Any one who knows me very well, knows that I am just not keen on the whole Asian story…..I don’t like the food, the smell, the filth, the crowds, the whole bargaining & bartering way of shopping, the design styles, the minimalism………yep, I think you’re gettin’ it, it’s kinda not my thing! I realize that there are lots of people who do like it, but I am just not one of them and my trip to China late last year just reinforced what I already felt. It’s funny, because I did see some interesting things in China & when I first got back I was rethinking some of my opinions about it, however as I have tried to use one thing after another that I have bought and found that they are counterfiets, or only a case with nothing in them, or it doesn’t work……the same feeling is reinforced…yep – I just don’t like the whole Asia thing! Having blubbered on about that ENOUGH, understandably a Gothic Arch Challenge with an Asian theme obviously was MORE than a challenge for me! Still playing catch up with my arches, this is one that has hung around for ages, because I just haven’t been inspired to do it. The arch is primarily just a collage of imagery & printed papers. I have used gesso on the arch so that the stuck down imagery has some ‘tooth’ to stick to & is well secured. Then I stuck down the glossy images on both sides & when they were dry, I completely painted over them. One side red & one side in burnt umber…..I let that dry a bit & then worked in to it using a baby wipe, I rubbed to both remove some of the paint AND to ‘scour’ the images a little. Then I let that dry & worked over both sides with black wax crayon. Using a ‘bradle’ (a pointy thing with a handle) I scraped & scratched into the wax. I have purposely scrapped the faces completely back, so they look white, remeniscent of the white painted Giesha faces. When I was happy with how it looked I glued an Asian fan on the front at the bottom.