graphic printer’s tray project

February 7, 2013  in books, diy craft projects

Printer's tray artwork project by Sania Pell

For some of the projects in my book The Homemade Home for Children, I made several variations but there just wasn’t space to show them all within the book. So I thought it would be interesting to show you some of the ones that we didn’t photograph for the book. They are extensions of the projects, helping to show how the basic idea can be taken and interpreted in different ways to create unique items for your home. Shown here is a variation of the Graphic Box project on pages 158 and 159 of the book and even though it was meant for small children, I really like the monochrome graphic quality and modernist feel and would be happy to have it on display anywhere in my house. This version hasn’t been seen anywhere before so thought I would take some photos and share it on my blog.

Graphic Box project from the Homemade Home for Children by Sania Pell

Graphic Box project from the Homemade Home for Children by Sania Pell

I had bought the old printer’s trays years ago from an antiques market in Greenwich, just because I liked it and thought I would use it at some point. I painted it white, inset some vintage map graphics into the back of holes and painted some wooden pieces in different shapes, taken from an old children’s game, and stuck them in with sticky pads so they were raised away from the back. I painted it in the simple black and white colour scheme as babies react well to monochrome visuals.

Graphic Box project from Sania Pell's The Homemade Home for Children book

The large printer’s tray that features in the book was bought at my local car boot sale and I photographed this too below. The idea for was to create teaching aids that you would be happy to have on the wall and keep for future generations. I also made one for colours which is shown in the book and there is also another version that looks like a little house in the introduction pages if you have a copy of the book to flick through.

Graphic Box project from Sania Pell's The Homemade Home for Children book

Graphic Box project © Sania Pell from The Homemade Home for Children book

I wanted this project to show how you can make an attractive, unusual and unique item that will inspire children’s learning and look great hanging on the wall or placed on a shelf. I hope it succeeds.

If you haven’t got a copy of the book you can see some examples of the type of projects I created here.

Happy making
Sania  x

The Homemade Home for Children is published by CICO Books and available now at Amazon UK and Amazon US.

 

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  1. Ooh yes-gorgeous San. Have loved experimenting with my tray too-I was lucky enough to be given one by my lovely neighbour who was about to take it to the charity shop! Please make sure I do actually make it to the car boot with you very soon ;-) xx

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