I managed to finish this in time for Christmas... just.
The inner tray was glued, dried, covered in two layers of newspaper and wallpaper paste, two layers of acrylic gesso then two coats of white paint followed by two coats of colour! This time a pale apple green made (from memory) by adding phthalo blue and a spot of emeral green to a lot of white paint and then mixing hard. Once it had dried I painted on little chintzy flowers all over - trying to get a patterned effect without any consistent pattern!
Finally the whole thing was filled with haberdashery, tied up with a matching ribbon and wrapped. And I'm pleased to report that darling daughter loves it and is now debating what she can make with her new treasures.
6 months ago