TGIF!! Horray! It’s FRIDAY and you know what that means…it’s time for another challenge at TOFF! This week our theme is Cats and Dogs. Ironically it is “Raining Cat’s and Dogs” today in my little corner of the world. I considered creating something about the old saying “Raining Cats and Dogs” but since I’ve gotten back into working on the Alice in Wonderland dresser I couldn’t resist altering another drawer.
I started working on this dresser over the summer after discovering the Octopode Factory Friday and The Altered Alice. Thanks to this project I have now joined both Design teams. Not only that but I discovered my LOVE for Copic Markers. I took the Copic certification course in NYC this past summer and basically learned Copic coloring using images from The Octopode Factory.
I’ve been waiting for an excuse to continue my work on the dresser using the Cheshire Cat image from The Octopode Factory…this weeks challenge was the perfect opportunity. I drew my own Cheshire Cat for Drawer 2 which you can see here. The Cheshire Cat is my absolute favorite Alice in Wonderland character. I have a particular love for the Disney version with his pink and purple stripes. I even have a Disney inspired Cheshire Cat charm on my shoe so I can display my love for him every day
I printed the Cheshire cat image several times on white card stock and colored with Copic markers. Highlights were added with Martha Stewart Pearl acrylic. Mod Podge was used to mount and seal the images on black chip board. I fussy cut parts of the image to manipulate it into an alternate pose.
Glossy Accents were added to the floating eyes and teeth to add dimension. It really feels like he’s looking at me withe his golden eyes.
Ok, now it’s time to rewind and take you through my painting process.
I went over my original brush stroke ridden paint job with Folk Art Purple Pearl paint (say that 10 times fast!). I used a baby wipe to create a swirling pattern in the paint to add texture and interest.
I’m obsessed with Core’dinations card stock lately. I absolutely LOVE it! To create the leafy branches I sanded two pieces of Tim Holtz Kraft Core Cardstock and die cut with the Sizzix “Branch with Leaves” die. I added some doodles to the branches and leaves to create a whimsical look…oh so Alice in Wonderland inspired!
The branches were adhered and sealed to the dresser with several coats of Mod Podge. After drying I used the Baby Wipe technique again to swipe Folk Art Holographic sparkle acryilic over everything. I especially wanted to work the paint into the edges of the branches and leaves to make them seem magical….just like Wonderland right? Inspired by the current Grungy Monday Challenge I used Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Technique to add even more interest and texture to the background. I gave a hefty dose of Distress Crackle Rock Candy paint to the corners and random spots between the leaves. Once the Crackle paint was dry I used an ink blending tool to work Dusty Concord Distress ink into the cracks.
This is the cherry on top! I had so much fun creating Alice in Wonderland inspired Drawer pulls for the top drawer of the dresser I was on a mission to create some more. I nearly squealed with delight when I found this funky Heart button at Joann’s the other day. Adirondack Alcohol inks were used to turn the brassy pull silver before topping it with this fun button and a rhinestone heart.
If you are new here and haven’t seen the earlier drawers on the Alice in Wonderland Dresser here are the links to the previous posts….
Thanks for walking through Wonderland with me once again! I hope you will join us at TOFF
Have a creative day!