A few years ago, my friend who usually goes with us wasn't able to come. So I sent her a small box of rocks and decorated it with a chocolate box-like label.
This weekend, I came back to that idea. It's always interesting to retry an old idea again...
This was the first one I made, maybe three or four years ago (sadly I don't have a picture of the final product, just the sketch).
I liked the text from 'Sampler' so I kept that, as well as the shape of the label. But I evolved the lettering and imagery. I did quick color study on some blue paper to see if the colors I was toying with would work.
And a quick snapshot of the final painting (watercolor, gouache, and Golden gold paint). Now I just have to build a small box.
Such desk mess for such a small piece.