Black and Light 4 x 4 Mache Keepsake Box

This papier-mâché box is hand-painted entirely in matte black with a print of my scratchboard “Black and Light” adhered to the lid. Lid and bottom are finished with a light coat of matte-finish varnish. Insides are unfinished. Box measures 4″ x 4″ in diameter x 3″ high. Price includes shipping.

Black and Light Small Mache Keepsake Box

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About the keepsakes

Use them to store your kitty’s keepsakes or your own, or jewelry or office items and much more. Give them as a gift or use them as gift boxes. Some people have used them as urns for their pet’s cremains.

The cigar boxes are the old-style cardboard type, the ones we probably all grew up with around the house, holding photos and hardware and handkerchiefs. As you would expect these boxes are gently worn, in varying states of wear and tear, written on, watermarked, with holes from thumbtacks and dinged up corners and warped lids, but still usable to create something new. I leave the graphics and text on the inside, and use as much of the outside design as I can.

The mache or cardboard boxes are purchased new, and when decorated I leave them unfinished inside. On all boxes I print the artwork on acid-free label stock and adhere it to the top surface, then use craft paints and colored or patterned tapes to add trim.


"Black and Light", scratchboard, 8 x 8 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Black and Light”, scratchboard, 8 x 8 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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