Thursday, 6 March 2014

eclectic Paperie`s ePlay Challenge push your boundaries . . .

Welcome to eclectic Paperie’s ePlay Challenge – Push Your Boundaries!  We’re altering our challenges in 2014, creating one, month-long challenge, increasing the prize drawing, holding a design team blog hop, and including a product discount with each new challenge!  Check out the details below:
 ·         We’ve combined our two challenges into one, announced on the first Thursday of each month.  This gives the design team more flexibility with challenge topics and projects and allows you more time to enter!  
 We’ll also feature a product each month, and during the first day of the challenge, you’ll receive a discount on the featured product . . . be sure to check for the special code! 
 ·         Our prize drawing is increasing from $15.00 to a $25.00 gift certificate and the winner of each challenge will be announced on the last Thursday of each month and will be featured on the eP blog. 
·         Each month we’ll hold a blog hop featuring the beautiful artwork from our design team…just scroll down to the bottom of the post for all of the links!  Talk about inspiration!!
Our challenges are about encouraging you to explore your creative journey and inspiring you to step outside of your comfort zone.  When you submit your artwork, share a unique card, scrapbook or journal page, a canvas, home décor project, or anything that you’re excited to share!  We’re looking forward to crafting with you!
Today’s special is on Liquitex Gesso and for one day only, you can save 10% on a bottle of gesso…perfect for all of your altered projects!  Simply use code GESSO03 when checking out.


This months host is the lovely and talented Karen
 and the theme is to
Alter a book
now if you know me, then you know I adore working in old books!
I have been working in one particular old book for a while now, but hadn`t managed to get around to altering the cover until . . . .
 So here is an after picture above after using Gesso
 { which I can`t live without! }
I had not realised just how much product I ended up using until now . . . 
Oooops I also used Tim Holtz Distress Glitter and UTEE, lol!
This is how it looked before  . . . a bit worse for wear but still touchy feely.
So what did I start with?
I started by brushing on Gesso, dryng it with a heat tool to speed things up.
Next out with the stencils and applied Gesso through it using a palette knife, but you can use a plastic card or strong cardboard works just as well.
 Time to add a doodle and a little paint.
I love to add a touch of water to the cover before adding a little Pan Pastel for instant watercolor paint!
Now it got tricky, I put the camera down and got carried away using all the product . . . 
but can you see the layers . . . stamps, rub ons, doodling and colors?
 I just kept on layering and layering until I was happy with how it looked before adding UTEE  for added protection when being handled.
 I sure hope I have inspired you to haul out your supplies and alter a book . . . 
go on and push your boundaries!

Be sure to click on the thumbnails below for more inspiration!

Big hugs


rachel said...

this is fab Tracey - brilliant inspiration xx

toni said...

Wonderful Tracy! Love , love , love your layering, and doodling .topping it all off with a layer of U TEE genius !

Sue C said...

Beautiful book Tracy! Love all the layers and the colours. Sue C x

Julie Short said...

Super Duper Tracy!I enjoy these challenges!

Micki said...

I love how you use pan pastels and love your girl. The book is fabulous and love love your artistic style. :-) xoxo

Nikki Killinger said...

Beautiful, absolutely wow. xx

Karen Crossen said...

Gorgeous Tracy! I always love it when you play and play and forget to take pictures!! That is when you know you are really having fun!! Beautiful book!!

glitzzy said...

Wowzer I love your beautiful journal the colours are amazing really beautiful xxx

Sue Lelli said...

Yes, I am so Inspired by your Beautiful journal cover! LOVE all of the layers and textures and colors! LOVE the words and the girl! Just FABULOUS, Tracy! LOVE it!

Lisa S. said...

Gesso is a good thing, as Martha would say. :) Love how the cover of your journal turned out. So much inspiration on this blog hop, thanks!

butterfly said...

Another beauty, Tracy - had no idea I'd missed so much - but what a joy to see it all together - like the most amazing art gallery, all right here on my computer screen. Fabulous inspirational work, as always, thank you.
Alison xx

Broni said...

This is so gorgeous, Tracy! I love seeing your beautiful doodles and how you dress them up with paint and other goodness!