Wonderland Magazine Holder

by | Aug 14, 2022

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Angled view of Wonderland Magazine Holder that was made by Tracey's Fancy with clay-based paints and transfers
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This Wonderland Magazine Holder is something out of a fantasy!

First of all, I LOVE giving gifts!!! I just want to be Oprah and tell everyone to check under their chair because we are ALL getting gifts!

Well, maybe I can’t give away extravagant gifts, but I can sure give away sassy customized “sussies” (my friends’ term for small gifts)!  

I created this adorable antique Wonderland Magazine Holder for a young lady that owns EVERY language and version of the Alice in Wonderland book and movie ever made! 

She lives half a country away so I’ll have to mail it to her, but I really wish I could see her face when she receives it!  

I found this cute little piece, just like the one my grandma had, at my local thrift store.  

I was drawn to the center framed-out area, knowing I wanted to use pieces of the Alice furniture transfer in that space.   

Basic magazine holder
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When I am choosing small items or even large furniture pieces, I always look for framed-out sections where something special can be featured there.

After a good cleaning with White Lightning, I coated the entire piece in a single coat of chalk mineral paint Drop Cloth (one of Dixie Belle’s off-whites) to serve as a base coat as well as be in place for the planned black and white stripes around the perimeter of the framed area.  At the last minute, I chose to paint around the framed area with Salt Water (Silk-mineral paint) for a cleaner stripe finish.

Black stripes around edge of Wonderland Magazine Holder
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The look of the striped edge on the Wonderland Magazine Holder
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(Spoiler alert: I used ALL THREE Dixie Belle paint lines on this one project)

The background of both centerpieces was painted in a blend of Terra Clay paint in Bougainvillea and Moonbeam.  It offers this gorgeous soft dusty pink.  I used this same blend as Marie Antoinette’s giant head of hair on my Let Them Eat Cake Armoire here.  

Painting middle of magazine holder with dusty pinks to give a whimsical, Alice in Wonderland inspired feel
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Once the clay paint was fully dry, I sealed it with Top Coat Flat. This was because I planned to add a design transfer.  If you plan to add transfers over clay-based paint, it does require a sealed top coat prior to transfer application. Remember: you must allow the top coat to fully dry. 

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I chose transfer pieces from both Alice and Alice 2 designs.  I even cut up the original saying “We’re all mad here” and created my own message!  

Applying Alice transfers onto magazine holder
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Peeling the plastic layer from the Alice transfers on the Wonderland Magazine Holder
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Alice transfers for Wonderland Magazine Holder
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Fully finished application of Alice transfer for magazine holder
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Our Wonderland Magazine Holder is coming along nicely!

Once the transfers are applied, they must be lightly burnished with a sanding pad to work them fully into the paint below them.

Sanding down transfers for better sealing and adherence to magazine holder
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I then sealed the transfers with Top Coat Flat.

So, top coat/apply transfer/top coat, or you can call it a top coat/transfer sandwich!

Using top coat Flat to seal Alice transfers on Wonderland Magazine Holder
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Applying DB Top Coat Flat to Wonderland Magazine Holder
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I then drew out my lines for my black stripes with a sharpie marker and filled in every other stripe with Silk paint in Anchor (black).

Using Onyx to add stripes around edge of magazine holder
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Painting the edges of the Wonderland Magazine Holder with DB paints and Terra clay-based paint
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And finally, I began the freestyle painting of the magazine rack interior areas!

I chose Terra Clay in Blue Moon, Malachite, and Pistachio.  

I used the three colors in layers starting with Malachite.  

This gives our Wonderland Magazine Holder that vintage and whimsical look!

Once a layer was dry, I applied another color using both a stippling and a dragging motion, spritzing water as I went.

My last color to add was Pistachio, the gorgeous lime green color you see around the handle.

Using green DB paint to cover the interior of the magazine holder for a pop of color
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Using DB paint for interior of magazine holder
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I applied it using a dry-brushing technique for overall highlighting.  

The very last thing I did was spritz it lightly with water, allowing slow-moving drips and paint pits to appear.  

Blending paints into Wonderland Magazine Holder
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And how about those legs???

I used a blending technique to apply the ombre of colors mentioned above, Blue Moon on the whole leg, Malachite to the centers, and Pistachio at the top. However, I chose to top off the very bottom of each foot with Onyx black. Each leg just needed more weight to the look!  

Blue paint added to legs for base color on magazine holder
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Lighter green added
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Using Terra Onyx for leg painting
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The complete blended paint onto legs with DB Terra claybased paint
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The finishing details were done using Silk Paint Anchor to trim out the outer edges of the rack as well as to add a tiny line of trim around the dusty pink/transfer area. 

Sealing time!

I sealed the entire piece with Gator Hide.  

Personally, I usually do not recommend using Gator Hide over transfers, but I sealed the transfers first with Top Coat Flat.  

To be honest, I have had very good luck sealing my transfers with either flat or top coat first, and then Gator Hide.  

I LOVE the overall semi-gloss sheen that Gator Hide offers. If you look closely, you can see it on the darker colors of the ombre areas on the legs.  

And our Wonderland Magazine Holder is done!

Wonderland Magazine Holder made with Dixie Belle paints and Terra clay-based paints
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This piece was absolutely delightful to create!

I think I smiled the entire time I worked on it!

That is when you know you have chosen the right line of work!!!!

I hope it brings a smile to the face of the young lady I’m giving it to!

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