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Alice in Wonderland Altered Dresser Part 3

by Amy Bowerman

Hello friends!  I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend.  This month at the altered Alice our theme is Stripes and the Design team is working with these wonderfully whimsical art stamps by Danita.  I LOVE these stamps!  They are absolutely delightful!  As soon as I saw them I knew I wanted to feature them on the  Alice in Wonderland Dresser I’ve been working on.  I have taken a break from Altering the dresser since joining the Altered Alice Design Team.  The Danita stamps were the perfect size for the top drawer of the dresser and the theme of Stripes made me want to get back to this project even more!

Alice in Wonderland altered dresser

Alice in Wonderland by Danita

I wanted to showcase all the Danita stamps.  For my design I played off of the horizontal stripe pattern seen on the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and Tweedles by painting one side of the drawer with vertical stripes.  Vertical stripes were used on the other side to play up the Alice and Queen of Hearts images.

Alice in Wonderland Altered Dresser

Playing with the Queen of Hearts

I tried to use a mix of pink and turquoise on the stamped images to mimic the colors of the painted drawer.

Alice in Wonderland altered dresser

Chasing Rabbits

The small images of the tea-pot, pocket watch, and mushroom were the perfect size to put between the characters featured on the horizontal striped drawer.

Alice in Wonderland altered dresser

Cheshire Cat smile

I’m still having trouble photographing the drawers in their entirety without a panoramic camera.  I even tried to download a panoramic camera app and that didn’t work out but you get the idea.  If any one has any suggestions or tips on how I might go about taking better pictures I welcome your suggestions!!

Alice in Wonderland Drawer pulls

"Take the red drawer pull and see how deep the rabbit hole goes..."

This photo of the altered drawer pulls was taken with Instagram…my latest obsession!  Do you Instagram too?  There is a link at the top of the page if you would like to follow me…we can be Instagram friends! :)

drawer pull before

Before the Wonderland Treatment

Here’s what the drawer pulls looked like BEFORE the Wonderland treatment.  “1978 called…they want their knobs back.”  Not only were these knobs brassy and dated they were also covered in acrylic from my original paint job way back when.  I soaked them in hot water and Windex to loosen the paint which scrubbed off easily after a 20 min soak.

Drawer pulls with vintage buttons and alcohol ink

Altered Drawer Pulls

Adirondak Pearl Metallic mixative was added using a q-tip and stacked vintage buttons were glued on with E-600 adhesive.  If you want a strong bond this is the glue for you.  Just be sure to keep some Vaseline handy to put around the rim so the cap doesn’t get stuck.   Trust me I’ve had this happen many times and have finally learned my lesson.  To top off the drawer pulls I added Glossy Accents to the Eat Me and Drink Me images and glued them to the buttons.

Alice in Wonderland altered dresser

Alice in Wonderland Altered Drawer Pulls

I love the look of the Pearl Metallic Mixative on the original drawer pull.  It totally “pulls” the pearl theme together :)

Want to hear something amazing?  When I began working on this drawer I noticed that my original paint job was in desperate need of an update (holy brush strokes batman!!).  I managed to find the original Folk Art Pearl paints I used 7 years ago in my stash.  Would you believe they worked just as good as the day I bought them?  Look at that sheen…and to think I bought them for less than a buck a piece!

I hate measuring.  Fractions make my brain HURT.  This is why I love the Tim Holtz Design Ruler so much!  It is so easy to use…it’s like measuring for dummies.  To paint the stripes I used the Design Ruler to make tic marks of where I wanted my stripes.  I then used a Black Copic Marker and the ruler as a straight edge to do my line work.  The stripes were colored in using Folk Art Onyx Black Pearl Paint and a small sponge brush.

danita stamps with distress ink on Core'dinations

Core' Gemstone and Distress ink

Core’dinations is quickly becoming my FAVORITE brand of card stock.  I love the Texture, versatility, and the color selections will astound you!  This card stock is from the Gemstone collection.  The Danita images were stamped in Black Soot Distress ink and embossed.

danita stamps with copics and core'dinations

Copics on Core'

I will never color anything without Copics again and I love the way they look on Core’.  Before cutting the images out I sealed them with Krylon UV protection Acrylic Sealer.  This is an important step especially when using adhesives.  You just never know when your ink might react to a certain adhesive…better safe than sorry right?

Thanks so much for checking out the next installment in the Altered Dresser Saga.  Another drawer is being worked on as we speak so stay tuned for that next month.  If you missed out on the first two drawers you can see them HERE and HERE.

I hope you will Join us at the Altered Alice for the Stripes Challenge.  We have a wonderful sponsor this month offering a fabulous prize.  For more information about our sponsor and our challenge see below.

I hope to see you in Wonderland!

Amy*

 

Happy new year! When I think of Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, I always think stripes and plaids. Lewis Carroll does not mention the patterns they are wearing, but so many illustrations and movies have clad them in mismatched stripes and patterns. Your challenge this month is to use STRIPES.

Jenny Doh, formerly the managing editor of the famous Stampington publications, has started an artist’s community website called CRESCENDOh. There is an online shop selling all kinds of things including charming CRESCENDOh clear stamps, including the Alice in Wonderland by Danita set that the design team is showing off. But the heart of the site is all the stories; stories by artists of all kinds, stampers, quilters, paper crafters. Each shares a tale of how art has changed their life. For some it is a joyous outlet, but for many others it has been a way to stay afloat in times of tragedy or grief.  As I thought about this challenge, the theme of STRIPES seemed appropriate. The tents of the knights of old were striped, as are circus tents. Many flags are striped and so are rugby shirts, so stripes can symbolize belonging or affiliation. Stripes are birthday wrapping paper and elegant Regency wallpaper. Stripes are the traditional garb of prisoners, and stripes are also how the marks of a whip are described. Stripes can represent so many different things, and the creative process has been many things to the people who have contributed stories to the CRESCENDOh site.

Author Jenny Doh is donating a signed copy of her latest book, Art Saveswhich is not only full of eye candy but is also full of the stories of how art changes lives. “Discover not only the HOW but also the WHY, through the stunning projects and unique stories of 20 exciting multi-media artists.” Thanks so much to Jenny for contributing such a meaningful prize to start off 2012!

Enter your project featuring stripes by Friday, Jan. 27. The winner will be announced the following Sunday. As always, entries that feature Wonderland will have two chances at the random drawing instead of one. You may enter as often as you like but each entry must be on a separate post. All posts must mention and link back to the challenge.

 

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