Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Alison Bomber Project #3 Dolls Houses ....



"Hello everyone. Alison here again, with my third and final project for October... and this one’s a little bit craaazy.  It also has two alternate endings. Those of a nervous disposition may want to avoid the final stage! This one was prompted by several triggers: firstly the weird and wonderful Ink & the Dog Dolls stamps themselves".

ID Dolls 1

 ID Dolls 2

 ID Dolls 3 

ID Dolls 4 
Secondly, a fabulously long and skinny bit of wood (the sloping walkway from a rocking wooden cat toy which was broken and being thrown out in the massive house-clearing that’s going on) ...

And, finally the inevitable journey that my head takes from Dolls to dollshouses because of my mother’s lifelong hobby (obsession?) collecting them, which has led to her having her own small dollshouse museum in the Czech Republic, Small Worlds. You can read all about it here http://czechdollshouses.blogspot.co.uk if you would like.

The wooden piece came first. It measures about 14 x 2 inches, so immediately sets the brain going: “What can I possibly do with that?!”. As usual, my first step was a coat of Snowflake Fresco Paint. I debated using the side within the frame, but decided that would make any stamping I wanted to to doubly difficult!
I added some torn tissue tape along the bottom, with another wash of Snowflake over the top of it.
By this time, my thinking was that this would form the ground under a wide, low sky, so I grabbed some sunny blues.
I applied them with the edge of a piece of card, using zigzag movements.
I built from the darker colours on the top ridge, and working downward getting progressively paler, as well as making fewer strokes down towards the horizon.
Love the painty texture where it’s thickest at the top, and the sense of movement. 
Time for the grass - regulars at Words and Pictures will know I love my grasses! A different trio of paints for this...
... but the same method of application...
... and making sure to add some colour along the bottom edge, as I had done along the top.
While that dried off fully, I started playing with my Dolls.
I already had them stamped out for when I was trying my original (unfulfilled-as-yet) idea... so I had some to mess about with, but once I’d worked out the plan, I restamped using my double-colour technique, as with yesterday’s stamping.
It’s a bit subtler here - using Sepia and Coffee - but I still like the effect. I started with Sepia on the stamp, then added an edging of Coffee.
Clearly the Dolls weren’t going to fit on the weirdly shaped bit of wood as they were.  Things were about to get ugly for the Dolls: time to get the scissors out...
And I started building little houses...
And factories...
The tissue tape had pretty much disappeared under all that grass, so I decided the houses needed some more stamping to “stand on”. I used the script stamp from Dolls 2, and you’ll see as the photos go on that it kept getting more layers - in Olive, then Potting Shed, and then Plum!
It’s really hard to get a photo of the whole piece, it’s so long and thin, but let me try and show you the whole street of houses in one go:
Since it used to be the walkway for a rocking cat, you might call it Cat Walk, I suppose (sorry).  It’s certainly a “Strange Reality” - all these bizarre buildings lined up amongst the giant grasses...
Well, they’re miniature houses, I suppose. 
In any case, the words from Ink & the Dog’s Eclectic plate 2 seemed appropriate...

ID Eclectic 2
But things are about to get even stranger...  It all felt just a bit too clean and neat, so I decided it was time for a bit of doodling - and here’s where you might want to call it a day.  If you thought the decapitations were bad enough, you might not want to see what I did next! 

Easiest to go house by house, I think.

So the building housing Queen Victoria...
... ended up with Victoria herself getting a bit of a Mohican, as well as a very unkempt beard.
The factory (I don’t know why I think of her as ‘the factory’, I just do)...
... got a little bit of a makeover.
Our solitary gentleman...
... is looking a little less manly.
The wild thing...
... is looking a little wilder.
And Dolly here (in her second appearance this week, after the journal pages the day before yesterday)...
... has clearly spent too long in the sun.  Cute freckles though, I think.
And you’ll have spotted the scary QuestionMark Birds now hovering over the whole place.
So, that’s where my head took me this month...  I’m under stress with moving house, okay?! 
I hope you have fun playing, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you make of this week’s creations!  Thank you so much for your time and your lovely feedback, and I’ll see you again in November.

Leandra Says: Hahaha very funny. Great that you went with your crazy side! I love both versions, but the quirky weirdo zone is definitely a perfect fit with those stamps!

Gillian Says: Bravo Alison ... love this "outside the box" project. This is a real statement piece with those gorgeous blue/brown tones and those quirky ID images. Love the depth in the background layers. Thank you for another brill week.

27 comments:

Helen said...

Hmmmm....!! Love it, Alison, crazy though you most certainly are... the blue paint looks fabulous, so does the grass.

sam21ski said...

Fabulous transformation of a piece of wood from a broken toy!!

Really love how you went wacky with the pens at the end!!!

Fantastic piece - really love it.

Sam xxx

Mark said...

Beautiful project, love the additional enhancements on the images!

Annie said...

This is a favourite piece....real quirky and appealing

Wonderful inspiring make

TFS

Annie x

Kezzy said...

Oh wow wow wow I have most of these dolls and never used them so I have to have a go at your projects this week lol. So loving this, really funky :-) Kezzy xxx

isisimaginings.com said...

I completely LOVE this, it's right up my street (sorry) & I love the doodling too. Now I definitely have got to get some of these stamps - WHY haven't I got them before now??

Dorthe said...

Wonderful "story book" and totally funny with those great stamps of houses with their inhabitants :-)
Fantastic way of doing the sky Alison.
xo, Dorthe

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is amazing, Alison! I think this might be my favourite project of yours ever. I love the quirky dolls and their houses. I definitely like your slightly mad side and we should see more of it!

Lucy x

Rita said...

Wow Alison. What a masterpiece. The first thing that came to mind was great graffiti. Then I realized this was much more than that and I love it. Fabulous creation Alison. Hugs Rita xxxxx

Lin said...

This is great Alison wild and wacky!!!

Christi Conley said...

I absolutely LOVE this piece - it is SO me and I'd hang it right in my living room :)

Astrid Maclean said...

This reminds me of all sorts of funny things Alison, better left unspoken I think, but it certainly brought a big smile to my face and what an inventive way of using these stamps!

Baroque duJour said...

I totally love this its like a story, an adventure that opens up possiblities, fantastic. Thanks for sharing this will def have a go with the sky and grass technique.

Julie Ann Lee said...

I love the wackiness of this and little houses are some of my favourite things in any form! It's so lovely and playful and imaginative. I love the way you used something that would have been thrown away otherwise. I discovered your mother's museum once by chance on the Internet. I didn't ever make the connection with you, but Small World was just fascinating. Can't wait until your next semester to see what you have in store then! Julie Ann xx

Amanda said...

What a wonderful twist to give to this whole piece, I love how this had turned out.
Love
Amanda x

Linda Cain said...

This is so fun! I LOVE it!

~Linda

chrissies said...

Amazing piece of artwork

Love Chrissie x

Gio said...

Oh, it's marvellous, and so out of box! Such creativity!

May said...

Fabulous Alison... your work & doodling is AmAzing...In my book it's a masterpiece...Hugs May x x x

Redanne said...

An amazing and wonderful quirky transformation! Hugs, Anne x

cathylynn said...

Only you could transform a sliver of wood into art. Fabulous colors and fun stamps! Brilliant Alison!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

A wonderful collection of stamps that bring the most amazing level of interest to this piece of altered wood.
Wishes
Lynne

Andrea Small said...

yum yum yum

Andrea x

Kathi said...

I really like both versions, but am glad you let your wild child out to play for the second one!

I love your little houses in the ivy!

Coco said...

Alison, what a great project again, that's a marvelous week with you !!! I love both versions, you have a fabulous imagination, and all is always beautiful !!! Coco xx

Dianne said...

This is BRILLIANT amazingly creative, you are THE BOMB*****, might be why you think your a little crazy, I think your a Genius, working with your Mother all these years has given your creative streak just soar to heights that are remarkable, I'm proud and thankful I could witness all of it, thanks for sharing it all...

Margaret said...

Loved seeing and reading about your creative process on this! Marvelous bit of repurposing!

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