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3-D Box Collage

How to revamp a cigar box into a clever 3-D box collage.

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cigar box transitions to a 3 D collage

Materials and Tools:

paper covered cigar box
Golden Acrylic Paints in Pyrolle Red, Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Teal, Titan Buff and Titanium White
watercolor paper
sandpaper
photo copies of people and words
scissors
paint brushes
Golden Regular Gel Matte
Gesso
Elmer's Glue-All
small cut out white paper stars
PITT artist pens in black
permanent marker
pencil
opaque markers
wooden spools
Plexiglas
Plexiglas cutter
ruler
nail polish remover
burnishing tool

Steps:

1. Cut off the lid of your paper covered cigar box (not the shiny wood cigar boxes) using a craft knife or scissors and save for later.

2. Remove as much of the paper as possible and sand with sandpaper. Note: Using sandpaper helps to eliminate any stray paper that clings to the box. A textured surface will accept any medium better than a smooth surface.

3. Apply gesso to the entire box and allow the box to dry.

4. Paint the inside of the box blue.

5. Apply gel medium over the blue paint. Sprinkle the small cut out white stars on top one third area of the bottom of the box and then spread gel medium over the stars also.

6. To create a crackling effect, rub a good amount of craft glue in the sides of the box into the surface, when it is tacky, apply acrylic paint to the top. It is best to paint one side at a time and let it dry before doing another side so that you can get all the paint on before the glue starts to dry.

7. Set aside to dry and crackles will begin to show.

8. Glue a photocopy of women to a piece of watercolor paper to stiffen using gel medium.

9. Allow to dry then apply cream colored acrylic paint to the clothes to fade them back; add hats in the cream paint to the last row of ladies.

10. Cut out photocopy of your picture.

11. Begin to color hats and clothes using opaque markers, draw in black lines for the hats.

12. Glue wooden spools to the bottom of the box. Add more gel medium to the top of the spools and then press the photocopy of the ladies on top of the spools.

13. Place the cigar box lid that you cut off earlier onto a piece of Plexiglas. Trace around it with a permanent maker, and then cut it with a Plexiglas cutter. Score many times lightly, using the ruler as your guide. Once it is scored, slide the Plexiglas to the end of the counter and break it off.

14. Place your piece of Plexiglas onto the cigar box, make a mark on the plastic protecting the Plexiglas to note where you want to transfer your words.

15. Lift the Plexiglas off the cigar box and turn on its back, place your photo copy face down on the Plexiglas and wet the back using nail polish remover and cotton ball. Rub the photocopy with a burnishing tool to transfer the copied words, lift a corner to check and if not fully transferred place back down, add more nail polish remover and rub again.

16. Clean your Plexiglas off with a dry paper towel and then add gel medium to the corners of your cigar box, place Plexiglas down and allow to dry.

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Resources

  • PITT artist pens from Faber Castell