Saturday, May 23, 2015

Venetian Masquerade Carnival Curio Shoppe

One fine sunny day as I was trying to screw and boggle my creative brain cells, I was struggling to think of something imaginative yet whimsical enough to tell a story... When the release of what's happening for this month Alpha Stamp's kit, a moment of doing up a Venetian theme diorama struck my mind... Hah! And I managed to hunt down one mask in one of the local thrift stores... The moment I'm back home, I started spending hours researching and watching videos on how Venetian masks are made by various artisans across Italy till the extend I seriously want to learn how to make one, forgetting I need to do up a project not a mask... I almost went nuts over this...

Nonetheless in the midst of this creative chaos, I managed to pull myself back and start creating... Using billions of Alpha Stamps supplies, I transformed the mask I bought and a wooden box into one Venetian shoppe... Presenting here is my very own imaginative Venetian Masquerade Carnival Curio Shoppe owned by this man known as "The Man who Knows" for this week's Alpha Stamps newsletter project highlight...

Shop close...

This Man has a pretty much unique curio shop (I should say) because he has this gigantic Venetian mask mounted on top of his shop... As you enter his shop, your soles will be welcomed by the velvety touch of this exquisite polish Persian Regal carpet... I'd have to warn you to enter the shop bare-footed as you cannot afford to dirty his expensive carpet... What houses inside his shop are various curio items ranging from a variety of carnival masks, buttons & badges, clockswatches, jokers posters, 4 of a kind, a Hurricane lamp, a Magician top hat to even a Holy Bible... Along with this shop, he has a trunk of various clown masks, props and shoes... What he'd always bring along with him is his little black suitcase containing various Magician wands that you wouldn't want to miss getting one... And interestingly, he loves riding his penny-farthing bike around and tend to keep it in his suitcase...

Ever wonder how did The Man place such a huge mask and keep it in place on top of his shop? Well, he used his 2 stinky rich elephants to hold the mask, for such elephants are stinky enough to hold the mask upright due to their rich gold plated bodies... Indeed their trunks are equally useful enough to hold the brass chain, allowing The Man to close his shop with ease... They are plain stinky rich, so why not fully utilize them? That's what The Man thinks... 

I hope you have enjoy the little story behind this curio shoppe... Tutorials in how to create miniature Magician wands and the black little suitcase are at the end of this entry together with a list of supplies...

Have a great day ahead and happy curio shopping... 

Shop opens...

This diorama is available here...


One stinky rich elephant at work...



A bird eye view...

Another bird eye view...



Curio items for sale...




Blinks and drapery...

The Man with his trunk and little black suitcase...


The penny-farthing bike he rides...

Tutorials in creating miniature Magician wands and altering a blank matchbox into a little black suitcase

Step 1: Gesso the entire matchbox including the inside with black gesso. You can use black chalk paint or those cheap black acrylic paint if you do not have any black gesso.


Step 2: Paint a layer of pale gold acrylic paint (Daler Rowney no.708) on the matchbox. This will gives an old gold colour.


Step 3: Use some black ink, brush a few strokes onto the gold painted surfaces and blend evenly with a brush. You can use black calligraphy/pigment ink. I'm using Clearsnap Smooch pearlized accent ink in Tuxedo here for an extra shine. 


Step 4: After blending, this is how it will look like. You will still be able to see some gold beneath, however in general the suitcase is in black with a little magical shine. 


Step 5: On a piece of black cardstock, cut 2 strips of ~1/8" in width and paint a thin layer of pale gold acrylic paint over. These will be straps and handle for the suitcase.


Step 6: In order to strengthen the matchbox drawer, line the inside of the drawer with black cardstock.


Step 7: Use the strips prepared from Step 5 above to build the straps and handle for the suitcase. And you are done making yourself a black little suitcase! 

A more detail step-by-step tutorial in how to create matchbox suitcases using papers can be found on one of my Snapguide tutorials here...

Supplies List:

9 comments:

  1. I love Venice Italy!!! They are known for their gorgeous masks, very lovely!!!! All the brass trinkets are too cute! Many, many possibilities with the cards and clocks :)

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  2. I love the whole thing the mask is awesome

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  3. What a magical little shop, filled with glorious details! Love all the pix and your fab little tut for the suitcase and wands. I'm sure you had as much fun creating this as I did reading about it. Thank you for your inspiration. xxD

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  4. Your tutorial is wonderful and the mask outstanding!

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  5. I guess my first comment didn't post.
    The mini wands are my fave because the kids I do therapy with could make and use them

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  6. Amazing Katie! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful project and for the tutorials.

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  7. Clowns are always fun (the ones with the happy faces).

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  8. The mask is amazing! Great giveaway!

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  9. This is a great set of craft items. The mask is wonderful, and I loved the tutorial. It's all inspired me with some creative ideas for projects. Thanks!

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