The entire castle was sanded completely before painting and given a layer of gesso. I loved painting all the bright colors and merging them together room by room just following my muse on the journey.
A funny thing happened while working on my Papel Picado Stencils for the decor on the top of the castle........
Right away I grabbed some up because this Castle Dia de los Muertos was just screaming for Fridaflies. They were just the magical touch that I needed for the front of the castle windows and the one with the outstretched arms was just perfect for the welcoming of Souls! I also added some of her Frida figures as well.
Some of the other figures were purchased through Retro Cafe Art Gallery and handmade in Peru as well as the little yarn woven skeleton man and woman on the walls. They were originally a pin that I cut in half, but they also are made in the earrings too. Yes, things do get cut up and altered often in my studio.
I was dying to do a festive Shrine in each room and I could just envision the beauty of all the rooms being filled, (insert sugar skulls, flower, skellies, beads, etc.) but that is sheer beauty of this Castle and something that the buyer will have enormous fun doing on their own. (Insert a little envy here)
And last but not least, each room comes lit with a battery operated candle and can be seen from every window with the castle opened or closed, which is just stunning when it's dark.
he castle door is magnetic and stays nicely closed. You can find it in my Etsy shop or if you want to make one of your own, supplies are listed below with links.
Artminds Wood Castle
DOTD Skeleton Dog
DOTD Wedding Couple
Papel Picado Stencils
Senorita -top of castle
Guitarra - top of castle
Handwoven figures - castle walls
Small frames - castle walls
Dia de los muertos wood cat cut outs
Sugar Skull Cameo - castle door
DOTD Collage sheet - castle walls
Gothic Church Shrine Kit - top of castle
Circle shrine - castle wall
Dia de los Muertos Stencil
Battery Operated candles