Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Three Muses Challenge - You Are What You Eat

My fruit and veg lady is a complete collage in herself! Fresh produce images from JenU Designs and other bits and pieces by Fiddlette at Scrapartist.
PLEASE READ: Chrisy is a regular contributor to the Three Muses Challenge. She is away over the Easter holidays and she has asked me to post her entry HERE

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Mixed Media Monday - Eggs

Spring isn't in the air in my part of the world but I have been caught up in the excitement expressed by my friends in the Northern Hemisphere.
My collage contains elements by Irene Alexeeva of Scraporchard.

Sunday Postcard - Time for Tea

My tealady is an image from Art-e-Zine, altered. The cups and saucers and edging are by Tangie Baxter at Scrapbookgraphics.

Friday, March 26, 2010

ACF Challenge - Background

Thankyou to the ladies of Art Creations Friday for the most beautiful background. The textures are wonderful.
The image here is from a collage sheet freebie by Land of Nod. Other bits and pieces from Catherine Designs and Createwing Designs.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Three Muses Challenge - A nice cup of tea

The lines of verse are from a poem by Rupert Brooke, best known for his WW1 Poetry and dying on the battlefield in France.
Image of woman from Land of Nod Collage Sheets. The cup is by Berna Datema of SBG but is greatly altered. The background papers are by Phuong Ton at SBG.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mixed Media Monday - Vintage Children

I know the exact vintage of this child. I cannot tell a lie. It's me, It is I, c'est moi!! It's a bit sad to admit that one is VINTAGE (circa early 1940's, age 15 months). I was wearing a bib then and I am approaching the age where I might be wearing a bib again!! Yikes.
The background is by Phuong at Scrapbookgraphics. The bird and edging are by Lauren Bavin at Digital Scrapbook Place. Photo from my own family album.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sunday Postcard - Steam Punk

The Grand Duchess, Davida du Chovny, was a modern woman for her times. She believed in the Industrial Revolution and, in a thoroughly modern way, became the poster girl for progress.
I had fun with steam punking the Duchess, especially finding a new use for hot hair balloons which here serve as the top of her gown and disguise her flat-chestedness. I found my bits and pieces for this picture from Maya at Scrapbookgraphics, Lauren Bavin at Digital Scrapbook Place and SherrieJD at Scrapartist. The beautiful image is a freebie from the lovely Ms Terri Kahrs at Pringle Hill Studios (thanks, Terri).
Enlarge for more detail.
Thanks also to the ladies at Sunday Postcards for another great challenge.

Friday, March 19, 2010

ACF - Sisters

Thanks to the ladies at Art Creations Friday for the most beautiful image. I created some transparency in the image and layered it over blended backgrounds by Phuong Ton at Scrapbookgraphics. Also did a little touching up with colour here and there. Looks better enlarged.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Three Muses Challenge - Incognito

This must be a true story because everyone knows I don't tell lies (well, not very often). Louis, not Louis XVI, but Louis, hairdresser to the artistocracy, fell foul of the revolutionaries. He dressed as a woman to conceal his true identity but couldn't bear to give up his neat moustache and goatee and that proved to be his downfall.
I Googled a painting of Marie Antoinette (now greatly altered), a man's face (also altered) and the guillotine. Backgrounds and butterfly by Lori Davison at Scrapbookgraphics.

Monday, March 15, 2010

MMM Challenge - Party Animals

I tried to draw the kangaroos but couldn't quite get there and then I hit on the idea of scanning an outline from my granddaughter's colouring book. This I did and then painted them, adding party clothes and, ahem, beverages. Background pieces by Fiddlette of Scrapartist.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sunday Postcard - Goddess

It's Mother's Day in the UK this Sunday and the theme for Sunday Postcard is Goddess.
The picture above was Googled and greatly altered, adding layers and textures. Background papers by Lauren Bavin.

Friday, March 12, 2010


Thanks to the lovely ladies at ACF for the beautiful painting. I have given her a swing, extracted her from the original painting and used a lot of layers and lighting to achieve the final effect.
(Layers by Irene Alexeeva and Lauren Bavin). ENLARGE FOR BETTER DETAIL.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Three Muses Challenge - Using Newspaper

Poor Rose. All she can afford to clothe herself is newspaper! I painted the face and used a sheet of aged newspaper (from JenU Designs) and a paper rose by Irene Alexeeva.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Collage Obsessions Challenge - Dorothy Lamour

Thanks to Itkupilli for the lovely image of Dorothy Lamour. Other images and bits and pieces were Googled. Film strips by Irene Alexeeva and ticket, metal film strip and film container by Kubivet (freebies).

Mixed Media Monday - Black and White

I drew this one, as if doodling on a blackboard. Thanks for the challenge.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Sunday Postcard - Travel

Background and elements by Fiddlette, suitcase by Kubivet.

Friday, March 5, 2010

ACF March 5 - Happy Boy

Thanks to Hermine for the gorgeous image of the small boy. I have given him a body (Flickr free to use image) and an interest in Steampunk. Steampunk elements by Maya at Scrapbookgraphics.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Theme Thursday - Words about Art

The quote says - "An artist cannot fail. It is a success just to be one".
Elements from Fiddlette at Scrapartist.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Three Muses Challenge - "OH, MAN!"

I think the style here is collages upon collages. Yes, I got carried away! I began by separately collaging each man, starting with a head and then using bits and pieces (and some drawing) to create the bodies. Then I began to see them as lonely pioneers, all dressed up in their Sunday best, perhaps waiting for the mail order bride train (or coach) to arrive. The men's heads come from a collage sheet by Land of Nod at Flickr. The clothes were cut from papers by Irene Alexeeva at Scraporchard. The background ephemera is from Paula Kettering at Scrapartist.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Collage Obsessions - Stairs

Thanks for the lovely photo. I have coloured and layered mine and added a ghost or two. The ghosts are brushes from 500ml.
Looks better when enlarged.