Sunday 3 April 2011

The Altered Alice CHAPTER 3 - Alice Colours of Blue and Yellow

Time for another challenge and my next DT piece for The Altered Alice.
 "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.
I have created two cards for this months challenge using images from Artistic Outpost, this image being a particular favourite of mine.  My image has been stamped onto watercolour card with Archival ink with several layers of watered down Gesso applied over the top.  I wanted my image to appear in the background. I have applied acrylic paints from Claudine Hellmuth, again adding water to dilute the colour.
A Crafters Workshop template has been used to create my clocks on the background, simply sponge Claudine Hellmuth sky blue paint through the stencil, using a very small amount of paint.  Machine stitching, clocks and I'M LATE have been added to compliment the main image.
My second card, again using an image from the same set from Artistic Outpost has been created in the same way.
The flowers and swirl are from a set from Fancy Pants.
Once again I have added machine stitching to the card for that final finishing touch.

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. Enter you challenge over at The Altered Alice blog and the very best of luck.  Tracy x x

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.


Suzanne C said...

Love to see your take on the challenge using the AO set! Beautiful! Love both cards. The little clocks as accents are perfect with the rabbit and the stitching on both are perfect details!

Helen said...

Both lovely cards, Tracy!
BTW, the Wendy Vecchi leaf stamp, is from Ticket to Art.

Brenda Brown said...

These are just gorgeous Tracy, I love them both.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Lynn Stevens said...

You Rocked this challenge Tracy, both your cards are Gorgeous! Love those little clocks.
hugs Lynn

Sue said...

Lovely.....I particularly like your background on the first card, it looks very professional :)

Netty said...

They are both totally terrific cards Tracy and love the stitching. Have a great week and hope you get an invite to the Mad Hatters Teaparty.... Annette x

Lisa Somerville said...

Fab use of the AO Wonderland Collage images! Love how your brought the blue into your projects! Wonderful coloring!

Zue said...

Such beautiful and inspiring cards, Tracy.

Blondes have more fun, do you think?

I feel quite hurt by an out-and-out brunette; well, for now!!!!!

Only joking, but isn't it typical.

Anyway, your DT pieces are fabulous!!!!!

Sue xx

Lynne Phelps said...

Fabulous! I love your willingness to try new techniques; it is always exciting waiting to see what you will make!!! LOVELY, lovely backgrounds, you are inspiring me to pull out my stencils and re-evaluate!

Jennifer said...

Love love love your interpretation of Alice!

Gaby Bee said...

Both cards are fantastic, Tracy! Love the stitching and the colors are great!

Happy Spring!
Gaby xo

Julie Ranae said...

Really beautiful work, Tracy!

Dolly Daydreams said...

They both are gorgeous and love your colouring perfect. Was nice to know a little of the history behind Alice.


Terry said...

Beautiful design! So inspiring and love them both!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Tracy, two wonderful pieces, very inspiring.