Friday, February 18, 2011

It's PLAIN to see.

They tempt and taunt me. Teasing me with that come-hither stare. Begging for colorful attention.

Whether it be brown paper packaging, a shipping box, or an envelope, I have a strong compulsion to embellish it!

Those of you who have already received things from me know that I like to decorate the package's exterior.

An example of this is a small gift I mailed out to a struggling blogger earlier in the month. Because of the present's unique size, I had to use an old grocery box which was the perfect fit.

But I could not, dare not, send the gift in a box looking like this.....

*gasp* How plain and conventional!

All that labeling needed to go and the brown cardboard became like a canvas to me, screaming, "Please paint me. Color me. Decorate me, you fool!"

I carefully disassembled the box, painting it an iridescent white. While I liked the sleek, elegant look of it, I felt the painted cardboard still lacked significance and personality.

So before reassembling it, I wrote encouraging words and phrases all over the box with different colored permanent markers.....

The power of words.

What a fitting gift box!

I think it's the extra touch that makes a present that much more special.

Now if you'll excuse me, there are boxes and envelopes yelling at me for adornment!


Randuwa2 said...

You're a sweet man. I'm proud to be your friend.

n.lea. said...

OH wow! So perfectly encouraging! I love how the colors stand out and scream YOU ARE LOVED MY FRIEND!!!!

Unknown said...

Wow! Hope your friend not only liked the gift, but kept the box. It's a work of art, and very possibly an item people will be scrounging around looking for to sell on Ebay when you've become the next Picasso.

naturgesetz said...

You are absolutely right that the extra touch makes whatever you send much more special. The way you embellish the addresses when you ship a painting is itself a work of art.

Konkbonckles said...

1) jealous (I wouldn't have thought to paint the box, maybe just wrap it in something)

2)Hope you signed it..that box is now some awesome Dean Grey artwork

3) I've sent you some items in the mail, please let me know when you get them - I like to have an idea of how long snailmail takes to get places from here, thanks ^_^

Shopgirl said...

I have the same compulsion and now thanks to you - the artist - I know what to do with it. :)

Anonymous said...

i'd have painted around the 'mini cheese omelets,' leaving it in tact. for some reason i like that..

but white is nice too. :)

BB said...

That is such an awesome idea. Who wouldn't love getting a package like that? I drew a Christmas Tree on my mothers Christmas Card and mailed it. She has it in a frame now. Simple things!

JuJu said...

This post shows what a gift YOU are to the world. You bring color, joy, and decoration to an often times plain world.
Thank you!

C. said...

I think this is really lovely and the lengths you go to be creative is just so interesting :)

Summersheartjourney said...

Very nice! Love the transformation of the box. I think it should be a rule that all packaging is as colorful and nice as this one!!
Great job!

JustMe said...

Thats an awesome idea. I love the way that it ended up looking. I'l have to try something like that for the next present that I end up wrapping. Thanks for the idea:)

Janie B said...

Clever idea! Much better than the old box. I'm already thinking ahead of upcoming gift-giving opportunities so I can decorate boxes.

Dean Grey said...


Awww, how sweet of you, Randy.



Nikki, yeah, I wanted the words to show I care about this blogger and what he's currently going through.



I have no idea if the box was saved or not!






I didn't sign the box but wrote a message from myself on the inside lid instead.

And yes, I got your two mini-canvases earlier this week. I e-mailed you but didn't get a reply!





i'm a superhero i can like fly and shit!

I thought the "mini cheese omelettes" was rather quirky and charming but that it would distract from the message I was trying to send, you know?


Bouncin' Barb!

Exactly! It's the simple, handmade things that people remember!



That's quite a compliment!



I'm glad you find it all interesting!



A "no-plain-box" law should be passed! LOL



Definitely give it a try!





All of your enthusiastic words are very much appreciated!


stanw said...

"Live in color!" That one jumped out at me, right into my heart, that is what you do really, live in color. You may have not always felt that way but that is what I see in the things you create, color. Even your personality has a subtle (delicate, marked by insight and sensitivity, skillful, artful-Webster Dict.) color that shines through.

Thanks for sharing this post. "Do it!"

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

You are a generous soul - I bet that made their day!

Dean Grey said...


Your comment made me smile!



I hope it made their day!


Thanks to the both of you!


WOL said...


You just been awarded!

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