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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Shirley Defaces a Dictionary

Hi, peeps! I've never been comfortable with the idea of tearing pages out of a book for mixed media projects, on the basis that if I liked the book, I'll read it again so I don't want any pages missing, and if I didn't like the book I wouldn't want any part of it on my lovely artwork! So my compromise is to use a dictionary.

Not many pictures for you today, because I forgot to take some in the early stages. But you'll get the idea. I stamped the large tree from the HousesExtras set onto a dictionary page which I'd painted with gesso, then masked the trees and stamped the houses and the road markings.

I used Acquarelle Neocolour II crayons to colour the images, then blended them with water. The colours are opaque and painting over the stamped image softens the black ink, but that was the effect that I wanted.

I added a darker green around the trees to make them stand out a bit more, then mounted the panel onto white card and framed it with brickwork washi tape.

Finally, I made a plaque from the STAMP Club February 2015 set, Blossom Overture.

Products Shirley used in today's project:


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  1. The title of this alone made me HAVE to come read this. :) haha. Such a cute card with those arsty pastel houses. And I'm in LOVE with that brick washi tape. I was disappointed to learn that it wasn't a stamp!

  2. Whos, defacing a dictionary seems to have some major advantages. Great color with those crayons. Looks like a neighborhood I'd want to live in. Beautiful.

  3. Whos, defacing a dictionary seems to have some major advantages. Great color with those crayons. Looks like a neighborhood I'd want to live in. Beautiful.

  4. Love the artsy feel to this card Shirley and the brick washi tape. Carol x

  5. Wow, I love your card! So much so, I'm thinking about buying the house stamps! How do you mask, specially on this card! Love the layers of trees and houses.

  6. I love using dictionary pages for background and accents but have never colored on one before. Gotta try it.

  7. Lovely scene..love the brick frame too! Oh and I feel the same about tearing pages from books...its so hard to do that...

  8. I loved those cute n artsy houses,wonderful scene with them !

  9. I love your card - very bright and cheerful and very artsy:)

  10. And there I was expecting a tutorial on how to destroy a dictionary! Great card, your colours and images are brilliant... And it was a fitting end for that dictionary! Jo x

  11. That is an eye-catching title. I saved an old thesaurus that was falling apart for use in crafting..

  12. Shirley, the dictonary was probably outdated...did it have the word selfie in it? See, it makes better artwork!! I love your project!! It would look fantastic framed and hanging in your art room!!

  13. This is so cool, Shirley! I really like it a lot! Melissa (your teammate over at MMCC) P.S. Just in case it goes to your junk, please look for a email from me. :)

  14. Soooo cool! I love this (and your blog title too! Lol!)

  15. Great multimedia board! I like her vivid colors. Street scene almost like a photo :-)

  16. Wonderful scene - fab colours and really like the brick border. I use book pages from old novels that are falling to pieces and won't take another reading. I don't feel guilty then. I have an old dictionary too xxx

  17. Fabulous!!!! The washi tape border is the perfect touch!

  18. What a fabulous card - love the brick surround, and the fact you gesso'd over the dictionary page.


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