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Custom Painted Tack Box

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This instructable explains how I custom painted a tack box for my nephew to use at our county's youth fair every year. The animals I chose to showcase in the painting are the breeds he exhibits during fair week.

 
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Step 1: MATERIALS USED

- Wood tack box

- interior latex paint (brown outside, orange inside)

- design template

- chalk, masking tape, ball point pen, permanent marker and paint brushes

- acrylic paints

- polyurethane

Step 2: CREATE A TEMPLATE

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I created a design template on my computer using Photoshop and printed it (to scale) on sheets of legal sized paper that had to then be taped together.

Step 3: TRANSFERRING IMAGE

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To transfer the image I used a piece of artist's soft pastel chalk to shade in the WRONG (unprinted) side of the template (creating a homemade carbon paper). Then I placed the image right side up onto the lid of the box and traced it's outline using a ball point pen. ( be sure to tape the template it in place with masking tape so that it does not slip while you're outlining.)

Step 4: RETRACING TRANSFER

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Because this transfer is done with chalk I retraced it with permanent marker so that it would not wipe away during the painting process.

Step 5: PAINTING THE DESIGN

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Once I got to work on painting the animals I overlooked getting my camera out to capture the process. I painted the animals in depth order - starting with the bull because he is in the very back, then the cow, sheep, pig and finally the goat.

Step 6: FINISH

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Once the box was completely done I made sure to paint clear polyurethane (min-wax) over the entire outside to provided long-lasting protection to the wood surface.

Fantastic job! The animals look so realistic!

doodlecraft21 days ago

Amazing paint job! Great work! :)

troberts8 (author)  doodlecraft21 days ago

Thank you! I am proud of it ;)