I was plunged into the world of challenge blogs this year when Artist Trading Post, (one of my fave shops), sponsored Alter It Monthly, (an altered art challenge blog), in June.
The theme at Alter It Monthly in July was "Valley of the Dolls". The idea was to alter a doll/doll's head or feature dolls in your art somehow. Initially I was stumped but then I had a couple of ideas. I only managed to complete one in time to enter it, the other I shall complete at a later date.
|My completed Canvas - "Valley Of The Dolls"|
|The Raw Materials ( didn't use everything in the end)|
For the Sun I used Tim Holtz Colour Wash in Sunset Orange and Perfect Pearl Mist in Sunflower Sparkle and mixed them together and blotted until I was happy with the look.
For the grass I used Tim Holtz Colour Wash in Lettuce and Meadow and blended with wet wipes. Then sprayed Perfect Pearl Mist in Sunflower Sparkle over the top.
Tip for beginners, cover the rest of the canvas while you spray, otherwise you end up with droplets of colour all over your canvas and not just in the areas you intended.
|Sky, Sun, Clouds and Grass|
For the clouds I used the circles stamp from Tim Holtz's Psychedelic Grunge plate and Ranger Dabber paint in Pearl. I used different parts of the stamp and grouped it together to make my stylized clouds.
To add more detail to the grass I used the "squiggly" stamp from Tim Holtz's Rockstar plate and Pine Needles Distress Ink, and stamped it along the bottom of the canvas.
Tip: stamps come out less defined on canvas unless you use paint.
|Combining to build the tree|
Plus do it in stages, as I spent a whole day continuously twisting metal wire together and my hands totally cramped up and wouldn't uncurl. Never let it be said I don't suffer for my art lol!
|Doll Heads Before Hair|
|Creepy Message Leaves|
I cut out a chain of paper dolls. I then covered their bodies using lots of different pieces of Tim Holtz Tissue Paper Tapes. This was quite fiddly and time consuming but provided an interesting end result. I then inked them with Distress Inks to add colour.
|Paperdolls Inked and Mounted|
|Frozen Charlotte Butterfly Dolls|