Friday, June 20, 2014

Marilyn by Denise van Deventer

Hello Everyone
It's my turn today, to show you my take on this months challenge.
The theme this month is: Favorite Movie or TV Show & the challenge is: Multiple Photos. Your project must be centered around your favorite movie or TV show and must consist of more than one photo. You can use the same photo twice or use different photos--the choice is yours. If you just can't pick one movie or TV show--then feel free to center your project on your favorite actor or actress, this counts as well.

I chose to create a project about a really special and beautiful movie star, who really caught my attention as a little girl - Marilyn Monroe. She was elegant, she was beautiful, she was all Hollywood!!
So I created a canvas about this stunning lady.

I gave this a vintage look and so used lots of the earthy colours to create this canvas.

I used some gorgeous papers from  a kit we received to work with from Gauche Alchemy. It had some gorgeous vintage papers and this wonderful old envelope. The background was actually an old letter written on very fine paper, which I adhered to my canvas with glue. I then added watercolours and stamping with stamps from Viva Las Vegas Stamps.

We also got some wonderful chippies from Scrapiniec and this butterfly was one of them. I used red and copper embossing powders to colour it with.

Here is a close up of my chipboard frame, which I really went to town on.  I added texture with texture paste, embossing powders, leaf remnants and paints.  I really love how it came out, looking all old and rusty!

The beautiful poppy paper, was paper that I had received in my Zeus and Zoe kit ages ago and could not find the right project for. I was saving it and eventually found the perfect project! ;-)

Once I knew the theme of my canvas, I also went and read up a little about Marilyn and I loved some of the quotes that she made. I really want to share some with you, because I did think they were fabulous!

So tell us about your favourite actor or actress, movie or show....we would love to know what or who it was!

First Prize:

Gauche Alchemy Themed Kit + Punchinella Variety Pack
(Actual Prize May Differ From Photo)

Second Prize:
7 Dots Studio - Love is in the Air Collection

Random Prize:

Kay's Kreative Korner Gift Voucher 
(A small sample of the butterflies available from Kay)


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  1. A dramatic and richly textured page; just perfect for the glamour of the divine Miss Marilyn. Love the work on the frame and the butterflies. Sublime :)

    1. Thanks so much Helen, you are absolute honey! x

  2. Stunning lady! Stunning layout!

  3. I love that your page looks like an autumn garden, so beautiful!

  4. Denise, this is absolutely gorgeous! You did an amazing job!I if Marilyn could see this, she would agree that this is a very beautiful tribute to her.

    Thank you Denise!

  5. Beautiful work Denise! I love the treatment on the frame and your flower clusters are amazing! Thanks for the inspiration! :)


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