I meant to give this to my mum a few weeks ago but in the rush up to Christmas it kept getting forgotten about till this week when I decided I had to just sit down and finally decorate it for her.
First thing I did is draw the letters out on tracing paper before tracing them on the box
I would have liked to do the letters either by carving them with a dremel or a pyrography pen, but I didn’t want to risk messing up, especially since the bamboo on this seemed very splintery. So I just decided to stick to black acrylic and gold ink.
As usual I used my trusty mechanical pencil to draw out the font. After that I used a plain black acrylic paint to fill them in before going over it with a black gold ink. I would have painted more of a filigree pattern but the brush I would have normally used finally died recently.
For detailed work I actually really like using nail art brushes. They’re cheaper and just the same as ‘normal’ art brushes
Once the black acrylic had dried I use a gold ink to paint patterns on the font. Since the brush I normally use broke I used my thinest nail art brush, which is very good as a paint brush, but not as good as the brush I normally use.
An that’s the final version! I covered the paint with nail varnish to stop the paint from being damaged, annoyingly I did have a varnish which I’d bought especially for this but it made the gold bleed like nobody’s business so I had to wipe it all off and re-paint the gold pattern on ‘t’ before covering it with clear nail varnish.