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

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Week 2 - 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

Erin Leveille of Stamp til U Cramp has given us this wonderful, humorous take on painting the roses red! Erin has painted the recessed areas of the embossed roses with the Garnet Creative Inspirations paint. I love the way she trimmed out the roses and mounted them to a clear acetate card front. The little tag reading "You Paint My Roses Red" is a great sentiment for this fun card.

Inside Erin's card is this humorous illustration by David Frankland, which makes me want to laugh out loud! Be sure to stop by Erin's blog and let her know how clever she is!

Tracy/CuddlyBunny (with the help of My Guy no doubt) selflessly emptied many Guiness cans, which then gave up their lives to be recycled into these fantastic flowers! The flowers and leaves were die cut from the aluminum cans (aluminium to you Brits), spray painted with glossy enamel, and then the shimmering garnet paint was applied. That red rose just glows and I love the splatters on the one white flower and the leaves!  You can read all about it when you stop by to leave a comment on Tracy's blog, Not a Moment to Spare.

We can always count on Sue Roddis of JABBERWOCKY to add a touch of the macabre to any challenge and this one is a great example! The tumble of heart playing cards and the stenciled roses are just a backdrop to the drama. "Who's been painting my roses red?" screams the Queen as shimmering bloody red paint drips from a guilty hand! But. . . I'm having a Lady Macbeth flashback here, how about you?

I also love the way the numbers of the cards that were painting the roses are included. Be sure to visit JABBERWOCKY to see more pictures and to leave a comment for Sue!

Barbara Washington of Magic Delights has painted her shadowbox scene with Creative Inspiration paints. I think those cards are having a gay old time flinging the lovely garnet paint about! The image is a freebie from an online coloring book sight - visit Barbara's blog to get the link! They are a great source of fun, free digital images.

Barbara's second item is this fun altered R: R for Roses, R for Red! She has included the three cards that actually painted the rose trees as well as the Tenniel illustrations of the scene and the Queen. I love the roses both white and with the garnet red paint! Please stop by Barbara's blog to leave her a comment on these great projects!

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.)

Please leave a comment, they keep me going!


  1. These examples really shows off the challenge. I really must try this challenge.

  2. Fabulous pieces ladies, all so unique, love them all. Tracy x

  3. Fun challenge - gorgeous samples!!!

  4. Oh I'm so sorry - I did my name backwards... sorry about that, I'll know better next time! :)

  5. Hi Lynn,

    I just posted (my first) challenge. I'm listed as Creative Inspirations paint so don't include my card.



    p.s. I still need to get that pkg out to you. Sorry.

  6. All very lovely designs. I've enjoyed looking at them all. I have an Alice inspired project on my blog, however I didn't enter the challenge cause I don't think my piece is good enough to be entered.


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