Week 1 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.
I’ve altered a wooden cigar box that I purchased at my local Michael’s for this month’s project. The photo of the March Hare up top is an image that I transferred onto a 4×4 canvas board using a matte medium. His pink ears got that way from a magic marker, and I touched up his eyes and teeth with acrylic paint. I added some grass and a couple of flower pistols to his head to help with the loony look that he’s known for. I also gave the piece dimension by adding white feathers as whiskers. I added a light wash to the background before randomly stamping a pocket watch using Distress Ink.
The box itself was painted with yellow acrylics and distressed before adhering on the top, a QuickQuotes patterned paper called Julie Je’taime that was designed by Joy . I sprayed some ink over a stencil before using a page from an Alice in Wonderland book to begin the layers of the piece. My Alice figure is a stamp by Stampotique, that I stamped on white cardstock and colored before cutting it out and gluing it directly. The mushrooms are compliments of the Graphics Fairy, again printed out on white cardstock before coloring and gluing it to the piece. The teacup is a digital stamp from One Crabapple, and the Hare and Dormouse are from the Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland movie.
So why not hop on over to the Altered Alice and see what inspiration awaits you!
As always, thanks for dropping by, and until next time…..Peace.