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.
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.
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