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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

alpha/dictionary letters X, I and catch up Q

Wow, is it already again the last day of the year?!?
Luckiky I was able to squeeze in some "me" time aka creative time in yesterday and finished the letters X,I and Q for the alpha/dictionary challenge and started with the S.

I didn't had any pages with the X in my dictionary because they were already glued together for the Z. So I browsed an online dictionary and came across this very interesting word that immediately caugth my attention and which I didn't know actually existed, Xanthophobia, fear of the color yellow??
So I was brave and took out all my yellows for inspiration 


I started out by gluing skeleton leaves to the pages, covering them with yellow paint. But this was too translucent so I gessoed over it and added  the yellow again, to my satisfaction.
Added a border with all things yellow and the definition.


Until yesterday there was no I-word that really inspired me. Suddenly itinerary did. So I gathered some vintage travel emphemera and started collaging.


For the letter Q I choose the quote: "Family - where life begins and love never ends."
I used a technique I saw from Dyan Revealey, she did a whole page with random lines, doodling and coloring them in, and then blacking out everything but a desired silhouette. I was not so patient and just filled in the silhouette instead of the whole page which you don't see anyway. The opposite page I colored with oil pastels in the colors of the rainbow 

I 'm guessing that watching 
many of Carolyne Dube's videos 
is rubbing of on me
applied a generous layer of gesso over it and wrote the quote with a cotton swab.


For the S I choose salt, I wanted to try out this technique where you apply watercolor paint and sprinkle salt into it and let it dry. It didn't turn out as I wanted it, you couldn't really see the saltstructure, so now I have to find another way of depicting salt. I sprayed, stamped and heat embossed some snowflakes and that's how far I got.


I loved the challenge, although I only started a couple of months ago and still need to catch up with a lot of letters. I would like to say special thanks to the designteam over at the craft Barn to set the challenge and to start us off. Keep up the good work and can't wait to see what you've got installed for 2014. Bring it on!





14 comments:

  1. Wonderful pages. I especially love the 3 collage people they are beautiful done.

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  2. Excellent pages, love the techniques you used in your last 2... must look up Carolyne's videos!

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    1. Definitely look her up, she's such a wonderful person.

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  3. I too like your people and love the x word.

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    1. Thanks, besides enjoying myself with this challenge I also learned some new english words along the way.

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  4. Yay the link worked horrah. Loving ALL your pages. Shame about the salt technique though, I tried it and it was great. http://ccraftcorner.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/an-to-z-of-me-03-creativity.html
    I just used a watercolour wash and sprinkled on the salt, let it dry and brushed the salt off, leaving the pattern. Hope you get all the other letters done soon. BJ

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    1. Thanks, your saltpage looks like I thought it would be, I'm going to have another try. I'm still like 16 letters behind, but I'm working on them.

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  5. Well done on all your page and thank you for entering our challenges. Hopefully see you next Sunday.
    Happy New Year
    Izzy

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    1. no problem, it was a joy to play along, can't wait to see what is installed for us this year, bring it on.

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  6. Great pages and you are doing so well - I know what it is like having to catch up the missed letters, but if I can do it so can you. I suggest trying to set a time limit for each letter like the challenge does -it does help to have a deadline.lol. The finished book is sooo worth it. I love your x and q pages- the texture and colours are brilliant. Hey, you have also just completed two of the hardest letters the rest will be easy. see you at the next challenge.

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    1. You will definetely see me at the next challenge, already doing some research. I'm (working)hard on catching up all the letters, but you're wright, I should set myself a timelimit. I did,'t found the letters x and q particularly hard, sometimes the more easier I find harder.

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  7. Great pages for the last 2 letters. X wasn't an easy one was it! xx

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  8. Not if you already glued the pages together :-)

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