Monday, October 12, 2009

Little Bug Boxes!

I'll keep this short and sweet since I'm recovering from a cold and want to take advantage of a grey, cloudy day, some cold medicine, and a snuggly kitty for some napping.

I've been thinking it would be fun to create some art that is not only bright and colorful and fun but also functional....
Behold the tiny Bug Box!

So far it's only got one clear coat on the top of it- I'm going to apply more and sand them down for a smooth finish. This is the first experimental piece- the guinea pig, er caterpillar, if you will. I've got a couple of different sized boxes to play around with techniques and designs. I think the combination I've got here of decoupage and hand-painting works well, but some of the boxes may be all hand painted. However, to put a significant amount of detail into them, I'd have to spend a fairly large chunk of time though- which would make them get expensive quickly. This is why I like the idea of decoupaging my existing art onto a piece and then hand painting some simple colorful touches too.

We'll see where it goes, but I soon hope to have some of these in my Etsy shop!

If you've got ideas that you'd like to see on a Bug Box, let me know! Just leave a comment- I'd love to hear!


Doris Sturm said...

Very cute, Samantha. How tiny is tiny? What would it hold? Recipe cards? ACEOs? Just wondering. Are the boxes made from cardboard or wood? Are they recycled?

I think they look adorable! Good job!

Samantha G said...

Thank you Doris!

Since I bought these boxes on a whim, they are from AC Moore. I looked at a Salvation Army last week for an old one that I could upcycle/repurpose, but there weren't any. I plan to look around at Goodwill, the other Salvation Armys, and yardsales in the area for more boxes, once I refine my process. I'm still working on the caterpillar one, the modpodge is just really not fun to work with.

This one being tiny- I showed my hand in one picture for scale. It might not hold ACEOs but it could hold: Jewelry, paper clips/alligator clips (or other office supplies like rubber bands), trinkets, little candies, hair ties and other accessories...