Beauty can present itself in many forms. That is why I find the works of Frida Kahlo so intriguing. The subject matter of her paintings are often grotesque and painful, but one can’t help being drawn to it. Despite the many adversities life had to offer her, Kahlo never let it defeat her. She was a modern woman, ahead of her time, and created artwork that remains relevant today. Born in Mexico City around the start of the Mexican revolution, At age 6 she contracted Polio which caused her to walk with a limp. As a young women, she was involved in a nearly fatal bus accident that left her with severe lifelong and painful injuries including her inability to carry a child. Her heart was broken and this was reflected in many of her paintings, most of which were self portraits.
Frida Kahlo pictured below with her partner and muse, painter Diego Rivera in 1932.
My sister is also a fan of Frida. She recently had a surgery that would take some time and perseverance to recover from. I wanted to make her something special to lift her spirits and inspire her while she was convalescing. I thought something with a Frida Kahlo theme could do just that. I had a small wooden box that was far from special, but would be perfect to store her medications in.
First, I cleaned the box thoroughly removing dust and dirt that accumulated during storage. I printed out a 4×6 Frida print, and applied Mod Podge to the box with a paint brush. I then carefully applied the print to the box.
I used black and golden rod acrylic paint to finish off the box redesign. Once the box dried, I used Mod Podge to seal the project.
Make your own art inspired box Dollar Store Craft
Imagine the possibilities!
Print of choice for decoupage
Scissors and paint brushes
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