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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Alpha Challenge -V

Hello there, your favourite bear, Horace here to thrill you with another of my creations!!!! I decided to take part in The Alpha challengewith Craft Barn. You can either alter a dictionary or tear pages from a dictionary and add to an art journal. I didn't want to face Wilbear's wrath by tearing his big dictionary up, so I repurposed this

Which had been sat on the bears shelf for at least 5 years, with good intentions to re-learn French, oo la la. as good intentions go, it didn't!! C'est la vie and all that. I'm going to use it for all my alpha challenges instead. I shall eventually alter the covers but I may wait until the end of the challenge, or I may not, who knows. Gosh I live life on the edge don't I?

First, I gessoed over the dictionary pages, leaving my chosen word un covered. By the way, my chosen word is Voyage!!

I dried the pages, then added another layer of Gesso.

Going with the word voyage, I decided on a Trip to America theme. first I sprayed Dylusions inks, first Post Box Red, then London Blue. On top of this I added more inks through a funky mask. Finally, I added some white acrylic paint through the same mask. This was not altogether successful, as I added a little too much paint, and lost the mask effect in places, but hey, it's all an ex'bear'iment, isn't it?

Next came some stamping, in the bears own inimitable way.....

In accordance with the challenge rules, I left my word un misted, so it was easy to see.

I had a blue postcard, from one of the bears Christmas advent presents, which I tore in half, then stamped some swirled writing on, and added an airmail stamped image to, just to add more interest to the card. In the same set was the America map, how serendipitous was that? To the left is a Statue of Liberty image, stamped in Blazing Red Stayzon, it's clearer in real life but if after looking at it for a few days I decide it's not defined enough, I shall re stamp onto card and cut out and stick, for a more defined effect.

I used a metal passport embellishment, which has been in the bears stash since the year dot, whenever that was! I really enjoyed this challenge. I wonder what letter will be chosen next?

With love from the bears.


  1. I love, love, love this page! Great work Horace. How did working directly on a book go? I must try it at some point. Am very excited to try and join this challenge once things have settled down x

    1. Well the pages were very thin and the right hand side did actually come away from its binding. It hasn't put me off though, I'm thinking about altering a bigger book too, maybe to turn into an art journal.

  2. Great to use stash (and dictionaries) up isn't, well done. BJ

  3. This is fab.
    Next time I do some stamping I may try your technique ;)

  4. Great depth of colour and detail. Can't wait to see your next page!!

  5. Oh this is very cool, bears! Love the colours and movement in your V pages... I thought this would be really fun to join in with, but I think I may be swamped for quite a lot of this year!
    Alison x

  6. What a wonderful blog Horace, and I love your page too! Fab colours and lots of inky, painty details, my favourite!!
    Hugs x

  7. What a cool idea! I might try something along these lines. I got some lovely 'dictionary print' card at the weekend and I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it.

  8. Great page :) it's going to be a such a fun challenge
    Von ☺

  9. Fantastic page... you bears rock!
    C xx

  10. great page, very talented bears :)

  11. A beary interesting approach LOL. Looking forward to seeing more.
    And maybe you can learn French in the process. On ne sait jamais.. (you never know)
    Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn
    A bientôt

  12. Horace...you are a star!!!! This is fabulous work!!!! Can I suggest that you glue pages togethr either side of your chosen page to make them sturdier? Thank you for joining in with us over at The Craft Barn. I look forward to seeing more of your book x

  13. Great work from Horace and you :) A wonderful page.

  14. I love your post and page.Gosh I just met a craft bear assistant!!;-)
    Thank you for joining the challenge at Craftbarn :-)

  15. Lovely spread - like all the inky parts and the metall charm!

  16. Hi there.
    Wow you've had fun! Glad to see you playing along with the challenge!


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