From the start, this box was intended to be a palette that I could experiment on. All the detailing was done with gloss marine varnish tinted with metallic powders, and very small brushes. Before I began this one, I had ZERO art background. To draw or paint on a flat surface is one thing. To detail tiny images in thick varnish on a 3-dimensional object is, in a word, HARD!
I will refrain from describing all the stages involved here, suffice to say, it took a very long time. Every single line, every single brush mark, were so carefully placed as to be utterly nerve-wracking. I think I did the spider 8-10 times and erased them, before I was sorta content with final one.
There are six types of flowers, grasses, weeds, spider-webs, and bugs.