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« on: May 16, 2008 06:12:14 PM »

So i decided to make a gift for my friends 23rd birthday, we are both big fans of the artist Aubrey Beardsley so i made that my starting point.

My favorite image is this: Salome is about to kiss the severed head of Iokanaan

So i printed the image out a few times, and cut out the different sections, i just used bluetack to float them at different heights and then put them into one of those deep window boxed frames that i got for $4 from the dollar store.

it was really hard to get a pic showing that it is 3D its something you have to see in person!

Then i made her a card with the story of the image, i hand illustrated and wrote out all the text, using the image as a reference

inside the card

The text reads:

Salome, stepdaughter to the king Herod, has fallen in love with the prophet Iokanaan (John the Baptist) He cruelly rejects her, but she swears that one day she she shall have her kiss! By performing the "dance of seven veils" for King Herod, she tempts him into granting her one request. Salome asks to be brought the severed head of Iokanaan. When her wish is forfilled she grabs the head and kisses it passionately, and cries "I have kissed your mouth Iokanaan"

To go with the frame i also made a mirror, i got the mirror for $2 from the same dollar store and ripped off the tacky glitter cover that was on it, i recently got a resin kit from someone and wanted to test it out. I sealed the image with decopage paste before i began and then set it onto the mirror with the resin.

the original ugly mirror


new mirror!!

I also made her a little giftbox to put all the small items in - its made from a $1 cardboard craft box with lots of lace etc..

My other friend Lisa then made her some uber cute little brooch badges and some bookplates. Unfortunately we don't have any images of the bookplates, and they were her favorite!!

the brooches

I will let her post more pics of them if she likes! don't want to steal the glory and all that! hehehehe (sorry Lisa hope you don't mind)

And no birthday would be complete without cake! so we made some cupcakes! i had a little bird left over from the gift box so i put it on top!

let me know what you think, any comments would be appreciated!!

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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2008 06:25:55 PM »

Wow!  I'm also a fan of Beardsley, and I am hugely jealous of your friend. 
How did you make the layered image?  It's awesome...
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2008 06:37:28 PM »

All totally amazing! I love the layered image and the mirror, just gorgeous.

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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2008 06:50:59 PM »

That is my favorite Beardsley illustration...ever. That shadow box is gorgeous and I'm now desperate to have that in my office.

Seriously. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2008 06:54:24 PM »

It is so beautiful.  Great subject choice.  And the method seems so simple, but I'd never have thought of it!  Very creative and classy!

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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2008 07:01:35 PM »

Thanks ladies! the frame was actually the easiest thing to make, if a little time consuming. All i did was print out the image to the size of the frame about 3-4 times. I kept one print intact and used that as the base. I then cut out a different part of the image in the remaining three prints. In one i cut out the figures, in another the ground, in another the background. I then used bluetack to hold the cut out pieces in place over the origional image. Each layer had less as it went up so that you could see it was 3D. Hope this helps explain what i did. I dont know how long the bluetack will last, forever i hope, another option would be to buy those double-sided sticky foam mounts. i just didnt have any at the time and couldnt be bothered going to get some!! Roll Eyes
oh and make sure you print the images onto nice thick paper or card so they dont go all floppy on you!

« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2008 07:11:06 PM »

The layered image is awesome!  It is clearly 3-d and looks really really good.

« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2008 07:35:59 PM »

Oh my goodness! That is one of my absolute favorite illustrations. What you did looks so amazing! I love love love it!
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2008 07:42:32 PM »

Simply beautiful. I really love how you took a 2 dimensional photo and made it 3-d. the cupcakes are absolutely beautiful. I bet they are tasty.

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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2008 12:22:59 AM »

Super yummy! i kinda went through a cupcake phase for a while! hehehe

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