Monday, September 28, 2009

Recent Artistic Journeys

I know it has been awhile, but lately I have been immersed and obsessed with a Halloween altered book project. It is an art project for just me, which is rare. It involves altered art, digital art, and creative writing, so it is taking a HUGE amount of time. I have found some time to work on some more Marie art. Below you will see a better picture of my Marie Angel, thanks to natural light. Also, I have taken pics of the two pages I worked on for Deborah or Land of Nod Studios. This is for her altered Marie Antoinette book, for the round robin we are in.
The paper dolls go into a pocket hidden by the ribbon work, on the opposite page. The theater stands out a bit from the page.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Beautiful Blog and a Fabulous Giveaway!

Be sure to go over to Carol Anne's Boutique (click on her blog name to the left to go there) to check out her beautiful blog and her fabulous giveaway! You won't be disappointed!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Marie The Snow Angel is our sweet Marie adorned as the Queen of Snowflakes. She is off to work her magic at the annual Winter gala. Won't she stun her loyal courtiers?

The Queen's Autumn Theatre Debut

Yesterday, my journeys to the Petit Trianon rewarded me with a debut performance of the Queen in her new Autumn Theater. She was performing in an operaetta entitle The Gay Coquette. What a fitting title for a felicitous flirt! She was quite beautiful in her mint and pink gown, dancing her way through the cool autumn evening.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

More Marie Artifacts

As I was walking about Versailles last night, I came across this magical Scepter and this glorious cake illustration. I wonder what the Queen is up to with cake and scepters? Maybe she was trying to make the cake appear for her latest soiree....or maybe she was conjuring up some wonderful new fete. It is the season of magic and wonder!

The Queen of Hearts Strikes Again!

Here is my final tag for the Queen of Hearts Tag swap. All of the tags are EXACTLY the same, so I am only showing one here. This one features a movable wheel that helps the Queen decide who will lose their head today. I am glad the other tags were not right as it lead to more creative thought and these wonderful tags! I hope all the players love them! The first picture shows the front of the tag and the second picture shows the back of the tag.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

And Another One

The possibilities are endless! And I don't even have a mask tool in Elements.

More Digital Collage Adventures

I have been wasting time playing with my new found knowledge! Here is a new Marie image I created just today! I am LOVING this!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


I have discovered how to make brushes and patterns to use in Adobe Photoshop elements. I just KNOW I am going to have all kinds of fun with this. I love the idea of making my own, custom made papers for art. Wow!!! What a treasure. Here is the first paper I made. It is a grungy, Versailles theme! You can download it for free, but please do not sell it. This is sized for standard letter paper. To download, simply click on the image and then right click and choose save image. I hope you like it!

I am also going to include a grungy, spooky Marie for you to use for Halloween. The image is sized
to a full letter size, so be sure to reduce it prior to printing.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Spooky Marie Decor

Today I worked on making a Halloween themed Marie Antoinette banner. I just love Halloween and have been decorating this week. I love how this banner turned out!!! I bought the wonderful Digital collage images from Itkupilli on etsy. She does fabulous digital work!!! I also used some digital collage images from Cassiscreations, also on etsy. She is also brilliant in digital work. Both have some gorgeous Marie sheets you may want to check out!

A Chunky Journey to Wonderland

I have completed my chunky pages for a swap I am hosting. Each page has interactive elements. These were so much fun to make and I love them all!!!! They will be hard to trade out.
Here are the movable bits: Photo 1: "Painting the Roses Red" Pull the heart handle up to see the roses change from red to white. Same as pictured in a previous post, I only added a new element at the bottom of the page. Photo 2:"Down the Rabbit Hole" Pull the flower in the center to see Alice and the White Rabbit fall down the rabbit hole. Photo 3:"Off With Her HEAD!!!!!" Push the heart to the left to see the Queen advance upon Alice. Photo 4: "A Mad Tea Party History" Open the Matchbook to see gradually decreasing sized images of various Mad Tea Parties. Photo 5: "Advice From a Caterpillar" Pull the heart handle to the right to see a honeycomb mushroom grow.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Queen of Hearts Tags

I have finished my tags for the tag swap I joined. My character was the Queen of Hearts. I decided to go with an Art Deco theme. Can't you just see this lovely Queen eating some luscious tarts???

Hmmmm....I just now read the rules for this swap again and see that these need to be made of mat board. Now I have to start all over again. Always read the rules BEFORE making the art!

P.S. These really do have more depth and interest in person. I sometimes have trouble getting that to come across in a 2 dimensional photo. Helpful hints would be gratefully accepted! :)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Rose Bertin's Final Design

The designer to the Queen, Madame Rose Bertin, has made her final design for this Season's sample book. I believe the Queen will want to order each dress presented, no matter who says she is a fickle buyer.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Adventures in Wonderland

Lately I have been voyaging to Wonderland via a rabbit hole and a looking glass. While cavorting about at croquet, I happened upon the haughty highness Her Majesty, the Queen of Hearts. She was wearing some jaunty garnet slippers and had her arms and legs tatooed with roses.
While milling about the gardens, I came upon several playing cards painting the roses red. Oh won't the Queen be MAD?????
I hope you enjoy my Wonderland souvenirs!
Paperdoll: vitnage valentines and postcards with authentic Victorian scrap.
Chunky Book Page: Mixed media with moveable wheel that changes the roses from red to white.