Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mixed Media Trinket Box

Good morning everyone,

Sunila & Aditi here and today we have a fun tutorial on a mixed media trinket box for you'll. Everyone needs a box to store their trinkets, tit-bits, etc.. This also makes a great gift.

Lets begin..

Supplies used:

White Gesso (any brand)
Mod Podge
New paper
Gauge/cheese cloth
Paint brush
Palette knife
Stencil - Tim Holtz Scribbles
Art Basics White Crackle texture paste (can also use modelling paste)
Liquitex glass beads texture (can substitute with sand texture, grit paste, mix any beads in gesso)
Dylusions Sprays- Campso Teal, Cut Grass, London Blue, Polished Jade (Can use acrylic paints or any other sprays)
Mont Marte Acrylic Paint- cerulean blue (can use any brand or chalk paints as well)
Inka gold Old Silver or any other wax based pain to highlight the texture.
Embellishments of your choice

Step 1:
Apply a layer of mod podge on the lid and four sides of the box. This layer needn't be thick and go side by side, sticking randomly torn pieces of newspaper. You can over lap them.

Step 2: Cut pieces of gauge/cheesecloth and stick it randomly creasing it on all sides over the paper using a little mod podge. 

Step 3: Cover all sides with gesso. This will also help stick the gauge pieces and prime our surface for further texture.

Step 4: Some more texture. Using a stencil and crackle paste go over all the sides. Here we went over the complete surface, you could also do it at random places. Since we used crackle paste, its important to let it air dry a bit before using the dryer. This gives us great cracks.

Step 5: Using the glass beads texture go over the surface randomly with your finger and dry it. This add more interest to the existing textures. You could use sand texture, grit paste, or mix beads in gesso. 

Step 6: Once dry, we are ready to play with our colours. Like mentioned above, here we used the dylusions sprays, however you could also use acrylics paints and spritz them with water to blend.

Step 7: Paint inside and the bottom of the box and the back of the lid with an acrylic paint. Go over with inka gold on the glass beads texture, the cracks and the gauge to highlight the texture.

Step 8: Add your embellishments and the box is ready!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

We are having a fun challenge this month, do check it out and participate:)! 

Sunila & Aditi


  1. Great texture with the cheesecloth and texture paste on top! I will definitely try it!!

  2. Thank you Juli:)! Looking forward to seeing your project!