Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Craft Barn Alpha Dictionary Challenge ~ P
I stole some time today to play in my altered dictionary. The new letter for the Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge is P and I chose the word Princess to illustrate. Each fortnight they name another letter and you find a word from that letter in the dictionary. You can either alter the actual dictionary or you can incorporate the word and definition into a different piece of art. It's such a cool challenge and the art from the DT and the participants is very inspiring.
I Decou-Paged the pages I needed to the pages next to them for added strength and then gessoed the P pages that I would alter, leaving the word and definition exposed. Washi tape was glued to the center seam.The background was done with Dusty Concord and Picked Raspberry Distress inks applied with a blending tool. Both pages were flicked with water to get the spotty look I love. More Dusty Concord was applied to the Penny Black Warm Wishes background stamp and rolled onto the pages randomly. Impression Obsession's Script Cover-a-Card stamp was applied here and there using Colourbox White ink for additional texture.
Out came the stencils. TCW's Mini Punchinella had white gesso pounced through it. TCW's Mini Harlequin was dabbed through with Perfect Medium so that copper Perfect Pearls could be applied, also through the stencil. At this point, I sprayed a fixative over the background. A Bo Bunny Et Cetera stamp was applied to the pages with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Picked Raspberry DI was applied through the Chequered Dots stencil from Dylusions. A K & Co. border was divided into two chunks and adhered to each page. The definition was doodled around with a black Micron and a white Posca pen. More doodling was done, as well as shading next to the PP diamonds with a Prismacolor pencil.
The border was doodled with Black and White Big Brush pens. A chipboard P was adhered to a black die cut oval and given a crown to repeat the crown on the Princess' head. The princess image from Dilly Beans was coloured with Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut, and given half pearls to fancy up her crown before being adhered to the right hand page. Love this image...she's got attitude. That brought to mind the sentiment which was computer generated, coloured with gel pens, and matted in black. Once the words were adhered, they were doodled around and then outlined with a Neocolor II watercolour crayon and a waterbrush. The same was used on the inside edges of the border. Shading around Princess was done with a charcoal pencil blended with a paper stump.
At this point in the process, I look for areas that need something else either to balance the page or add more interest. Watery gesso rings were applied with a lid from hairspray. The black scallop border was cut using an MFT die and doodled with the Posca pen. That one piece of trim brought some weight to the center and helped balance the image on the other page. Sometimes it's such a simple addition like that that transforms a spread from "it's OK' to "I like it!"
Thanks for popping by today and for reading another of my wordy posts. I really appreciate it and the Princess approves :) Maybe you'll catch the bug and join in this fun challenge. I'm off to link up to The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary challenge and investigate the other creations.
Life is good; so is art.