Mexican Folk Art Trinket Boxes:
- Tooling aluminum from www.dickblick.com
- Dull pencil
- Sharpies or other permanent markers
- Wooden box (I bought ours at AC Moore for $1.00 each, I think)
- Acrylic paints, assorted colors
- Paper plate for palette, water & paper towels
- Hot glue & glue gun
- Mod Podge (glossy) or spray varnish, optional
1. Cut a circle from tooling aluminum slightly smaller that the top of the wooden box.
2. Place the aluminum onto a stack of newspapers and use the dull pencil to press the design into the aluminum.
3. Flip the aluminum over and use the Sharpies to add color to the raised design. Set aside.
4. Choose a color for your wooden box. Put a bit of paint onto the palette and add a couple of drops of water to it to thin the paint slightly. Use your paintbrush to work quickly and paint the outside & inside of the box. While the paint is still wet, use a paper towel to wipe off the excess. This technique creates a stained effect on the wood of the box, allowing the wood grain to show through. You may need to work in sections to be able to wipe the paint off while it is still wet. Let the box dry completely.
5. You can now add a decorative pattern to the box. Choose 1-2 colors that coordinate with your design and squeeze a bit of each color onto your palette (about a pea-sized amount of each). Dip the wooden end if the paintbrush into the paint and touch it to the surface of the box to make a dot. Continue around the edge of the cover or around the base of the box, as you like.
6. Once all the paint is dry, you can seal the wood with 1-2 coats of Mod Podge, if desired.