Monday, 10 June 2013

U is for... Urbain


Good afternoon all.

Now don't fall over with shock... but I have finished my entry for week 12 of The Craft Barn's Dictionary challenge - AND it was only posted yesterday!

This week's challenge is the letter U - no twist this time - the letter is challenge enough!

I have decided to go for Urbain in my French/English Dictionary which translates - not surprisingly as "Urban, pertaining to town life".  So here it is...





Some detail shots...




The Crafty Individuals CI 274 stamps were the perfect choice!

I stamped the "town" street three times and the "village" street once onto super smooth cardstock with Jet Black Archival ink. Then using a fine paintbrush, a little water and various DIs (Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Pumice Stone, Black Soot, Tattered Rose, Faded Jeans, Shabby Shutters, Dried Marigold and Fired Brick) I "watercolour" painted the various houses, trying to make them all different.

I then fussy cut them out (you will notice a certain lack of chimney pots!) After the bottom tier of houses I cut up between the buildings to break up the repeat, and then adhered them to the page with  a strip of hi-tack tape along the bottom of each row of buildings. Leaving the tops unattached, I hope, gives an impression of depth - and that there might be streets running between the houses.

This was a fun - yet fiddly - page which, on the whole, I'm quite pleased with and it was nice to get these stamps out again!

Off to link now - have a happy and creative day.



P.S. New post over at my gardening blog Maisie, Maisie, Garden Crazy  if you fancy a peep at my "outside studio".

24 comments:

  1. Thanks for coming to see my U page - I can see why yours caused problems with the photo - but it looks wonderful, and a great choice of word.

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  2. Adore all your houses and how you have cut round the repeat and just stuck the bottom edge. I couldn't tell they were repeated at all and didn't even notice the missing chimney pots. Super job. BJ

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  3. I do like you houses and the delicate way you have coloured them.

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  4. This is gorgeous, Maisie, you are so creative
    Rosie x

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  5. I love how you do the dictionary challenge in a dictionary. It's a wonderful idea!!
    Beautiful page and urban setting.
    xx

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  6. I love all your houses on the dictionary page! I feel that I want to open the doors and explore what's inside. You are always so inventive. It's so fascinating to see all the different interpretations of letter Us and all the techniques. I've just completed a journal page on the same word as you! I'm planning to post it soon - it's quite different to yours visually. Julie Ann xxx

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  7. I love your page Maisie, the houses are great and the pointing finger pure genius:)
    Val x

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  8. Great stamps, Maisie, that you've worked with excellence! I love how your page looks! All that tedious painting is awesome!

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  9. Beautiful cityscape, and great play on the word!!!! Lovely!

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  10. Hi Maisie, brilliant page! Love that cityscape! Hugs Frea

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  11. I like these stamps and the way you've grouped the houses.

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  12. Having a bit of a thing about architecture this one pushes all my buttons. Now have another stamp on my wish list too! Hugs, Jenny x

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  13. This is great - love how you've created the scene with all the houses up the hill!!

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  14. Wonderful illustrations, and a great word choice too, methinks your french/English dictionary is bigger than ours.

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  15. I love your page and the 'city' that you built with all of your careful stamping and cutting. Great idea!

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  16. Lovely page and great word choice love your "town"

    MaggieH

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  17. I love this so much I have ordered these stamps!
    Sandy

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  18. Great page. I can totally understand the lack of chimney pots. lol. Great colour scheme and layout.

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  19. Great pages! I love your town! xx

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  20. Catching up on comments after my hols, fabulous page, love the coloured houses and the layering.

    Sylv xx

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  21. True work of art and patience! Well done , it's fantastic!
    Thank you for playing with us at the Craft Barn
    Izzy

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Thanks for sharing your happy thoughts. Maisie Moonshine x

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