Sunday, May 05, 2013

A is for...TCB Alpha/Dictionary challenge


Yay! I had time to play in my dictionary today for the next letter of the Alpha/Dictionary challenge at The Craft Barn. Each fortnight we are given a new letter and must find a word in our dictionary to illustrate. It can be done as an altered page in the dictionary or in a different format as long as the word and definition are clearly visible. This week's letter is A. I had a huge list of words beginning with A but kept returning to "attitude". I chose to feature one of my favourite Mo Manning images called Two Jill. She reminds me of pictures of me taken when I was little. I coloured Jill with my Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut her.


As usual, I adhered the two pages I needed for my spread to the page before or after using Decou-Page. The open two page spread was gessoed making sure to leave my word gesso-free. Then I decided to break out my new toys...Derwent Inktense Blocks. I've had the pencils for ages but really wanted to play with the blocks. I scribbled three colours (blue, green, teal) in blocks over the page and then used a wet paintbrush to spread the ink. It starts out dry like a chalk but when you add water it becomes lovely vibrant ink. So fun!!



Next I used Dylusions White Linen ink spray over my Christy Tomlinson doily mask allowing some of it to drip down the page. Peacock feathers Distress ink was applied through the Dylusions Number Jumble stencil and Mowed Grass Distress ink through TCW's Mini Chevron stencil. A little Studio 490 white embossing paste was spead through the Dylusions Spotted Flower stencil.


Jill was adhered to the page on the left and yellow and pink striped washi tape was used for a platform to ground her. A leftover piece of diecut zigzag border was placed over the top piece to give it more weight and punch. Two flat black pearls were added to the bottom piece. Three more chunks of tape were added to the two pages to spread the yellow around and increase flow. Another length of the zigzag was adhered to the top of the two pages to repeat the pattern, repeat the black, and to stop the eye from drifting off the top of the page. A Graphics 45 letter A was added to the top left of Jill as was a brad that says "grumpy" ('cause she is).


The bulletin board on the right hand page was created by modifying a K& Company paper frame to fit the page width. Paper resembling cork was adhered to the back of the frame. The Choose one list was created on the computer with the "choose one" letters coming from a sticker pack. This element is a nod to those papers you see on bulletin boards advertising some service or item for sale and then you tear off the phone number tab at the bottom. It made me laugh to think of going into a grocery store and choosing my attitude off the board after I picked up the ice cream and paper towel :) You can see where Jill chose grumpy which is why it's been torn off the sheet. It may not be quite as simple as this process but I do believe that we choose our own attitude and the way we respond to situations which is a reminder for myself.




To finish off the pages, I doodled with a black Micron pen as well as a paint pen. I stamped the TH Bitty Grunge circles here and there in black ink and coloured the outside edges with Pthalo Green Big Brush pen. Black Big Brush pen was used to underline the long pieces of washi tape and to outline the word/definition. The letters spelling "is for" were stickers and "attitude" letters are alpha parts. Two half pearls became the thumbtacks to hold the paper to the board and a sticker with a pink flower was placed on the notice to bring pink to that page as well as draw attention to the large words.



That's it, that's all for my A is for page for The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary challenge for this fortnight. Thanks so much for visiting today. I think we'll leave grumpy Jill alone for a while and see if her mood improves. I'm off to link up at TCB and check out the other entries. Love that part.

I am also entering these pages in the DP2 (Mo's Digital challenge) of Anything Goes with a Mo image.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie






21 comments:

Tracy said...

This one had me giggling. What a fun set of pages. The tear off board is so clever and I'm always in awe of how you create your backgrounds. Love it Bonnie! Hugs!

Annie said...

Oh, wow, what an adorable character she is! Your page is beautifully done and so fun!

ParkNSlide said...

I chose "Happy" as my attitude as even if Jill is grumpy, seeing your artwork makes me very happy. Thanks for sharing.

Redanne said...

Fabulous Bonnie! I would have to choose Grateful as I am so grateful to have found your blog which is always chocked full of inspiration and this piece is no exception. I love Grumpy Jill! Hugs, Anne x

lena-dailyscrap said...

Hello Canada! That girl sure shows some attitude - love that little face! Lovely to visit your blog...:-)

Elaine said...

Brilliant colourful pages. Great choice of word and I love your grumpy girl!!

Pat said...

This really made me smile.Great pages.

BJ said...

Super page, love the contrast in colour between your little girl and the background. The choice of attitudes is cool too. BJ

Dawn said...

Gorgeous pages Bonnie, your background is amazing. Ha ha ha Jill reminds me of my 5yr old daughter, frown and all - brilliant.
Hugs x

Scrapmate said...

What a well thought out DPS. The little girl really looks like she has got a major attitude problem. I love the contrast between the background and her dress.

butterfly said...

Oh dear... I'm playing catch up again - but it's so worth it! What a fabulous little girl, and I love the Pick an Attitude board - brilliant, fun, original piece, Bonnie!
Alison x

Anita Houston said...

TOTALLY COOL to pull the word...I LOVE that! You are an amazing designer! Love these pages..great coloration too! She is just precious!

carolfromkiwiland said...

Love your pages and all the detail to achieve the look - its lucky we all enjoy this adventure and each others creativity.Great job.

Debbie said...

I love how you did this page. You picked a perfect Mo image for Attitude for your "A' page. So glad you joined us this week at Mo's.

Hugs
Debbie

coco said...

Oh WOOOOW, what a wonderful page, so artistic and creative !!!! LOVE it !! Fabulous job. Coco x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Two beautiful pages, love the bright colors, very vibrant.

Joan said...

Wonderful pages, love your backgrounds and the pick and attitude board, the little girl is cute!

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful pages Bonnie! Love that little girl! Valerie

Frea Konings said...

Hi Bonnie, ow wow your page is just brilliant! Love the image with your word and the idea of that frame with the tear off words, super!! Hugs FRea

Sylv said...

Fabulous pages, love the colours and all the details especially the little girl with attitude!

Sylv xx

The Craft Barn said...

oh Bonnie, this is adorable !!
Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn
Izzy