Curiouser and curiouser, the technique for this challenge is distress watercolouring, page 39 in the compendium of curiosities. While looking for the stamps I wanted to use I came across this pocket watch from Wendy Vecchi and I went all Alice in Wonderland. I had bought these stamps from IndigoBlu at the Alexandra Palace Big Stamp Show and was inspired to use them. They are the Alice I and Alice II sets.
After coating the pocket watch with gesso I embossed some white card using Tim Holtz a texture fade, collage, and cut it into small pieces and glued to the front of the frame. When dry I used a combination of golden acrylic paints in paynes grey and quinacridone nickel azo gold and some IndigoBlu english cottage acrylic paint in a metallic copper called Miss Moneypenny. A light application of Pebeo gilding wax, silver, and the frame was complete. To build up the loop at the top of the frame I used some moulding paste and painted and gilded as before.
After stamping the Alice characters on watercolour paper I used the method on page 39 to colour them then cut them out. The back of the frame is a combination of mustard seed, vintage photo and walnut stain coloured using the distress watercolour method, I will admit it took a long time to colour this large area but I was quite pleased with the result. I then stamped with walnut stain distress ink and a crackle stamp from the Sheena Douglass set Ageing Beautifully.
The banner at the bottom was inked with walnut stain, vintage photo and scattered straw and stamped with the crackle stamp in walnut stain. The sentiment is from the same IndigoBlu stamp sets as before. This was then mounted across the bottom of the piece.
Many thanks to Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring this challenge, and to the Curiosity Crew for your continued inspiration. Hope you like it.