As an artist, I like to draw a lot. Unfortunately, when away from my house I never have a drawing utensil or paper. I came up with this idea for a portable art box that has all a person needs to draw inside a mint tin.
It can be personalized and is easy to work with. Plus the mints that come in the tin can be a tasty snack while you work.
Step 1: Materials
Some of these materials can be changed, depending on what you have or what you can find.
For the box:
- Mint tin, I used an Altoids box
- Small, divided box
- 4 rivets
- 1 1/2 inch hinge
- Thick cardboard or other strudy material
- Duct tape
- Small pencils or other drawing utencils (2 1/2 inches or smaller)
- Small pencil sharpener
Business cards or folded paper
- Metal cutter, wire cutter, or anything else to cut plastic
- Acrylic paint
- Gloss finish
- Anything else!
Step 2: Attaching the Hinge
Step 3: Attaching the Pencil Holder
Use the metal cutters or wire cutters to cut off a part of the plastic box that will fit the hinge. Also cut off the corners and a part of the middle divider(s) so that the corners don't get in the way of putting the pencil holder down and the holder is prettywell against the hinge. mark the holes and drill them out. Align the rivet so that the washer and expanding end is facing up when the holder is down. Use the riveter to attach the rivet and the dremel to saw the top of the lump off.
Note: Some of the pictures show a screw instead of a rivet. I would use rivets because they are more permanent.
Step 4: Make the Pencil Holder
Step 5: Velcro
To make pencils that are small enough to fit, break them to where they are about 3 inches long, then sharpen them down to about 2 1/2 inches. You may want some other smaller pencils because bigger ones don't fit well with the pencil sharpener. Now just put the paper in and put it in your pocket!
Step 6: Personalizing
To really make your portable art box yours, try painting it or putting pictures on it or anything else. I use irradecent paint and did a celtic design with small gems on the medalions. To preserve the paint, I suggest a gloss finish.
Now go out there and draw in a public place with your box!