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Sunday, April 10, 2011

CHAPTER 3 Challenge - Week 2: Alice Colors of Blue and Yellow!

Scroll down to see our fabulous Week 2 inspirations, and next week we'll be showcasing the work of the Artistic Outpost design team!
"Mr. Tenniel is the only artist, who has drawn for me, who has resolutely refused to use a model, and declared he no more needed one than I should need a multiplication table to work a mathematical problem! I venture to think that he was mistaken and that for want of a model, he drew several pictures of "Alice" entirely out of proportion - head decidedly too large and feet decidedly too small."
-- From a letter by Lewis Carroll (pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)
Although the stories were written for and inspired by the brunette Alice Liddell, when it came time for Tenniel to create the illustrations, Carroll sent him a photo of blonde Mary Hilton-Badcock as his image of what Alice should look like. Early color illustrations of Alice show a girl with long blonde hair, wearing either a blue dress with a white pinafore, or a yellow dress with a blue and white pinafore.

Therefore, our challenge this month is to create something that is predominantly blue and yellow, the colors associated with Alice! Although it is not required that you use Wonderland in your project, those that do feature Wonderland will receive two chances at the drawing instead of one! Enter by Friday, April 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4:00) and the winner will be posted sometime on Sunday, April 24.

Our April sponsor is Aritistic Outpost, makers of fabulous rubber art stamp sets including the Wonderland Collage set that will be featured by our design team. The Artistic Outpost design team will be playing along as well! One lucky winner will receive a $14 gift certificate to the Artistic Outpost store.

The Artistic Outpost's full line of vintage inspired art stamps are sold in unmounted themed collections. All the unmounted sets are $14, so the winner will be able to select the set of their choice. They also offer several collections pre-cut and mounted on cling foam. Be sure to visit their blog for frequent udates, ideas, and inspiration from Artistic Outpost and their talented design team. I have used their stamps and the fine-line detail they are able to achieve in their rubber art stamps is truly outstanding!

Your Weekly Inspiration

Sue Roddis of JABBERWOCKY created a fabulous accordian book using spray inks in vibrant yellow and blue!  Sue used a circle template - I think I need to dig out all my old drafting tools, LOL! She sprayed in through the holes in the template, then turned over the ink spattered template and pressed it to the paper as well.  It is amazing how different these Wonderland Collage images can look in various artists' hands!

I absolutely love these center accordian pages. Using the clock face image from the set with the word Alice in the center, also from Wonderland Collage is fantastic, as it repeats the circle motif creating with the sprayed ink.  The greens created by the puddling ink add a third shade and the colors and composition are really quite beautiful.  I also love the way she has emphasized shapes with the sketchy black outlining, of the clock faces here, and the arch around Alice on the cover!

We close the book with the White Rabbit dashing away, late again!  I hope you will agree that Sue's accordian book is as fantastic as I do!  Please visit Sue's blog to leave her a comment and share your opinion!

Decorated wooden blocks are the new rage, and Barbara Washington of Magic Delights has created a charming Artist's Trading Block (ATB), also known as a chunky ATC! I think I'll be checking the "remnants" bin at the lumber yard and get some bits cut to length, as these look like so much fun to make.

The first side has Alice fixing the White Queen's hair! I love this image from Wonderland Collage, wouldn't it make the perfect "bad hair day" card? I love the cool shades of blue with just a pop of yellow in the border and Alice's hair. The hanger-shaped paper clip is the perfect finishing touch, along with the glinting metallic fibers tucked in behind!

When we give the block a quarter turn, we find the Dodo, a curious bird if there ever was one! Love the checkerboard background!

Another quarter turn reveals Alice trying on her crown! Love the yellow flower petals and the chain tassel!

The last side (or is the first side? You decide!) has the White Rabbit, about to race away, trapped forever in the moment of worry about being late.  GREAT job Barbara! Be sure to visit Barbara's blog and congratulate her on such a great first ATB!

Erin Leveille of Stamp till U Cramp crackled and distressed the beautiful focal point of her layered card!  She colored the image with Copics, then gave it a vintage look with Distress Ink, then covered it with a layer of clear crackle paint. Be sure to click the image to see the texture, it's wonderful! I also love the colorful argyle background and layered gold and blue panels! The seam binding and lace ribbon make if festive, and the three buttons in the corner add a nice touch of whimsy! Be sure to visit Erin's blog to leave her a comment about this charming card!

Go to the bottom of the CHAPTER 3 - Week 1 post to enter your blue and yellow creation! The clock is ticking but you still have time; enter by Friday, April 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4:00) and the winner will be posted sometime on Sunday, April 24.

Please leave a comment here before you go!

1 comment:

  1. I'm loving these! Hope maybe I can scramble for this challenge. xxD


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