October 25, 2009

"Gypsy"

"Gypsy"
5"x7" Collage

(Click on a the tiger rug to enlarge!)

When this week's Crowabout images included the words, "fortunes" and "told", I had to have a gypsy somewhere in the piece. I've always been fascinated by the gypsies; maybe it's because of my Eastern European heritage.

When I think of these intriguing and enigmatic people, my romantic vision always includes beautiful women dressed in silks, fabulous color and exotic environments. If I close my eyes, I can almost smell a smokey fire and hear the soft, melancholy sound of a violin!

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My Techniques

This collage began by sizing all of the elements in a photo editing program, printing them out and carefully trimming them before they were finally glued into position on a piece of scrap paper.

All of the images, including the background, were enhanced with Neocolors and Prismacolors. Additional patterns (leaves and flowers) were hand drawn on the background paper with a brown Pitt pen, and further interest was added by stamping faux text and flowers with brown StaZon ink.

To finish the collage, a border was drawn around the edges with a metallic, copper-colored paint pen, and tiny "dots" were added to give the background a bit of sparkle.

Hope you have an opportunity to "dream"!

Credits: All images from Nancy Baumiller's Crowabout Challenge, with the following exceptions - the gypsy's body (Flickr's JerseyBarb85), and the crown (Pixel Music).

26 comments:

Lori Saul said...

Beautiful Terri- she looks like one satisfied Gypsy in her wonderful environment. You really captured the essence of the gypsy spirit with this piece!

"MOI" Freubel said...

Hey Terri.
Nancy invited me a few weeks ago to take part on here challenges.
But..oh my...Time !!!!
And now i see this piece at your blog, and i'm sooo sorry that i can't paticipate ! Phew !
*****
I love what you have doing with this collage and always read your techniques.
And that face of the lady !!
I've used it also a while ago. (the whole image) and made a postcard with it.

But again...a BIG BRAVOOOO

sharon said...

THIS IS GORGEOUS TERRI!! WOW.. You have really done a terrific job, and really captured the atmosphere here!! I can appreciate your comments on your heritage....being polish , lithuanian, and slovak, my mom always said there were gypies in our bloodline somewhere!!

Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

She is lovely! Yes, I can hear the guitars and coplas!

Ozstuff said...

Terri, all your work is superb but, in my humble opinion, this is one of your very best. The blended image is gorgeous with its touches of painting and drawing. The background is amazing. Take a bow because a huge ovation is coming your way.

Alberta said...

Terri, I too have always been fascinated by gypsies, and it has long been my Halloween costume of choice. Your gypsy is gorgeous; I saw her on Flickr and loved her so much that I came here immediately to read about her creation. Thank you so much for sharing the process; I learn so much from you!

peppapig said...

Terri,this is just gorgeous,love the colours,love it all lol,brilliant!!

Marilyn Rock said...

Terri! This is amazing! I can see another one of your talents is hand drawing! Thank you for sharing your technique, too. Don't you just love the Pitt pens? They're my newest art supply! :)

Trudi Sissons said...

Beautiful work Terri!

La Dolce Vita said...

what a fun piece!

Janine said...

She is quite a lady.
I would like to see her dance to the Violins.

Michelle said...

This is just an incredible piece of art Miss Terri! I agree...I think it is one of your best (although each week I get to say that all over again!) Every detail works together just perfectly! Bravo, sweet friend! x0 - Michelle

*jean* said...

ooo terri, this is really beautiful!! and when you stop to think about the process, amazing!!

BlueRidgeLady said...

Terri, she is absolutely stunning!! I totally agree with you about the gypsies, the fire and the violins!! Her dress is so beautiful and I really love that word stamp you used!
I am totally in love and in awe of this piece!

Lynn said...

Terri, this is spectacular, you always know how to pull a whole story into your collages, and I always love to see what you come up with :)
I had my fortune told when I was very young, but I wasn't impressed LOL, maybe it's better just to dream :)
Happy Monday!!!!!!

Taluula said...

Your collage is wonderful and full of life Terri, I love it.

Barbara Hagerty said...

*LOVE* this!! Especially the animal skin rug! What excellent touches you've added to this collage! Just wonderful!

julie Haymaker thompson said...

Terri She is so beautiful!!!!

Jean said...

Terri, truly a labor of love. I am always in awe that you create these gorgeous collages by your creative hand. I love the ouija border. This is such a great piece. I, too love gypsies and fortune tellers. I collect all sorts of tarot cards. My favorite cards that I use are called,Russian Gypsy Fortune Telling Cards by Svetlana A. Touchkoff. Every one who touches these cards has to have a set of their own.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Oh Terri ~ your gorgeous gypsy can tell my fortune any time :)
What a wonderful creation and I must agree about the draw of the gypsy spirit
oxo

whymsicalmusings said...

Terri Oh MY just beautiful I enlarged the picture and studied it forever. So much going on! What a Gypsy journey! Thank you for sharing this it is MARVELOUS!

Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog I love getting art in the mail it always makes my day!
XXX
Becky

Janny said...

What a awesome piece of work!

Amy said...

I love reading the technique..you put so much LOVE into each piece. I to add more color to my paper's with watercolor..it is fun to see the color brightness come out!
Your piece's are just amazing though..

Taluula said...

Terri this is a very special one, and my I say one of your very best. I love every thing about it. Bravo.

NANCY LEFKO said...

this is gorgeous....

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

You captured all that is fun and beautiful about the vintage image of gypsy. Gorgeous dear. Blessings and light to you.