Continuing the Calendar Girls 2010 round robin project, here is the book i had the pleasure to work on for the month of February.
Terrie used a Van Gogh illustrated journal for her book, and decided on a French theme. She is planning a watercolour workshop and tour later this year - so what a better way to get in the mood!
Her book had lovely romantic collaged pages - so i let my pages follow in soft blue and green tones. Someone once brought a bunch of fine art stickers to one of my classes for us to share. So i knew i had some images that would work well with this theme. On this page Terrie had added the blue printed paper and the Eiffel tower. I added the small self portrait and the clipping of stone arches from a French dictionary. On the right side i added some additional paint strokes with Pitt pens and a sticker with the word for February to kick off my spreads.
My first spread had a painting with a sailboat - so i went with Le Mer as my theme. I applied some painted deli paper in blue and green tones. I found the vintage photo of a woman renting sail boats at a park in Paris and added that. I used splatters of white gesso to add texture and stamp Le Mer - only it should have been "la mer" since "The Sea" is apparently feminine and not masculine. Oh well...
The next spread was blank - in that there were no illustrations on the two pages. So i used several Degas ballerinas to create my spread. I used some printed soft blue paper, adding some french text and a quote about dance. I added some lace, velvet ribbon and a tassle that echoes the blue skirt on the bronze sculpture.
The next spread had a Van Gogh apple orchard painting - so i went with a charming french countryside theme. One of the challenges working with these illustrated calenders is how to integrate the images to your collage. On the right side i added some printed paper as well as a strip of stones and a strip of grass torn out of a magazine to "ground" the orchard. At the top i used paint pens to fill in the sky. The lady with a walking stick is from the Anthropologie catalog - and excellent source of lovely females! For a touch of whimsy i added the hungry birds and I know they are woefully out of scale - but i think that makes it fun!
On the left side i added a flap with a swirly printed scrapbook paper, that it evocative of timeworn stucco. I added the stone arch door and the blue painted shutters i found in a book of Tuscany illustrations. You have to be careful with doors and windows so that you have something interesting on the other side! I added another out-of-scale blue bird to the top of the window.
Inside the flap you can see i continued the apple orchard with a photo of a blooming apple tree plus another Van Gogh art sticker. I added a nice stone building to the back of my flap.
I love how the different elements all came together. The dictionary definition for "arbre" completes the spread.