Monday, September 28, 2015

Exploding Box by Terry Garrett!

When I was asked to be a blog guest I said yes – not knowing where I would go with this.
Then I decided I wanted to do something 3D. I don't do that often and so wanted to challenge myself.
I have long been curious about the exploding box. It's a fun way to have something be both flat and 3D.
I found a template online for the exploding box and there were several to choose from.

The photo below is of the blank pieces. I used a 140# watercolor paper for this project.
I decided I wanted to make my box look like an old city building with brick showing out from peeling paint.
This I thought was perfect to use some of Seth Apter's stencils.

So I started with a coat of some light colors put on with a credit card and then using
Carolyn Dube's Buildings stencil I stenciled on the bricks.

 Once that was dry I used a technique I learned from a friend of mine, John Arbuckle.
I put Vaseline over parts of the brick pattern and other areas and then painted a mixed gray over it. 

When that was dry I rubbed off the paint that was on top of the vaseline revealing some of the brick pattern. Then I found some windows and door online that I wanted to use and glued those down. 

Next I worked on the inside insert. The photo below is the back side of the insert. I painted the background and stenciled with some of StencilClub stencils and collaged with some things from TumbleFish Studios. 

Then I flipped it over and using my eBrush – I used Seth's stencils
and used rubber stamps for the center message. 

The next photos are of the finished exterior.
I used my eBrush with Seth's stencils for what I feel is an authentic looking graffiti.
The eBrush is an airbrush that uses art markers – it takes several different kinds – I used Copic and Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. Here is a link for the eBrush. 

The photo below is of the inside of the exploding box.

This was a lot of fun!
To see more of Terry's work, please visit his BLOG at!


  1. So wonderful Terry! You are so creative!!!! So beautifully done!!!! LOVE YOU!!!!!

  2. love it.. the colors.. layers.. collage.. totally awesome

  3. This looks so cool Terry. Love the structure and the layer of graffiti that you added to the end. Thanks for making my stencils look so good!!

  4. I adore this, Terry!! So much fun, and every inch is fabulous,

  5. Terry you have hit this out of the park! Am looking at this and just keep scrolling back and looking some more! Every detail is just magnificent!


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