Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fashion Fades, Style Is Eternal

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This is another 2 page spread for a Marie Antoinette journal and these 2 pages are for Daisy Cooper. Her underlying theme for Marie was to have everyone create a dress for her. The real challenge for this journal was that the pages are kinda small at 5.5" x 6". I originally wanted to dress Marie in a steampunk outfit but ultimately it was just too small for me to be able to do what I wanted and still keep my sanity. Below are the details.

1. The background was done on 140 lb. watercolor paper, as Daisy requested, and I started by doing a wash using the new Tim Holtz  Distress Stains in Spun Sugar. (WONDERFUL stuff!) After it was dry I placed 3 different stencil masks from Tattered Angels over the pages and sprayed it with Tsukineko walnut ink in Cherry Blossom. The edges of each page were rubbed with Distress Ink in Pumice Stone to make them darker. To make the scrolls and frame stand out more I went around the edges of the stencil masks images with more of the walnut ink on a brush and some colored pencils. To finish it off I used a white gel pen to dot some swirls here and there.

2. Marie is from an image I collected from that fabulous french site I found a while ago. I cut the skirt off but eventually ended up recreating it in a more 3-D form. I started by scrunching some black crepe paper in 2 layers to create the overskirt. The underskirt is a piece of ladies hanky left over from a previous project with a piece of lace over it. The edging of the overskirt is made by hand gathering a 3 foot piece of silk embroidery ribbon. I then tacked it down by sewing rose colored seed beads over it.

3. The bodice was left pretty much as the original image but I added a "fur" collar by using some black Flower Soft. I cut apart a gold filigree bead to make her broach and the necklaces and bracelet are very thin gold stickers. To make the jet beads at the waist stand out I simply dotted them with a black glaze gel pen.

4. Here head dress was made by taking some black feathers and curling them with my scissors then gluing them behind her head. The hairpin is a self adhesive rhinestone cluster that I found at Michael's.


Juliet A said...

Your attention to detail is what makes your work so spectacular!

Barbara DeLisle said...


Anonymous said...

Fantabulous! Every page you do is beautiful, detailed and full of love. I'm honored to have so many of them in my journals.

Claudine C. said...

Everything you touch turns to GOLD! This is amazing!

Electra said...

I always LOVE your Marie Antoinette pieces, Valerie! Stunning!