Tuesday, 9 March 2010

'We're All Mad Here' Altered Chess Board Wall Hanging

This is my entry for Sunday Stampers 'Alice and White Rabbits' theme. I have altered a folding chess board, using the latch fastening to hang it on the wall, and using the Oxford Impressions Classic Alice set from LB Crafts to depict the Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass story.

I sanded and lightly gesso'd the board, then added Distress Inks and Cosmic Shimmer mists, and edged it with Aged Mahogany. I brayered the shrink plastic sheets with pastel shades then cut them into 6 cm squares and stamped my chosen images, then added some traditional 'Alice' colours using brush markers, shrank the tiles, and edged with red pen. In addition to the Oxford Impressions' set I used alphabet stamps, Time and Keys 1 from the Artistic Stamper, and a crown, chess set, and 4 suits stamps. I adhered them to the chess board in a random fashion as I like assymetry, and added tiny playing cards, and a little test tube bottle, and some ball chain to link the White Rabbit to his pocket watch, and some red wooden hearts. I then finished it off with some travel chess pieces, and turned the white queen into a Red Queen with a red Sharpie!

Here's a slightly more detailed view. I chose shrink plastic as my medium because the scale of the Classic Alice set is quite large and it enabled me to fit at least a recognizable segment of each image into the squares on the chess board. I've added a few gem stones on the crown for a bit of bling.

13 comments:

  1. wow Lucy what a marvellous representation of a chess board. this is fabulous

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  2. This is a brilliantly creative idea which I have never seen done previously! I love all things Alice and this is truly stunning.

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  3. What a brilliant interpretation of the theme, x

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  4. Fab art Lucy, love this loads ...thanks for joining in hun x

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  5. A work of art Lucy! Love it! xx

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  6. Fab idea Lucy and it's great ! What a load of work too.

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  7. What a cool project, i have had an old chess board sat around for an age waiting to be altered but would never of thought to do anything like this, its ace :)

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  8. What a great idea :) loving it

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  9. Great take on the theme Lucy, this looks brilliant!

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  10. Lucy, apologies that my comment, first time, did not appear. No, this is not too way out for my taste. Super job as always. I still say you are crowned Queen of Altering! Lynne x

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