Sometimes thinking out of the box means painting a box! (sorry for that.) But really, painting small wooden boxes (like cigar boxes) can be a fun departure from the everyday canvas or panel. In fact, painting on a box is basically the same as painting on the latter, only the end result is something that you can put stuff in!
I originally fell in love with the idea when I saw these painted boxes Wayne Thiebaud did as gifts for his wife:
I just knew I had to do some for myself. Being cheap, I opted for the cigar box option. All I needed was my painting materials and some painters tape to cleanly section off the area for the image:
I don’t know what I’m gonna put in here yet, but I feel like it should be something dirty. Like vibrators.
Being a college student often means having a tight wallet. For me, this means that I do a lot of window shopping and daydreaming if I’m out and about. Partly because I want to gather ideas on things I can make myself (although, I have to admit, I rarely ever actually do.) However! Recently I did craft a little something. Well, rather made a “modification.” I was browsing anthropologie, and came across these bags (ipad cases? Envelope clutches?):
Being resourceful, and self aware enough to realize “hey! I can paint things too!” I thought “I ain’t buying no damn $300 bag! I’ll make one myself!” Unfortunately, I didn’t have any thick canvas/muslin of my own to make the envelope clutch-base to paint on. And so the project went unfulfilled, but stewed in my mind for a few weeks. Then, as I was looking through my closet for things to purge, I found an old Liz Claiborne bag that I’d never used and likely got for $5.00 at Marshalls. It was then that I realized “woah! I could, like, paint on this!” It’s a cheap purse so it’s made out of plastic anyway (perfect for acrylic.) Here is the fruit of my labor:
I’m pretty proud of it. What’s also great is that whenever I get sick of this image, I can always paint another scene over it. All I used were the acrylic paints that I use for my artwork. I also put a thin layer of soft gel gloss over the top to protect it a bit. That’s it! No sewing, measuring, or (for me) buying any new supplies. Just go out to Goodwill, find a cheap bag (shouldn’t be hard), preferably made out of vinyl or some kind of plastic-like material (I wouldn’t use leather), and channel your inner art-eest!