Hand painted jewelry boxes, cats, mirrors and art!

Brooklyn, New York · 59 Sales


Hand painted jewelry boxes, cats, mirrors and art!

Brooklyn, New York 59 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Barbara Carella

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Barbara Carella

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Once Upon A Box - Little Pieces Of Art

I believe that everyone should own a little piece of art. Something that speaks to the individual and is uplifting and meaningful. Something that can brighten a corner of a room or wall or sit on a dresser or table. I have always loved working with my hands. My painting ability comes from years of working in the home furnishings field. I love looking at three dimensional objects and inventing new designs for them. My cat pieces are all based on my cat Simon. One day when he was sitting on the floor I realized that he had the shape of an egg and so I decided to paint his likeness on wooden eggs. And voila! I sadly have lost my little pal but I continue to paint him on frames, jewelry boxes, and anything else I can think of as my way of remembering him. I'm always thinking of new designs and objects to paint on and there are endless sources for inspiration.
My work is very personal. Each object that I paint suggests a specific design to me which I then sketch out on paper to see if it will work. After that I choose and mix my colors in acrylic paint. My wood pieces are first sanded and then painted with a white sealant. It is then sanded again. Sometimes I trace my designs onto the wood and other times I paint by "eye". I usually apply two coats of each color to make sure the color lays totally flat. When I'm satisfied with the painted design, I use a clear sealant to protect it. Each of my pieces is signed.
Thank you for visiting my shop and I hope you enjoy looking at my work!


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  • Barbara Carella

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

Shop policies

Last updated on June 4, 2016
Thanks for stopping by. Don't remember when I got so facinated with boxes but it's been quite a while as my studio reminds me. I enjoy the challenge of looking at a three-dimensional object and thinking of a design that would fit it perfectly.

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I accept Pay Pal and Direct Checkout. Your item(s) will be shipped within three days of receiving payment. If I have not received payment in my Pay Pal account within three days the sale will be cancelled.
I ship first class mail and will e-mail you with a confirmation number. I will ship internationally but since the fees vary according to the country, please convo me prior to purchase and I will give you a quote on shipping. If there is a customs fee, the buyer is responsible for that. Also, if you would like insurance on your shipment, please let me know.

International Shipping-
International buyers are responsible for any extra fees, duties, brokerage charges. or other charges that your country requires. I cannot mark your purchase as a gift as it is illegal. If you have a P.O. box as your address, the P.O. is now asking for a phone number. If you are using a P.O. box, please add it when you purchase or convo me so your order will not be held up.
Refunds and Exchanges
I accept returns if you are not happy with the purchase. Please contact me within four days of the arrival of your purchase. The buyer is responsible for the return shipping costs and the item(s) must be returned undamaged. I will refund you the cost of the item(s) minus the shipping costs after I have received the item(s).
Additional policies and FAQs
As I do multiples of the same item and they are all painted by hand, I will try to paint them as close to the photo as is humanly possible but there might be a slight difference. My work is always sealed with an acrylic sealant to protect the finish but it should always be handled with care. If you need a different color than what you see or would like one of my items personalized, please let me know.

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