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Saturday 1 June 2013

June Challenge, more quotes

Hello there lovely bloggers, and welcome to a new challenge from the bears. The theme of quotes seemed to be very well received, with some friends having more than one entry, which is fantastic, thank you beary much to all who entered.

Feedback from friends suggest quotes are more popular than themes, so we decided to use quotes again, but this time from Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. We do love our 19th century novels, and there are some wonderful quotes to be found in them, which can be taken entirely out of context in the name of art. Just see the wonderful interpretations of last month's Little Women quotes!

This month we would like you to make a piece of art, this can be an ATC, art journal page, tag, altered book, an off the page art work, anything that you want.

Use one of the following quotes in any way you see fit; interpret them literally according to the book or subvert them to fit your art. We love off the wall as much as we like literal translations.

'Everything in life seems unreal'

“I often think it would be such luxury to go mad, and not have to worry about anything. Others would have to worry for me, about me.”

“Say whatever your memory suggests is true; but add nothing and exaggerate nothing.”

“You have rather the look of another world. I marvelled where you had got that sort of face.”

“It is not violence that best overcomes hate -- nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury.”

"Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs."

"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will".

'It is time someone undertook to rehumanise you"

“she is in a world of private dreams , not here with us !”

" I had to cross before the looking-glass; my fascinated glance involuntarily explored the depth it revealed"

Alternatively, if none of these quotes suit you, you can use any quote you choose, as long as it can be found within the pages of the chosen book.

One little rule, HAVE FUN. This is a just for fun challenge, we don't want to judge a best etc, as we think all the artwork you enter is FAB, and you are all winners in our eyes, we just love the fact that you take time to enter and play along with us.

If you can, do visit the other entrants blogs, it's always interesting to see all the different interpretations on the theme.

This month we're trying something a little different, making one art piece to show you to start the challenge off, and another at the end of the month as usual. We're hoping it will inspire some extra bloggers to join us.

Over to Horace:

I decided to decorate some pages in the art journal, and chose the quote
“I often think it would be such luxury to go mad, and not have to worry about anything. Others would have to worry for me, about me.”

I hadn't used the Dylusions sprays for a while, so I dusted them off

and began misting.

Ooh, what lovely colours.

I used the second bears' art journal to mop up the excess mists.

After applying Dyan's ghosting technique and spraying water through a Dylusions stencil, I dried the page and added extra Dylusions, also through the mask.

Next I needed a mad image, which I achieved by mixing a Dylusions frog head and curly hair with a cute girly stamp. Hmmm, yes, that's definitely mad.

After colouring my image and adding other mad couch people images, I produced this

Here's a left hand close up.

and a right hand close up.

I hope you like my little offering, we'd love to see what you all make.

Oh, we'll keep the competition open until the end of June. Happy creating.

With love from the bears


  1. I love Jane Eyre so this is right up my 19th century street. Love what youve done with your page. Im off now to get my artistic thinking cap on

    Gill x

  2. Hmm, that's a tempting challenge Bears. My thinking cap is on too....I just mustn't forget to create something when I get back to Small Worlds....en route there now but in Germany at the moment with no means of creating.

  3. Jane Eyre. Hm. I need to do some reading!

  4. A fantastic page from Horace, and a really spectacular set of quotes to work with. Need to thank you because, on a day when I really didn't feel like I had any crafting in me, your challenge sent me straight to the craft table. Am part way through something now - so I'm very grateful to you!!
    Alison xx

  5. Hi Horace
    what a great fun page, I love the quote so funny and the images made me smile. You have used some fab colours on your pages

  6. Hooray ive finally joined in and had a blast doing so

    Gill x

  7. How exciting. Jane Eyre is my most favourite book of all time. Look forward to doing my entry, eventually !! Ali x

  8. Wow, Horace!

    You and Dylusions sprays seem to work together very, very well! Such a bright page! Love it!

    die amelie x

  9. Hi Horace - great quotes and fab pages - will REALLY TRY to come up with something! MMx

  10. Yay - living up to my promises this month!!
    Alison xx

  11. This is fabulous Horace, great images and love the colours you have used, oh and that fab quote too. Gill x

  12. Yay !! I managed to get something done at last. :-)
    Thank you for this Challenge darling Bears.
    IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  13. ooooh what a challenging challenge - but got there in the end - thanks ...Gill x

  14. There we go Bears, made it in the end :-)

  15. Done one! I hope you like it.


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