Wood Box Purse

Rhiannon Mermaid Jewellery Box

Rhiannon Mermaid Box

This week I finished painting a new Mermaid Jewellery Box “Rhiannon”.  The design of this piece is based on my original drawing “Mermaid Riding a Seahorse”.


Hand painted on a handmade recycled wood box, this gorgeous mermaid rides upon a royal golden seahorse with highlights of green and blue. Her long rainbow tail of deep purples, greens and blues also has flashes of gorgeous gold. Painted against a background of deep black, the colours of this piece really shine.

Inside the box is also painted black, with a small round mirror on the inside lid, and lined with black soft faux felt so you can keep all your mermaid treasures safe! Box is sealed with high gloss lacquer for protection.

Box dimensions (approx.): 21cm x 14cm x 7cm. Features gold coloured brass hinges and clasp. This is a stunning one of a kind box!

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Serenity Mermaid Hand Painted Box


Recently I finished painting this beautiful green mermaid wooden keepsake box.  This new design was based on my original mermaid sketch from November last year.


The box was made of light weight wood and needed some sanding and wood filler – (and more sanding!) before I could start painting.  I used graphite paper to transfer the mermaid design on to the top of the box and started by painting the gold circle background.  The mermaid itself came together quite quickly and I was really happy with the colours and style of this piece.  This is the first time I have painted a mermaid with long flowing white hair with green tones and I think she turned out beautifully.

The majority of my time making this piece was taken up with painting the entire outside of the box viridian green and the inside of the box ultramarine blue, which needed several coats and was a little tricky to paint around the circle.  The inside was also decorated with gold painted starfish and faux velvet flocking, plus a small round glass mirror.  The whole box was given endless coats of high gloss varnish, which took several weeks as I had to wait for the varnish to dry in between each coat!  In the end it turned out to be a stunning little box and will be a lovely place for the new owner to store their collection of special mermaid bracelets and pendants!




This mermaid keepsake box is now Sold, thank you.

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Hand Painted Unicorn Foal Wood Box Purse


Recently I completed another hand painted wood box purse handbag (cigar box purse style), Unicorn Foal.  The design for this painting was based on my original unicorn drawing below.


I traced the outline of the drawing on to the front of the wood box, using graphite transfer paper.


Next I painted the background a beautiful ultramarine blue and started painting the unicorn in shades of white and brown.



Once the unicorn was complete I worked on painting the background.  The original inspiration for this painting is the very famous medieval unicorn tapestry so I wanted to emulate the tapestry garden around the unicorn, but rather than having a captive unicorn I wanted to paint a unicorn running wild and free!


Once the painting was finished the box was given many coats of high gloss varnish.







This unicorn box purse would make a stunning gift for a friend who loves magical fantasy creatures or a stand out piece for your own collection.  It is completely unique and the fine painting and deep lapis blue and gold details catch the light beautifully.  It is now available to buy in my Etsy shop here:


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Paua (Abalone Shell) Mermaid Hand Painted Wood Box Purse


I’m thrilled to have completed my latest mermaid painting, this time I’ve created something new, a hand painted wood purse box – inspired by those swanky 60’s cigar box purses by Enid Collins you often see for sale in vintage shops.

My wonderful father made up some hinged plain wood boxes to my specifications and after a rather oversized prototype (my sense of box size in my head was way too big and heavy in real life!) we settled on a more petite, rectangular shape made of light pine wood.


The outside and inside of the box I painted in black, except for the front of the box, which was left blank so I could trace the mermaid design using graphite paper.  The gold outline of my logo is painted on the inside of the box.


After tracing the outline of my mermaid onto the front I painted the background black.



I started painting her hair first.  I wanted to give it an iridescent mother of pearl shine so I added highlights of blue, green, pink and gold in the shadows of her wavy hair.

Paua Shell

Using this beautiful Paua Shell from New Zealand as my reference I started painting the shell the mermaid is perched upon.


Over several more nights of painting I finished the shell and her translucent flowing tail, using the same colours in the mermaid and the shell to unify the painting.  The whole box was then given several coats of high gloss varnish for lasting protection.




The original wood purse box is now sold but prints of the artwork are available at my Etsy shop: