Make an Altered Box
Beginner | 23 min 27 sec
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Learn how to make a customizable keepsake box, ideal for storing your loose art journal pages and small works of art. Designer and avid art journaler, Mou Saha, shows you how to transform a plain paper mache box into a magical book-like box using collage, stencils, paints and stamps. The finished box will be just as gorgeous as the art journal pages you’ll store inside. 
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Paper mache book box (6.7” x 9.5” x 2.3”)
  • White Gesso
  • Soft matte gel medium
  • Blending foam
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos Colors (Mou uses Iridescents)
  • Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Pen in Black
  • Pen
  • Faber-Castell Texture Gems (Mou uses Metallics)
  • Stencils
  • Rubber stamps
  • Permanent ink for stamping
  • Recycled papers
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes – flat ½”, round #4
  • Palette
  • Baby wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Water
  • Heat tool (optional)
  • Bookplate (see PDF)
Learn how to:
  • Collage and stencil on a box
  • Reverse stencil
  • Use gel medium
  • Work with Gelatos
  • Effectively stamp

What you’ll get:
  • Instruction on how to create a beautifully decorated altered box for storing art journal pages.
  • 5 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list for easy shopping
  • Downloadable bookplate PDF
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from Mou Saha
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Victoria Close
Lovely colors!
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Erica Derr
I might have to try this with fewer supplies initially, but I hope I can work up to making containers this beautiful.
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Pamela Pynnonen-Moyer
Lots of materials needed.
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