1 small wood or cardboard craft box already painted the color of your choice (we used green spray paint)
Acrylic spray varnish
Acrylic paints: olive green, yellow, gold, orange, orange-gold, golden orange
1. Apply paint to the gift box bottom outside and lid outside. Let dry. Apply a second coat if desired. Let dry.
2. When paper casting is dry, apply a light coat of varnish to seal the casting from moisture (so it will not swell and lose the design when paint is applied). Apply a light 2nd coat of varnish and let dry. Variation: Varnish only the flower, stem and leaves and leave background area unvarnished.
3. Use a fine-tipped paint brush to apply olive green paint to leaves as shown (leave a white unpainted edge on edges of leaves as shown. Let dry.
4. Apply yellow paint to large petals and let dry.
5. Apply gold paint to inside part of large petals and let dry. Then apply orange-gold, orange and golden-orange (mix the colors you like) paints to the inside parts of the flowers, avoiding the 2 dots in the center. Or use yellow paint to make the 2 dots in center of orange (as shown). Let paint dry thoroughly.
6. Optional: Apply another coat of varnish to protect painted casting.
7. Glue painted casting to top of box lid and let dry.
Painted casting shown above is from a greeting card designed and painted by Alex Haug.
Project below designed and created by Maggie Montgomery.
Photograph by David Montgomery