Not so long ago, I turned one of my many empty letter set boxes (from letter sets, of course) into a mixed media mail art which I later sent to one of my few mail swap friends in Arizona. I filled it with everything that I have personally hand crafted from passport sized journal to doodled book pages to stickers to altered pencil (similar to this ) to a wrist mala and of course some coffee packets in different flavors.
If you have these kinds of boxes… no, don’t throw them away. You can still make use of them like what I did to this letter set box.
How I did it:
- Secure one side of the box with a tape and leaving the other side open where your recipient can open from.
- Using a gel medium, cover the box with collage paper, old book pages or any scraps that you have in your stash.
- Let it dry for a few hours before proceeding with the next step.
- Add on some colorful acrylic paints by either using a brush, your hand or a spatula. There is no specific rule.
- Add some marks using stencils or by doodling flowers.
- Add more doodles on the side.
- Add more textures by using more stencils or your hand.
- Make the focal point on the front side (mine is with “timeless” word). I made some large flower doodles, painted the petals with faint white acryclic or gesso.
- Make the flowers stand with an aquarellable stabilo pencil.
- I added the clock ephemera and the timeless chit-chat by Tim Holtz.
- Add more scallops and make it visible by adding more doodles
- On the other side where you will put on the address, add art journal circle stickers (similar), add some more marks using your brushes, paint pens or stencils.
- Draw an arrow pointing to where your recipient should be opening the box.
And voila! your friend or family will be so happy to have this “timeless” treasure box indeed.
P.S. I will be posting more art projects here so I warn you in advance that your dashes will be bombed with more colorful posts from me and feel free to unfollow if you aren’t the art inclined one… I will understand, really. ｡◕‿◕｡