One’s series, of your choice, with it. Happy Friday!