Friday, 12 June 2015

Show Your Face and Art Journal Journey!

Welcome to Magpieheaven, where I'm linking up to two blogs today! First it's Kim Dellow's 'Show Your Face', where Kim gives us the opportunity to see the faces she has been creating and to link up our own experiments in creating portraits each week. I've been having so much fun, challenging myself to create new faces each week and I've been so inspired by what Kim and the other artists have been creating. Please do take a look here and prepare to be inspired! I also decided to link up with Art Journal Journey because this month the theme is 'Masculine and Feminine' and my faces are in my art journal as well as being the male and female components of a famous literary duo!



I began by resting two sketches I had done in Portfolio pastels in the pages of an old copy of Pride and Prejudice on my art journal and drawing around them



This was so that I could gauge where to have my texture on the background of my journal pages.



I then added Grunge Paste tinted with Fresco paints and pushed through stencils to create the impression of an outdoor setting.



I also added some lace and some netting to this page...



and a stamped and die-cut fabric leaf to this one.



Now I played around with positioning painted, curled paper strips made from the text of the novel before removing them, putting them somewhere safe and spraying both pages with diluted South Pacific Fresco paint.



I now stuck down the faces and the curls of paper and did some painting and doodling to integrate the faces into the pages.



Some Treasure Gold and a Tim Holtz sentiment stamped onto Chatsworth paper with curled corners were added to this side, before I added finishing touches with Fresco Finish paints in Chalk, Brown Shed and Jade.



So who are my famous literary couple, the epitome of the essential Male/Female conflict that has come to be the template for virtually every subsequent romantic novel? Mr Darcy and...

Elizabeth Bennett!



Elizabeth challenges the ideals of what it was to be feminine in the early nineteenth century, when she arrives at the Bingley's home with her 'petticoat six inches in mud' looking 'almost wild' with her hair 'so untidy'! Mrs Hurst and Caroline Bingley can't wait for her to leave the room so that they might make 'catty' remarks about her! Yet it is Elizabeth who wins the heart of the dashing Mr Darcy. Just like Benedick and Beatrice in Shakespeare's 'Much ado about Nothing' the combative couple become increasingly drawn to each other and love blossoms between the prejudiced male and the proud female!



Thank you for stopping by Magpieheaven today and taking a look at my interpretation of




'Pride and Prejudice' - Darcy and Elizabeth -Male and Female - the inspiration for my project this Friday.

20 comments:

  1. Love your fantastic journal pages, WOW!!! Very impressive, thanks for linking to us at Art Journal Journey, Valerie

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  2. Just wonderful ... the faces are really good and the idea with the bookpaperrolls is genius!
    Fabulous spread!
    Thank you very much for linking to Art Journal Journey !
    Happy weekend to you!
    oxo
    Susi

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  3. Totes love! That is so clever. I like the way the pages are peeled around them. Great use of your theme! Thank you for linking to Show Your face Julie, (look at me getting to the blog post before the end of the week! YAY!) and thanks for the fabulous shout out :) Kx

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  4. That is SO clever! I particularly like the effect you've created with the curled paper. It's a small thing but, to me anyway, that wayward curl is the perfect metaphor for Elizabeth's independent nature and strong sense of self. Fabulous! Lx

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  5. your portraits are mesmerizing and the pages are fantastic!!

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  6. love ur idea of peeled pages...lovely work

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  7. As always, your portraits and their back stories, are inspiring!

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  8. This is absolutely wonderful, Julie Ann, I love the text showing through the faces,

    Lucy x

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  9. Wonderful portraits! Loved your description and photos of their creation.

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  10. I love those curls of printed papers!

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  11. These pages are amazing, I love your faces with their paper curls! xxx

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  12. Wonderful
    Wonderful
    Wow Julie Ann!
    oxo

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  13. I love your creativeness Julie Ann! And I love the love story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett! One of my favorites!! Beautiful curls my friend! xoxo

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  14. Wow. Wonderful faces and I love how you made them so dimensional.These are so well done and memorable.

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  15. wonderful process photos. The curled book paper makes a striking frame. xox

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  16. A super lovely spread, beautiful and so personal interpretation of one of my fave book ever! The frame is brilliant.

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  17. Wow, stunning art work!

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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  18. Stunning portraits - your book text substrate couldn't be more perfectly deployed than for these literary characters. Saturnine Darcy, and sparkling Eliza both look wonderful, and then all those curls of words, and great background texture to create a garden setting. Amazing pages. (One question though, how do you close the book?!) Oh, and I've always gone with proud male and prejudiced female - will have to go and interrogate my thinking!
    Alison xx

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