Inspirational and Colorful Crafty Pen Holder

Hi there crafty friends. 🙂

Today I have a fun, yet simple project to share with you. Some of you might know, that I have recently started work again after being home for over 3 years. Which means less art and a lot more bland. I needed some individualism and color at my desk. Here’s what I did.

*The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some products to create this project. The opinions I share, however, are solely my own. 🙂

I found a set of 3 raw wooden boxes at my local craft store, which I decided would be perfect for holding my pens at the office.

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The first thing to do with raw wood would be to prime it. I did this using TCW White Gesso.

Now to add color, I used the stencil TCW876 – Screen view with bright colored Acrylic paint. I off sett the stencil to create a layered look.

Picture of a white wooden box with overlapping colors of Pink, blue, purple and lime squares.

I like how busy and bright this is, but I want to add more depth. I grab another stencil, TCW873 – Orb Mandala with a dark blue color and start putting the pattern on each side of the box, at different positions. This makes the box more interesting from different angles.

Picture of a white wooden box with overlapping colors of Pink, blue, purple and lime squares.  Now added dark blue orb mandala stencil to the left corner.

Now I wanted even more dept, in the form of script. I could stencil it directly onto the box, but I decided to make some collage paper. I used tissue paper and sponged archival ink through TCW541 – Believe Script.

Picture of finished stenciling of words on tissue paper in black archival ink.

I tear small pieces of the tissue paper off and apply it to my box, adhering it using TCW Matte Gel Medium.

Picture of the colorful wooden box with added torn tissue paper with word script.

Pops of gold is what I add next, and I do this by applying some gold paint with my fingers to random edges.

Picture of the box almost completed with gold paint added to the top and right bottom corner.

The gold is not completely opaque, which means I am not loosing all the beautiful patterns and colors I have created.

Lastly I add my inspirational quote stickers from Tim Holtz. I also add these on different spots around the box. When I rotate the box I can see a different quote each day.

Finished picture of the colorful box with added quotes saying:  "you can do anything, but not everything"

I hope you had fun joining me today for this simple yet fun project, and give this one a go for yourself.

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Finished photo of the box with a quote saying "be open to whatever comes next".  Box is completely filled with stationary, showing its functionality.

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