Monday, March 4, 2013

Altered Book Alpha Challenge - M is for Mask


Thank you everyone for your wonderfully encouraging comments last week for my watercolour sunflowers.  My entry this week in the Craft Barns Alpha Challenge HERE is a 3 dimensional page made with Sculpey. The inspiration for this spread was from a piece of work that I saw by a Swedish lady, Mikaela, whose work with Fimo is amazing.  Two pieces of cardstock form the base for the pages and a thin layer of sculpey transparent placed on top.  After stamping and creating texture with chains I made two eyes from yellow cardstock with a pupil drawn on each and then stuck with glossy accents to flat bottomed glass rounds, the type used in floral decorations.  Each eye was surrounded with clay and  moulded to form the lids.  Tiny cuts for lashes and balls of clay surround the eye to give it dimension, some of which are squashed flat to make the scales.


 A vine of clay, leaves and the word mask are additional decoration.  I have used a base coat of black gesso and then rubbed with olive green and copper Inka Gold to highlight the stamping and texture of the pages.

May not make the next challenge for a while as having a total hip replacement and not sure how comfortable I will feel at my crafting desk, but I will try my best to keep up. 










24 comments:

BJ said...

WOW this is absolutely amazing. BJ

Vicky Hibbs said...

Wow that's some work of art....the eyes are mesmerising!

Flo said...

This is great. I love all the details!

Scrapmate said...

Amazing work! It looks so tactile like a lizard's skin. Hope the op goes well.

Fuzzie Fingers said...

Wow! This is amazing. I love the black and the olive green together. Good Luck with your op.

Tracey-B said...

This is absolutely wonderful! Oh how I'd love to create a project like this.

Karen said...

You may not be crafting for a while but you are leaving us this gorgeous piece of art to look at Paula!!!!! A totally amazing piece, it must have taken you an age!

I hope all goes well with your op and that you have a speedy, comfortable recovery.

Thank you for joining us again over at The Craft Barn xxx

Dawn said...

Wow wow wow, this is truly breathtaking Paula, superb artwork as always my lovely and so wonderfully original and creative.
All the best for your op too sweetie, I hope it goes well and that you recover swiftly and smoothly.
Huge hugs x x x x

Claire said...

Wow your page is amazing! It has so much texture and the colours you've used look fantastic! I just became your newest follower :)

Pat said...

What a great interpretation. Hope all goes well with you.

TwinkleToes2day said...

Visiting from the Alpha Challenge - WowWhee, that is one awesome page!! :0) Mo

Frea said...

OMG this is fabulous! Wow you will soo be in the wall of fame with this one! Love it! Good luck with your operation! Hugs Frea

paulaexuk said...

Thank you everyone for you kind comments and best wishes for my operation. I must admit I am a little nervous but most people say I wish I had done it earlier. They are going to use robotics which apparently results in better placement and length calculation, let's hope so.

Elaine said...

Stunning piece of work - love all the detail you've achieved and the colour is amazing!

Maisie Moonshine said...

Wow is too small a word! Stunning, amazing, fabulous - put them all together and maybe you get close! Going to have another look. MMx

Annie said...

Holy smacks!...what an awesome and creative way to illustrate your word!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, breathtaking, great colors and texture.

chrissies said...

Fabulous!

Love Chrissie xx

JansArtyJunk said...

Wowsa...this is absolutely stunning...amazing creation ...Wonderful details!...Love it!
...and Good luck with your Op..Jan x

lena-dailyscrap said...

Wow! This is really cool and amazing at the same time! Great work! Beautiful!

Chris R said...

Amazing! Wonderful details and colors

Sylv said...

Fabulous pages, love the techniques, those eyes are amazing. Hope you will be back with us soon.

Sylv xx

The Craft Barn said...

WOW !!!!!
I am speechless. This is flipping awesome. Love it!!
Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn.
Izzy

Sandy said...

WOW!! WOW!! This is out of this world fantastic - how in the world did you do this!!!!!! I love it!!!
Sandy