While I was happy with the watercolour travel kit I’d put together, I wasnt ecstatic. I was still lusting after Altoid boxes and dreaming about converting them. Nothing that size (tin box) sells in my part of the world. In my usual scatterbrained fashion I forgot to write and ask my sisters to buy and bring one for me when we met this summer.
You can imagine my delight when my sister opened her bag towards the tail end of one of our many car journeys to share some mints with us – from an Altoid box! I almost grabbed it out of her hand. 😀 I told her that I wanted it so many times that in the end she just gave it to me with the mints which I did not much care for or want. I admit I acted a bit strangely.
And then it took me quite a while to finish those d… mints. Why I didnt just throw them in the bin is beyond me. I generously offered them to anyone around whenever I remembered. A couple of weeks back they finally finished and the empty box moved to my desk for making. When I started storing my sachets of Splenda in it it became clear that I need to make that conversion quickly.
A few nights ago I had a brainwave about dressing it up. Spent day before yesterday giving the box several layers of gesso on the cover and inside for the palette. Then quite late last night, I used acrylics to paint it. The watermelon seller, lying handy on my drafting table, was used as a reference once more. I even added a coat of varnish to protect the cover. A second coat is needed but the varnish chewed up the brush. Need to locate a disposable brush or a method to clean it before trying again.
It is a WIP because I still need to find a way to divide up the space inside. Styrofoam has been suggested but I just cannot bear the noise it makes when it is cut. There are other options of adapting shelving rails and polymer clay. I’m looking for something easier. 😛 And then I will fill in some yummy M Graham watercolours. All this I’m sure will take me another six months!! As always I shall come back to update this post with the final results.