So you might have noticed that today is not a Monday or Friday, so why is Allie posting on the blog? Well that is because I’m trying out a new series idea I want to bring to the blog every other Sunday called “Allie Crafts On Sunday’s.” Basically it’s a series to showcase my painting here on the blog as I usually share progress and behind the scenes on my Snapchat and then if I’m in love with a piece, I’ll either post it on Instagram or my personal Facebook. Some of my blogging friends from Twitter have mentioned to me more than once that I should post the process on my blog.
So I decided, why not make a series every other week where I’ll showcase a piece or two that I have worked on recently or will be up in my Etsy shop… wait what? Etsy shop? Did I just say that? Allie you don’t have an Etsy shop! You’re right, sorry sorry I might have made a mistake *cough cough* stay tuned for a surprise in July *wink*. This way I can show some behind the scenes of the piece and talk about my idea for it originally and where I got inspiration. I also played with the idea that if people really liked this series, I could suggest prompts for you to create something and tag me on social media with a hashtag. Let me know what you think! My friend Daisy thinks the hashtag #ACSundays or #AllieCraftsOnSunday. Let me know which one you like better.
So I’m now going to share with you two pieces I’ve created within the past two weeks that I’m so excited about! They are both Alice in Wonderland themed and let me tell you, I have a TON of Alice in Wonderland ideas that I’m pretty excited to create. I’ve always loved the 2D animated version ever since I first saw it as a kid.
The first painting is the first idea that came to me randomly at work one day. In case you haven’t noticed or you’ve never seen my paintings before, blending and blended backgrounds are my thing. So my idea was to have a painting where the background was blended and just the stripes of the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland, then I decided I could add a silhouette of Alice falling with tea cups. Once finished, I was super pleased with how it turned out and decided I wanted to add some popular text from the movie to the painting. I decided to add “We’re All Mad Here” and that was it. The masterpiece was completed and I think the quote was the last thing this piece needed. The piece was already sort of crazy and trippy so I felt the quote was fitting. I found I really love painting abstracts and while this piece isn’t technically abstract, it has abstract elements. I dig it!
This other piece is not so abstract or crazy, in fact it’s the opposite. It’s a mixed media piece created with both watercolor and acrylic. Honestly I was terrified, I had never used watercolor before and this medium definitely intimidates me. So I eased into it by only using watercolor for the background and then painting the grass, flowers, and Alice with acryclics. This idea came to me right after the Cheshire abstract piece and I’m also really pleased with how it turned out. I obviously took the idea from the flower scene in the movie but wanted to include the flowers when Alice had eaten the seed, thus making her a giant again. I adore pansies and painting them turned out better than I thought. I personally don’t have a whole lot of experience painting flowers since I’m self taught so I was a tad nervous. I found the perfect quote on Google while searching for popular Alice in Wonderland quotes, but I believe it’s from the book not the movie. Scratch that apparently Roald Dahl said that ha oops, I still find it super fitting.
P.S for some reason WP was not uploading the all the photos that I wanted to..GRRR. Hopefully next time I’ll be able to include more behind the scenes photos.
I can’t wait to start creating more paintings inspired by Alice in Wonderland, I know I want to do a piece with the Mad Hatter but I’m not exactly sure what it will be yet. Let me know which piece is your favorite, I hope you like the idea behind the series. Let me know your thoughts, would you like the idea of me giving you a prompt/hashtag for you to create something too? Since I want to know which hashtag you like, create something inspired by Alice in Wonderland and use the hashtag! Either tag me on Twitter @abigoness or Instagram @allie.explores. I want to see what you create and let me know what you think of this series idea in the comments.