Saturday, May 24, 2014

glamour and grunge

this week* at sunday postcard art the theme-- set by one of my all-time favorite collage artists, miss electra-- is GLAMOUR, so of course the challenge was calling my name! nothing says, "glamour" to me more than bollywood cinema: the costumes, the scenery, the dance numbers... hard to beat, right? there are, franky, very few NON-glamorous bollywood actresses, but aishwarya rai is arguably the most lovely of them all:

(aishwarya rai photo from an old bollywood magazine; brick digi paper from the "boys urban world" kit by 4 shades of blue; butterfly punches in various sizes: martha stewart; gems: recollections; stick-on bindi gem from butala emporium, jackson heights, ny; stamps: purple onion design, rhonna farrer for autum leaves, stampin' up; ink: colorbox; adhesives: staples brand gluetape runner, scotch gluestick, sewing machine)

for some reason, as soon as i started thinking about this theme i immediately hit on the idea of glamour and grunge, so i knew i wanted to add lots of industrial elements (i thought this was going to be a stapled collage!) plus tons of distressing. my magazine photo of aishwarya was a little too big for SPA's 4x6" format, so i made a slightly smaller copy onto photo paper. turns out my scanner is powerful enough that it picked up a little bit of the text that was on the reverse side of the page! i kind of liked how it looked, so i added to the effect with text stamps, and then flourish stamps, and... well... i might've got a tiny bit carried away, but it sure was fun!

i've been wanting to make something with a torn window ever since i ran across this gorgeous collage by erwan soyer and this seemed like the perfect time. i had to fiddle with the size of my digital brick wall paper a bit, but once i had the scale right, i loved how it looked. i always intended to have butterflies emerging from the edges, but i tried using some i punched from an old hindi newspaper, then patterned paper ones, then glossy text paper... and nothing worked. luckily, i had had to fiddle with the digital brick paper earlier on, so there were extra scraps laying around; pretty sure the brick butterflies are my favorite part!

if you love collage and inspiration, i hope you'll check out all the fabulous links in the comments of this post at sunday postcard art! meanwhile, my zine giveaway is open through next wednesday night, so i hope you'll check out this post to read all about it! meanwhile, happy memorial day weekend to all my american darlings, have fun and be safe!!!

*ok, so, i only realized when i was adding the links... I MISSED THE DEADLINE for this challenge!  ack!  oh well, my card is made, the post is written and i had a blast doing this, so no big deal! still, many thanks to electra and sunday postcard art for the inspiration! ♥


  1. This is unspeakably cool ... adore it.

  2. You are never too late for glamour, girlfriend, and you have done a perfectly divine job on it! So glad you posted your wonderful piece!

  3. So cool. I love it. I'm thinking I'm going to TRY to do the ICADS this year again. They have the flickr group and the facebook group now. I figure I can also just post them real quick on Instagram. Are you going to do them this year too?

  4. Ohhhhhhhhhh gorgeous!!! You got the glamour right there! Just beautiful!!

  5. Cool is right and so fun and creative and and... LOVE the bricks and the butterflies coming out of them! But the text coming through the copy (and that you added) is the coolest part about it! Love it when things like that just happen and lead you somewhere completely different!
    Thanks as always for visiting and of course, you are more than welcome to CASE my card, lol! I should make a few more myself - such a fabulously FUN way to play with my ever-growing stash of washi!!! :)

  6. Just browsing your blog, some gorgeous artwork here :)

  7. So glad you decided it wasn't too late...those eyes are so compelling--and brick butterflies!!!way cool!


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