PHOTO TRANSFER BOX – Colour, Form, Texture

Students create a small box with a lid using watercolour and a photo transfer to make it unique.

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PHOTO TRANSFER BOX – Colour, Form, Texture


  • Crayola Watercolours
  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Crayola Washable Glue Sticks
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Glitter Glue
  • Cardstock Paper - 13.9cm x 21.6 cm *5.5" x 8.5") - 1 per student
  • Cardstock Paper - 13.3 cm x 20.9 cm (5.25" x 8.25") - 1 per student
  • Clear Packing Tape
  • Table Salt in a Shaker


Step 1


  1. Use a piece of 13.9 cm x 21.6 cm (5.5” x 8.5”) size cardstock paper.
  2. Moisten the watercolour paints by dropping a brush load of water on each colour.
  3. Wet the paper with clear water.
Step 2
  1. Paint into the wet paper with some colour.
    - this is the wet on wet technique
  2. Add another colour and let the colours bleed into each other.
  3. Fill the paper with colour.
Step 3
  1. Sprinkle a small amount of table salt over the wet paint.
    - the salt will absorb the paint and leave small white speckles
  2. Set the paper aside to dry.
Step 4


  1. Cut out a black and white photocopied picture.
  2. Leave a small border of white paper around the image.
  3. Stick one end of the packing tape to the table.
  4. Place the picture under the tape.
    - static electricity may pull the picture to the tape
Step 5
  1. Press the tape flat on the picture.
  2. Smooth out the tape and make sure it is completely stuck on the picture.
  3. Trim around the outer edge of the picture to remove the background paper and tape.
Step 6
  1. Place the picture into a basin of water.
  2. Let it sit for a few seconds.
  3. Hold the picture under the water.
  4. Rub the picture between your fingers and thumb to remove the white paper from the tape.
Step 7
  1. Remove the picture from the water.
  2. The picture has been transferred from the paper to the tape.
  3. Set the picture aside to dry.
Step 8
  1. Brush the salt off the dry painted paper.
  2. Place the paper paint side down on the desk.
  3. Follow steps 1 - 3 on the 'Small Box With A Lid' worksheet. (Downloads - SmallBox.pdf)
Step 9
  1. Place the paper paint side up on the desk.
  2. Apply glue to the back of the photo.
  3. Glue the photo on the inner rectangle made by the folds.
  4. Press it flat and smooth.
Step 10
  1. Follow steps 4 - 6 on the 'Small Box With A Lid' worksheet to finish making the box top. (Downloads - SmallBox.pdf)
  2. Once the top is finished use a piece of 13.3 cm x 20.9 cm (5.25” x 8.25”) cardstock paper to make the bottom of the box.
  3. Spread some glitter glue over the top of the finished box.
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