Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Winter Wonderland Magic - Altered House

Hi, it's me again!
As most of us now I'm getting ready for Christmas - and as it is really hard to name Ireland a real "Winter Wonderland" (hehe) I'm doing my best to compensate the lack of snow outside by decorating the house, adding nice, winter touches here and there, nice lights, sparkle and all the things that make us happy during long, dark evenings. I took my chance and decided to create some projects just for my own pleasure - last week I was sharing small, but multi-dimensional, rich Winter Tag - this time I've got something, that was waiting for its turn for a very long time - Winter House.

I'm not 100% sure if it is a house at all - it looks more like a chapel or small church, but after giving it my signature look it turned into Winter Fairy-Tale Workshop... well, maybe a bit abandoned and forgotten, but still standing tall!



As my friend pointed out - it looks as if it was taken out of  "The Chronicles of Narnia" - and I'm quite happy to agree as it is one of the book series I love so much. If you will take a closer look you will see I was trying to create the impression this house - once beautiful - is now left empty, with all the mechanisms falling apart and turning into rust... but you can still clearly see its previous charm!


I don't remember when I bought this chipboard house by Melissa Frances - but as I love to alter, it caught my eye. Assembling wasn't easy - but it may be because of my lack of patience and precision... in the end I gave up trying to keep it clean and I simply took out my ultimate glue solution for stubborn materials - Art Basics Heavy Body Gel. When everything was in place - I used the same solution for glueing down the embellishments: chipboards, Mechanicals, pieces of wood and elements taken out of moulds (IOD Moulds by Prima), some pearls and bigger stones.


When everything was dry I painted it all with Art Basics Heavy White Gesso - and then added some more of the rusty Mechanicals, Art Stones and Mini Art Stones - one of my favourite products released this year. I used my heating gun, so it didn't take long to dry and I was ready to add colour!



The final colour palette was done using my Art Extravagance Rust Paste Set - painted and watered down and a generous amount of sprays. I used Lindy's Moon Shadow Mists with delicate undertones in greys and browns.


To add final, snow touches I used Art Extravagance Snowflake Paste - I love the texture that looks just like frozen, granulated snow with a bit of sparkle in it! I didn't want to cover too much, but I have to warn you - this stuff is highly addictive!

I've made a list of the products I used for you - I hope that helps! 


Are you ready for Christmas yet? I have to admit, I'm far, far from it, but I decided to take my time and create something for myself, my home - for my own pleasure. I'm pleased I decided to do so - not only I've got a Winter Workshop to display, but I had a chance to relax, clear my head a bit and take a deeper breath during this crazy time!
Sending you lots of love!

17 comments:

Linda M. Cain said...

Stunningly beautiful and simply enchanting. I love every nook and cranny. A real treasure. 💜

Johnna said...

Love all the textures and how the rust paste really enhances the vintage look of your project.

Uto4ka Юлия said...

I absolutely love it! Great job, fascinating!

Helen said...

This is wonderful! it will grace a Christmas display for sure. I am ready (gift-wise, got that finished last night) but have some food shopping to do... as I am by myself for Christmas I may ignore the cleaning bit....)

Lou Withers said...

Love it, it feels magical like a Harry Potter or miss peregrine style house.

Sanda Reynolds said...

Absolutely STUNNING Anna, it took my breath away!!! The essence of Christmas magic!!! Love it <3 xxx

Linda Pekrul said...

What a feast for the eyes! Your house is magical!!

Jaya Raghuvanshi said...

This is absolutely amazing Anna. So many gorgeous details.Stunning!

Marci said...

Wonderful! Love it.

robin dudley-howes said...

This is beautiful...a little bit of magic and rust....my favorite combination. Merry Christmas from Los Angeles,Ca (no snow here either). See you in Santa Rosa in April!

jc2711 said...

Beautiful!

Have a fabulous Christmas

Jackie

Heather Thompson said...

this is the most precious wintery scene, so warming and beautiful

petra bluszcz said...

Baśniowa, magiczna wręcz praca!
Wesołych Świąt pełnych radości i miłości życzę!

Nancy Wethington said...

Gorgeous as usual. This is one of the prettiest winter houses I've ever seen. Love how you made it look *antiquey*.

Scrapbook Studio said...

Dearest Anna.... this house is spectacular.... I love all of it.... and it reminded me that sometimes we are like this house. Everything falls apart, but there is still beauty.... everywhere and in everything. We just have to look for it and want to see it. Big hugs and enjoy your Christmas. Xxxxx

barbara macaskill said...

As soon as I saw this I thought to myself that it looked like a Melissa Francis house as the base and then as I am reading it I see that YES, It IS one of her houses! I have two of them in my craft room on the work island awaiting some love as I type this!
Hoping my 4 year old granddaughter, Jenna, who is sick tonight feels well enough that I can take a little bit of creative time to start working on one of them!
Thanks for inspiring me to get crafty! I absolutely love what you have done with this!!

Екатерина Иванченко said...

Magic and miracles ... Your work is lovely

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