Category Archives: Skinny Book My Fair Lady

L for Loverly

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L_for_loverly_web_2At last I am all caught up with the group of Skinny Bookers at Paper Traders.  It’s a nice feeling!  As I said earlier, its a bit bad when the HOST goes AWOL……I wasn’t REALLY awol…..I was setting the challenges, I just wasn’t making much head way with my own pages………18 are done and there are only 8 to go now…..E,G, I, K,M,N,U,Y…………E will MOST certainly be Eliza, & I think that K will be King, but I haven’t worked out the others yet.  The challenge for L was to use gold or silver.  I had always wanted to have a go with embossed metal, so I thought this was a good opportunity.  I stamped an image on to the metal sheet & then went to work on it with a stylus.  I used several sizes to put in detail on the flower & leaves, & found that it was a little difficult to manipulate once a particular shape was formed in the metal, without getting awkward bumps.  I had mixed results, this was my second go at it, & I like it much better ‘cut out’ as opposed to being left on the ‘sheet’ & just cut around like a frame.  I tried to rust it a bit, which was only sort of successful, but it WAS an after thought & I painted it on after the flower was attached to the page, so I couldn’t do my usual liberal slapping it on everywhere…..so perhaps that’s why it didn’t work too well. For a first attempt, I am happy enough with this, but if I was going to use it again, I would want to get it finer for a project of this scale, or use the piece on a bigger canvas, as the flower dwarfs my Eliza pic.  I LOVE the words to this song…….it’s sung in the flower markets after Eliza’s first chance encounter with Professor Higgins & Col. Pickering leaves her a little more flush than usual……….her fellow miscreants tease her about her new found ‘wealth’ and together they fantacise about live could look like from the other side of the glass

It’s rather dull in town, I think I’ll take me to Paree.
Mmmmmm.
The mistress wants to open up
The castle in Capri.
Me doctor recommends a quiet summer by the sea!
Mmmm, Mmmm, wouldn’t it be loverly?
Eliza All I want is a room somewhere,
Far away from the cold night air.
With one enormous chair,
Aow, wouldn’t it be loverly?
Lots of choc’lates for me to eat,
Lots of coal makin’ lots of ‘eat.
Warm face, warm ‘ands, warm feet,
Aow, wouldn’t it be loverly?
Aow, so loverly sittin’ abso-bloomin’-lutely still.
I would never budge ’till spring
Crept over me windowsill.
Someone’s ‘ead restin’ on my knee,
Warm an’ tender as ‘e can be. ‘ho takes good care of me,
Aow, wouldn’t it be loverly?
Loverly, loverly, loverly, loverly

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Just You Wait

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Even people unfamiliar with the whole story of My Fair Lady often recognise these lines from the Just_you_wait_webfilm…..JUST YOU WAIT!  The challenge for the letter J was to use transparency in some way.  So what I did was printed out the image from the film scene onto acetate, then cut it up roughly & ‘burnt’ away the edges with my soldering iron.  Once I was happy with the size & shape, leaning on some cardboard, I VERY quickly wrote onto the film with the soldering iron.  If you hesitate even for a second it burns a hole in it so you have to be very quick doing this, but it is a really effective result. On of the lines Eliza says is ‘one day I’ll be famous, I’ll be proper & prim, go to St. James so often, I shall call it St. Jim’s……..this is the tie in for the ‘domed’ building stamp from Green Pepper Press being included on the page.  The letters have all been cut out with a cricut machine.  Here’s the clip if you’d like to see it!

B for Ball

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B_for_ball_webThe challenge for the letter B was to integrate some vintage lace. I had an old discoloured doily & so I cut away it’s outer edge.    I stitched up at each scallop to create the festooned’ curtains from this piece.  While I was away in New Zealand I read a book by my fav. ficton author Phillipa Gregory called Meridion.  It’s the last in the Wideacre trilogy & tells the story of a gypsy girl who is bought up in abject poverty & is party to all manner of thievery & goings on, however she has a strong sense that she is in the wrong place & dreams of a place she only knows as ‘wide’.  It turns out that she was a baby of titled aristocracy that was given to the gypsies to look after as her life was threatened.  Through various circumstances all of this is revealled when she is about 17 & she comes into her inheritance.  Her circumstances do a complete 180 degree turn from where they were her whole life.  After several years of trying to adapt to being ‘Quality’ she comes to the conclusion that infact, there was no difference between the rich & the poor, they both had their rules & thing that were & weren’t acceptable, but that the rich rode on the back of the poor………..a long story, just to say, this was my inspiration for the LHS of this page.  Henry Higgins’ total disregard for Eliza as a person is predominant through the whole story.  She is just subject matter for his experiment……at one point he calls her a ‘withered cabbage’  It is of course all tongue in cheek, however, it has the undertones that this is obviously what would have occured between the social ranks.

R for Rain (in Spain)

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R_is_for_rain_web_2 Here is my next Skinny Alphabet Book page……..it doesn’t look any where near as interesting in the scan as it does in real life as I have used Tim Holtz grungeboard letters that are swirled & there is a liberal spraying of moonglow mist over the top which gives it all a glistening, wet look.  The dimensional raindrops are ‘Bella Accentz’.  I really was looking for clear, but you would hardly see them at all over the map.  For those that haven’t seen the film or perhaps would like to take a walk down memory lane, here is a UTube clip of the song inspiring this page.

A is for Ascot

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A_is_for_ascot_webFinally I have been able to drag out my Skinny Alphabet Book again without going into a panic attack.  I have feared that the very sight of it will re-ignite the museless, creative slump that I experienced in December/January.  But not so, I am literally ‘back on the horse’ & have created several pages & are just about caught up with the other players.   (I am hosting this book at Paper Traders) I managed (some time ago) to gather these vintage horse racing ephemera, & added various other bits’n’bobs from my fav. Op. Shop. (I love a good fossick!)  The challenge was to incorporate stripes, which is kind of an extrapolation of the whole ‘flash’ sensation of the horses racing by you in the stands.  This is of course, is Ascot, where Eliza makes her most famous gauff – ‘Comm’on Dover, moove your bloomin’ arse!!’ 

Q for The Queen of Sheba

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QueenofshebawebLeaving my ‘Unwrappers’ behind for the moment – I have completed my Skinny Book Page for this week. I have been dragging my tail with this week’s challenge – mainly because I couldn’t find a suitable graphic for my ‘Queen of Sheba’.  The Queen of Sheba is thought to be of Persian or Ethiopian origin & every image I found that was regal looking – was very western looking.  Even the one I have finally settled on (despite having Middle-Eastern looking clothing) has Western facial features…she is from a Christmas card & I have some jewels & earring peices also attached.  The challenge I set was to use ornament from some period/style in your page for the letter Q.  Mine was built from a tiny thumbnail that included only ONE little flower motif with the trellis around it about 1" square.  I have duplicated it in Photoshop over & over again to create an A4 page to make my Skinny Book Pages from.  I have then taken to it with a knife, then worked black wax crayon into the scratches.  I wanted it to have an ancient, worn look about it.  I scratched it up some more & scraped back some of the black, then worked Verdigris wax in.   Although the page looks simple, there is alot of work in it that you just don’t see, I am happy with the result.

V is for Vowels

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Vforvowelsweb This week’s Skinny Alphabet Book Challenge is to create an ‘Aged’ effect to plain white paper/cardboard.  To me aged usually either means brown & tattered or rusty….. & I don’t honestly think that this is my best example of ‘aged’ paper – it became a little too muddy & I lost the impact of some of my background stamping when I blotted off the Walnut Ink that sprayed spuriously from the ineffective bottle it comes in.  I usually start by painting the page with Gesso (Gesso is the Italian word for Chalk) Gesso gives a nice chalky texture for other materials to ‘bed’ into.  I usually give it a thin coat, however you can build it up with some texture paste & then rub over it & this can come out really nice too.  Then I use inks, crayons, stamppads, dirt, coffee, tea, chalk – lots of things to create an aged & distressed look.  So as not to make this too long a post, this link will take you to one of my blog pages (Goodies from The ‘Guru – listed in the sidebar) to more info on aging paper & materials in general.  This is for personal use, not to be republished or reproduced in any way, shape or form.

D for Dance – Marbling with Shaving Cream

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Dfordanceweb Img_4571_resizeThis week’s Skinny Alphabet Book challenge is using shaving cream as a background. (I already feel your sides starting to lurch with a chuckle)…. NO…. it’s true – we are using PLAIN ORDINARY SHAVING CREAM to create your page background – it even makes your page smell nice!!!  I have found this works best on shiny card, however a different type of card will just produce a different look.  OR if you prefer to have a go & not work straight into your book – you can make it on photo paper & stick it in wehn it is dry.  FIRST shake the can of shaving cream vigorously so that it is really foamy when you spray it out.  Here’s the steps – Squeeze standard variety shaving cream onto a piece of kitchen foil.  Create a ‘block’ of shaving cream a little bit bigger than your page.  You don’t have to make it thick, just enough to press your page into.  Quickly pass a big knife across it to fill in any gaps in your ‘bed’ of shaving cream.  Then drop alcohol ink randomly over the shaving cream.(re-inkers MAY work – I just haven’t tried them)   Swirl it around a little using a paintbrush handle or a paddle stick, so that it is marbled.  (this is the scary bit)  THEN – smoosh your page into it.  JUST smoosh & lift, don’t leave it sitting there.  After you have lifted it out, use a scrap of card or a bone folder, (or Img_4576_resizesomething Img_4581_resize_resizesmooth but not Img_4585_resize_resizesharp) to scrape of the excess cream.  You can use what’s scraped off to ‘fill in the blanks’ if you like, however, it will be a bit different that the original – it will be a bit softer.   As I am incorporating the score from My musical theme – My Fair Lady – I also scraped it over a lazer copy of the words I was using for this page.  Because I was scraping the ‘mixed’ foam, it didn’t have the same initial marbled effect, but was in the same tones to blend into my page.  VOILA – your page is ready to decorate.  As I wanted a dreamy, floaty look of Eliza dreamily dancing around the house, I have used lots of ‘half’ & soft stamping where I only get parts of the image.  The cut outs have all been done on a Cricut machine.   The in-studio pics are in order to show you my progress.  Oh & heads up – it is slippery to stamp onto, so stamp & lift, otherwise it will smudge (not that that can’t be camoflagued!!!  – Look closely at my swirls!  LOL!!!)  Here’s the video clip if you’d like to see it

    

W for WORDS

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WforwordswebThis week’s skinny book challenge is to use sequin scrap ‘stencilling’ to create a background for the Letter W.  I have used some pages of lessons I received from the gorgeous Mary Green to create my page, then dry brushed over with Golden Paint & stencilled the sequin scrap. I have used Nick Bantock stamping ink & ‘stomped’ it over the sequin scrap with a brush, but you could also use paint on a sponge or rub over it with chalk.  As with all stencilling, it doesn’t work if you have your ‘medium’ too wet – when it is too wet as you lift the stencil up, it runs between the cut outs & you loose the pattern……. I have purposely left the pencil lines from my words as I wanted it to appear ‘lesson like’ given the context of that part of the script of my theme film/play – My Fair Lady.

O is for Opera

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Oforoperaweb I am a week behind with my Skinny Book challenges due to all the bling I have been surrounding myself with.  So LAST week’s challenge (I hope to bring this week’s up to date tomorrow night) is to use some art from the Master’s to create your page.  I have extrapalated my theme just a little, using a bit of creative license.  The Opera doesn’t really feature in the story of My Fair Lady – but the opening scene takes place outside the theatre after an opera performance – which is close enough for me!  My ‘Master’ is Jean Beraud’s painting ‘Representation at the Theatre des Varietes’ with an insert from Giovanni Boldini ‘In the Studio’.  Beraud was a French painter who lived from 1849 – 1935. He painted many scenes of Parisian daily life during the Belle Époque, in a style that stands somewhere between the academic art of the Salon and that of the Impressionists. Béraud’s paintings often included truth based humour and mockery of late 19th century Parisian life. Along with frequent appearances of biblical characters in then contemporary situations.   Giovanni Boldini  (1842 – 1931) lived in the same era as Beraud & had some of the same influences.  An Italian portrait painter, he belonged to the Parisian school & was known as the "Master of Swish" because of his flowing style of painting.