Friday, January 27, 2012

Curiouser and curiouser

So things seem to be extremely busy these days.I have been working like crazy on some Alice in Wonderland props so I thought I would share my progress so far.

I've been making giant mushrooms with paper mache.I started by using an umbrella as the base and covered that in plastic.Then I used strips of paper and my paste (flour and water) and layered them on.

It was looking pretty good I thought and then during the drying process...someone knocked it over. I won't point any fingers but I do have three kids,two dogs and three cats so anyone could be guilty.
It dried kinda wonky so I had to add a few more layers then I thought.

So after adding a few more layers,I also added some real paper mache clay to help strengthen it,fill in some LARGE dents and texture it in a much more pleasant way.
As you can see it's rather large,6 feet-ish to be exact-ish.I used a sonotube (those things they pour cement in for deck posts and such) as my stem.
I plan to wire some lights up inside and add the gills with an old sheer curtain.Not sure what colour to paint it yet though.

Did I mention how very heavy this sucker is?

The next thing I have been working on are the red rose bushes for the Queen.I started by cutting out two large hearts from cardboard.I used 2 inch strips of cardboard and hot glued them around the outside.Then I inserted some strips inside for strength,put in my pole,spray foamed and waited for them to dry.I then glued the top heart on with carpenters glue.Then I placed heavy books on top until it dried.

Next I covered it in the paper mache clay,textured it ,painted it,used my glimmer mist to add dimension(I can't get it to spray without dripping so here it worked great!) and voila!

Next step is to make a flower box,put it on casters and add my roses.I have been playing around with whether to use silk from the dollar store or make paper flowers.I even thought about trying this method using plastic spoons.

I plan to make this next....

Giant crockery stack.

Until next time....

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

OMG!Has it Really Been that LonG!!!

Wow I guess I need to update my blog more often....Ok here goes...

I have been really busy(ya that's why I've been neglecting my blog)
I'm just beginning to embark on a trip through Wonderland. We're doing Alice in Wonderland Jr as our school play this year and my mind has been conjuring up giant mushrooms and teacups.My house smells unpleasantly like paper mache.....but I'm having fun.

I'll try to keep you all posted on the progress but for now maybe I'll show you a picture or two of some of the scrappy things I've been up to.

Here's an advent calender I did,I got the idea from my CC friend Jasmine Ford...thanks Jas.

This is my layout for the 2nd focus group tryouts challenge on CC.
Most of this is from Mischievous by MME my Halloween favourite-ist paper.


This is an altered Pringles can I filled with cookies for the neighbours.
I used my favourite new line.. Lost and Found Christmas from MME...

Did I mention that all these papers come from my most favourite online store...
Crop Chocolate...Check them out,they rock.

Ok that's it for now.My computer died a few months back and this one is SOOO slow ....
I'll work on updating more often...I promise.