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Alice in Wonderland Shrine

By: Creative Journey
July 16, 2015

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

Items needed:

  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Cadmium Red
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cerulean Blue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • Traditions Artist Acrylics 3oz - Medium Grey Value 6
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Burnt Orange
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Liquid Glass
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Glaze - Clear
  • DecoArt Media Varnishes - Ultra-Matte Varnish
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Yellow Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Phthalo Blue
  • Assorted Paint Brushes
  • Calico Craft Parts MDF Shrine Kit
  • TJ Designs Alice Stamps
  • Andy Skinner Back to Nature Tree Stamp
  • Lost Coast Forth Dimension Stamp
  • Black Stazon


Assembled the size Shrine Kit with Media Liquid Glass.

Instruction #1 - IMG 3986
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Apply Media Crackle Paste with a palette knife to the front and sides quite thickly to create a larger variable crackle effect, and allow to dry for approximately 4 hours.

Instruction #2 - IMG 398974
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Instruction #3 - IMG 399360
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Apply White Gesso to metal embellishments and adhere with Liquid Glass

Instruction #4 - IMG 399037
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Instruction #5 - IMG 3995
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Instruction #6 - IMG 399197
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I planned the background layout, using a variety of TJ Designs Alice Stamps and Andy Skinner Back to Nature tree using Black Stazon. The floor used Lost Coast Forth Dimension stamp, masked in half.

Instruction #7 - IMG 399887
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The sky is a wash of Ceruleam Blue and Medium Grey Value 6 graduating lighter to the centre.

Instruction #8 - IMG 4014
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The following media fluid acrylics watered down to colour the character elements: Cadmium Red Hue, Cerulean Blue, Phthalo Blue, Burnt Umber, Yellow Oxide, Green Gold, Titan Buff and Carbon Black.

Instruction #9 - IMG 4020
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The main and Sleeping Alice and mushroom, and White Rabbit images where coloured in the same way as the background and adhered to the Shrine with Liquid Glass.

Instruction #10 - IMG 400962
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The heart embellishments were made from Air dry clay, coloured with Cadmium Red Hue and Quinacridone Burnt Orange

Instruction #11 - IMG 400516
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Followed by Crackle Glaze once it had cracked and dried applied Carbon black and wiped back.

Instruction #12 - IMG 400661
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The front of the shrine is coloured with a Quinacridone Gold wash, with Burnt Umber and Carbon Black around the edges to distress.

Instruction #13 - IMG 4026
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The hearts were finished with Ultra Matt Varnish and applied with Liquid Glass.

Instruction #14 - IMG 6985
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Instruction #15 - IMG 4028
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Paint the inside of the box black.

Instruction #16 - IMG 402249
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The sides of the shrine are coloured with Quinacridone Gold.

Instruction #17 - IMG 4023
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Gradually building the intensity of colour around the edges.

Instruction #18 - IMG 4025
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 With Burnt Umber and Carbon Black around the edges to distress.

Instruction #19 - IMG 7371
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Finished applying the metal embellishments with Media Liquid Glass.

Instruction #20 - IMG 7376
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Excuse me while I pick my jaw up from the floor!!? Jools, you are such a magician, this is absolutely mind blowing! Cannot believe how you managed to create such a wonderful world of Alice.... Wow!


July 16, 2015

Really a beautiful piece and a great tutorial.

Candy Colwell

July 16, 2015

This is fabulous!!!

Jasmine Patrick

July 17, 2015

Oh my... Gosh this is awesome. What a fantastic work. Love the result. And your tutorial is over the top. This project shows how clever and skilled you are. Thank you for sharing this inspirational tutorial. Hugs from Monica... Spain


July 17, 2015

Jackie, this is absolutely beautiful. Love the way it turned out.


July 17, 2015

I love this great shrine. I am learning so much from you and the rest of the team. Thanks for sharing your amazing work.

Linda Bell

July 17, 2015

Jools...... dear me.... I'm speechless. Hmmmmmmmmmm - how do you tell someone they did a FABULOUS creation when it is WAY MORE THAN FABULOUS????? BEAUTIFUL, ALLURING, RADIANT, INTRIGUING, truly a WORK OF ART above and beyond. You should be sooooooooooooo proud of this...WOW.... j.


July 17, 2015

This is so lovely, Jools. Great tutorial and photographs!

Candy Colwell

July 20, 2015

Love this piece, no words really, other than simply WOW. Love it!


August 13, 2015

Alice is one of my favorite characters as well. Your Alice Shrine is fabulous! Tutorial is very clear and helpful.


August 14, 2015

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