Challenges have been discontinued, but I hope you will enjoy browsing through this wonderful archive of Alice-inspired art!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Week 1 - Chapter 6 Challenge: Painting the Roses Red!

'A large rose-tree stood near the entrance of the garden: the roses growing on it were white, but there were three gardeners at it, busily painting them red. Alice thought this a very curious thing, and she went nearer to watch them, and just as she came up to them she heard one of them say, `Look out now, Five! Don't go splashing paint over me like that!'  -- Chapter 8, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 
The club cards were painting the white roses red to avoid angering the Queen of Hearts, so your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to use PAINT on your creation! Of course you can paint it RED like the design team will be doing, but you can also use other colors. You need to tell us what item was painted and what technique you used!

We are sponsored this month by Creative Inspirations [Store | Blog], makers of wonderful shimmering paint which comes in almost 60 colors, including clear iridescent Fairy Dust. They also carry hot fix Jeweled Inspirations and Metallic Inspirations; I am particularly intrigued by the latter as they look like brilliant nail heads. The Altered Alice design team will be using Garnet paint, a bright sparkling red, and I hope the Creative Inspirations design team might decide to play along! The winner of this month's challenge will receive five colors of their choice.

Be sure to enter by 11:59 p.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC -4:00) on Friday, August 26. The winner and honorable mentions will be announced the last Sunday of the month on August 28.

Your Weekly Inspiration

First, I would like to introduce the newest member of our design team, Donna Mundinger of Popsicle Toes! Please extend a warm welcome to Donna, I think she will add her own twist to our Altered Alice story!

Many of you are familiar with Donna's absolute mastery of the Cricut design software, and this altered wooden frame is no exception! I love this image of the Queen of Hearts in a towering rage! The ruff being made up of playing cards is so much fun. The letters are embossed grungeboard that has been painted with Creative Inspirations Garnet red paint, it adds a lot of shimmer and dimension!

Donna made the white flowers herself, and it looks like the Queen herself may start painting them red right now if someone doesn't hop to it! Love the attached paintbrush, now I know what to do with some of my cheap paintbrushes that are better for adding bristles to projects rather than painting them!  Please drop by Popsicle Toes to welcome Donna to the team plus there are many more pictures when you get there!

Tracy Evans made this charming double-pocket tag! All the red accents are Creative Inspirations paint in Garnet. I love this old PSX stamp about six impossible things before breakfast, and I I also see Wonderland Collage from Artistic Outpost, sponsor of an earlier challenge!

I love it that the tag holds tags in its pockets, only now they are round, such fun!

Tracy Evan's coordinating card repeats these circular motifs. The roses were painted with the Garnet shimmer paint. I love the way the circular masking echoes the circular tags! 

Tracy also created this card that illustrates this month's quote, using a fun illustration. The roses are of course painted!

Look at all the wonderful dimension. Be sure to stop by and leave Tracy a comment on her lovely card!

Retta Fox of Foxy's Weblog created four projects this month, and I am completely in love with this "Paint it RED" art journal page. Be sure to click to enlarge so you can read the writing; we are encouraged to be brave and face the Queen of Hearts in our own lives! And notice the brush wired to the right margin!  This is really making me want to stretch my comfort zone and give art journaling a try!

Next, Retta has decorated this watch case with the tea party scene with red painted touches, and there are the pieces of an actual watch rattling around inside! Retta has really leveraged the depth of the case by having some of the images on the glass cover and others in the back of the recessed pocket watch case!

Did you know Creative Inspiration paint can be used on non-porous surfaces? This brilliant tea bag holder is so charming with the Mad Hatter running to his tea!

And Retta's last offering is this wonderful Queen of Hearts artist's trading card. I love the way she has added the words around the edge: "Paint it red or it's off with your head! ~Queen of Hearts"  Be sure to stop by Retta's blog to give her some feedback on all of her lovely inspirational projects this month!

SO, are YOU ready to PAINT? Think about using some beautiful shimmery Creative Inspirations paint, although any brand is acceptable for our challenge; remember to tell us what you have painted and some comments on the technique used.. As always, entries that portray some aspect of Wonderland will have two chances at the randomly awarded prize of five colors of paint! You may enter multiple times but each entry must be on a separate post. 

Be sure to enter by 11:59 p.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC -4:00) on Friday, August 26. The winner and honorable mentions will be announced the last Sunday of the month on August 28.

To enter your creation, use the linky tool below - just click the link below the thumbnail images. Please list YOUR NAME or YOUR BLOG NAME in the TITLE, for example "Alice Liddell - Illustrated Poem".  The field is long enough that you can also put the title of your piece, but please put your name first. (Note - if you are viewing this in email or through a reader, you will need to click on the title of this post to view it on the blog.)

I apologize for the post being late; I had to work overtime both days this weekend. Sometimes working for a living really interferes with my blogging, lol!  Please leave a comment, they keep me going!


  1. Beautiful examples. I'm on the DT for Creative Inspirations paint. They are so cool.

    You won blog candy--take a peak and e-mail me with your mailing address.

  2. Gorgeous creations!:) Hopefully I'll get to play along sometime soon.

  3. Fabulous inspiration from the Design Team. I shall try and join in again this month.
    xxx Hazel.

  4. wow amazing creations - couldn't find your entry for Bah! Humbug! but not to worry your Alice work is just amazing.
    Ann xxx
    Bah! Humbug! DT


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