One of my favorite boys just had a birthday, so since I think he's going to be a future comic book writer/illustrator, I thought he should have a special pencil box for his drawing pens and pencils!
With some help from my dad, we made this box (9 x 2.5 x 2.25 in) out of hickory.
Once the box was made and sanded, I used sanding sealer to help bring out the natural (lovely!) color of the wood. I found that it was a great sealer to paint over (presumably because sanding each coat makes a nicer surface for the paint to adhere to)! It was much easier to paint over than the shellac which I've used on other projects. Always learning!
After I painted my triangle designs with acrylic paint, I finished it with a couple coats of artist's varnish. Lastly, I lined the inside of the box with wool felt, using Aleen's Tacky Glue.
I really love how this box turned out!! Hopefully my design and colors are cool enough for a now teen! Along with some pens, I also gave him another Usagi Yojimbo book to add to his growing collection. (If you're a fan of comic books and samurai rabbits [who isn't?!]... you should check out Stan Sakai's books!)