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.
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 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.
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