Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Making of Alba's Travelling Box

This project is part of my prep for the Travelling Artist's Guild Journey

My travelling box started out as two wooden three-bottle wine crates. The feet were a lucky find. Someone tossed away wooden rings and the end stoppers for wooden curtain poles in the local park. I found them, and hey presto, I had the perfect feet for my box and a collection of rings for
another project I have in mind.

The inside is lined with paper from a roll of gift wrap.

After thinking about the outside for a while, I tossed my original idea of varnishing the box and decided to distress it. I covered the surfaces with some scrapbook paper I'd had for years, then papered over the edges with book pages. After that, I sanded the edges to blend the various papers and gave the outside of the box a couple of coats of acrylic glaze.

I attached the box lids to the outside of the new box to form "wings". Then I created additional storage possibilities by adding pockets to one wing. I'll be doing something similar with the other wing, too.

The hinges and closures came from my collection of metal parts. I also added some bands as hinges to prevent the wings from sagging. The current solution is not quite as good as it could be. I'm on the lookout for an old brown leather belt, cracked and supple with age, that I can cut up to use as hinges. I'll affix them on top of the existing hinges, as I like the idea of something looking old and often-repaired.

The outside is decorated to an extent where I can say, I can off on my journey. I know I'll be adding to the box as I travel. The inside is still to be completed. Here, too, I think I'll work as I travel. My intention is to add drawers and compartments to house various items I already have and will find as my journey progresses.


Anonymous said...

Oh this is absolutely wonderful! Love the idea of adding pockets and the aged look is just fabulous. And all that room for extra boxes etc. Think Zentara is getting envious, lol.

Lani Gerity said...

Very inspiring! Thanks so much!

aka suska said...

What a wonderful idea! I love that travel trunk so much! Kudos to you.

Mika/Travelling as Ilan said...

Love it! What a good idea to add those feet. And I love the front side of the box too. Looking forward to see how you add the drawers and other spaces within the box.