Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Altered Alice CHAPTER 7: Week 2 - Text as Nonsense

Alice didn't dare to argue the point, but went on: `-- and I thought I'd try and find my way to the top of that hill -- ' `When you say "hill,"' the Queen interrupted, `I could show you hills, in comparison with which you'd call that a valley.' `No, I shouldn't,' said Alice, surprised into contradicting her at last: `a hill can't be a valley, you know. That would be nonsense -- ' The Red Queen shook her head, `You may call it "nonsense" if you like,' she said, ` but I've heard nonsense, compared with which that would be as sensible as a dictionary!' -- Chapter 2, Through The Looking Glass and What Alice Found There

Using text as pattern is a trend right now that I really love. Your challenge is to use text as nonsense - not to read but as pattern on your project! Of course you can still have words or sentiments, but we also need to see text used in a non-reading way. I have a stack of old books and dictionaries that I use for this purpose.

Our sponsor is Stamp Attack, a British company that is well known (among other things) for their fantastic Alice stamp plates which have sold to customers all over the world. In fact, Helena Bonham Carter, the actress who played the Red Queen in the Tim Burton Alice movie, purchased sets of Alice stamps from Stamp Attack, which were then delivered to the studio! Enabler alert: Stamp Attack offers speedy worldwide shipping for only £1 on unmounted stamp orders, so go on and check out their beautiful stamps!

The winner will receive a Stamp Attack gift certificate for £13.50, which is equivalent to one of the stamp plates that the design team will be using!

You have until Friday, September 23 to enter your creation at The Altered Alice and the winner and honorable mentions will be announced on the last Sunday of the month, September 25. All kinds of projects are welcome, they do not have to be "altered art" and as always, entries that feature some aspect of Wonderland are given two chances instead of one in the random prize drawing. You may enter multiple times as long as each project is on a separate post.

We are also saying goodbye to our current crop of guest designers, so please leave them some special love this month as their projects have been FABULOUS! Thanks so much ladies, you have added so much to The Altered Alice! And stay tuned, there will be some special design team announcements next month too!

I made a portable shrine for this challenge.  I've been reading the book Kaleidoscope ideas & projects to spark your creativity and found the template for my project.  I enlarged the template to 8 X 10 and printed it on heavy cardstock.  After covering with a coat of gesso I water painted with Peerless Transparent Water Colors in dark green and sky blue.  Once dry, I used the key stamp from Stamp Attack Alice 2 to make a pattern on the base.  The text pieces are dictionary pages glued to cardstock, then stamped with Alice 2 and distressed with Wild Honey Distress Ink.  The grass border behind Alice is by Martha Stewart.  A little distress ink on the top, bottom and middle pieces (from the template I enlarged from the book) and the painted surfaces to finish it off.
I loved the stamp set and had a lot of fun using it in different ways.  I got very clean images from this rubber.  Thanks so much Stamp Attack!

Be sure to enter at The Altered Alice by 11:59 p.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC -4:00) by  Friday, September 23.  The winner and honorable mentions will be announced the last Sunday of the month.


DonnaMundinger said...

Oh, I sooo love this shrine, Erin! Great use of text and the fabulous stamps. I'm gonna have to look into that book. xxD

Lynne Phelps said...

What a WONDERFUL project! Love the rich, soft colors. The way you have used the text pages with all the stamped and punched items is really fantastic! I loved this Alice 2 stamp set also, but you have REALLY made it shine. Bravo for a GREAT project!

Chloe and Her Clip On Koalas said...

Love your project! I entered this challenge and had to have a closer look at this shrine. LOVE the letter tiles. You have done a great job. TFS. x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, your shrine looks wonderful. Love this Alice silhouette.