Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Altered Alice: Week 2 - Chapter 13 Challenge: The Best Butter!

"The Hatter was the first to break the silence. `What day of the month is it?' he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear.
Alice considered a little, and then said `The fourth.'
`Two days wrong!' sighed the Hatter. `I told you butter wouldn't suit the works!' he added looking angrily at the March Hare.
`It was the BEST butter,' the March Hare meekly replied.
`Yes, but some crumbs must have got in as well,' the Hatter grumbled: `you shouldn't have put it in with the bread-knife.'
The March Hare took the watch and looked at it gloomily: then he dipped it into his cup of tea, and looked at it again: but he could think of nothing better to say than his first remark, `It was the BEST butter, you know.'"
--Chapter 7; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

For the month of March, how could we resist a challenge honoring the March Hare? We are challenging you to use "the best butter," as in butter yellow!

Our sponsor, Red Eowyn, is offering a one sheet of Alice in Wonderland stamps to the randomly selected winner of this month's challenge! The March Hare is the owner and illustrator's favorite Alice character, so of course we had to do her challenge in March. Red Eowyn has beautifully cleaned up the original Tenniel illustrations to make truly clear images that are a delight to stamp. The unmounted sheets include a variety of fun Alice sentiments, so be sure to check them out. In addition to Alice stamps, Red Eowyn also has wonderfully realistic animal stamps and some amazing dragons in the Fantasy category! Free U.S. shipping is included.

You have until Friday, March 23 to show us your best butter! Entries that feature Wonderland will be given two chances at the random drawing instead of one. Multiple entries are allowed but each must be on a separate post. Enter here.

What do you need when you've overindulged at a Mad Tea Party? 
A Mad Hangover Kit!
Sentiment reads "I do with I hadn't drunk quite so much!"

So here is how my hangover kit came to be.
First I started with a wooden box I found in the $1 spot at Michaels.
I painted it with Banana Making Memories paint.  Then I stamped the image on tissue paper using
 Staz-On in brown.
Then cut the image out of the tissue paper.  Carefully adhere with Mod Podge (it tears very early when wet). 
I also added the sentiment to the inside and back, and a canvas pattern to the sides with the same method.
Once dry its time to color.  I experimented with a few different products for this.
First I tried Distress Ink (on straw on the hares head and top hat).  I don't recommend this with Mod Podge, it never really dries and I ended up rubbing off areas and had some spots appear in the finish.
Next I used Peerless Transparent Water Colors.  LOVED these, the colors are so vibrant and have a shimmer to them.  I used Japonica Scarlet (red dots on hares jacket, hat band, pants patch), Dark Green (hatters jacket), and Sky Blue (hares jacket).
The Hatter's bow tie is Tangerine India Ink.  It also painted on well.
Last was Inka Gold in Silver for the tea pot.  I'm not crazy about the way it turned out.
I painted the inside of the box with the Dark Green Peerless.  The edges are covered with decorative tape.
I added more brushes of the Banana paint to the sides. 
So what do you put in a hangover kit? 
  1. Crackers
  2. Mouth Wash
  3. Tylenol
  4. Breath Mints
  5. Antacids
    So why not hop on over to the Altered Alice and see what inspiration awaits you!


Meme said...

Erin this is so AWESOME! I love this idea! Hangover kit, never thought about crackers!

Lynne Phelps said...

Erin, this project is FANTASIC and oh, so FUNNY! Thanks for all the process info; the decoupaged tissue paper looks fantasic! I also appreciated the advice on what works on top of Mod Podge. This was such a clever idea, and the image you used on top was just perfect for this theme! Thanks!

DonnaMundinger said...

ROTFLMAO! You have no idea how badly I needed this yesterday! Fabulous project and so creative. Love, love, love it! xxD

trisha too said...

What a fabulous piece, so funny!