As a printmaker, I have tools that not only look dangerous, but that can actually cause harm if not handled carefully.
Not to protect the tools, but to prevent them from poking me while carrying them in my bag to and from class.
The teacher illustrated it with a horror story about a former student just to make sure I got the importance of the matter.
Last term, I kept the tools safe in a pencil case, but intaglio inks and cute canvas cases don’t really go together, so for this term, I decided to gift myself an upcycled wooden box.
The box needs to be practical, so I didn’t mind that it was a little beat up, to begin with. This one used to contain building blocks and I found it some time ago in a thrift store.
I started the renovations by cleaning it up a bit and sanding it with sandpaper.
After repairing one corner with wood filler and giving it a final sanding, it was time for the fun part: decorating!
I decided to turn the box into an alternative souvenir to commemorate a recent teaching trip to Barcelona.
Deciding on which stencils I wanted to use to decorate the box with, I was thinking about three things that have stuck in my mind:
The beautiful old Spanish tiled floors I saw in a shop in Grácia and at the Laie Librería Café.
And, the mind-blowing work of Joan Miró.
Watch the video and see if you can spot how I used these points of inspiration to decorate the box:
See you next time!
Trapezoid Squared Stencil by Mary Beth Shaw
Oval Grate Stencil by Mary Beth Shaw
Iron Flowers by Mary Beth Shaw
Exploded Fan Stencil by Mary Beth Shaw
Brilliant Star Stencil by Mary Beth Shaw