Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Book box tutorial part 2 (the inside)

The other day, I shared this large Apothecary book box with you. But I only showed some techniques used on the outside. Today I am showing you the inside and giving some details on techniques used.

Supplies Need:

DecoArt Metallic Lustre Iced Espresso & Copper Kettle
Americana acrylic Antique rose
Traditions Artist Acrylics Quinacridone Gold, red Iron oxide, raw umber, Carbon Black, Phthalo Green-Blue
DecoArt Decoupage medium
Die cut, chipboard or laser cut cogs in various sizes
Die cut, chipboard or laser cut embellishments.
Paint brushes
Patterned tissue paper
Other embellishments (eg: old jewellery, metal ornament, mini apothecary bottles etc)
Paint the inside of your book box with your chosen colour. I used phthalo green-blue. Don’t worry about how random or streaky you make it. It will not be noticed by the time you are finished.

Add a coat of raw umber to the compartment side.

Using a decoupage medium, attach a piece of torn patterned tissue paper.

Paint a thin coat of Quinacridone Gold over it. You can do this while it is still wet. Now set it aside to dry while you make your cogs and embellishments look rusty.
Firstly give them a good coat of raw umber. You can allow them to dry naturally but you can also dry using a heat gun. I like to use the heat gun as i can concentrate the heat in areas and make the paint bubble up. This adds texture that works well with this simple version of a rust effect. 

Using a stippling brush or a sponge, stipple on your next colour. Rust comes in many shades so decide what tones you want. I used Antique rose this time to give a reddish looking rust.
i used the heat gun to dry (and bubble) it and then did the same step with Quinacridone Gold.

Stipple on some carbon black.
you can repeat your layers and colours as often as you like till you have a look you are happy with.

Arrange your embellishments and glue them in to place. 


  1. Gorgeous Louise, the rust is fabulous and I love how,you embellished. Thanks so much for,he step by steps, love them. Tracy x

  2. OMG!!!! Absolutely a gorgeous inside to go with the outside!! stunning Louise- you are soooo clever!! xo

  3. That is stunning Louise, now I have to go find part one! Thanks for the inspiration and great tutorial.


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