Juliette's Painted Trunk

Juliette had this white paper-covered box in her house. "It just turned up," she said. She decided to make a painted trunk for her friend Zoe Rabbit. First, she drew the design she wanted with a pencil.

Juliette had this white paper-covered box in her house. "It just turned up," she said. She decided to make a painted trunk for her friend Zoe Rabbit. First, she drew the design she wanted with a pencil.

On the side of the trunk, she wrote her name, Zoe's name, and the date. What a nice touch!

On the side of the trunk, she wrote her name, Zoe's name, and the date. What a nice touch!

Juliette used her watercolors to color in the flowers.

Juliette used her watercolors to color in the flowers.

 Here is the trunk with the watercolor flowers finished.

 Here is the trunk with the watercolor flowers finished.

For the background, Juliette mixed up a jar of black paint. She says it's actually darkest green, the color of the midnight forest. What sharp eyes she has!

For the background, Juliette mixed up a jar of black paint. She says it's actually darkest green, the color of the midnight forest. What sharp eyes she has!

Juliette used her greenish-black paint to color in the background of the trunk. This part took a long time.

Juliette used her greenish-black paint to color in the background of the trunk. This part took a long time.

It was especially tricky to get around the letters without covering them up, but Juliette was patient ... and see how nice the trunk looks!

It was especially tricky to get around the letters without covering them up, but Juliette was patient ... and see how nice the trunk looks!

You might think the trunk would be finished now, but Juliette said, "NO! The flowers still need some finishing touches!" She added some bright colors with her watercolors. It was easier to see what would look good, now that the black background was there.

You might think the trunk would be finished now, but Juliette said, "NO! The flowers still need some finishing touches!" She added some bright colors with her watercolors. It was easier to see what would look good, now that the black background was there.

She tied the trunk closed with a humongous bow.

She tied the trunk closed with a humongous bow.

Annicke helped Juliette carry the trunk to Zoe's house. What a helpful friend!

Annicke helped Juliette carry the trunk to Zoe's house. What a helpful friend!

When Zoe saw her new trunk, she was so happy!

When Zoe saw her new trunk, she was so happy!

She said, "I know the perfect thing to do with this trunk! I will use it to store cushions on my porch, for when lots of animals come over and they need a place to sit. Thank you, Juliette!"

She said, "I know the perfect thing to do with this trunk! I will use it to store cushions on my porch, for when lots of animals come over and they need a place to sit. Thank you, Juliette!"

Zoe noticed that the trunk lid kept popping up, so she put some heavy stuff on the lid to get it to stay down. She said that once it sat like that for a week or so, it would be good as new.

Zoe noticed that the trunk lid kept popping up, so she put some heavy stuff on the lid to get it to stay down. She said that once it sat like that for a week or so, it would be good as new.

You can make a painted mini trunk too! The box actually came from Paper Source, but Juliette doesn't know about that place. We used watercolors for the flowers, and black India ink for the background. If you make your own version, we would love to see it!

You can make a painted mini trunk too! The box actually came from Paper Source, but Juliette doesn't know about that place. We used watercolors for the flowers, and black India ink for the background. If you make your own version, we would love to see it!

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