Several years ago I found a little box at the drugstore, which quite amazingly was empty and yet for sale. It was a pretty box and I have a 'thing' for little boxes, so by the time I walked out the door, the pretty box was mine. It was an ideal container for the nibs for my ink pens, but in reality its purpose was just to be pretty.
I have always wanted to draw the picture on the box and now I have.
If I ever thought I had found a treasure, then I was wrong. I have since discovered that the box is an ordinary commercial item and still being sold. When opening the box it should have contained little sheets of rice paper with rice powder to blot a shiny nose. Still, I am perfectly happy with my box, empty or not, because every time I look at it, it feeds my imagination.
These are more the real colors. The scanner made some changes of it's own.
Paper: Strathmore Bristol smooth 260gsm
Paint: Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache, Micron 01
Brush: No. 6 Loew-Cornell
Technique: Gouache, crosshatch shading
Level of enjoyment while making: high