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Adventures in Wonderland

by Amy Bowerman

Oh how I have been “down the rabbit hole” these past few weeks!  I just can’t seem to get enough of Alice.  The Octopode Factory recently released some fantastic new Alice in Wonderland images.  Of course I couldn’t resist using them for our Anything Goes Challenge at The Altered Alice.  Are you ready for another  Adventure in Wonderland?  Go ahead, “take the red pill and lets see how deep the rabbit hole goes…”

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As soon as I saw the new “Long Neck Alice” from The Octopode Factory I knew I wanted to use her in a Tree Sculpture.  I have made a wire gem tree in the past as a wedding gift but it was quite time-consuming.  I thought “There Must be an easier Way!”  That is when I spied the leafy branches in my wire bucket.  These were left over from Flower Pens I made for last years teacher gifts.  You can check out that post Here.  Now all I needed was a container to serve as the tree trunk.

Adventures in Wonderland Vase Before

I’ll grow this vase into a tree!

I make a lot of Paper Flower arrangements and am always on the look for interesting containers.  I store them in a curio cabinet to await impending alteration.  I picked up this white cylindrical vase at the thrift some time ago…it had a crack in it but for 50 cents I wasn’t going to leave it there.  I have Mod Podge all over my hands in the photo….I like to call it an artist’s paraffin treatment :)

Adventures in Wonderland Vase Alcohol Ink

Just add Alcohol Ink

Brown shades of Alcohol ink were used to color the vase.  I couldn’t find my fresh felt and had to use one leftover from the Alice in Wonderland Garden Art Project.  The pops of Green were not planned but I like it.  You know my motto…”Art happens!”  The thing I love about Alcohol ink on white ceramics is the crazing effect that ensues after applying a darker color.  It gives it such an artfully distressed look…just the way I like it!

Adventures in Wonderland Alice and Perfect Pearls

Alice gets the Perfect Pearls Treatment

I’ve been working a lot with Perfect Pearls and Perfect pens.  After Coloring the Octopode Factory images with Copic Markers I used  Perfect Pens and Perfect Pearls to highlight key areas on the images.  To seal the images I sprayed them lightly with Krylon Glitterblast Clear Sealer.

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Once the images were sealed I added some Stickles to bling them out a little more.  I’ve recently begun adding Glossy accents to the eyes of the Octopodes to create a glassy eye effect. I also used Glossy accents to add crystals to Alice’s necklace and the button on her collar.  Here you can see how the “Branches” were wired together.  I added some beaded wire for extra bling.

Adventures in Wonderland Rainbow Alcohol Ink

A Rainbow of Alcohol Ink

I wanted the back of the Octopode Factory images to be as pretty as the front.  To do this I cut up packaging plastic and inked it with a rainbow of Alcohol inks by applying a dot of each color in one line across the felt applicator.

Adventures in Wonderland Danita Stamps Background

Danita Stamps Background

After Adhering the Copic Colored images to Chip board with Mod Podge, I stamped the back with Danita Art Wonderland stamps.  The Rainbow colored Packaging plastic was adhered with Glossy Accents and left to dry overnight before cutting them out. I like to lay a piece of wax paper over my project and press it down with heavy books while drying.

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I’m a total Disney Dork.  It’s no secret that the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland is my all time favorite.  Here I have Modeled the Octopode Factory Dodo after the Disney version of the character.  He was also blinged out with Perfect Pearls and Stickles.  I added a feather ponytail and a glittered hat.  His pipe is made from a plastic bead and a piece of a skewer colored with Distress Stain.  The smoke was created from a scrap piece of the colored packaging plastic where I hand-lettered his famous quote from the movie, “Smoke the Monster out!”  The Heart stems along the vase are new additions from the Octopode Factory.  They were also given some Stickles bling.

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Here you can see how I glittered the scrap leaves.  I used Elmer’s  spray adhesive and Martha Stewart Glitter.  They were then sealed with Krylon Glitterblast clear sealer.  The Robin was a red Glittered craft Bird I had on hand.  I used Mod Podge to Glitter him brown and Distress Stickles for the beak.  She was also sealed with Glitterblast clear sealer.  The Shawl is made from craft ribbon.  The “Serpent!’ speech bubble was hand-lettered, mounted on scrap plastic, stamped with snake-skin, and mounted on wire.

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Doesn’t the alcohol ink background pull the whole thing together…or am I just a sucker for rainbow colors?

I hope you enjoyed your adventure in Wonderland with me!  Come show us YOUR  creations at The Altered Alice!   Lily Our lovely sponsor and the creative mastermind behind the Octopode Factory hosts bi-weekly challenges as well so check out her challenge Blog TOFF!

Hope your day is filled with sunshine and rainbows!

Amy*

 

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