Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Lady of the Garden

Lady of the Garden cares for all creatures great and small (but she’s particularly fond of mushrooms and birds as you can see).  I started out with a fun articulated doll shrine made out of masonite that I coated in gesso and painted with Scattered Straw distress paint.  I just love how the buttery yellow color compliments the Victorian Fashions Collage Sheet from Alpha Stamps.
To create the garden I cut the top third off a 4” styrofoam ball and glued it to the base after the paint dried.  I then covered the styrofoam in sheet moss and created mushroom and pearlized leaf stick pin clusters,  I also created a fun golden bush from some leaf charms in my stash, you could substitute the fun brass oak leafs from Alpha Stamps if you wish to make your own.  I also added some paper roses that I coated in glitter paint to give them a bit of sparkle.  I glued a bird from the Lady in Blue Collage Sheet to one of the leaf stick pins and inserted that in behind the golden leaf  bush.
I chose this image from the Victorian Fashions Collage Sheet from Alpha Stamps, isn’t she loverly?  I rough cut the image from the collage sheet then ran the image through my xyron machine and attached it to a thin piece cardboard.  I then covered the other side of the cardboard piece with some paper from the Shadow Brocade Scrap Book Paper Set then fussy cut the image out.  I edged the image with black soot distress ink.  I carefully cut the arms off and set them aside to attach to the articulated arms later.  I then gathered and attached 5 lengths of tulle to the bottom of the image with a tiny attacher and covered up the staples with a small length of Mottled Brown Seam Binding.  I then attached the image to the masonite torso piece.  I then cut and attached the arms to the masonite arms and attached them with the brads that came with the kit.
 After assembling the shrine and letting the glue set I attached the torso to the base and wrapped the tulle around to the back and tied a knot that I hid with this fun mushroom and flower bustle.

The Lady kept demanding More!  More!  So I obliged her and got busy adding some more creatures for her to care for and some more girly lady things that we all like such as glittered flowers and pearls.
 After many demands I think I finally appeased our Lady of the Garden and now she’s happy and serene caring for her many friends.

Alpha Stamps Products Used:
Mushrooms: Cream, Pink, & Red
Brass Oak leaves would make a great substitute for the leaves I used

You can find the shrine I used here.