Saturday, 10 October 2009

Key to my thoughts?

Dans ma maison il y a une clé. In my house there is a key.

I have been saving a ticket from the Courtauld gallery for ages and today seemed just the right time to use it. The picture is a segment of Manet's 'Bar at the Folies-Bergere.'

I have also had this chipboard key, which I had coloured previously with crackle paint, knocking around for ages, so it was time it was used. Today, I added some teal paint to it to give a coppery look.

Having cut the shape of my house, I tried a new technique. I divided the layers of a paper napkin and attached part of the patterned sheet onto the right-hand side of the house using matte medium. It is difficult to see as it has a black background with light coloured flourishes, but I wanted it to be subtle. I then added a variety of patterns using a metallic paint dauber. This done, I added the picture of the barmaid and then added some arches over her head with Brilliance Ink. Having stuck on some paper lace at the bottom, also coloured with Brilliance Ink, the key was affixed and some Fresco Flakes added either side of the woman. To finish it off, I wrote the caption 'key to my thoughts', as I think the barmaid looks quite pensive and thoughtful. Who knows what she is thinking?

Apologies that there is some shine on my picture, it was difficult to eliminate the reflection from the metallic ink.


LiveArt said...

Beautiful house, love the colours and the textures!! gorgeous background!!


vintage wil said...

What a beautiful house ,lovely details and colors you have used!!

Rein said...

Your house is wonderful!

caramelle said...

Your house is very nice. The colours is vey beautiful

Lynifyni said...

Jackie, your house is exquisite! The barmaid is a wonderful image. Thanks for explaining how you made this great piece. LynnF

Marie-Aimée said...

wow !! beautiful house

ISA said...

Nice colors and textures for a nice house :-)

Anne, Bulles dorées said...

superbe !!!!!!!!!

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