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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Melancholy Circus

Alpha Stamps has started carrying great little masonite ATC sized hutches. With one of those and lots of other Alpha Stamps supplies and collage sheets, I created a Melancholy Circus. I was inspired by the thought of kids running away to join the circus, and then discovering that circus life is really not all it's cracked up to be. Turns out it's a Melancholy Circus: even the trick dogs are sad. Sorry, kids!

The clown on the top was formerly a brightly colored cupcake pick. I painted it with gesso and then aged it with acrylic paints and ink. Here's a list of what I used, with the supplies from Alpha Stamps linked.
Clown Cupcake Pick
Red Rhinestones
3D Metal Stars
Star Ribbon

All the kids have been given a red clown nose and a circus hat, plus a stripey pennant and a clown horn. Even one of the dogs has been decked out in a party hat. They're still not happy.

Is it wrong that I love how morose all those kids look, now that they've been properly dressed and forced to perform? Even the depressed looking dogs delight me, poor things.

If you're following along at home, you may have noticed that lately I've done several circus pieces with not-so-enthusiastic kids attending. I'm working on a series. I have more sad circuses in the mix.


  1. This is fantastic! What did you do the clown topper to make it so awesome?

  2. Thanks! I painted the clown with a couple of good thick coats of gesso, and then used watered down acrylic paints to get the color right. Once it was dry, I brushed on first a black ink, and a golden colored ink. The final coat was a quick spray of glimmer mist.

  3. I love this! I never liked circuses... LOL


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