Sunday, November 5, 2017

An Altered Masonite Box Finnabair Style

I was a Guest Artist on the Joggles blog sharing my Masonite Box that was altered with Finnabair's Waxes, Fireworks! spray and gesso.

I photographed it in the early morning light that's what gives the box that other worldly glow.

Photographed outside makes it look like another planet.

Photographed in the house

Here is my supply list if you're interested in altering a box, a journal cover or maybe you just want to make a canvas to hang on the wall.

Supply List Masonite Box measuring 6"x 6"x 4 3/8"

Black Gesso
White Gesso
Art Basics - 3D Matte Gel
Prima- Finnabair's Mechanicals
Doctor's Plague Mask metal pendant by Bead Landing
Metal Flowers by Bead Landing
Crystals, bingo number
Micro Beads by Finnabair
Lace flower trim (under the gesso on the lid)
Creative Paperclay
IOD moulds Prima Moulding 1
Rhinestone Crown by Prima for Frank Garcia

Art Alchemy Metallique Waxes-White Gold, Bronze, Brushed Iron
Art Alchemy Opal Magic Waxes-Royal Robes and Blue Velvet

Imagine Crafts
Fireworks!-Paris Dusk and Lilac Posies
StazOn Royal Purple reinker

Testors-Cement Glue for Metal and Wood (used to glue on crown)


Glue the box together using Testors Cement Glue for wood and metal.  Paint entire box with black gesso, allow to dry.  Adhere lace flower trim to the top of the box with 3D Matte Gel.  Dry.  Attach the metal pieces with Gel Medium.  Sprinkle Micro beads in little areas where the gel is visible.  Spray the top with Lilac Posies and Paris Dusk, dry.  Paint the entire top with black gesso, dry.  Paint with white gesso, starting on one side only halfway across the panel, feather out the white gesso on the rest of the panel.  Dry.  Use waxes to highlight elements on the lid.

Make paperclay mold to make the strip across the front of the box, allow to dry overnight.  Glue onto box with Gel medium, glue a key hole onto box.  Paint with black gesso, spray with Fireworks!  Blot off excess.  With wax on a Dauber, finger or a brush, highlight areas on the key hole and the clay panel.  Wipe off excess.  Use waxes all over the sides of the box to make it look like metal.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this!  Hugs, Renee


  1. Love that "other planet" shot, Renee! If I didn't know better, I would think it was art created on the beach! That said, this is a beautiful treasure box that is a treasure in itself. Its been too long since I've been to Joggles. I need to revisit there! Mwah!

  2. Fabulous composition and box Renee!!!!
    Thanks for the list and instructions if needed, always great to know how beautiful things are made.
    Hugs, Coco

  3. WOW...awesome patina like painting, and love all the elements. So cool.