I had gessoed my little box and painted it with PaperArtsy Little Black Dress, but I still wasn't quite sure how I was going to create Wonderland. I kept gathering bits and pieces from my stash: a tiny resin crown, my crafting friend Kerry once gave me, which I decorated with Treasure Gold and Pearlen Pen and some dried flowers, again from Kerry, which I painted and made into little trees. Suddenly ideas started to swarm like bees in my brain and off I went, working away and getting into such a painty and sticky mess that I couldn't stop to take step by step pictures! I have had to take detail images to make up for this and I will try to explain what I did to make up for this!
I was very pleased with the effect I got from adding some turquoise primary element to Prima Clear Crackle Texture Paste and painting over the Little Black Dress. I blended in some silver Crackle Paste and when this was all dry, accented with Treasure Gold in Green Amber, Sapphire and Aquamarine.
I thought the exterior of the box was beginning to resemble gnarled old tree bark. Here is a photo to give some idea of the scale of the piece...
I wanted to create the impression of Alice and her animal companion stepping out of their wonderland into ours...
This was where the microscope slide came in handy. As well as the stamping, I painted a tree using translucent Frescos in Hey Pesto, Banana and a little Toffee with some Satin Glaze added to dilute it.
Charms, shrink plastic leaves - some stamped and one with my own artwork, stamp bord and resin flowers combined to create the impression of Alice's enchanted world in which animals could talk!
Alice encounters a variety of animals in both Carroll's books, many of them anthropomorphic, but the deer is so beautiful because he is just as he would be in the wild.
The birds, the butterflies, the vintage playing-card horse riding through the forest in the distance all remind us of how extraordinarily rich the natural world can be. It certainly contributes so much to Lewis Carroll's classic. I wish I could have added a tiny white rabbit scurrying away into the distance, but I didn't want to overcrowd the box. The leaves and butterflies were punched from card and then covered in Versamark, dipped in UTEE and heated. I know that many of my friends and followers have much-loved pets, and our world would be an empty place without the delight animals both wild and domesticated bring. Have a lovely day wherever you are and do please celebrate animals with our RAQ over at Unruly Paper Arts this month.