Outside the Cigar Box!

I’ve spent a few Wednesday afternoons during March & April with the wonderful folks at “Outside the Box” in Broad Ripple. We’ve created some boxes for their special project “Outside the Cigar Box” as well as played with some other art techniques. As part of the cigar box project they had empty boxed available for people to create and collaborate on for an upcoming art show. What fun! I brought home a few boxes – one I started & sent back for them to complete, one they started and I added to it and the last one I did start to finish. I failed to get a photo of the middle one but I do have images of the other two…or at least my part of the process. I thought today would be a great day to share those with you! This is the box that I started: 

The box was already black so it didn’t take much additional paint to cover up the labels and then I was ready to begin. I wanted something to literally be coming “outside the cigar box” so I drilled holes in the top of the piece and added the dowel rods, which I also painted black. Next I put a layer of aluminum around the bottom and colored it with inks, followed by wrapping a brightly colored wire around the top of the aluminum. I can’t wait to see what they’ll do next with this…I’ve seen some pretty awesome flowers they’ve made recently, perhaps those will blossom on the top of the dowel rods! If I get a chance I will take a photo of the finished project.

I also wanted to include things coming out of the box on the last piece, this time I chose some thick wire that I bent & curled before inserting into the box. The rest of the decorating just flowed from that starting point!

assembly of box design © lynne medsker
front view of box hanging © lynne medsker
side view of box hanging © lynne medsker

I left the wires free enough they can be turned & twisted around and people can change it to suit themselves. It will be great fun to create with the the OTB gang again soon…who knows what we might end up doing! I hope your first week of May is exceptional!