So this all started when my partner in the Color Texture Shape swap picked star as her shape. Wondering around the craft store I found this neat star-shaped wooden box. One of my partner's interests is Indonesian batik fabrics, and I saw this incredible design from a fabric that she had wisted. A little bit of paint, a little bit of swearing, and a little bit of sealant, and whammo:
I loved the way it turned out. My family also loved it, and when my grandmother's birthday rolled around, my mom asked me to paint another box as a present for her. I decided to go with a flower (vaguely peony-ish):
I really like the way this one came out too, although the lighting in the photo is crappy, the colors are brighter in real life.