Little boxes …

Thinking about packaging for sending out the pendants I have been making (see here) I have been experimenting with making little boxes. Trying to avoid gluing or fastening I found a template for a folded box on the ever-reliable internet. Looking around for some lightweight card to experiment with, I found a pile of Christmas cards on my desk, waiting to be recycled. These proved to be a perfect weight for these little boxes. The next bit of the experiment was to decorate my own, so I printed the template onto some 180 gsm watercolour paper, splashed some coloured inks on it in a random way and folded it up. I’m not sure I will be able to use this style of box for posted items as the handles stand up and are likely to be squashed in the post, but I’m sure they will come in handy for something!

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Author: anna warren portfolio

I draw, I paint, I am a printmaker. Always searching for the interesting detail in the world around me.

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  1. My gosh – these are “perfect packaging”. It isn’t hard for something to remind me of Japan and these do. You know how the packaging is as important as the gift in Japan, so these are a perfect example of such an aesthetic. With your pendants and your boxes, you never need buy presents again EVER – well – maybe still for men but not for women.


    1. Oh thank you Julie – I hadn’t thought of Japan, but of course, these are very Japanese. And I hadn’t realised how important packaging was in Japan, but that was one of the things my daughter mentioned she noticed from her recent trip there. She brought me some varnished paper earrings, which are beautiful in themselves, but were wrapped so nicely I didn’t want to undo the package! The thought of never having to buy presents again is quite appealing …!


  2. Oh so sweet! Packaging is always a struggle for me and you have found a perfect answer for your product. 😀


  3. What a fantastic idea! They do look Japanese, very much Origami. I like the idea of using old cards as your substraight. I have some old calendars that would also work well, but the idea of watercolors sounds beautiful.


    1. Yes, music, lovely! And wallpaper too … I have a vague idea of using old wallpaper as a base for a drawing but haven’t found the right one yet. It could be multi purpose. You are sparking so many ideas!


      1. Ha, I had a mini brainstorm and all of a sudden I realized I had to stop or I was going to be extremely late for work! I can’t wait to see what you do with these pouches, such a great idea to package your lovely necklaces!


    1. Thanks Veronica – I know, I am thinking if they are filled firmly with bubble wrap or similar, and the little handles folded down they will be ok, but I haven’t tried it yet. I could always make another box to put them in!!


  4. Such beautiful little boxes…you’ll have to include the link where you got them from…they are exquisite and I can understand the not wanting to open a beautifully wrapped gift. Love it and love your art work. Your abalone shell drawing is so true with that touch of blue/green. It takes my mind back to my husbands stories of spear fishing in South Australia when he was young. We hail from SA many moons ago 🙂
    Alexa from Sydney, Australia


    1. Thank you so much for your comment Alexa! I can’t actually remember where I found the box template, but if you google ‘box template’ and look at the images you will find several versions of this one. Glad you like the abalone – they really are beautiful objects, often with that crusty brown layer on top of the iridescent blue/green. And lovely to draw, too.


  5. Oh these are so attractive Anna ! Would be lovely for party favours any tiny little surprise gift .. As others have mentioned old music sheets/calenders .. I kept a William Morris one for ages !


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