Artwork & Blogpost by Erika Venter QLD.
The White Rabbit is a fictional character in the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He appears at the very beginning of the book, in chapter one, wearing a waistcoat, "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!" Alice follows him down in the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Alice encounters him again when he mistakes her for his housemaid Mary Ann and she becomes trapped in his house after growing too large. The Rabbit shows up again in the last few chapters, as a servant of the King and Queen of Hearts.
This fantastic White Rabbit kit is now available from Powertex Australia. I was totally lost with everything that was inside this kit I couldn’t resist it, I used all the bits, went a bit overboard and also added some pieces from my stash! This is how I created my White Rabbit in Wonderland.
Paint all pieces of the MDF Rabbit kit and set aside to dry. Use Powertex White and 3DFlex and make a clay with the feeling of play dough and keep it in a plastic bag to prevent drying out. Use the wrapper of the Bunny and cut the face out as in photo above. Use Powertex 3DFlex and fill the inside of the face and create the shape of the Chocolate bunny’s face. Turn it around and place it onto the Rabbit and mould the face.
Use more of the Easy3DFlex to mould onto the Rabbit’s body, arms, legs, and umbrella and then used the spatula to create some texture as in photos above. Leave it outside to dry and crack a bit. While waiting for that to happen I used the very pretty teapot stencil that came with the kit, added a bit more Powertex White to some of the 3DFlex to create a very soft paste and placed the stencil over the Teapot, cups and bow to create some texture on them. I also used a script stencil on the scroll. Leave to dry…
You can use Powertex Black to paint the hat etc... (as in picture above) but it was such a little bit that I just used Black acrylic paint. Measure and cut 2 pieces of the Green paper deco to create a waistcoat and a piece to drape around the hat. Cut a piece of white paper deco for the shirt (just enough to go around the neck). Dip the white and Green Paper deco in a bit of water to avoid overuse of Powertex Transparent. (Just be aware the Green paper deco’s colour comes out and if you wet them in the same bowl you might stain the white paper deco. I did it under slow running water and then dried it off a bit with a towel. Paint Powertex transparent onto Green and White paper deco and create the shirt and then lay the waistcoat. You can use buttons on the waistcoat. Wrap some Green paper deco around the hat
If you run out of 3DFlex clay just mix a little bit more and put all the body part on as in picture above. Use the chain and wrap it around the clock and glue it on with 3DFlex or Powertex Transparent. You can stop here with the project, be grateful and decorate it as you desire or you can follow the next steps to create the White Rabbit on an adventure…
Step 4 (Extending the White Rabbit on an adventure).
There are so many pieces of this project left that I just felt it would be a waste not to use them… so this is what I did. I used an 80 x 45cm Canvas to extend my project. I painted the canvas with Powertex White and left to dry. Then I mixed Powertex Easy3DFlex and Powertex White into a soft clay and created some texture with my pebble stencil, and I also added Powertex 3D sand and balls onto the bottom of the canvas.
I also had some MDF brick stencil pieces that I stuck onto the canvas as in picture above to create a wall on the sides. Spray a little bit of Bister onto a sponge and dab it onto the pebbles and walls… how much you do depends on how light or dark you want it (if you go too dark just you can tone it down with Powertex White). Mix Powercolour Turquoise with Powertex Transparent in a bowl and with the sponge dab it onto the bottom to create grass. Then use Bister and a paintbrush to go over the Sand and balls to create texture.
All finished just in time for tea.
This was so much fun and I loved my end result!
This White Rabbit project will enable you to play with a wide variety of techniques using Powertex, 3DFlex, Sand and Balls, Bister, Easycoat Glossy and Colourtrix colours.
Join me on my creative journey with Powertex
Enjoy the ride
Ashley Hay is an artist and the Importer of Powertex for Australia. Ashley has become a great advocate for this amazing product and wishes to share her excitement about the versatility of Powertex with others.