Monday 15 July 2013

Octopode Factory, Alice is no longer in wonderland

Well we are well and truly baking our buns off over here in the UK, I hope where ever you are the weather is treating you well.
Today I am sharing an Art Journal page with you. The DT over at the Octopode Factory were asked/challenged by Lily to use some of her Alice images but to use them in a different non traditional way to show some versatility.
Head on over to Lily's Octopode Blog to see what the rest of the DT have come up with.
This is the first page in my new Dyan Reavely Journal and I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of the journal and how well it takes paint with out curling to much etc.
I used THIS ALICE image available from the Octopode Etsy shop and have coloured her with Copic's fussy cut her and clear embossed her twice befor sticking her to the bg.I also added a bit of bling to her hair clip, yep I have bling, just don't tell everyone ;)
The back ground was created using a technique I saw on Andy Skinners Blog and it's an Acrylic paint dripping technique, I love the effects you can get with this.
I used a mix of Decoart acrylic paints, a mix of the Traditions translucent colours and some of the Americana solid colours.
For the first time I tried stamping with paint instead of ink and am really pleased with the results.I started with the circles, they are just from a couple of different sized glass jars, the leaves are from Dyan Reavely and the barbed wire is from De Stempelwinkel's Hardware findings 1 plate and the letters are from their Stencil 2 Alphabet.
The little white dots were added using a white gel pen.
Im not sure how far away from Wonderland I managed to get, Maybe more like one of her nightmares?
Thanks for stopping by xx


  1. Wonderful - so colourful and fantastically freaky :-D
    IKE xx

  2. Brilliant page. Very different feel and look achieved with the paint!

  3. I agree about the quality of the pages Mark and you have done a wonderful job with the paint on yours. Love that Alice image and the barbed wire looks great. Beautiful work. Anne x

  4. Love the background and colours, and especially the barbed wire-stunning


  5. Love it, Mark! The barbed wire really adds an edge and the background ROCKS! xxD

  6. going to have to try this bg technique! it looks fabulous, as does the rest of your AJ page xx

  7. Poor Alice, she looks even more confused and concerned than she did in Wonderland! Fantastic cover!!

  8. This is amazing Mark, I love the barbed wire and the background and colours are fabulous.
    xxx Hazel.

  9. Oh how fabulous! Love it ... the barbed wire looks much more realistic than the stamp I have and the colors are just stunning. Great background technique. Hugs, Suzanne xx

  10. Great page! The background is a good mix of colours, and you have stamped a real nightmare.

  11. Hehe Very clever idea, love the barbed wire stamp. Definitely hints at a different story for Alice. Great page, very colourful and whimsical. Px

  12. Fab background, and the barbed wire is a fantastically dramatic touch. Love Alice's wide eyes of wonder... and the bling is very subtle!
    Alison x

  13. WOW totally awesome back ground!!!!! The rhinestones on the A is a nice touch! Great job Mark!

  14. Fab and the background is just wow. Love the barbed wire and fab colouring. x