August 15, 2009

"We'll Always Have Paris"

"We'll Always Have Paris"
4"x6" Collage
(Click on the chandelier to see the details!)

Special thanks to Donna and Mandy at Sunday Postcard Art for asking me to be this week's guest artist. My chosen theme is "glamor". The epitome of glamor for me is the romantic period known as the cafe society in Paris during the 1920's into the early '30's. Elegant women wore silks, satins, pearls and furs. This is the era of Coco Chanel, the Moulin Rouge, intrigue and mystique. Hope you have fun playing along!

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My Techniques & A Surprise "Freebie"!

For Your Artful Pleasure!

This entire piece began with a wonderful background from Jack and Cat's Curio (Flickr), and the gorgeous lady (from the Library of Congress). The background of the lady was digitally "cut away"to make a .png file, added to the Paris background and digitally colored. The chandelier was scanned from a magazine and digitally placed on the background.

After printing the digital collage, additional color was added to the entire piece with watercolor washes, pan pastels and Prismacolor pencils. Shadows were added with smudged charcoal pencils and Prismacolor pencils. The flourishes were stamped with brown Stazon ink, and the entire piece is edged with a copper-colored border.

Hope you experience a touch of glamor in your day!

32 comments:

Lori Saul said...

Such a beautiful and inspiring piece Terri and a great theme- fantastic layering- really creates a dramatic "old Film" feel!

indybev said...

This is beautiful, and reminiscent of the era you mentioned. As always, meticulously done!

Judy said...

Beautifully done, Terri, great theme you chose!

Kris Dickinson said...

What a gorgeous postcard! Thanks so much for hosting this week! - Kris

sharon said...

Hi Terri! This is gorgeous, I love the depth you've created and the richness of color! Thanks again for your helpful tips and kindness! And thanks for the great freebie, I love her!!

katrin said...

terri your sample for this week on SPA is simply STUNNING!!! and thanks for the nice freebie. :-)

Martina2801 said...

The perfect image for this theme..great card, Terri!!
Thank you very much for the freebie:-)

http://truutske.blogspot.com/ said...

Your glamour postcard is gorgeous.
Great theme and thanks for the freebee.!!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

You did a wonderful job with her, Terri! Your piece is fantastic.

Willy said...

Wonderful collage and great theme, Terri! Thanks for the freebie.

Alberta said...

Great theme and your example was a wonderfu inspiration for me, Terri!

Darlene said...

Gorgeous postcard!!! You chose a great theme.

Thank you for the beautiful freebie.

Yvonne said...

And glamourous she is!

Ozstuff said...

Scrum-diddly-umptious! So beautiful, so perfect. You artwork blows me away. Thanks for the great challenge theme this week. You have certainly inspired us.

Lynn said...

Gorgeous Terri, you always amaze me and your work always makes me smile :)

Dianne Q Adams said...

Enjoyed your choice of theme. Your art is beautiful.

Taluula said...

Yay she is a beauty and you've certainly done her proud Terri. Just love that kiss curl she's sporting. Bravo my friend.

Betty said...

Awesome card,love the layout.

peppapig said...

Gorgeous card Terri,love it!!

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

Gorgeous inspiration postcard for us Terri, thank you for a lovely challenge AND for sharing the pretty lady!!!
Your postcard is so rich and has such interest = Love it!

oxo ~*~ Patty

Cindy McMath said...

Terri, this is a gorgeous card. I loved seeing it on the SPA site, but I also enjoyed reading your explanation her - fabulous!

Cindy :)

Anni's Art said...

Thanks for your sweet comment and your condolence on my blog, your postcard is so lovely, fantastic with so many fine details in so little space.

penny4thoughts said...

Great piece and a great theme to choose for the challenge, Terri. I think of the same era when I think of "glamour girls".

Melissa said...

Hey Terri!
Great collage! Don't you wish people dressed to like they did back in the day!?!?! So elegant.
You're signed up for the giveaway and Buddy said to tell you "happy Monday too, arf"!
Smiles-
Melissa

Tumble Fish Studio said...

That is one of my most favorite faces and I have used her a few times. Not nearly as beautifully as this though! Wow, Terri. This is so beautiful and decadent and glamorous. Mmmmm, mmmmm, mmmm.

Janine said...

Hi Terri, that is a cool piece of art and such a sweet title.
Here´s looking at you kid
Janine

roc said...

congratlations for being the featured artist! how fun!

Kimmie said...

Gorgeous postcard! How cool to be the guest artist! Congratulations!

Cathy said...

I just absolutely LOVE what you do with your collages! Your art is progressing so beautifully. The fact that you are creating digital collages THEN going back and handcoloring is just fabulous! We'll Always Have Paris is so beautiful. I just love her green eyes!
Your ATC's in a previous post are also beautiful but the DOOR is beyond words! I don't know where you found that door but I'm in love with it! And the coloring that you gave it is perfect.
I'm sorry I've been MIA lately, but my daughter is back at college so I will be coming by regularly.
hugs and enjoy the rest of your week.
cathy

Elizabeth Golden said...

I love this. Paris is such a romantic place - once you get past the peeing in the streets and metro - You captured it wonderfully!

Michele said...

Beautiful! And of course, Glamorous!

Sharon said...

WOW Terri,
This is absolutely gorgeous!! You did a lot to the piece after the photoshop.

What is a png file?

Thanks for visiting my blog.
Sharon
art from the heart