The illusion of straight. And it is just an “illusion”!

I have heard that “black hides many faults” and this time it came in so handy for me.  Although I am thrilled with the success I finally had in making BOX #3…..it is far from being square, plum, or even. 

I’ve seen many videos of people painting only part way on a project.  Me….being a “perfectionist”…..I couldn’t see the reasoning behind the messy paint job that gave me the willies each time I see it happen.  NOW I so appreciate the bad paint job 😀

Painting the outside of the box

Painting the outside of the box

Painting the inside of the box

Painting the inside of the box

The paint I used is by Master’s Touch and I purchased it from Hobby Lobby in the aisle for serious painters.  This is an acrylic paint that is very thick.  I mean THICK.  I had to cut it with water to make it more like the little bottles by Plaid or Folk Art. Let me tell you folks.  This paint STINKS!!!

Master's Touch acrylic paint

Master’s Touch acrylic paint

This paint has a very strong odor.  Unlike anything I’ve ever smelled before.  It has a fairly long “open” time…which just means that it dries SLOWLY!  Even in a thin application.  It is tacky for many HOURS after it has been painted.  In fact, I had to leave it dry overnight before I got to the measuring part of this project.

I had to measure each side…inside and out….on this box – and the lid.  There are no two sides that are totally equal in measurement.  You can see this by the left and right sides of the outside of the box.  I had to hunt for my little pad of Post-It-Notes to keep track of each measurement.  I took the full measurement of the side to be covered then subtracted 1/4 inch from the measurements.

Left side of box

Left side of box

Right side of box

Right side of box

Once I had all the measurements of each stinkin’ surface.  Inside and out.  I had to make a decision which paper I would use.  I chose DCWV’s Mariposa Collection.  I really like the butterfly images on this paper.  And the swirly bits are my favorite as well.

DCWV's Mariposa Collection

DCWV’s Mariposa Collection

I chose this paper for the right and left sides of the box.  The butterflies on the top and bottom of the page are brightly colored and the swirly bits would look great along the bottom of the box.

Paper used for the right and left sides of the box

Paper used for the right and left sides of the box

With the aid of my favorite paper trimmer, the Tonic Studios Guillotine trimmer, I cut the paper for the right and left sides of the box.  Using the bottom set of measurements on the box sides for my cutting guide.

Tonic Studios Guillotine trimmer

Tonic Studios Guillotine trimmer

Left side of box

Left side of box

Right side of box

Right side of box

I have used the second sheet of this paper on some other project and had to find something in the paper stack for the top and bottom of the box. 

Paper used for top and bottom of box

Paper used for top and bottom of box

I haven’t glue these papers on yet.  This is just the “test fit” stage.  Once that part was finished I had to work on the inside of the box and the inside of the lid.  The papers are from the same DCWV Mariposa Collection.  I had only one sheet of each of these papers.

Inside of box

Inside of box

Inside of lid

Inside of lid

Once I got all the papers glued to the box I was pretty pleased with the results.  I have a slew of little Post-It-Notes strewn around 😀

Box end and the lid

Box end and the lid

Box side and lid

Box side and the lid

Inside of box and lid

Inside of box and lid

Box bottom and lid top

Box bottom and lid top

This box will now sit for a day or two to allow that acrylic paint to fully cure and the glue I used to attach the paper to fully dry.  I test fitted the lid to the box and ended up with a sticky situation.  I had to work at prying the lid off the box and checking for damage done in my haste.

Now I’m contemplating if I need to add some rhinestones, flat backed pearls, and some lace to the box and lid.  I’m torn between leaving it as it is or blinging it up.

As you can see.  The black paint applied in such a messy fashion has “framed” the papers well.

One other thing.  This paper has a white back to it.  It is not double sided decorative paper.  After cutting the pieces I had to use some Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges of the paper to hide the white edge.

Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Walnut Stain Distress Ink

White paper edges

White paper edges

After the Walnut Stain

After the Walnut Stain

I can add “Illusionist” to my many talents 😀  Well…..maybe not.

 

 

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tracy :)
    Nov 23, 2013 @ 22:41:16

    This is so pretty, and these papers are gorgeous.
    I also add distress inks to the edges of papers to cover up the white edges.
    I like it as is…but if you want to bling it up…bling away 😉

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  2. gardenpinks
    Nov 24, 2013 @ 17:10:20

    Absolutely fabulous Leslie 🙂 Those are such beautiful papers and work so well with the black edging and you now have a box to be proud of. I don’t think the box needs anything else. Well done my friend 🙂
    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

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    • Message In A Fold
      Nov 24, 2013 @ 18:47:22

      Thank you :D. I fully agree. The papers are so beautiful 😀

      How you coming with your shadow box project? Past the #$!*£ phase yet?

      Love you my friend.

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      • gardenpinks
        Nov 25, 2013 @ 15:14:30

        My box is coming along better than expected just slowly as it has to be left to dry as I complete each section. Another aspect that takes time is choosing the papers for each section, so I’m gradually working through all those bits of paper (luckily not many) and I’m also using the pieces of copy paper I work on when stamping and inking! They make fab backing papers 🙂
        Love and hugs
        Lynn xx

      • Message In A Fold
        Nov 27, 2013 @ 15:01:14

        Whew! The $#?*@ time has passed 😀 I’m happy that it is at the stage where you are decorating it with your copy papers and all. I love what I see so far! Please post a photo or two….maybe three or four :D….of your finished project on your blog.

        Love you my friend – Leslie

  3. Maureen Mathis
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 02:54:41

    It’s perfect; I’d leave it as is. Because the box serves a practical purpose, it’s going to be handled a bit, and decorative stuff would just get knocked off or broken. I always laugh when I see people decorate the outside of books that they’re going to put in their purses; if I ever did that, it’d be torn to shreds and embellishments ripped off the first time I crammed that thing into my purse! I guess some people are more gentle with things than I am. I can’t even keep anything decorative on my keychain, cause I’m forever grabbing the edge of one key and pulling like mad to get the rest of it removed from my purse!

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  4. donnanuce
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 23:45:21

    Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. I love how your box turned out. Once the wedding is over I’ll have to have a go at making one! Have a great day!

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