125 Rose Box Project
#125 – Rose Decorated Wood Box
Paper Casting Project

 
Create a cherished keepsake that will be enjoyed year after year!

     
                     
Materials Needed:
    
1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp #125 – Rose
Cotton linter - (see Rycraft Paper Casting Kit and Refill)
5 paper castings* 
#125 – Rose  (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions)
Clear acrylic varnish
1 yd 1/2” wide lace, eyelet or other trim
1 box with hinged lid 3 1/2”L x 2 3/4”W x 2”H 
Brown decorator spray paint
Acrylic paints: white, burnt sienna, raw umber, yellow ochre
Toothbrush, sponge, and paint brush
Glue

*Note:  Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from clay instead of paper (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions). The choice is yours.
    
Instructions:
    
1.  Carefully cut out the stemmed rose design from the castings: you will need 2 roses attached to their stems and leaves (as shown)


          
as well as 3 roses with the heads only, and 6 leaves cut out individually.
2.  Apply a coat of varnish to the cut-outs and let dry thoroughly.
3.  If you want a grainy texture on your box, try mixing a little sand or tiny grain (such as ground oatmeal or sawdust) with a little paint or glue and coat the box. Let dry thoroughly. Paint the box brown. Let dry.
4.  Glue the trim around the bottom edge of the box, around the top edge of the lid, and then cut out small individual pieces of the trim and glue in an attractive pattern on the top of the box.
5.  Lay the 2 rose cut-outs (with stems and leaves) on the top of the box, slightly overlapping, on top of the trim, and glue in place.
6.  Place 1 rose head overlapping 2 leaves on each side of the box, on top of the trim, and glue in place.
7.  Coat the entire box, cut-outs, and trim with varnish and let dry. Then apply a coat of brown (spray) paint and let dry.
8.  For a more mottled, antique look (optional):  Mix up several colors of your acrylic paints that are lighter than the brown spray paint. There are several methods of applying highlights (experiment to see what you prefer).  1) Load your toothbrush with the paint, and drag your thumb across it to release the paint in a type of spray effect – this "stipples" the paint in flecks onto the box, eyelet trim and roses; 2) and/or you may want to use a sponge to lightly dab the lighter highlight color on; 3) and/or you may want to use a paint brush to lightly highlight the outer edges (the raised portions) of the rose petals and leaves as well as some of the trim.
9.  Finish with a final coat of varnish and let dry.
           

This paper casting project is featured along with dozens of others 
in our book The Art of Paper Casting, which includes basic paper casting 
instructions, techniques for special effects, and a glossary of terms.

Project designed and created by Sue Moore. Photographs  by Paperworks, Corvallis, OR.



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