Thursday, August 7, 2014

Gibson Girl

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.

 Evelyn 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:

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

I didn't care for the way plain black paper looked.  Below the butterfly I painted with some of the viva paint in turquoise. I rubbed on mica powder over it,then put a little crayola glitter on top.  

At the top right is an old broken ring of mine I got at Target.

 To the left of that is a necklace I got at a church bazaar . I knew I 'de use it for scrapping. I don't remember the name of the lady who made it.

At the bottom is part of a favorite shirt of mine.  It had one of these strings on either side that you tie into a bow at the back of the shirt.  I cut them off, I didn't want that look.

There are a lot of layers here of products.  I keep adding things until I like the way it looks.

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In direct sunlight to show bling and glitter.


  1. The colors in this LO are just stunning! I love all the different elements and textures! You sure did a beautiful job on 'our' lady! : ) Just stunning.

  2. That's so kind of you to say! Have you read her history on wiki? She is so intetesting.

  3. hi Melissa! Yes - I read everything I could find about Evelyn. Have a great day! Lisa