Tuesday, April 23, 2013

W is for Wait ~ The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge


Hee-hee-hee! I took a little "me-time" yesterday to play along with The Craft Barn's Alpha/Dictionary challenge. This fortnight the letter is W and the twist is to include circles in your background. There were so many words I could have chosen for this one. I finally narrowed it down by holding the list of possible W words in one hand, and flipping through my digi stamp binder with the other. As soon as I saw this sweet Tiddly Inks digi called Gonna Miss You, I knew the word was wait because that's what she seems to be doing.


I coloured Aida with Prismacolor pencils, printing her once on white cardstock and a second time on kraft cardstock for the suitcases. Both were fussy cut and Aida was glued over her kraft shadow :) I also stamped the hand on kraft using a stamp from Dylusions Pondering Petunia set.


To prep the background, I adhered the two pages to the next ones before or after using DecouPage and then gessoed the two pages facing each other, remembering to go around the definition for my word. Once dry, I recoated the pages with Golden Absorbent Ground because spray inks don't always like gesso. I punched a number of 3", 2.5", 1.5", and 1"  circles and adhered them to my page with repositional adhesive.  Rum Punch and Yellow Daisy Glimmer Mist were sprayed over the circles which were then removed from the page.

I had used a foam brush to apply the Absorbent Ground which left awesome texture on the page. You can see it in this photo especially if you click on it to make it larger.


To emphasize and define the circles, I used  light gray and then a Paynes Gray Pan Pastel to shade the left side. To me they look like planets which is perfect for my  "try new adventures" theme. I see Aida ( or is that me?) as having lots of dreams and goals but needing a little encouragement to get off those suitcases and make the dreams happen.


To further layer the background, vellum words were bradded to the pages. Bo Bunny rub-ons, washi tape, and splatter stamping with Memento Love Letter ink were scattered throughout. A boarding pass, tag sticker, and ticket were distressed, inked with Vintage Photo DI and adhered behind Aida. A key to her adventures and a clock charm to remind her that the time is now were added to her page, as well as a compass to help her find her way.
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On the right hand page, the sentiment was computer generated, mounted on kraft cardstock and distressed around the edges. The hand was mounted on foam tape and adhered overlapping the word you. The dictionary meaning was outlined in sepia Micton pen and then again with the pink carmine Big Brush pen to bring some of the red from the opposite page onto this one. That was also why the shirt and jacket were coloured blue next to the hand. It;s a great idea to repeat colours and elements on both pages to provide flow.


The outside edges of the pages were inked with a brown Big Brush pen and then again with Black Soot Distress ink before doodling with a black pen. Other doodling was done for emphasis, texture or detail with the Sepia Micron pen.. The words seemed to be floating so they were connected with thick brown lines. Finally, the W was adhered to the top of the right page...almost forgot that!

That's it for Aida and me today. The W is for Wait pages are altered, Aida's feeling the love, and gathering her courage before she pursues her next adventure. Thanks for dropping by today, for all of your lovely comments, and continued support. I'm feeling the love, too :) Come join the Alpha Dictionary challenge at TCB. It might just be the adventure that will start you on a new journey.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

22 comments:

ParkNSlide said...

Aida was an excellent choice to depict "Wait." Thanks for taking me on the adventure to explore your creative process that produced these wonderful pages. Love them.

P.S. In your 2nd sentence you said the letter was "R."

Redanne said...

Hi Bonnie, this is a wonderful creation, I love the little story of Aida too. The colours are so striking and the suitcases look almost real.....love how you created the circles in the background and then built up from there - the piece has a certain charm to it. Wonderful work! Hugs, Anne x

Annie said...

Lovely, lovely pages ...love the story behind the making of them xx Annie

Annie said...

OMG...what fun illustrated pages for the word wait! An awesome wonderful job you've done! I'm smiling.

The Craft Barn said...

LOVE it !! well done.
Will feature it on our FB page in a minute..
Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn.
Izzy

Karen Gist said...

ooo I like your background Bonnie. Me time is always good and it looks like you had a fantastic time on your lovely pages!

Karen from The Craft Barn xx

Elaine said...

Brilliant pages - so bright and graphic. You chose the word and imagery well!!

Joan said...

wonderful page, so much to look at and lovely bright colours, such acute girl and brilliant story line

Maggie said...

Lovely pages for Wait something I'm not good at lol! great image

MaggieH

Tracy said...

This is so amazing! I love how you go through it step by step. I really need you to make me a tip sheet on what mediums work with each other when layering. Need to check out those Big Brush pens you talk about too. Love this! Hugs!

Paper Profusion said...

Hi Bonnie - STUNNING work here - love all the little wonderful elements - lots of time and fab imagination on display as always - I love it! Nicola x

Bonnie Irvine said...

Nicola, thanks for the kind words. Welcome back. I missed you.

carolfromkiwiland said...

what a great page and I bet it took a while to do - so long as it was fun its not a problem, is it.Love the story you tell with it as well - you really seem to have thought out this page start to finish.

Laura said...

Just hopping round all the W entries...
Fab page, so much detail
:)
Laura

Maisie Moonshine said...

I think this is my favourite W page. MMx

Claire said...

Stunning work Bonnie - very beautiful!
Claire xx

Chris R said...

A fantastic background and a very creative page!

Valerie-Jael said...

Very pretty pages, so happy and colourful! Valerie

Sandy said...

Hey cute Bonnie - how delightful this is. I don't know what I am waiting for - maybe for my talent ship to come it. Your pages are wonderful with so much neat stuff to look at!
Sandy

Dawn Louise said...

Wow a fabulous spread, all the layers and details keeps you lookin at it for ages, and everything ties in together perfectly, and I love your little girl waiting too, thanks for visiting my blog too x

JansArtyJunk said...

Gorgeous page for such a wonderful word choice! So many lovely details!

Scrapmate said...

This is stunning I love the build-up of the BG and the colours you've used are brilliant.