This week, I made some time to do a few pages for the art journal swap. And of course, I used The Good Stuff!
The era and the show is sooooo lush and luxe, that I had to use only the best supplies to meet the quality of the subject. Of course, I love using the Good Stuff on a regular basis, but this was a fantastic excuse to pull out things I'd been saving for something special, like this ancient, beaded trim.
The finished journals are supposed to be functional for their new owners, so some pages are meant to be finished or used by the person who receives them. To fulfill that function, I've added some blank stationery, tied in with a pretty bow and accented with that beaded trim I'd been saving.
Other pages are supposed to be completed as art journal pages.
This picture is from an old fairy tale book, and is meant to be a princess, but it reminded me of Lady Mary waiting for breakfast in bed. I've trimmed it out with velvety flowers and ribbon, along with a sheer lace. You can't tell in this photo, but the picture is accented with clear glitter ink, too.
Here is another page that can be used by the book's owner. I've lined a very old envelope with card stock to fortify it, then opened one side to make a folder before gluing it down. It ties shut to hold in special items tucked away inside by whoever gets it in their book.
The show has so many themes that can be explored, from the era, the gowns, the people, the occupations, and on and on. One of the storylines I loved was about Mary becoming a hog farmer.
And she did it without losing her elegance.
I tried to show that in this, by using all the frills, flowers, and gems along with the pig pictures. Although, Lady Mary never looked as sweet as the girl I cut out of an old book, did she? Still, it had a slight resemblance to her, so I thought it would work.
For this "Women in Business" page, I used an actual photo of Lady Edith that I'd got online and printed.
The text is covered in old, lace netting, then I've snipped ads from a magazine with work opportunities for women of that era, and glued them over the netting along with some gilt trim, and a bit of beaded lace, in metallic gold.
Here is another pocket page, with the storage created from a very, very vintage wallpaper, and decorated with velvet, gold trim, and a sparkly top hat over a picture of ladies at the hunt.
The covers are about finished and ready to add the pages after the swap boxes fly in. All are cut out, this stack is the last few that need trimmed up. The other supplies to finish them are ready to go, all the pictures are printed, frames are painted, and the lace is sorted. More "Good Stuff" for me to play with and enjoy working on!