Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Crown Makes The Queen

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The title says "No ensemble is complete without a crown".

These pages are for one of the circle journal groups I belong to. This one is obviously the Marie Antoinette journal and these pages are for Sarah Walker in Australia. She has not chosen a particular theme for her Marie journal like some of us have and just said to do whatever we feel inspired to do. I felt that Marie needed a crown. It seems that all the paintings that exist of her that I could find, none of them depict her in a crown. She was queen after all right?

Here are the details of the 2 pages.

1. The backgrounds are both scrapbook paper that I aged with Dusty Rose Distress ink. The crown page has a lot of stamped images over the paper from a Marie Antoinette set I have.

2. The border around the crown page is a Martha Stewart punch that I punched from gold and colored with Rub-N-Buff. (The Distress ink wouldn't stick to the glossy gold paper.) The border around the Marie portrait is hand tatting from my stash of vintage sewing goodies. I hand dyed it with Weathered Wood Distress ink. (How did I do art before I owned Distress ink?)

3. The crown is made from some heavy gold foil I have that I attached to some white card stock by running it through my Xyron. I then cut a whole bunch of stuff from my Sizzix and Cuttlebug dies and started playing. (I also used some embossing folders from Sizzix.) Once I decided on a design I liked I glued the pieces down and aged it with black acrylic paint. (I painted then wiped it off.)

4. I added strings of pearls and rhinestones to the crown some of which are colored with alcohol ink.

5. Marie's portrait has the crown Photoshopped in. I found an on-line store that sells pageant tiara's and got a good image that looked "crown" like then just cut and pasted the image to Marie's portrait.

6. The frame around Marie's portrait is made from black german scrap that I colored with gold Rub-N-Buff. I then mounted it on another piece of the gold foiled paper that was glued over a piece of chipboard. I cut it slightly larger then the chipboard and bent down the overhang to make it look beveled like a picture frame.

7. I attached small eyepins to the back of the frame and dangled a pearl tear drop and some antique brass chain to complete the portrait.


Janet Ghio said...

You are right--she dos need a crown!! Beautiful pages!

Lori said...

HO-LEE-CRAP - these are just STUNNING! I just never think to use the rub n buff on plain paper, duh! Spectacular results. The hand dyed tatting is AWESOME! That crown is something....

Anonymous said...

Ooooo, what a fabulous crown!

Netty said...

Beautiful work, love it. Annette x