For my first project as a PaperWhimsy design team artist, and first let me just say, YAY!, I decided to play with the Curious Wunderkammer No.2. It is dreamy and exotic, and you just know that something curious has to be happening behind all those marvelous windows.
It started with a face, a girl from a Gothique Faerie sheet. She looks like she has a secret, and she looks like she likes to dream. Plus, she has a CROW! Our heroine is having magical dreams, drenched in moon glow, about curious places. Plus, there is a CROW! wearing a CROWN! You just know he has to have a good back story.
Come on, let’s take a peek in those marvelous windows….wait, that sounds really creepy. Hmm, why don’t I just tell you how this dream began.
Curious Wunderkammers No. 2
Digi sheet No. 029
Faerie sheet Goth 008
Door from sheet No. 013
Stars and moon from sheet No. 197
Small sponge brushes
Short bristle paint brush
InkaGold paint in Old Silver & Old Gold (or your favorite brand)
E6000 and clear glue
PanPastel Ultra soft in Turquoise & Yellow Ochre
Vintage faceted glass flats
To find all the goodies I used available at PaperWhimsy just click, HERE
After I have everything I need, I start the fun by using a sponge brush to cover front and back of all the pieces with the Old Silver paint. I love the creamy texture of this paint. It goes on smoothly and dries quickly, which works nicely, as I have instant gratification issues! At this point I carefully place my images on the Wunderkammer using the ModPodge. Once I know everything can be seen through the windows, I give them another coat of afore mentioned glue to adhere them.
While waiting for that to dry, did I mention I have issues with waiting?, I give all the other bits of the project a thicker coat of the Old Silver paint. For this coat, again with the sponge brush, I “moosh” on the paint, sorry about the technical term, in a random tapping motion. When I am finished with that, I can start to glue all of the fun bits to our base. That is where the E6000 joins the party, It gives you time to adjust all the windows and other goodies before they are stuck for good, thereby making sure we can peek in all the windows before it sets.
When everything is dry, I go over the Wunderkammer again with the same tapping motion with the Old Silver paint. I love the textured effect you get by applying the paint this way. When the paint is almost dry, I take a dry bristle brush to apply the turquoise PanPastel. I randomly brush the color wherever it seems to belong, then with the sponge brush I “moosh” on the Old Gold paint, sparingly. After that is completely dry, I use a slightly damp bristle brush and start brushing the yellow ochre PanPastel over most of the painted surfaces. As you start to brush it on, you will know when to stop. I really love the aged patina you get when you combine the different paint mediums, like something you might find, forgotten in the bottom of an old steam trunk.
Now it’s time to embellish! Maybe the key unlocks her dream, the crystals surely intrigue the crow, like me, he loves shiny things. Tarnished brass swirls seemed like a must have, and if all the lovely architectural elements didn’t have vintage glass flats to make them glow, what should?
And that my friends, is how our heroine’s magical dream came true, and mine too!