For years I’ve looked at collages of cats on fabric and wrapping paper and notepaper and storage boxes.
This pattern is a collage of all 16 portraits—22 cats in all—included in my Great Rescues Day Book. I’ve painted portraits of pets since 1992 and I’d always wanted to publish them somehow, and since most are rescues I always wanted to share their stories as well, and this came together in Great Rescues. From there I’ve used this collage on keepsakes, as notepaper and as wrapping paper.
This box is 9″ diameter x 4.5″ high, covered with my detailed “22 Cats” collage and trimmed in rich warm brown. Use for storage for small items, photos or special keepsakes, or use as a gift box. Price includes shipping.
I choose a variety of papier-mâché boxes from the craft store, envisioning the art I’ll print and decoupage to it and the colors I’ll paint it, and spend a few days creating and embellishing, under feline supervision, of course.
I use soy-based acrylic paints and print my artwork on acid-free matte-finish paper with archival waterproof inks and adhere the print to the box. Box insides are unfinished.
The boxes are handmade in their country of origin and may vary slightly in size and shape or have slight imperfections, but each one is an original and I often make a particular design only once.
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