Sunday, 16 August 2015

DecoArt Alice Shrine Tutorial

Alice in Wonderland Shrine in Celebration of the 150th Anniversary 
Like so many I have been mesmerised by the story from childhood 
so in honour of the 150th Anniversary I created an Alice in Wonderland Shrine

I was lucky to visit the visited All Saints Church in Daresbury, Cheshire where Charles Dodgson aka Lewis Carol was born
The stain glass windows are based in the original illustrations by John Tenniel a wonderful place

 Assembled the size Shrine Kit with Media Liquid Glass
  Applied Media Crackle Paste with a palette knife to the front and sides quite thickly to create a larger variable crackle effect, and allowed to dry for longer approximately 4 hour
Applied White Gesso to metal embellishments and adhered with Liquid Glass
Adhered with Liquid Glass

I planned the background layout, using a variety of TJ Designs Alice Stamps and Andy Skinner Back to Nature to fill the trees around the Cheshire Cat
The floor used Lost Coast Forth Dimension stamp, masked on half
 The sky was a wash of Ceruleam Blue and Medium Grey Value 6 graduating lighter to the centre
The following media fluid acrylics watered down and colouring the character elements
Cadmium Red Hue, Cerulean Blue, Phathalo Blue, Burnt Umber, Yellow Oxide, Green Gold, Titan Buff and Carbon Black
For the floor applied a colour wash of Medium Grey Value 6 darker at the bottom working lighter up toward the centre
The main and Sleeping Alice and mushroom, and White Rabbit images where coloured in the same way as the background

The heart embellishments were made from Air dry clay, coloured with Cadmium Red Hue and Quinacridone Burnt Orange

Followed by Crackle Glaze once it had cracked and dried applied Carbon black and wiped back

 The front of the shrine was coloured with a Quinacridone Gold wash, with Burnt Umber and Carbon Black around the edges to distress 
The Hearts were finished with Ultra Matt Varnish and applied with Liquid Glass

 Painted the inside of the box Black
 The sides of the shrine was coloured with Quinacridone Gold
 Gradually building the intensity of colour around the edges 
 With Burnt Umber and Carbon Black around the edges to distress 
 Applied the metal embellishments with Media Liquid Glass

Jools :)


  1. Fantastic, Jools ! I love Alice too !
    Corrie x

  2. Fabulous! Jools Love how your planned background creates a 3d effect that works perfectly in your gorgeously crackled shrine . Your creative imagination and fingers know no bounds x