Tuesday, June 25, 2013

smeared Ink Design Team Challenge # 6 Dance Macabre

yay time to enter the Design Team Throwdown challenge organised by Smeared Ink.

Although the challenge theme was ours cause we were the lucky winners (if you voted for us, thanks very much), it was still a bit hard to come up with something.

For this challenge I made a jewel box,  the kind of box that has a cute little ballet dancer on top that twirls arround and has a little music box inside. Of course the ballet dancer has a pink tutu  with glittery Jewels and a little crown on her head. and it will all be sweet and girlish.................

Uh......  well.... almost right.........................

There is a pink ballet dancer twirling around, there is a tutu, glitter and a little crown  , just take a closer look and you will see this totally fits the Dance Macabre theme.   Lot's of pics and some explaing further in this post.


The ballet dancer is a Rick St. Dennis Digi

the heart is clip art found on the net, printed 3 times, coloured, cut out  and covered with glossy accents then layered to get more dimension.

the mirror is made of alluminum foil and cardboard

there is some trim around the edges of the mirror and the drawers

the tutu is made of tulle, it was white and I used distress ink to make it pink

to age the mirror I crumpled the foil made it flat again and used alcohol ink

here a closer look of the side of the chest of drawers, it took a lot of layers and different colours of paint, crackle medium and sanding to make it look old.
I got some aging tips from Rick.

a better look of the sparkles on the tutu, hard to see on a pic

and finally the back of the chest of drawers, here you can see the different paint layers better.

O almost forgot, here a pic of what the chest of drawes looked like before I got my hands on it

Go and check out the awesome projects made by my teamies, Miranda and Suzi on Airless Chambers and on their bloggies.
And don't forget to vote for your favorite project here


  1. wowzers, echt fantastisch hoor, ziet er helemaal top uit en wat een creepy ballerina heel gaaaaaaaaaaaaaf

  2. WOW girl, this is amazing!! love all the different techniques used to make this fabulous piece of art xxx

  3. Really a top notch project and the ballet monster digi is available in the etsy shoppe under SPECIALS-Good luck to the team I think you have all done wonderfully

  4. Brilliant idea, Monique and the execution is beyond fabulous! WoW, WoW, WOW! I love, Love, LOVE it! xxD

  5. oh wow. this is a captivating piece of work. so much into this piece and it shows. Lovely.
    susan s

  6. Oh my, this is amazing! Fabulous detail and just a perfect blend of macabre and pretty. Love the stage mirror and the pins in the heart!

  7. Wonderfully wicked on so many levels! That image is just killer, and sick, and awesome, all at the same time! All of the details on the box are top notch. Good luck in the throwdown!

  8. Wowsers, MO! Quite a bit of work you've done! Amazing paint techniques and fabulous attention to detail. My mouth is gaping open and I think I may have drooled on my laptop. Your piece has just enough beauty to make one take a closer look and then that horribly creepy and ever so awesome face pops into view! Macabre indeed! I love your use of tulle for the skirt of the dancer and the pierced heart in the drawer is a brilliant addition. Well done!