Journey Box

This is what my travelling box looks like at the moment. It’s by no means finished, but I thought I’d share a photo of its current state.

Alba's Travelling BoxThe box started out as two wooden wine crates. The feet were a lucky find in the park. Someone tossed away wooden rings and the end stoppers for wooden curtain poles. I used the stoppers as feet.

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

The outside is decorated to an extent where I can say, I can set 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.

See more “making of” photos on Art Angelix.

About artrites

Some people would see only a middle aged woman, albeit fairly well preserved, but in reality, I'm an English writer and artist (order exchangeable) living in Germany. I'm a blended learning specialist, graphic designer, and train adult education teachers, when I can find the work. There is far, far more to me that even that, of course, but discovering that is the journey you can undertake by reading this blog.
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5 Responses to Journey Box

  1. artemysos says:

    A typically Susan-resourceful creation, full of whim and thought-out construction. I like that you are adding to it as you travel. I figure I will as well. It has changed form so many times since we started… and I thought I was the one that was supposed to shape-shift!

    xx Hovo

  2. bonepainter says:

    Gorgeous! I love all the compartments.


  3. ahhtmasphere says:

    Your travelling box is really unique. I am learning so much already on this journey! I admire the use of found objects, and the thought of “thinking out of the box” (added panels for wings!) I eagerly await the additions to your box along the journey. So happy to be here.

  4. Jill says:

    fabulous, what a wonderful creation.

  5. coleenfranks says:

    Very nice work, Susan. I love the idea of using the scrapbook papers. I’m covering mine with napkins, but I might throw some paper in there too. I love how we all can glean ideas from one another.

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