Make an Altered Box
All levels | 23 min 27 sec
Altered Box
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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Class Reviews
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Dianne A Keith
Amazingly simple. Anyone can enjoy creating this beautiful artsy keepsake box,
February 26, 2023
Marilyn Abrams
Bright, clear and easy to follow
February 5, 2023
Frank Scolaro Jr
Explained in clear, concise statements. Not only was the theories explained clearly but was also demonstrated step-by-step. I learned some techniques that I really did not understand previously.
February 3, 2023