Friday, 26 February 2010

Return to Wonderland

Maybe it's due to the new Alice film that's out soon, but certainly there seem to be a lot of Alice in Wonderland themed posts going on in blogland at the moment! For example, I shared some of Del's gorgeous pendants with you on Monday; her own Alice blogpost can be found here; last month Sian shared some Alice thoughts; and Rinda has shown us some of her own work and set us a challenge which Jacky has already responded to!

Well, having seen Del's creations I'd already decided to make myself an Alice mini-book, maybe dabbling with an art journal kind of thing as I went along. (I'm slightly hampered by the fact that although I've seen some fabby art journals out there, and read about them too, I'm still not completely certain what they are!) Then when Rinda set her challenge it gave me the extra spur to get on with the first few pages :-)

I printed some images onto special paper to create my own rub-ons; the paper is available from Crafty Computer Paper and is pretty easy to use, except that I didn't seem to have fed the sheet into the printer quite straight - but I worked with the slightly dodgy images anyway rather than waste that piece! I then added pages from an old and tatty copy of Alice in Wonderland, lightly brushed with white acrylic paint, plus a few other bits and pieces. Here's what I've made so far:

The White Rabbit


Machine stitched grass and flower stems; Prima flowers with gold beads; pieces of an old watch and a bit of chain; Tim Holtz pin.


The Pool of Tears


Icicle Stickles applied to disguise smudgy part of rub-on; acetate coloured with alcohol inks then machine-stitched on top; gems added in the corner; typewritten text, with 'cried' edged in silver pen.


Painting the Roses Red


Machine-stitched rose stems; typewritten text; tiny playing cards from a Christmas cracker; Prima flowers dabbed with red acrylic paint; extra red paint on the roses in the rub-on.


Nothing But A Pack Of Cards!


More tiny playing cards stapled to the background; typewritten text - simple, this one!


Each page is 4x6"; they're each mounted onto chipboard, but I haven't decided yet how to put them into mini-book form - I was going to just punch holes in them but I wanted to work right up to the margin so that won't work! I plan to use the cover of the book as the cover of my album, just haven't quite got as far as 'how'!

And now the White Rabbit's watch is saying that it's time to vote.... ;-)

19 comments:

Maria Ontiveros said...

Mel,
I.Love.This!!!
It's so fabulous!
And I voted today. Again.
Rinda

debs14 said...

Absolutely Amazing!
No wonder I keep voting for you!

Jane said...

GORGEOUS!!!! I just love them!!

scrappyjacky said...

This is just wonderful,Mel...I'm in awe.
You could remount onto larger card to make into a book.

Ruth said...

It's looking really cool, and I've voted again today ...

Liberty :) said...

fab missis! I'm late I'm late for a very important date! :)

Sian said...

Fabulous! These are just gorgeous Mel. I think maybe the roses one is my favourite, maybe..

Scrappi Sandi said...

Fabulous stitching...& very impressive self made rub-ons!! How about linking the pages, concertina style, with small rings, which you could then embellish with ribbons, charms etc? That is assuming they will be double sided of course! Anyhoo...off to vote!!

Clair said...

Art Journals, so far as I understand them, are places for learning new techniques and trying out new ideas. All bound into a journal so that you can see your learning process - like test pieces before you start a major project.

It looks as though you've made a fine start on your mixed media pieces, beautiful in fact, but if you want extra ideas I recommend Daisy Yellow. It's an art journalling blog x

Rachel B said...

I love this Mel, what a great little project. Also can't to wait to see the gorgeous Johny Depp as the Mad hatter!

Deb said...

Oh, Mel, these are fabulous!!! My favorite is "painting the roses red" but I love all of them. Very well done.

The Scrappy Tree said...

Whoops! It looks like I have jumped on the Alice bandwagon too! lol
Loving your pages, they are BEAUTIFUL

JO SOWERBY said...

ooh loce these, they're all so clever. will have to try iout this stuff to make your own rub ons. i love the Alice theme as it is so now. Especially hearting the roses and pool of tears pages.
Jo xxx
ps u need a cheshire cat I feel to complete ur pages and a nutty mad hatter and queen, oh just just do every character!!

Gez said...

Oooh FABULOUS pages Mel. They are all soooo special. Lovely to see your beautiful creations. Love them All. :)

Hope you have a great weekend. Hugs, Gez.xx

Elizabeth said...

I'm particularly impressed by the stitching but I love them all really (and have my own 16 year-old Alice)

Lizzie said...

Those pages are Ace! I have some of that make-your-own-rub-on paper - I had forgotten all about it.. where'd I put it now...

I like the pool of tears page best. The icicle stickles is a great idea. I also like the way you've used "type" and cut it out, to make the wording for each page. The White Rabbit page is pretty cool too.

Idea for making into a book... I bought a roll of canvas from The Works - really cheap! You could mount each piece of chipboard onto the canvas and join the left hand edges, to make your book? You could even use canvas to make some of the pages in between. The canvas was ready-primed so you'd have lots of scope to embellish the edges before sticking on your pages etc etc... Just a thought. Or you could put eyelets into strips of canvas or other strong fabric and stick the strips to the page backs, then either lace the book together, or use book rings.

The pages are really good. Hope you feel inspired to carry on and make a whole Artist Book of your own. Do show us any more that you make!

Julie Boeck said...

These pages are wonderful!

furrypig said...

ow they are all so fabby!

Jessica Griffin said...

My absolute most favoritest thing you've ever, ever made! EVER!!