Monday, August 1, 2016

Challenge 34 at Aurora Wings - Theatrical

It's time for another new challenge at Aurora Wings with the theme of Theatrical.  This will be a month long challenge, as the Aurora Team is taking a break in August, so I'm joining the fabulous Stella team again.  Mitzi has quite an array of masks and masked figures in the AuroraWings Etsy Shop, so my decision was a tough one, but I finally decided upon the gorgeous Peacock Masquerade.  

Here's a closeup of the gorgeous Peacock Masquerade.  She's also available HERE in the AW Digi Shop.  She's colored with Copics with a bit of feather detail from Prismacolor pencils. I used colors from the actual peacock feather embellie and the digital paper from Quite Possibly Perfect.  It's not quite evident in the picture, but the background of the digi paper is not white, but cream, with quite a yellowish cast, so I printed the digi on Neenah 80 lb ivory.  This posed a bit of a problem when deciding what to do with the pearls.  There were a ton, and I had no perfect pearls that looked right with the paper colors (all white was WAY too white) so I resorted to applying flat backs individually in 7 different colors and 3 sizes (actually 4 if you count the 3 large ones on the side). If I were obsessive I could give you an actual count (there are 267, LOL).  

I had a hard time catching the sparkle and shine, so here's another pic highlighting the Glossy Accents on her eyes and lips and the gold Stickles on her mask. The Stickles were sort of an afterthought and I spent a lot of time trying to fill in the gaps between the pearls with the tip of a stickpin so as not to cover them over.  Labor of love, what can I say? You can better see the lovely iridescence of the tiny bit of feather on her mask.  I'm not sure why the feathers photographed so dark. 

I was inspired by Stella DT Julie's fabulous staging of her project this time, so I played around a little with it myself. I'd bought a number of peacock decorations at an after Christmas sale a number of years ago, thinking they would work well for a themed party.  (Yeah, I'm one of those types.)  The beads are from a previous Mardi Gras bash.  Please visit the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog for more inspiration.  This will be a month long challenge so I hope you will have ample time, what with vacations and back to school preparations, to come join in.

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  1. wow Donna, I love how you coloured this one and the added pearls are such a perfect add, love it. The lips look so alive of the image, wonderfull inspiration card, love it, lots of hugs, Marion

  2. INCREDIBLE. Fabulous colouring and design. Perfect.
    Amazing work. STUNNING. A real WOWSER.
    Thank you for supporting our challenge over here at Crafty Friends and best of luck with your entry.
    Annette DT

  3. your theatrical creation is incredibly gorgeous! wow, so shimmery too! xo

  4. Beautiful card Donna, thanks for sharing with Inspiration Destination and good luck. Wendy DT x

  5. Oh so gorgeous. Love all the beautiful pearls. It really brings it to life. TFS and joining us at Jo's this week for Funday Friday.

  6. Ooooh, so gorgeous, love all the pearls they must of taking an age to add, but look so beautiful, can't believe I inspired YOU!! lol - the photo looks great xx

  7. Wow - that must have taken quite a while - but it is a stunning creation!

    Thank you for sharing it with us at Creative Moments
    Hugz Tinz DT

  8. wow!! this is amazing!! all the details are awesome! thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

  9. Absolutely Stunning!! I love all the pearls you applied, and you colored the peacock feathers perfectly! Really gorgeous!

    1. I was so intrigued by your beautiful creation that I forgot to Thank you for joining us at the DL.ART August Linky Challenge!

  10. Oh my this is incredible. Love all the colors and your coloring is great!And all those embellies!! fab-u-lous!!Thanks for joining us at the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenges for our latest challenge.  {Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenges}Good luck and join us again soon. Hugs, Barbara

  11. Peacock eleganza!! This is amazingly beautiful, Donna! Love the pearls in different sizes and colors to give dimension to the image. And 267?!?! Holy cow! Gorgeous coloring on cream stock. I particularly love the lip gloss and eye makeup details!! You are so fantastic at breathing life into my digi images. Thank you so much for this opulent beauty for our Theatrical challenge at Aurora Wings! Mitzi xxx

  12. WOW!! sHE IS FAB!!! Very Theatrical!! Love all the added pearls and fantastic colouring in. Thank you for sharing her with us at Crafting with Dragonflies. Wynn DT

  13. Of course I love this! So much funky stuff going on with this card! I particularly love the addition of the "live" peacock feather. We were delighted to find this on our front porch here at 613 Avenue Create! Thanks for stopping by!
    Chana, Owner

  14. great work! that pearls are perfect. thank you for joining us in our challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies. Jarka

  15. Donna this is stunning!! Where did you find paper to match your coloring perfectly?? And the addition of that peacock feather is just perfect!! You really did an amazing job!!

  16. WOW! This is stunning! The image is beautiful but your coloring made it alive! So realistic! And the peacock feathers were great additions too.
    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful project with us at 613 Avenue Create this week. Good luck and hope to see you next time too!

  17. Wow - this must have taken ages it is so detailed and beautifully done! Thanks for joining us at Crafting with Friends, Good luck and hope to see you again soon! x

  18. This is absolutely breathtaking Donna your coloring is exceptional . I love how you finished it
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes August Linky Challenge. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

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