Wednesday, June 13, 2012

cardboard box art

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Who says paintings need to be on canvas? Why not get creative and recycle things you already have on hand like cardboard cereal or food boxes. Painting on boxes is actually a great way to make art on a budget, create something that is light weight and easy to display.

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1. I started with a few food boxes in different sizes. 2. Next I primed them with house paint. 3. Once the white paint was dry I layered on some messy swipes of colorful paint.


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4. Once the paint was dry I used a Sharpie to draw on the surface 5. I repeated my drawings to create pattern. 6. I added little details with white pen.

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I did the same thing on all three boxes!

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46 comments:

Carmen said...

Great stuff Alisa.

Make art be happy said...

Love these, they're awesome!!

Pippa @ BeadsAndBarnacles said...

what a brilliant idea. x

SweetPepperRose said...

You're such an awesome artist! I greatly enjoy looking at all of your drawings, no matter what "canvas" you use :)
JoAnn

Janie Husband said...

and another great post ......love this....especially using the house paint...art is fab also.

Nesrin said...

I LOVE your art!

HollyM said...

Great idea, you're full of them. And they are so beautiful! I'm wondering what kind of white pen you used. I've purchased a few but not found one that works well yet.

Mary said...

Boy, do I love how your creative mind works... I wanted to thank you too, for the great classes you have put together. So enjoying the ones I have taken.

Kate said...

love it

Stephanie said...

so cool. thanks for the suggestion.

Mrs. Belzer said...

Beautiful! I've never thought to use the entire box before- that's excellent!

Tania said...

beautiful, and great reuse, recycle art project for the summer. Thanks

Alyssa said...

Lovely! My favorite? The middle sized one :) I like your designs. always. :)

jgr said...

This is brilliant!!

ProvidenceMine said...

I have to second jgr's words! Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!

Kat said...

Thanks for the tutorial! As always, I love your design aesthetics. Quick question though: Can I use craft paint on top of house primer?

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

How stinkin' clever is this? I have a 24" square box which is crying out for this treatment. It is 2" thick and perfect for upstyling. So glad I found your blog!

Angela McLeod said...

thank you for the idea! I will do this with my kids this summer.

lushnluxe said...

i am impressed with your work. and all those images of the work in progress are fantastic

Jean M. said...

Oh my gosh..love this idea and your artwork is gorgeous:)

Emily said...

that looks awesome! can you do a post about the supplies you generally use? like the kinds of pens and paints and all that

Teddi said...

i've been painting over junk mail, but i had NOT thought of boxes. the incredible alisa burke artist creative being strikes with wonder again. :)

Faygie Fellig said...

i loooooove you ! what a wonderful idea....

Jess said...

Wow! You continue to inspire! Thank you for sharing your art

mizdarlin said...

Your work is fabulous, as usual..
I live in Canada and have been searching in vain for an white pen..something like a Sharpie, if possible..no luck so far..
Could you share with us what white pen you use...at this point I'm ready to give up on the idea!

Anshu said...

Wow! love the way you transformed them. Very well made

Cathie said...

love these. guess it's time to hijack a couple of boxes from the recycling bin. :)

Lynette (NZ) said...

Very cool - inspired to make boxes for presents now ;-)

TanyaMac said...

i had a go! perfect inspiration for a fathers day gift - thank u Alisa!;)

http://cheekyurchin.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/gettin-ready-for-dads-day.html

MzAshleyQ said...

How r u Attaching them to the wall?

Sheila said...

I love to do this. I save all kinds of boxes/cardboard to use. I feel more comfortable using free stuff to play on rather than an expensive canvas. Gives me more freedom to experiment and learn. I also love to use house paint and snatch up oops paint every time I'm at the hardware store!

Cookie’s Mom said...

I loved that you used a gluten free cereal box! :) Nice idea. My son will love this too!

alicia said...

Love it. I've been using cardboard boxes and spray painting them, adding decorative details with scrapbook paper and then using them to store things. No one is any the wiser that they are simple cardboard boxes!

Jess Farris said...

Hi there, I featured this project on FaveCraftsBlog's Sharpie Crafts Link Love Roundup! See it here:

http://www.favecraftsblog.com/link-love-sharpie-crafts/
Thanks so much. I love the project!

Zee Smith said...

Thanks for this! Very creative and fun to read!

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Globe Packaging said...

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Nissa said...

This is an awesome idea!! I've started saving cereal boxes now.

polythene balers said...

Cardboard boxes are good storage solutions for items and documents. A storage box or a cardboard box would typically have a lid to protect the documents or items that will be stored inside.

chris said...

Hi Alisa,

I am always so happy when I see a new post from your website waiting for me. What brand/kind of white pen do you use? I cannot find one that is opaque enough, yours looks great.

Thanks so much
Chris Lincoln

Krista said...

Hi, I also am wondering a few things. Which type of white pen did you use- I can't imagine my white out pen would do a neat enough job! :) also, under one of the flowers you drew there is newsprint; I was wondering how you did it just there and not elsewhere. Thanks for the great idea! I don't like working with canvas since I think I'll mess up- so this is great!!

Rita Daina Andreetto said...

tutto bellissimo... grazie mille!!!ciao from Italia

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Great art work you have made. I really love to see these cardboard boxes art. Thanks for sharing this.

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