Monday, April 15, 2013

Paris is My Dream City

My mother loved Paris, and took me there for the first time when I was in early twenties. The second time I went to Paris was after my mother was gone, but shortly after I met my sweetie. We went as my Mother would we stayed in a really nice hotel and did tons of fun things. We went everywhere and saw if not everything, well, we saw a lot in the 11 days we were there. So when I saw that Frilly and Funkie was hosting an April in Paris challenge, I knew it was time to break out all those old calendars I had been saving!!

There are so many amazing things to look at in Paris, the architecture, the street lights, the people, the cars. We went everything on the Metro, and of course we had to go see the famous Art Deco Metro stations.  As I said this picture is from a calendar because my photos from Paris are not was a while ago that we

Over on Alison's Words and Pictures blog I saw THE most fantastic piece of steampunk fairy tales that  she had made (you really should go check this out) and she mentioned she was entering it into a Snazzy's Inspired by Anna Dawbrowska. Well, I missed that deadline, but I'm a huge fan of her work, so I thought I would have a go at it.

I started with an 8 x 10 inch canvas, covered it with paper, painted that with a few coats and then layered the photo on a couple of black mats. I glued all most of the metal pieces together and then misted them with Tattered Angels White Chalk Board spray. Once that was dry, I used the new Dylusions Calypso Teal spray. Once everything was dry i glued it onto the background which had been same products. 

I REALLY need a lesson in how the colors are achieved, but it was fun to layer all those cool bits and bobs from Frilly and Funky. I like how it looks, but it's not how I thought it would come out. But then I also thought I would use red and that looked -- let's just say -- not so hot. 

It is my dream to go live in Paris for 6 months at this point. This year, I'll just thank Linda for hosting the challenge.


  1. SaraJ...I am sorry to say that I have never been to Paris...but maybe someday. :) Your canvas is so pretty! That black matting around your photo is really nice and makes that photo pop off of the canvas. Your metal assemblage that you've done to the side of the photograph is really constructed nicely. I like your design of so many different textures and shapes. I also like the results you got by spraying them. That Calypso Teal is such a nice, vibrant color! Love your piece! I also wanted to thank you for the very nice comment you left on my blog. :) I hope you have a wonderful week. <3 Candy

  2. Hi Sara, I love this canvas and all of the painted metal embellishments! The photo of the art deco Metro station speaks to my heart! Maybe someday I'll see it in person. Thanks for playing along with us at Frilly and Funkie!

  3. oh wow Sara this absolutely fabulous - great details and I love the colour. Gill x

  4. This is just gorgeous, Sara - and thank you so much for the generous shout out!

    I love the Art Nouveau Metro stations in Paris (pretty much my favourite thing about Paris, apart from the Musee d'Orsay. I made the error of visiting in high summer when it's really not a lovely city - avoid July/August if you manage your six months!!)

    This is such a fabulous project celebrating the beautiful wrought iron structures, and I adore your metallic arrangement, perfectly positioned and gloriously spritzed. It's a time-consuming technique, but I think I'm going to find it addictive!
    Alison xx

  5. Oh la la, how gorgeous is this? Love the way you have developed your canvas, that photo is sensational and your altered metals are so totally cool. So great to have you playing along with us this time at Frilly and Funkie!

  6. Hi Sara - don't laugh but I'm a fairly new blogger and I can't work out how to send you a message. I did a quick reply on your WOYWW comment re ATC swap but not sure if you'll see that - help! how do I contact you.... hope you are having a lovely week end. Gill x

  7. I love it! Your blues are gorgeous and I just love the combo of all the goodies you added.


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