For my project, I wanted to make something that would be useful to me but still be a piece of art. I came upon an old beat up toy horse from Goodwill and immediately fell in love and knew I needed to upcycle him.
His name is Buttercup and he is a very good boy.
I cut his head off for another project initially, but inspiration struck. I love his little goofy face so now he will be a purse. His body cavity is deep, therefore I will be filling him with fluff and adding a small red and gold pouch to hold objects and keep them from rattling inside.
From there, I was able to quickly decide on the wonderfully playful whimsigoth aesthetic for the overall vibe/paint job of the horse. Whimsigoth offers a fairytale-inspired take on gothic fashion, birthing a fantastical aesthetic for those who embrace both darkness and feminine, fairy-like grace in equal measures. Think new-wave edginess topped with an otherworldly twist, less Disney fairytale and more Brother’s Grimm. It adds a dimension of playfulness to life, encouraging people not to take things too seriously, to be free and influenced only by themselves and what they feel is right .
I will be making my own paint derived from pressed powder pigments from eye shadows and liquitex. I will also use mica powder pigments for color powders I don’t have in an eyeshadow pallet. A perfect everyday fae bag.
Buttercup (Sad emo interlude)
Culverhouse, Charlie, and Guap. “Equal Parts Whimsical and Moody: The Eclectic Whimsigoth Aesthetic.” GUAP, 8 Jan. 2023, guap.co/the-eclectic-whimsigoth-aesthetic/.