Illustrated Tiger Tissue Box

You’re faced with one of those first world dramas – you’ve got to get a gift that means you care; that is in equal parts practical and individual.  That is special but doesn’t cost the earth…

So I came up with an illustrated tissue box.  Obviously.

As I think about it now, perhaps tissues do cost the earth in a natural resources kind of way – but I’ll not lose sleep about it.  Behold my genuis in action below:

Step one:  Buy tissue box, measure up it’s vital stats and draw that box a net.  Cut appropriately.

tissue box net for illustrated tissue box

Step two:  Practise sketching out your images.

tiger pencil sketches for illustrated tissue box

Step three:  Draw out and ink up tigers on that plain ol’ box net.

pen and ink drawings of tigers for illustrated tissue box

Step four:  The fun bit!  Colour that bad-ass in!

top of tissue box net with pen ink and pencil coloured tigers jumping and roaring

Step five:  Stick illustrated tissue box net to actual tissue box.  Beware that they’re tricksters and sometimes have the oval on both sides, only one of which is perforated.

pencil pen and ink coloured tigers on tissue box, sitting jumping and roaring

Step six:  Bask in your awesome gift-giving idea…

pencil pen and ink coloured tigers on tissue box, sitting jumping and roaring

The Best Mug In The World

Ok, so I’m biased.  I a) painted the mug myself and b) included 2 of my favourite animals.  I like animals that roar and have sharp teeth and claws and generally cause havoc in a wild animal sort of way.

So whilst on holiday in Wales with some friends, we spent a wet afternoon indoors painting mugs.  After an initial mind blank instigated by being faced with ‘blank mug syndrome’ it dawned on me that I had the power to create the most amazing mug in the world.  I am proud to present to you, my Bear Lion Mug:

roaring bear painted by laura elliott on the side of a muglion mug painted by laura elliott

The flash on the camera does make the bear look like it’s been startled, opposed to heading off to go a-mauling.  And the lion oddly looks like he’s posing for the camera.  Such is my talent to make ferocious creatures look cute…

I was able to add ‘RAWR!’ to the bottom of my mug so that it would be slowly revealed as I finished my drink.  My only regret is that I didn’t manage to add a fez somewhere.  I like fezs.  But they don’t have teeth or claws so I guess it would be out of place.  Perhaps I can blue-tac one on as an optional extra.