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Happy Anniversary, Alice and Friends!
It is hard to believe 150 years of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol has been being enjoyed by young and old alike! I began thinking of this hop while working on one for the 4th of July. The idea began to gel when I saw"The Crazy Queen of Hearts" image at Rick St. Dennis's Zibbet store. She is such a big part of the story I decided to go a different direction with this hop and make her the focal point. I knew I wanted something dimensional....and what to my thrift store wondering eye should appear but this fabulous grassy ceramic base that apparently held some type of serving dishes! Ah Ha! My base went from cardboard flip up to this!
First the Queen was colored along with the Hatter bought at the same time at Rick's store, with some Prisma colored pencils with a touch of silver gel pen on her majesty! And I used some quotes from my 2 Alice quote sheets. These were inked with various colored ink pads. The figures were made to stand by cutting strips of a cereal box and gluing to the back and then attaching to the base.
Now of course I couldn't leave Alice out all together! I choose to use her in her form after eating and drinking whichever made her small! The mushrooms were made from a batch of porcelain air dry clay that I made using a YouTube recipe. I was nursing/babysitting my grandpup so I sat and made mushrooms! Alice is a lovely image from Ike's Art and I shrunk the image before coloring (bad idea!!) so excuse her coloring! Another quote from my sheet. And after drying, the mushrooms were the color of the stalks as I had added a bit of tan hoping for a flesh color as I had another plan for it. So I hot glued the caps on and drew the lines on the stalks and under the caps with a brown Chameleon marker and painted the tops with acrylic paints and with the end of a paint brush added dots.
Here is Hatter with balloons and I fussy cut around his hand and added pieces from the twine for the bottle and cookie tag to place in his hand. The loyal army painting the roses were so much fun to make! The heads, hands, and paintbrush porcelain air dry clay and their feet/bases. I took two cards and sandwiched in the chenille piece to attache their hands to. Painted everything up and used same method as Queen to stand upright! Their eyes were placed in indentations made while wet and are colored google eyes! I love google eyes! The roses also made of the same clay and painted in places with the red. The green leaf was made by pressing air dry Crayola clay into one of Mom's ceramic molds. The stem is a rolled up magazine page painted green acrylic and cut into pieces. Behind them all is a cup made of felt bought long ago at a thrift store and a brand new Alice pin from SilverCrow Creations just arrived last week and glued on top!
And of course the table that caused the trouble! Made from a clear glass round flat backed bauble from a dollar store with toothpicks forming a square base hot glued on the bottom and toothpick legs attached at the corners of the base. Tags tied on with twine and a key place between the cookie (clay) and the bottle (filled with green acrylic paint). Maybe my favorite piece on this.
My son took my pictures as I was having my never ending camera problem and took several different effects for each photo. The other knight I like with this shadowed vintage look. He his also painting his own flower.
Another angle and effect of the Queen and the table. I also added some blue glass baubles around the base for some more dimension.
Another look and photo effect of the whole crew!
Whew! Long post! But so excited about making this it was so much fun! I didn't think about coloring well or being super neat with the clay; I just played and had a blast!
So off you go on you way down the rabbit hole to the next lovely on the list! Please leave all these lovelies some love on their blogs!
Happy Crafting! Oh my! Where are my manners? For those leaving some love in the comments I will be drawing a name for a lovely Alice "happy" to be mailed to you after the hop! Check back to see the winner's post! Ta for now!