How to: turn a soap box into a mini art canvas! Because making cool things out of trash is FUN!
What? O.k.ok....I'm easily humored.
yep, you can use any size box you'd like...
1. your supplies, painters tape or masking tape, any tape that's not glossy will do the trick, gesso, paint brush, a box and you don't even really need scissors the tape rips so easily. Optional: sanding block, hair dryer. 2. Cover your box completely in painters tape. I did a criss cross pattern because I think it adds stability to the box. 3. paint all sides with gesso (you could probably just use craft paint for this) 4. be impatient like me and use a hair dryer to speed up the drying time process, it works so fast you can lay down a couple layers of base paint :) 5. add another layer of different color paint, I dab a dry brush into my paint (burnt umber in my case) and lightly dab on the box and smear with my finger tip (or rub with a towel like I do in step 8) 6. this step is optional gently rough up your box with a sanding block, be careful not to be too rough it is after all, just a paper box. 7. wipe the box to rid of loose paint, you'll see some blue painters tape come through that's what we want...it gives dimension and layers to add to, I took my finger tip and dabbed some black paint anywhere I saw the painters tape then blotted with a towel 8. Pick another color and add another layer. I used teal and fan paint brush for this process making sure I was not even with it's application...9. ENJOY your new thrifty mini canvas!
I'm making a handful of the soap box sized ones to spell out something...I think. Check back with me later. For more pictures of the process click here.
Oh, one more thing... I just realized last night. March 5th was my 4 year blog anniversary. I've been blogging since 2008?! Geesh time flies when you're having fun. I never thought I'd have a blog, I'm such a shy/private person. It took a little encouragement from a wise friend, she said it'd be good for me...and boy was she right. I can't imagine life without this little creative outlet. The joy I have from the friends I've made through blog-land is awesome...you've all inspired me, and made me want to be a better me. Thank you.
Maybe I should do a giveaway to celebrate....hmmmm?!