Friday, April 23, 2010

The Queen & Her Cake - A Marie Antoinette Collaborative Art Journal

The most recently launched art journal group I'm in has Marie Antoinette as a theme. (Click HERE for details of this project).
This week I received two to work in, and have completed the pages for Daisy's.  Everyone picked a specific angle on the Marie theme, and Daisy's is "Fashionista Marie's Couture."  Daisy did some beautiful pages of Marie in various backdrops, wearing the most magnificent clothes, fashioned from paper, fabric, and lots of trimmings.  Tough act to follow (I'm the first to work in her book), but I've been accumulating loads of frou frou, so felt up to the task.
Here is page one of the two page spread:
The background is a photo of a period room, printed in black and white, with parts tinted with pastels.  I took a Marie paper doll as the base and fashioned her dress and headpiece from bits of fabric, ribbon, lace and other trims.  I covered her hair with lots of champagne stickles, glittered her shoes, and added pearls and other bling all over.  The text, printed on the computer, cut apart and edged with gold embossing, says,  "the dresses are lovely, but....."
What's the but?????   Well, fancy dresses might be nice, but for me at least, it was always, "all about the shoes."  Or, as Sue, our resident French expert told me, "il s'agit des chassures."
Oh, I did have fun with this page.  Shoes, shoes, and more shoes. The tiny one on the bottom is completely dimensional.  I found a pointy shoe pattern on the internet, and reduced it in size and made this little gem....I think that took longer than anything else on these pages.  Working in miniature is NOT easy.  But I'm really happy with the way these pages came out.  This style, as I'm sure you know, is so not me, and yet, so much fun to play with.
Now, on to Sue's journal.  Her journal is all about Marie's dreams.  Daisy's pages for her are great....Marie dreams of being a can-can dancer in the Moulin Rouge.  Haven't decided yet what my Marie will dream of, but I'm leaning towards something very 21st century.  Should be a hoot to do.

11 comments:

Scrapping Mom said...

Absolutely beautiful.....
I love it.

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Oh WOW.....Now that is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I love those pages!!!

Carol's Crafts said...

What a stunning outfit you made. I love it.

Clara said...

Eileen! I don't know how you do it, but you get better & better!The cards are fabulous!

Kerry said...

Wow! Fabulous! Absolutely beautiful, love the dress. Kerry P.

Diann said...

What a beautiful job you did with her M Antoinette dress...it's just fantastic! She will be thrilled when she see's your ART in her journal...great job! Diann

Angie Hall Haviland said...

OH MY GOODNESS, Eileen!!! These pages are FABULOUS!!! I LOVE how you embellished Marie...BEAUTIFUL!

Dorothy said...

Wow!! Beautiful is all i can say!!!

Lori said...

Frou frou galore on these, baby. You did a fantastic job, all the bling and everything just really goes with the theme, you rocked it! Love the little shoe, I can't even imagine...

inge said...

Hello Eileen,

what a glamourous pages you made ! You're not in this style, but you did it perfect ! I'm not in this style too normally and I don't know if I can come up with such creation as you ! ...
I like the black and white background as a stage for the frilly MA and the shoes ...OMG...

greetings from Belgium
Inge

Julie Ann said...

ooooooh!!! Your pages are so beautiful!! I know it's not your "normal" style, but you know what they say... if the shoe fits!!! lol :)