Sunday, 18 May 2008

Flourishes Gothic Arch

A new theme this week on the Gothic Arches Challenge site, set by Kelly Burton and it is Flourishes. As you know I was the hostess last week and had the hard task of selecting my favourites among the Vive la France arches. It was so difficult as there were really beautiful arches to choose from and I finally settled for my favourite 10. I just could not whittle it down even more!

Flourishes set me thinking and I combined it with my new Alphastamps kit (I'm a member of the Alphastamps Design Team!) which featured a lot of images of my very favourite fairytale Sleeping Beauty, also called Briar Rose and in Dutch Doornroosje which I feel is a much more descriptive title than Sleeping Beauty. It signifies that there are no roses without thorns and harks back to a much darker interpretation. Most fairy tales started their life that way and were sanitized over the years and are still being changed even more in these politically correct times, taken most of the fun and the scare out of these tales which are part of our social heritage. If you go to the relevant Alphastamps page you will find recommended books at the right hand side. Click on them and you get taken to Amazon! I find it hard to resist and have ended up with most of these recommendations and haven't regretted it yet!

On to the arch! The background started life as a fabric/paper collage. I started off with a piece of calico (muslin in US speak) which I pre-stamped with a selection of Alphastamps stamps, among them the Architecture Clear Stamp which you can just see peeking through! The collage was cut to the arch shape and stitched onto felt. I added paper images from Alphastamps Sleeping Beauty #1 collage sheet. Both are from the same image but I've cut them apart to arrange them better on my background. Sleeping Beauty and her prince were surrounded by felt self-adhesive flourishes (also available from Alphastamps). I added size 15 and 8 seed beads to the figures.
I looked up Flourish in my books of quotations and was very happy to find: And all things flourish, where you turn your eyes. It seemed suitable both for the flourishes theme as well as the fairytale. Finally I stitched the arch onto watercolour paper with gold thread and added a gold border to the arch with a Krylon pen.

25 comments:

carylsrealm said...

As always, beautiful arch Frieda!

Angenita said...

Lovely arch! Thanks for sharing how you made it.

Femmy said...

great arch!!! love the images and the background!!

Debbie said...

fantastic - it has come together beautifully

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow Frida this is unbelievable arch. Stunning work again.

Kris Dickinson said...

You did a wonderful job! LOVE this!

Kelly said...

beautiful arch!

Astrid's artistic efforts said...

Absolutely stunning, I love all the different elements and how they hang together

Angelina said...

Great arch!!

truutske said...

Very lovely arch.
So stunning work.

WaldfrauAlexa said...

oh wow, this is really fantastic, love it so much

vintage wil said...

beautiful arch !!!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Beautiful!

Judy said...

Love the composition of your arch, Frieda, I like the bold flourishes on the beautiful subtle colouring of the background!
JudyNZ

Théalie said...

Très jolie composition !!!!!!!!!jolie arche.

filetta said...

beautiful arch ! so colored ! lovely

Lisa said...

So very beautiful. I love that you shared how it was created. And I'm finding myself lost in your blog - it's so wonderful!

Nancy Maxwell James said...

your arch is just gorgeous! I love the details you always incorporate into your work! :)

aino said...

This is lovely. So nice and great idea.

herminesplace said...

Prachtige arch.

Mary-Beth said...

Absolutely gorgeous Frieda!

Karen Owen said...

Wow! Frieda, I love this - the quote, images, felt flourishes (gotta get some of those!). I did not know that muslin was called calico over there.

~*~Patty said...

Love the saying along with your splendid arch!!!

Netti said...

Gorgeous work, Frieda!

Debby said...

Frieda, your flourish challenge is wonderful.
Debby

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