Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Why yes,...The East Wind Challenge #5

Hello everyone! The new challenge theme (#5) at TheEastWind Challenge blog is Humour...right up my alley. I decided to play in my Dylusions art journal, creating a spread featuring Lucy Loo Being Lucy because I've been wanting to colour her for a while. Her attitude makes me smile. I coloured her with Prismacolor pencils giving her funky pink and yellow hair and purple lipstick. The little zipper teeth in her hair ornament were inked in with a Silver Jelly Roll pen for the sparkle effect. Lucy Loo was fussy cut, and the white edges were inked with a Black Big Brush pen. She was popped up on foam tape and set aside out of the range of my messy mixed media process.

The two journal pages were given a liberal coat of Studio 490 black embossing paste applied with a palette knife. While it was still wet, gauze pads were unfolded and then twisted or folded l the long way. These were crisscrossed over the pages to mimic the look of Lucy Loo's wrappings in the image. Once that was dry (it took a while because it's thick in places), black zippers with silver metal teeth were adhered across the pages in an X pattern. These are a reference to the zipper in Lucy's hair ornament. It also creates an edgy feel to the background which suits the image and the page concept.

The specimen labels and experiment log are downloads from Vectoria Designs...love her stuff! I had this vision of Lucy being created or re-created in a mad scientist's lab so the labels and log fit that notion.

The log was given extra kraft paper pages behind the cover and all were machine stitched to look more like a notebook.

The sentiments came next. Why yes,... comes from Create with TLC and I imagine Lucy pausing and saying that in answer to someone's silly question. Looking for trouble and Wanna play doctor were computer generated and printed on white cardstock which was torn or cut into fishtail flags and inked with Vintage Photo. All were popped up on foam tape.

To continue with the edgy look, I added more metal bits.The safety pins which I imagine the mad scientist keeps handy for gauze emergencies, the spider bead, the star sequins, and lens all help to scatter the metal about and lend continuity to the design. The resin hand and the bug under glass further the specimen theme.

At this point, Lucy's hair was the only pink on the page which created a jarring effect. I added the two pink mulberry roses along with the checked button to repeat the flower and button in her hair decoration and bring that bit of pink to the top and right. The small metal arrow was given three small pearls before it was added to the bottom of the page completing the visual triangle. A little doodling on the one set of sentiments, some scattered dot stamping on the paper elements, and the pages were complete. It might not be everyone's sense of humour but it is definitely mine.

Thanks for visiting today. To see the other inspiration pieces from the rest of my talented teamies, be sure to visit TheEastWind Challenge blog. We'd love to have you join us for this challenge and can't wait to see your take on the Humour challenge.

I am entering this project in the following challenges:
One Stitch At A Time ~ #208 Use a digi
Quirky Crafts ~ #8 Mixed Media Mayhem
My Sheri Crafts ~ #131 ~ A Moment of Laughter
Left of Center Creative Challenges ~#29 Dark Themed
The Stamping Boutique ~ #12 Distress It

Life is good; so is art.


DonnaMundinger said...

FAbulous pages, Bonnie. I'm having a ball spotting all the edgy elements and the sentiments are just perfect Love it! xxD

ParkNSlide said...

So much fun stuff here to look at and laugh about. I not only love the story of Lucy Loo but also the story of how you created these pages.

Linby said...

Fab work and perfect for the challenge.
Thanks for sharing at Quirky Crafts challenge.
Linby GDT

Josephine said...

Fabulous project.

Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week, and good luck!

* Shell B.* said...

Wonderful layout on your journal pages & greatl design!
Glad you joined us for the Challenge at One Stitch At A Time, hope to see you come back soon!
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Shell in Alaska ~ OSAAT DT ~

Unknown said...

That sentiment made me laugh out loud, hard. Thanks for the chuckle! I love her hair, just wish I could pull that off. :) Inspirational as always Bonnie!

Margaret said...

Oh so cute! Love your layout and the fun sentiments. Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week. Good luck! Maggie - DT

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

How artistic. Nicely done!

Thank you for participating in the OSAAT Challenge! I hope you'll play along again soon!

Spyder said...

fabulous, love those flowers! Thank you for joining Quirky Crafts Challenge!!
((Lyn)) DT