Creative Crafty Friends has halted mailing swaps during the COVID-19 pandemic. But that hasn’t stopped us from crafting! One of the recent prompts was to make an art journal page including three elements. Anything else was fair game. The elements were: an animal, a bit of foreign language on a paper and something representing time. Well, I know where my brain jumped right away! Hahahaha!
I began with my medium sized sketchbook from Leda Art Supply and a couple sheets of Alice in Wonderland scrapbook paper. The page on the right came just like this – Alice was already included. I wanted to carry that border across the bottom – mainly so I would have a landing spot for some other Alice characters. I didn’t want them to be floating in air. The left hand page was solid dots, so I tore a bit from the right hand side paper and attached it along the bottom on the left.
Most Alice things I see online have a kind of grungy look to them, so I brought out this moss colored Dyestress ink pad to grunge up these pages. They were way too pristine looking! And, oh! I added a scrap from my Korean dictionary for the foreign language element.
I used the ink pad directly onto the paper and lightly scuffed the pad across the surfaces. With lightly being the important part of that instruction. It is always interesting to me how the ink decides where to highlight. I am guessing the darker areas are where I have other elements on other pages underneath. I like what the ink pad did. No longer pristine but now showing some character and age.
I knew I wanted to work with the Cheshire Cat first and he needed to be up in the air, so to speak. But I had no tree limb for him to be laying on. I needed to create an element for Cheshire to lay on. Window. There was no window but I could create one, or at least the idea of one. And that is what I did with some more scrap from the right hand page. Cut a box, inked it and put it up on a wall.
Next I took the characters I wanted to include and ran them through my sticker machine. Placement was pretty easy.
After trimming the pieces out I could see I had room for a couple more elements. I brought in the tea pot, a card, and a comment. Can you see now where my brain went with the animal and time elements?
Removing the sticker backs, I added my characters in place. Cheshire looks perfect laying on top of my window box.
A brown micron helped me highlight the wall statement.
I love how this Alice in Wonderland spread worked out. Just the right amount of grunge, the elements are met, and I had fun! Let me tell you where my characters and paper came from. The background pages, the playing card, the curiouser block, and the tea pot block all came from this paper pad from Stamperia. The Alice characters – except for Alice – all came from collage sheets from Joggles. The sketchbook came from Leda. Have a great day!