This month at The Altered Alice the challenge is to use text as nonsense. The text background is pages from “Alice’s Adventures under Ground” the original manuscript written by Lewis Carroll aka Charles Dodgson for the real Alice who inspired “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”….Alice Liddell. I chose to use this version because I liked the handwritten look of the text and the fact that it included illustrations created by Carroll himself. As much as I love the Tenniel illustrations it was interesting to see how the mastermind behind all things Alice envisioned his characters. As much as the background looks like nonsense…it even says NONSENSE right there on the page it makes perfect sense for this project don’t you think? Oh my I’m getting curious-er and curious-er I’m afraid I will also be entering this project in the first Culture Shock Challenge where the challenge is to use text also.
I had a blast creating the Cheshire Cat and his tree. I recently re-watched the Disney version of “Alice in Wonderland” with my little guy (I always have to beg him to watch it with me) and wanted to put my spin on the Cheshire cat. The tree came first of course, for some reason when it comes to illustrating I’m a horrible procrastinator! I created the tree from Grunge Board and scrapbook paper, The leaves were created from metal colored with Alcohol inks. The metal was then die cut and snipped into leaves. Here I go with the metal again…thanks to the Inspiration Emporium and their Metal challenge this month.
To add depth and interest I stamped leaves on Tim Holtz Retro Grunge Paper Stash scraps…wow…say that ten times fast! As for Mr. Cheshire Cat…he was created yesterday while I performed my Civic Duty. Don’t worry I was never even called out of the jury room for an interview…but at least I got a Cheshire cat out of the deal I colored him with Copic Markers and added a few dots of Antique Lace Stickles to enhance his smile. If anyone needs to keep their teeth pearly white it’s the Cheshire Cat for sure!
Key phrases in the background were highlighted with Tim Holtz Fragments such as “Rabbit Esq.”, “Nonsense!” and “EAT ME”. The lettering “We’re all mad here” was stamped, embossed, colored with Copics and adhered to cellophane scraps I had leftover from this fish collage. I created a small sign to point towards a section I hope to do in the future…the Mad Hatter’s tea party of course!! I’ve saved one of the sides of the dresser for the tea party as I’m sure I will just be “MAD” with embellishments and illustrations for that scene. The background along the sides and bottom of the drawer were cut from an old childrens book I had. Don’t those little fern fronds look like the Momeraths? Be sure not to step on them.
I love the look of the snippets from the children’s book collaged along the bottom. It so reminds me of Wonderland, don’t you think so? The book I used was “Fairy Dreams” by Carol McLean-Carr. Some really fabulous images in this book….the idea to use some of the images for the altered dresser happened by accident. I was cutting out images for this witches cauldron , laid the book on top of the dresser drawer and wallah! I knew what I had to do
Another awesome Octopode Factory image! This was my first time coloring hair with Copic Markers. Not bad huh?
This Graphic 45 bird from the Time Flies set is one of my faves!! I have used him on a couple of projects (altered tea cups and a card) and I thought he fit perfectly on that tree branch. I colored him with Distress Stains and stamped. To add detail I lightly inked the stamp with Black Soot Distress ink and stamped over the Distress Stain image.
Well that’s it for me…for now Thanks for taking a walk through Wonderland with me…hope to see you again soon and as always I love hearing from you so let me know what you think!
Have an imaginative day!!