The project was to make over the rather tatty jewellery box I'd had since I was little; a treasure trove of colourful plastic trinkets which had started looking a bit sorry for itself. I've never been particularly enamoured by the colour or design, aside from the tiny ballerina who used to dance inside the box whenever the lid was open (sadly long ago misplaced), but it holds too many childhood memories for me to bear to replace it.
|The white mark is from a snowman sticker I stuck on it when I was 8.|
I had planned to decoupage it, but instead I covered it with a magical adhesive blackboard foil which Tom bought me last year. I used a scalpel to trim the foil around the hinges and the clasp once I'd smoothed it over the sides and lid.
|Looking better already!|
Then came the exciting part; choosing what to draw on the box. I initially tried to find a fashion-related quote to write across the top, and nearly went for this one, but decided I'd get bored of reading the same quote every morning. Admittedly, the blackboard foil will allow me to erase and re-do the design whenever I like, but I wanted to start with something I'd be happy looking at for a while.
I considered covering it in cartoon-style diamonds, and then I remembered the amazing diamand ring painting I'd seen at the Tate Modern's Lichtenstein exhibition. Isn't it pretty?
Chalk pens can be quite tricky to rub out, so I decided to sketch the design onto greaseproof paper first, and then trace it onto the lid of the box:
A lot of careful colouring-in later, and my jewellery box makeover was finished!
What do you think?