How to use toothpicks to paint detailed monograms for trinket boxes - The CraftablesHave you ever looked at a delicate design, wanted to paint it and hesitated, because you think you’ll mess it up? After years of painting, I still feel nervous with thin lines. So, when the request for this box came in, I was tempted to say No. But, then we experimented with toothpicks and it was a Eureka moment! The details were coming out neatly, because painting with toothpicks is like pencil coloring. And, it just got easier to work with.

Sidenote: Just to clarify the request part. As you may or may not know, we take orders for requests that come in. Mostly, we don’t share the tutorial on the blog. But, when we make something highly customised or use a different technique, we like to showcase the product, with the customer’s permission. Here’s where you can place an order, if you like.

How to use toothpicks to paint detailed monograms for trinket boxes - The Craftables

Budget: Medium

Time: 1.5 hours

Materials:

Steps to make Trinket Boxes:

How to use toothpicks to paint detailed monograms for trinket boxes - The Craftables

The first rule of customisation is colours. The giftee in this case, loves blue and peach. So, we worked out a design where the base of the box is peach and rose gold. With the monogram being, mostly blue. Step 1, is to paint the base of the box – peach all over and rose gold on the borders. We added some detail by painting the rim of the lid dark blur using a toothpick. Dip 1mm of the  toothpick in paint & brush it along the rim of the box.

How to use toothpicks to paint detailed monograms for trinket boxes - The Craftables

Next, trace out the monogram or design over the top of the box. We, obviously used the letter “P” for the person’s name.

How to use toothpicks to paint detailed monograms for trinket boxes - The Craftables

Start by painting the leaves of the design. Dip the tip of a toothpick into sap green paint, draw an outline for the leaf and colour it in. Repeat the step to cover all the leaves.

While the leaves are drying, use a clean toothpick to paint over the lines with the rose gold paint. Be careful about using only the tip of the toothpick or it will spread out of the design.

Once both the colors have dried, start sticking the stones and flowers over the remaining spaces. We used toothpicks here as well, to dab glue in the design and pick up stones. Trust me, it makes working with stones so much easier.

How to use toothpicks to paint detailed monograms for trinket boxes - The Craftables

And that’s it 🙂 You have a pretty box with a beautiful design. What do you think of our technique? Let me know!

We used a similar font on magnets, recently. If you like, you can check that out, here.