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Friday, 10 June 2011

TODAY IS MAD HATTER DAY!

Over on ALTERED ALICE we are celebrating the MAD HATTER this month with a MAD TEA PARTY!!
All the DT members decided to bring something  Alice-related to the tea party......my choice was the CUPS AND SAUCERS.
 A while ago I saw this post on EFFIES BLOG and so I decided I was going to MAKE my cups and saucers!
Effie had used a template that I had also seen and stored the idea away for future use.......it's here on ANN WOODS BLOG.......be sure and check out the rest of Anns blog....she makes INCREDIBLE owls and other birds!

 So using the template I cut out 6 cups.......I then wanted to do the papier mache covering with old book pages.....but I didn't have the wallpaper paste suggested so went back to my childhood and mixed some good old flour and water paste! It was a messy, gooey process but fun!

 After setting the cups aside to dry.....they took a couple of days to be completely dry.......I painted them with gesso......let dry again and then with paint, some of which I removed with baby wipes so you can still see some text.
 Each cup was then decorated with a different pattern and a black pen.

To make the saucers I cut a small circle, then cut a slit into the circle and overlappeed the edges to give a slightly concave shape.......tape in place and then cover with paper sand paint as per the cups. The concave shape means that the saucers don't sit completely flat.......press them down a little to get them flat enough for the cups to sit on them........I wanted them slightly wonky to fit into the MAD tea party theme!!!

15 comments:

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

stunning cups and saucers for the tea party!
xx

Gabi Mewi said...

So let´s start the teaparty...
Gorgeous!

Anesha said...

Wow these are just amazing!!!

Sarah Anderson said...

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Just love 'em :) It's Sophie's birthday this month and she's having a mad hatters tea party at the cafe, they're painting mad looking one person tea pots, wait til you see them!!

Andrea C said...

I love these they are amazing x

Willy said...

Amazing cups, Sue!

Barb Cady said...

Just brilliant! love them so much want to make some.

Wendy said...

OMG.......there are just amazing.

Hermine said...

Absolutely awesome! You are so creative!

Lynne Phelps said...

FABULOUS! I am SO GLAD you are on The Altered Alice design team! These cups and saucers are truly amazing, love it that you can see the book print through the gesso and paint. I would have loved to get messy with you, the papier mache sounds like such fun and right back to childhood at that! Also love the way you staged the photographs, so charming and absolutely Alice!

Lynne Phelps said...

Shoot, I only showed the one pic with all three place cards on The Altered Alice as I thought you would have closeups here! I LOVE the place cards! I always associate the little paper umbrellas with fancy cocktails, so I am hoping you tied one on for the team, LOL!

Meme said...

these are stunning, gorgeous and brilliant. So inspiring!

WOW!

Great job!

Gez said...

How cool are these! Wow! Definately want to try this in the school hols with the kids. Brilliant.xx

Valerianas Studio said...

Absolutely adorable! I am definitely trying this out!

Jan Garber said...

These cups are so amazing, and sooo much work! It is my plan to make my own set of wonderful tea cups for my kitchen. They could go with my Nightmare Before Christmas cup my DH bought me at the Disney store. For those mornings... :P