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Monday, 4 March 2013

Craft Barn Alpha Challenge - M



Some days you just know immediately what you want to do and this was one of them. This time the Craft Barn Alpha Challenge was for the letter M but with the added proviso that the chosen word had to be between Ma and Me of the dictionary. So music, mystery and monster were out. I covered both pages with white acrylic paint making sure I masked the definition.
My M for Man started with a stamp depicting Michaelangelo's Creation of Adam (the first man). I stamped it on some PA Crackly paper that I bought from the Craft Barn yesterday. Leandra has done a very informative (if a little long) video on how to use this and I picked up several tips from that. I wanted this week's DPS to be monochromatic but I wanted a hint of flesh colour so I used watercolour pencils to colour the back of the stamped image by picking up a bit of colour onto a wet brush (thank you Lina for your excellent demo at the shop yesterday). The image was stuck down with Mod Podge. The BG of the image is made up of speckles so I decided to carry this over onto the whole DPS with a Hobby Art speckles stamp. The right hand page was stamped directly with an old Rubbadubadoo vitruvian man stamp, watercoloured and masked before adding the speckle stamp. I doodled some X's and Y's around the definition (a man's chromosomes). I added the computer-generated quote from Hamlet and some arrows.
Thank you once again for all your kind comments and the wonderful inspiration that your entries provide.
Edited to add: A Wall of Fame winner.

33 comments:

  1. Fabulous page and very inventive.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  2. Super page, very striking and great use of black and white with a hint of flesh tones. Love it. BJ

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  3. I really really like your entry and your tribute to Man! Have to ask who makes that Creation of Adam stamp?????

    hank you for taking part with our challenge over at The Craft Barn x

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment. The stamp is a wood mounted one by an American company called Toybox. I also have an unmounted version that I got in a grab bag so I guess a few stamp companies produce it.

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  4. Great pages, love the stamps and hint of colour within the black and white pages.

    Sylv xx

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  5. Oh dear, oh dear I had better get busy -- what a fantastic idea you have come up with and very well done. I think seeing the different ideas is as much fun as the seeing how the idea was translated to the dictionary pages! Well done!!
    Sandy

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  6. ooh this page is so cool! I love it. I haven't thought of my work yet! I had best get cracking! xx

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  7. Crackly paper? I will have to look into this. The pointillism background is a great idea, makes the stamps stand out

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  8. Fabulous speckled background and love the Da Vinci man too. The hands on the left hand page look as though there should be a spark between them as portrayed on the South Bank Show logo :)
    Great pages
    Lynn x

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    1. Yes I was thinking of the intro music to the South Bank Show as I was stamping it!

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  9. Great pages, the da Vinci man was perfect for this!

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  10. Ingenious spread, I love it. I am very lucky to have seen 'creation of adam' irl, it is truly breathtaking and seeing it again in any form always touches me, thank-you sweetie.
    Huge hugs x

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  11. Wow great page, like how you left it black and white. I need to choose my word for this fortnight - finding it hard this time round lol! Claire x

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  12. Visiting from the Alpha Challenge - Wow! Your pages are amazing. The B&W is so striking and the stamps very unusual. Great choice of word with a FAB interpretation :0) Mo

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  13. Gorgeous page! Love the use of the Michealangelo image! Hugs Frea

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  14. Great black and white pages depicting Man - love your images!

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  15. Michaelangelo and Leonardo and Shakespeare.....can't fail.:-) Great page.

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  16. Wonderful pages! That's such a great stamp. I like the saying because it can be interpretated in more than one way. Well done!

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  17. Fabulous Da Vinci pages, great details.

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  18. Wonderful pages...love the hint of colour, and what a fabby stamp...

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  19. Superb idea! Love that da Vinci stamp and the words can be very true too!!!

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  20. Lovely page and a great choice of words! Valerie

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  21. Wonderful work- absolutely wonderful. Your imagination has no bounds and that is a very good thing!!!!!! Your sentiment is so very true!!
    Sandy

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  22. Great pages love the black and white with a hint of colour, the stamp has to be an old favourite of mine too!

    MaggieH

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  23. This is a great combination of images. Love the subtle colouring. The background is a wonderful idea and sets off the definition and images beautifully. The Ys and Xs are such a fun idea for this theme. Great choice of sentiment, too.

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  24. That is a clever page! Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting.

    Cazzy x

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  25. This is a wonderful page !!! Full of very cleverly thought elements like the X/Y, the subtle coloring and seamlessly glued images on background... Love the stamps too. Good work ! Coco x

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  26. Great pages and a great stamp! xx

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  27. Brilliant page !!!
    Love it
    Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn
    Izzy

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  28. Still waffling over which word to use for the M challenge. Got six lined up but just can't make a decission!!! A simple idea to mask the word you want to keep but one I never thought of. I have been drawing a box around mine in red and then trying not to get the paint over the lines. Talk about make it difficult for yourself!! Like your chosen word and your layout for it. Hugs Mrs A.

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