January 28, 2016

Moulin Rouge

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The challenge at Simon was simple: "Love is in the air" + red. So ... Paris is known as the city of love and the ladies of the Moulin Rouge (that's French for red mill) are doing did their best to promote it.

I began with an image of a medieval map of Paris and a silhouette of the skyline. And I couldn't resist the Can-Can girls so I looked for an image of the Moulin Rouge to accompany them.

As far as technique goes, I thought I'd explain the background. The map was busy and most often, artists will use a wash of gesso or white paint to blend back an image creating subtlety. But I wanted to try something different.

So I used white and red paint pens to draw lines over the surface of the map and I rather like the effect.

I always try to create the illusion of depth and the vertical and horizontal lines help to achieve this along with using lighter brighter colors in the foreground and darker colors in the back.

The scale of the objects also helps create some perspective since the ladies are larger than the buildings.

In case you are wondering, this is a two-page spread in my large Dylusions journal which is 9" x 11".


  1. Such a great collage, love these happy and fun ladies in those hats! Delightful!

  2. Love the lines that you created with the paint pens - GENIUS!!!

  3. Gorgeous! Love that you've used white and red pens on the background. The ladies look amazing and so does the whole spread! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  4. Just stunning! This is absolute gorgeous and the background is an amazing backdrop for the can can girls! Thank you so much for sharing your project with us and for playing along over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  5. It's always fun visiting you. These journal pages are outstanding!

    Gaby Bee

  6. Oh, Bee - this is so fun!! I LOVE those girls, and that map background is brilliant! Great journal pages! xx Lynn