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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Asian art for a RR book I am doing in one of my groups.

OK so I did this spread or spreads for a gal I don't even know on a group I am on. Her name is Saundra and her theme was... Asian! So for the first page which was adjacent to one of her I used a bounty paper towel for the background. Pretty isn't it? I save everything Asian I ever get in a special box for just such an occasion or new friend. I had this neat rice paper with what appeared to be Japanese writing. I used some Golden's gel medium and spread the bases down. Nest I used some fabric paper I got from BMUSE. placed some awesome gold charms that were also Asian in origin over that. I used a bead to adhere the center piece. Then used another matte gel medium to make sure everything was well secured.
This is the second spread second and third pages. The first page was to announce my chapter, these two pages tell part of my story. It's all about the Geisha. How she dresses and what she wears and how she does her makeup. I recently watched a show about the first non Asian geisha actually. She said she had to know the language and then go to train for three years on top of that. They spend most of their geisha earned money on their kimono gowns, she said 13 thousand dollars was not unusual. This is a very serious and well revered career so most Japanese girls will not want it. They can never get married and must commit their entire lives to being this special type of entertainer. Doing tea ceremonies and dancing with fans etc... So for this second page I drew a copy of the fan in her hands on the right. I painted it just the same as the 3d fan. I even embossed the fan with gold embossing powders. The little outfit was a Jolee set I had on hand just in case! I used a stamping up stamp for the Japanese letters that spell out prosperity.

Next I drew and then painted and cut out my geisha. Her hands are 3d over the fan which is actually fabric. The background was a Japanese colored scheme napkin, some gesso, and some paper that Saundra sent to me. Then I also added a majong red tile and sewed a neat red ribbon with blue zig zag stitch and then hand sewed the rest of it together to be sure it wont fall apart. Notice the geisha has black eyes just like the real geisha who wear special black eye contacts. I also painted her kimono to match the one Jolee makes. So it appears my painted Geisha has dressed into the outfit on the left! In the past real geisha's also wrapped their feet which was actually a form of torture for anyone. As they aged their feet would really be painful all so they could appear small footed and graceful.

This is my last spread pages 4 and five. Here I have her either arriving or leaving in her Rickshaw. I gave her Rickshaw red German scrap ARTCHIX wings so it would appear more magical. All part of the mystic and cultural experience to leave and arrive in this form of transportation. Here I not only used a bounty towel but also the Japanese color schemed napkin and gesso to integrate the pages I did for Saundra. I also used another Stamping up stamp this one though says Happiness in both English and Japanese. I also added one of Jolee's papers cranes to further enforce flight and the Japanese ways. the last touch was the left over scrap from Saundra.

On this last page you can see I copied a trio inlay but added some Lazar black trim over a Saundra scrap, some special Japanese Dogwood I think that's what we commonly see in Japanese art anyways. In the previous page I painted some flower from the same tree so the pages would mesh better.
If you notice of this farewell page I have added the women waving goodbye with my own painted and cut hands. Then I looked up the translation for Good- Bye in Japanese and this is the word it gave me. So I simply we to word and enlarged it. Gave it a little frame and base and viola, my story of the geisha.

I thought I wouldn't like doing this because I find some Asian art redundant, but I actually had a blast making my pages so I did five of them! Sure hope Saundra likes em. I made em with love, Sanna

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