Monday, February 24, 2014


One of my favorite things to come across is a vintage watercolor paint box or tin. There is something fascinating about holding an old vintage watercolor paint tin and wondering who held it before you. One thing I know for sure is that it was once owned by an aspiring artist. Someone who had a desire to paint their dreams and their visions. I am always searching for these. I love giving them new life. Each paint tin has it's own character.  Sometimes, the older the tin and the worst condition makes the best altered tins. I love that no matter how old the tin is, the paints are almost always still usable and just a little water brings them back to life. 

These are two of my newest altered tins below.

                She was doing what she loved, she loved what she was doing

                                                             CAPTURED DREAMS

The Bird Cage Doll kit can be found at Retro Cafe Art Gallery, who has some very cool Doll Kits and supplies. The glass bezel over the word "BEGIN" is a found jewelry piece that I altered to fit.

                                        The voice said, "Surrender" and she did
                                         HAPPY ARTIST

The doll head is a antique broken doll head found in the ruins of an old doll factory in Germany. I also added a vintage metal drawer pull. The artist can actually place their business card there. The wooden hands and larger wooden heart, I found at Retro Cafe Art Gallery.

The glass hearts were found at Shadow Mix on Etsy.

This watercolor paint tin came from England. It is one of the older ones. The back side had two attached rings that the artists can put their fingers through to hold the tin like a paint palette. 

 I have spent many hours altering this vintage watercolor paint tin. I love that the rings on the back will now serve as a hanger if someone wishes to hang it up and display it. All paint and embellishments are attached and secured.

What I love about this particular tin is that it is a tri-fold watercolor tin.These tins are a little harder to find.

Opened completely up, she is a beauty!
This has been one of my favorite paint boxes so far.

All my other altered paint tins have been sold. These two will be available in my Etsy shop shortly.

Thank you for stopping by today!


  1. Kim these are exceptional. I love them. Since I shop @ thrift and 2nd hand stores I will be on the look out for some old tins for you. Wonderful that the beauty you love is what you do. Will watch for them in your Etsy shop.

    1. Thank you Gemma! I love thrift shops too, but I never seem to find any art stuff there.
      I seem to fare better at yard sales and even those are rare. I guess its universal, those things we love are hard to part with!

    2. All so fun, Kim. Just found your blog. Didn't know you had one. You should post it's link on FB more often to draw more visitors. Fun seeing things you've done in the past. <3

    3. Thank you Coleen for stopping in and commenting! I will have to see how to go about doing that. I am always fumbling my way through Facebook when it comes to adding things.. not sure where to add but I will check it out. :)

  2. You, my friend, are on roll, doing what you do best.
    Creating a thing of beauty, respecting the past,
    and spreading happiness and love...You are a shining star!
    ♥ ♥ ♥

    1. Thank you Lisa! It's friends like you that keep me motivated! Your support and friendship is so appreciated!

  3. These are so interesting and fun looking! Loving them.

  4. Oh I love altered art, and these are absolutely stunning! I never fail to be impressed by your original way of seeing and ability to put things together so beautifully xx


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