In the days before digital cameras, when you took a roll of film to the drive-thru photo processing shop, Mom always had a bowl on the coffee table where she'd toss all the photos. It was an un-edited, un-retouched, un-Photoshoped collection of life as it had happened. With that in mind, I decided to gather up all the ephemera I'd collected from our trip and collage it onto a box that I'd fill with photos. I did have to pick and choose the photos. By the time everyone added their pictures to the Flickr page there were over 3000. I cut back to 180, which fit nicely into the box I found.
|Finished Photo Collage Box|
I started out with an appropriately sized box that I found on Amazon:
I put a thin coat of gesso onto the outside of the box. (In retrospect, I would have painted the inside of the box black at this point. I think it would have been easier than doing it at the end.) I was really happy with the quality of the box. I didn't need to do any sanding either before or after the gesso coat. I used my standard go to cheap gesso - Windsor & Newton Acrylic White Gesso.
|Box after priming with gesso|
|work in progress|
|back of the collaged box|
|one side of the box - Prague memorabilia on top, Berlin on the bottom|
|box with photos inside|
|side of the box|
|top of the box - memories of Prague|