Monday 5 November 2012

Bienvenue Au Cirque Français!

The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is "inspiration francais".  I thought I'd play around with the puzzle over the identity of the model for the Mona Lisa, which, of course, hangs in the Louvre in Paris.

I usually stamp in black, I love the stark contrast of black ink on white card stock, to the extent that sometimes I don't add colour to them.  When I'm aiming for a distinctive vintage feel though, sepia ink can often give a better result, and that's what I went for with this piece.

One of my favourite techniques is the Versamark resist technique, the faint ghosted images it leaves behind add a little more interest and intrigue than a bold, white resist would give.  I stamped the Carte Postale image in Versamark Clear ink and dried it with a heat gun before inking on top of it with Fired Brick and Peeled paint distress ink.

The Eiffel Tower, Cirque and dark Carte Postale were stamped with Archival Sepia ink and elements coloured with Promarkers.  I added a torn strip of Tattered Time cardstock to the edge of the Mona ATC stamp and cut along her hairline to insert a 2nd Mona behind her.  Finally the whole piece was edged with Gathered Twigs ink and mounted onto black card then onto my white base card.
Supplies I used included:

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froebelsternchen said...

fabulous! looks stunning!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous quirky French inspired piece Dan. Love your use of imagery and how you have altered one of your images . Inspired creation Dan. Tracy x

Candy C said...

Dan, this piece is so YOU! Love the vibrant colors. Your clown face Mona Lisa is something only YOU could dream up and bring to such a stunning end! LOVE your work and your sense of humor! <3 Candy

Andrea said...

you are very clever Dan at looking at different ideas with a stamp, a wonderful example of your imagination, just brilliant x

Sandra said...

Wonderful piece! Really love it. Like Candy said, this piece is so you! Hugs, Sandra

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Very clever & humorous Dan! I love your fun use of color! :)

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gillyb's crafting blog said...

very creative - love it

Words and Pictures said...

Love your disguised Mona Lisa - great fun!
Alison x

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