Thursday, August 7, 2014

Gibson Girl - A Layout by Melissa

Hi everyone!  Melissa here with a mixed media layout using Gina's Designs Lasercuts.

This is a photo of Evelyn Nesbit from the early 1900's.  She was the model for the original Gibson Girl ,and was considered a cultural celebrity.  Her face and figure appeared everywhere; in newspapers, magazines,on souvenir items, and calendars.  She posed for many respected artists of her time, and acted on stage and film.

 I thought she would be fun to scrap since she had such a colorful history.  She married a multi-millionaire, who later shot to death an ex- boyfriend of hers. The victim was another wealthy man, the famous architect Stanford White.   

 Using one of Gina's cardstock intricate doilies as a stencil, I applied texture paste on a 12x12 piece of black cardstock.  I then painted over both the paste, and the flat areas in between the raised areas, with turquoise Viva Color Precious Metal Effects.  To accentuate the dimensional effect, I brushed on some gold ink to the raised areas, and then outlined them with a black uni-ball pen.  I painted on some liquid pearls in green here and there.  With my finger I rubbed in some purple,blue, and silver mica powders all over.  I went over the black  pen with a little gold gel pen, and some silver ink.  I outlined the silver with some more black pen.

On the vintage boot at the lower left I dry brushed small amounts of gold lumiere paint over dry turquoise Viva Color.  I added more definition with a black sharpy on the edges. 

The skeleton clock at the lower left is liquid pearls over gesso .The turquoise bird to the left of the clock face is Viva color over gesso.  The purple bird at the top right is gesso,  purple metallic acrylic paint,  purple mica powder, and finally, glossy accents.  The scrolled  frame piece on the right edge is Viva color, in bands of purple and turquoise,with a little silver ink.

Thanks for looking!

Chipboard used:

Scrolled frame coming to the store soon!

Other products used:
Viva Colour Precious Metal Effect paint in turquoise
Jaquard Lumieres
Tim Holtz metal and ephemera
Butterfly by Reneabouquet
Jolee's Bling
Ranger Liquid Pearls
Jaquard Mica Powders
 Prima flower
Folk Art purple metallic acrylic paint 
Stickles in gold, diamond, silver
Crayola glitter
Swarovski crystals, flat back tanzanite
Time Traveler Memories brad by Prima
Clear Rock Candy Crackle by Ranger
Marvy Decocolor Paint Markers in gold and silver
Black Uni-Ball pen
Perfect Pearls in silver
Black Sharpie pen
Tsuineko chalk ink
blue Toho beads


  1. wow-Melissa, this is so striking!! Love it! The beads are such a nice touch of sparkle, and you've got so much awesome texture going on!

    1. thanks Lynne, you are so kind to say that!


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