July 01, 2014

Miss Henrietta Strong

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I always begin a collage by using an image with strong personal appeal and when I stumbled upon the image that inspired this tag, I was awestruck!

I'm not a youngster (I've been around the block a few times, so to speak), but I had no idea that poppy seed heads could, under the right circumstances, dry to reveal such a mesmerizing, skeleton-like structure.

I also liked this image of Miss Henrietta Strong (found here). Her all-white court costume gives her the eerie (and intentional) look of a living porcelain doll.

The butterfly was cut from a magazine and altered by cutting down it's size and adding some white paint. I liked that it's structure resembled that of the poppy seed head.

The background paper is from Idea-ology (Destinations Paper Stash) and the edges were embellished with a 3D paint called Scribbles.

I'll close by sharing a quick tip when working with collage elements that I find quite helpful--it's called encasing.

To protect your paper elements (like Henrietta or the butterfly), it's a good idea to cover the front and back with a clear medium before adding them to your composition. That way, they are protected from later abuse when using image transfers (poppy seed head) or further tinting. It's also much easier to paste down delicate pieces because the medium strengthens them.

My inspiration came from this week's SSS Monday blog challenge where the theme is white and I'm linking it there.


  1. Oh my goodness. This is a beautiful piece of art. I love the organic pod against the industrial background. Such a stunning contrast.
    Thank you for commenting on my blog and thank you for sharing your work with us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.i love seeing your work. It's truly inspiring.

  2. beautiful Miss Bee, just beautiful.

  3. Hi! This is gorgeous! Very inspiring indeed! Also, thank you fir the tip :) Ingrid x

  4. Love your gorgeous tag. Thank you so much for sharing at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

  5. LOVE what you've done with this tag! I thought it was brilliant to make us see the beautiful image of Henrietta through the poppy seed head skeleton. It gives the whole piece such an interesting perspective and Henrietta being in the background makes her seem even more mysterious and ethereal. She's behind the poppy seed head, yet she still is such a powerful presence. I also liked how you mirrored some more of the white in the lovely butterfly and in the edge of your tag. You are seriously so skilled at making art that forces one to look (in a good way). You have a gift for composition and for selecting elements that "speak." I always come away from your blog inspired!