And here's what I put together whilst waiting for departure... a tiny room, which became gradually slightly creepier as the project progressed.
Yes, that's right, that is a candle down there at the front - so obviously you need to know how it looks lit up too!
I'm going to follow the pattern and give you candlelight and daylight for most shots - it really does change the mood.
I suppose it was partly the candle that influenced the path the room took - it became a little Victorian parlour, a shrine filled with memento moris, the signs and symbols of death and mourning with which the Victorians were so obsessed.
It didn't start out that way! Wild Honey is a colour full of sunshine and warmth. In fact, I did my wrinkle free distressing over some stippled gesso so that I would get some extra texture, and that gave it an even lighter, brighter look. This is pure Wild Honey - apart from the gesso, there are no other colours involved at this point.
I'd decided I would use one of the Calico Craft Parts ATB kits. This one is a three inch cube and comes with a square frame cut out of one side of the cube. With my dollshouse connections it immediately looked like a room to me - once it was put together of course!
I covered the exterior walls with my Wild Honey patterned paper and added some extra detailing with the gorgeous alphabet stamp from the Typography set. It's stamped in Dandelion Archival, a really good match for the Wild Honey but with permanence to it.
I used the same stamp on the inner walls (this is all before gluing the kit together obviously, making it much easier to decorate!), stamped in Dandelion Archival and also clear-embossed over Picket Fence Distress Paint to create some resist detailing.
I couldn't resist adding some of my favourite tangled branches and grasses from Spring Sprung, inside and out. I like how you get a sort of negative version of the outside on the inside...
At this point it was all still quite pretty and delicate - but then the Regions Beyond started to take hold of me and the influences got darker.
It started with punching the tiny bird out of the leftover wrinkle free distress paper and popping him into the cage. I added a backing of the Regions Beyond tissue tape. Why did that make things darker? Well, caged birds take me on a couple of journeys in my imagination...
One, straight to any Victorian parlour, crammed with over-sized furniture and oppressively dark paintings and ugly bric-a-brac and almost certainly a bird in a cage...
Two, to Sondheim's Sweeney Todd - the song Greenfinch and Linnet Bird, all about caged birds, sung by Joanna, herself trapped essentially as a prisoner...
Three, to the canaries taken down mines as alarms - the canary would suffer the effects of undetected gas or lack of oxygen before the men working there. A dead canary in its cage meant get out... fast! So you can see we're slightly on the downswing with the canary in a cage.
Next to it on the shelf stands a bottle of poison - it turned up almost without me noticing. The label is straight from the Regions Beyond papers... and the Regions Beyond tissue tape started to make its way onto the walls in straggling clouds, boding no good to anyone.
It's there on the outer walls too.
The interior shelf is created out of one of those padding foam pieces that comes in the packaging with embossing folders, covered with the remains of the Wild Honey paper and some more tissue tape.
The china doll came next - most china dolls are always an unnerving presence to my mind, and here she's distressed and dilapidated and bound with rusty wire - ominous.
A forbidding portrait on the wall - either the subject of all these musings about death, or the lady of the house who insists on keeping these fragile mementoes of her lost ones.
On the floor, the most recognisable memento mori of all - you only catch sight of it at certain angles (like with Holbein's Ambassadors, where you only see the huge skull he's painted in to the supposedly flattering portrait if you look at it from a very acute angle).
As for the candle - that too has had a wrapping of Regions Beyond tissue tape - just the right width for these little tealights.
I'll have to keep the tape to hand each time I want to add a replacement candle of course.
By now, the floor was looking a little white and pristine, so I cut the Mixed Media Thinlits lattice out of some brown card and added Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Embossing Powders to give it some rusty distressing.
I love the look of this, and how the floor is clearly worn away in places. Along with the rusty floor, I dirtied up (down?) the walls with washes of paint, especially in the corners where nobody has cleaned for years. This also means the resist stamping shows up a bit better too.
Some more rusty wire is wound around the room, keeping everything locked inside.
And I altered some Idea-ology corners with my favourite Rust, Ginger and Teakwood alcohol inks to give the top of the box a Victorian finishing touch.
Of course I still have the original "roof". It can't go in place while the candle is lit - FIRE! - but I thought I'd hang on to it - if I keep the lid on when not in use, it will reduce the necessity for dusting. (Dusting? Yeah, right, like I ever dust...)
So, I hope that's provided some fuel for your own crafty journey. I had such a wonderful time making it. Apologies for the long post, but I wanted to get inside the nooks and crannies...
... and let you explore from every angle and in every light!
Do come back next Monday to find out who your next travelling companion will be, and what they'll get up to with the contents of their bags at Terminal 3.
And in the meantime, come and play along with our Home Sweet Home challenge (which I suppose this could also qualify for!). You have until 1st October to enter, and as always there's a prize voucher courtesy of our wonderful sponsor, Country View Crafts.
Thanks so much for stopping by - it's always fabulous to hear what you think.
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