I went to the thrift store and bought a hardcover book in a size that would be big enough. It was 50% off day, so the book was $1.25.
I am going to remove the cover from the rest of the book. I measure the current thickness of the pages so that I make my box the same thickness.
|Book, cereal box to make the interior box, and bird stencil|
I am going to decorate the cover before dealing with the inside box I will be adding. I used gel medium to glue down some dyed paper towels.
I liked the way the paper towel colors seeped through the white paint so I only one coat of paint on the paper towels, I think I ended up with three coats of paint on the rest of the cover.
The title of the book was still visible so I added a section of map from an atlas over it. I then used my bird stencil to paint three birds at the top. I added blue paint in two of the corners. I am going to ink a plastic doily and press it on top of the blue paint. I will show the updated cover and the interior in the next couple days.