I decided on a compact size (6x6), as we are a very international group, and concerned about postage costs.
Here is my newly completed cover art:
I drew a (deliberately) crooked border and filled it with colorful doodling, my version of Mexican folk art. Wasn't at all trying to be authentic, this is just what Frida's art inspires in ME.
Inside the frame I created the background with Portfolio water soluble oil pastels and torn paper used as a mask. After buffing it with paper towels, I painted over it with gold mica paint, which I'm sure doesn't show up in the photo, but it is nice and shimmery.
The picture of Frida began with some clip art. I put into practice the drawing technique Jen taught us on the retreat. I lightly gessoed over the image of Frida and then drew and colored over the gesso, so the original image served as a guide. Since it was a portrait, I added the skirt (which has dimensional flowers) and scarf (a piece of ribbon).
The wonderful letters that spell out Frida were stamped with black ink, using a great Tim Holtz foam alphabet set (sadly, no longer available), which I was lucky enough to get last year on the Mexico cruise.