A "Treasure Box"
The most heart warming creation
you'll ever paint
The designs are painted on traditional
shoe boxes - the kind that holds those brand new pair of shoes
we're buying. Box sizes vary greatly, so each of us has picked
the size that best fits our painting plans.
The special boxes
are for children in the age range of 1 to 17, and are for putting
their special 'treasures' in during their stay at the Shriners
This is how we
went about painting the boxes:
- A coat of gesso or equivalent such as undercover opaque
primer was applied to the shoebox (inside and outside).
- The box was then basecoated
with the background colour(s).
- Next, the design was painted onto the box - and sometimes
around it and even inside too!
- Varnish was then applied to the box, inside and outside
to protect the design and box.
- If necessary, a little paste wax was rubbed on the interior
of the lid, to prevent sticking.
When choosing our
design, the sky was almost the limit! We were asked not to use
copyrighted or trademarked figures such as Sponge Bob Square Pants,
Superman, or Walt Disney characters unless we actually drew the
design freehand ourselves. Also, we tried to avoid words in our
designs, as some of the children speak only English, others only
French, and others Inuit, etc. Some possible ideas we considered
- butterflies, dragonflies, birds, fish
- sun, moon, stars
- friendly dragons
- sports – hockey, baseball, football
- landscapes, waterscapes, skyscapes, forestscapes
The age group is 1 to 17, so almost anything worked!!
The completed boxes
go to the Montreal Shriners Hospital. June delivers them
as needed. A
standard label is affixed to each box (provided by June) showing,
"Donated by the Montreal Area Decorative Painters, the author's
name and the MADP website."
This is an ongoing
project that was started in 2006. We are now in our third year,
and a 'Paint-In' is again planned for this year. Members also
paint Treasure Boxes at home to make sure that there is always
a selection of completed boxes for new patients to choose from.
Some useful links
that we orignially used for ideas were:
Jan McCraw has made the pattern
"Turtle Hi" plus several others available for people painting
the Treasure Boxes. Click HERE
to go to the Treasure boxes info and patterns on her site.
She also shares a free pattern
on her web site which is changed each quarter of the year.
Look under "Free Pattern" in her menu at:
Deb Malewski of Country
Colors is also taking part in the Treasure Boxes project.
She is making this bear pattern available to people participating
in the project. Look under "Treasure Box pattern" at:
Enter her site, and click on 'Treasure box pattern' listed in
the Table of Contents.
Via Von ~ Come
Paint With Me also has a bear pattern you can freely use to
paint on your Treasure Box. It can usually be found at:
Her site is down at the moment (Feb 2009) but the pattern is
still available at the above link.
Any MADP members can join in.
Please let June know if you are interested. Her phone number and
e-mail address are on our membership list.
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