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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

WOYWW - Dictionary Decoration

Hola there. It's the oh so cute Pooh bear here today to show you the creation station that is my workspace this week. If you're wondering what on earth WOYWW means, then hop along to Stamping Ground to find out about this weekly blog hop that is ever so slightly addictive.

Anyway, here is my desk, taken by Wilbear at a very odd angle


So, what can be seen, a book opened to my latest project page, some gesso, a pink heat gun, inks, gesso to prepare my page for creating, some bearby wipes, oh, and a half eaten apple to provide sustenance whilst I craft!

I'm working on this fortnight's Alpha challenge at The Craft Barn. This week's letter is R. We chose a French/English dictionary for this challenge and inadvertently set a theme of words that translate to the same in either language. As we mean to carry on as we started, my first task was to find a word that translated to the same in both languages, and after much perusing and ooh la la ing, at last I found a word that could be illustrated without too much tearing out of fur.



I added a very generous layer of gesso to both sides of the book, covering the intended word with card so that it didn't get obliterated in the process. I squidged the book together, and sat on it, to press the gesso into interesting textures.


Once I had unglued myself from the book!!!! I heat dried the gesso


I then used distress stains to colour the page, green for a grass effect, and blue for sky.


I added some rugby themed embellishments, including the inimitable Jonny Wilkinson, our favourite player, i then realised I had accidentally wiped the blue distress stain OVER my chosen word! ARGH!!!

As an ever resourceful bear though, I quickly flicked through Wilbear's latest copy of his TV magazine, and cut the word rugby from the sports pages, along with some extra rugby themed words.


I decided the page needed a little more, so cut some clouds from our memory box die, again cutting them from the TV mag (I hope Wilbear had read the sports pages).

Here is my alpha challenge for this fortnight. Now that's done, I'm off for a little nosey around some blogs, courtesy of WOYWW.


With love from the bears.

35 comments:

  1. Oh wow, I LOVE your altered book! And the fact that it's a French-English dictionnary totally appeals to the francophone in me. :)

    Hope the bears have a fun and creative week.

    Ali #80

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  2. What a great Idea, love the use of the Dictionary, so clever x
    have a Great week Happy WOYWW Heather #73

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  3. Great pages bears! You brought a little tear to my eye - Moonshine Minor had a onsie just like yours when he was a tiny baby sob, sob - I must be hormonal! Have a great week MMx #67

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  4. What busy bears you have been especially Winnie working on that journal ....
    Jackie 3

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  5. Afternoon (just!) Bears... so , a challenge within a challenge, that's going to be hard to keep going for 26 entries, I feel..... Liking the rugby page though. Helen, 8

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  6. Loving the idea to use 'rugby' for your 'R' pages!!!! Brilliant!

    Karen from The Craft Barn x

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  7. Do your bottom has recovered from the unsticking. :) haven't started to work on my alpha page yet. Nice choice of words great page, bears. Happy WOYWW! Nan #9

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  8. You have a very tidy workbench. Maybe that's why you do such wonderful projects.

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  9. Hope the unglueing didn't hurt too much (reminds me of Mel Gibson waxing his legs in "What Women Want").

    I wonder how a workdesk can look so tidy while working on a project... I always create double mess than creative output it seems.

    Have a wonderful Workdesk Wednesday evening!

    Hugs,
    die amelie

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  10. What a clever bear you are. Lovely page as well.
    Thanks for visiting already, much appreciated.
    Ann B
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  11. Willbear what have you done with Horace? I do hope you have been nice to him and not stolen the limelight all for yourself? I think the journal page is great thanks for sharing.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza 47

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  12. Love what Pooh has done with rugby - great pages!

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  13. What a clever creative bear! Have never used gesso, thank u for sharing your lovely desk :)

    Angela #117

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  14. Interesting pages. It got me thinking about common French/English R words & I came up with Rose.

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  15. Very cool altered book! Thanks for sharing your cool project. :) Happy WOYWW! Tammy #78

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  16. Very interesting project, I do hope your furry bottom is now glue-free! Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz#127 xx

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  17. i like the bears taste in rugby players and your page is great- as usual. i must try your patented bottom stamping and glueing sometime, always makes me chuckle that.

    have a great week bears

    Gill x

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  18. Nothing like a rugby man, a real man, not like the footballers in their shiny shorts! Great page and word. Thanks for visiting me today BJ#20

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  19. What a great job Wilbear! Busy little bear..
    Brigita #138

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  20. Oh Pooh Bear, you've done a wonderful job on this R page. You are, indeed, resourceful...another R word. Glad you didn't have to pull your fur out over this. I like that you added Rugby related words. Clever bear!

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  21. Hahaha I LOVED this post!! Just what I needed to read this morning...thank you! Your bear is just so cute and my oh my just full of personality and clever to boot!! What a great job on the altered book! Thank you for visiting my blog earlier. Have a wonderful week and happy WOYWW.
    Janene #77

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  22. Hi Bears - great to see Pooh's sport inspired page !! Have a fun crafty week ! Ali #15

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  23. Lovely pic of Jonny Wilkinson - so thank you for that for starters! Like the new angle on the desk too... Are Distress Stains on fur hard to get out?
    Alison x

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  24. Fab page! Love your organised corner! Chris122x

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  25. Great altered book! I have now had a glass of wine and I am still trying to visit everyone so my message may be incoherent lol! jenx 129

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  26. What a fun and whimsical post! Bravo!!!

    Jeannie #32

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  27. You did well and not a patch of fur anywhere. Your blog page was fun to read...I could bear-ly put it down. Sorry, I couldn't help myself. I think scrappyjen shared her wine!

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  28. great page POOH bear ad great photography from Wilbear and looks like it was messy but worth it great idea using the sports mag a fab page you must be pleased love to the bears Andrea #88

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  29. How fun, love how the page came together.

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  30. Yo bears! So sorry I'm late in returning your visit. Looks like you've been beary clever this week with the gesso and stuff. Happy Wednesday. :o)
    Sue x (MiniOwner@43)

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  31. Well done Pooh Bear love your pages and word choice

    MaggieH

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  32. Wonderful page Pooh, love the rugby theme.

    Sylv xx

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  33. LOL the clever and creative Bear makes me smile. Thanks. Cool pages. I really like the stamp and photo togheter.

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  34. Boy do I ever need a French dictionary - your pages are wonderful!
    Sandy

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  35. Great interpretation!! Well done
    Thanks for playing with us
    Izzy

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