Thursday, March 19, 2009

Do you really think I've just been

lazing about, taking a swim, and mixing drinks for all my too-cool-for-skool blogging buddies?

Not even close! I've been deep in the art mines, trying to dig some gold out of them thar hills! I finished up this collage today. I've titled it "They All Had Theda Bara Eyes." It's a collage on canvas and is 14"x18". There are lots of vintage images, beads, stamping, transparencies, beaded fringe, vintage repurposed jewelry, and Dresden scrap and glitter.

I love this rusty oval-shaped piece of something-or-other. I'm pretty sure it's tin - what it was meant to be used for, I have no idea - perhaps the hardware for a drawer pull?
I also like the way all the bugle beads radiate from the figures, giving a ribbon-like swirl throughout parts of the collage.
And this is the center focus piece - transparencies, vintage book text and images, handmade art paper, faery string, bugle beads and jet beaded fringe
Well, that's it for the day. No energy left to attempt being clever or witty - or even coherent. I have to go list this on Etsy before I crash in front of the tube to watch CS:NY which I taped last night. Speaking of last night: you go, Adam! (If that means nothing to you, forget about it.)

Have a lovely evening ... I'll be back tomorrow morning for Flea Market Friday...though I have no clue what I'm setting in my booth!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥


studioJudith said...

Love Theda and those bugle beads are a perfect punctuation!
Also -- - really enjoyed the interview on Stitchin' Heaven .. .
let's hear it for Real Quiltin' Men!!

Anonymous said...

I Am Speechless..... (about the collage that is)!
Enjoy your evening & see ya' tomorrow!!

Deanna said...

Wow Tristan, my mind is boggled...I can't even begin to think of how to create such a thing. Oh, that Theda Bara was one little vamp! I've always adored the eyes of Theda, Kay Francis and Ann Harding. So sultry! Your creation is fabYOUlous!

Deanna :D

The Renaissance Chick said...


I really want to comment on your work of art...I am assuming it is beautiful and wonderful and all those good things...but I must admit that I can't get past ther first picture...he is beautiful and wonderful and all those good things!

I am trying to catch my breath so I can say Go Adam...and great job, Tristan!


The Renaissance Chick said...

Like I said...I love vintage curtains and Canada Dry!


TheChicGeek said...

Absolutely georgeous!

Mimi's Rose Chenille Boutique said...

Hi, It's Mimi ~I will need your permalink to the Post you will be doing for "Support Our Troops" Day Blog Event on March 21, 2009. You can email the permalink to no later than Friday evening, so I can post them to the post I do for this special day!!

Oh, I love reading your blog, you make such gorgeous things and surely make me smile!


peggy gatto said...

First of all, the black and white images perfection!!!!!
Second, The way your collage emerged from the beginning stages is wonderous. Fun to see the transformation!!

Anonymous said...

Splendid! I love the Ed Goreyesque mint head piece on the lovely flapper...

Anonymous said...


I'll do what Fifi's said to do...I'll tell them the purses are faux....I'm not sure how I would look with a shaved bald head. HAHAHA....still laughing. You are soooooo hilarious!


Anonymous said...


Just read your post and love what you did with the collage. That is really, really cool. It's ashamed that you and your cool buddies couldn't have spent the day drinking though. See you tomorrow for Friday Flea Market. I'm having a sale on my hearts and scalloped plaques. I'm hawking them at $10.00 each instead of $12.00.



Lici de Souza said...

Fantastic nostalgic collage!

Glennis said...

Um....where did you get that photo?????

Ginger and what?

bernadette ostrozovich said...

hi tristan! love the collage. it is sooooo sumptuous! theda would surely approve! check out blumchen for german scrap. wonderful selection and decent prices. i visit you everyday, by the way, just don't always post! love and sunny days to you and yours!

Dawn Parsons Smith said...

Absolutely gorgeous collage! The colors are magnificent!

Ingrid Mida said...

The collage is stunningly beautiful! Hope you have a relaxing weekend.

Teresa aka Tess said...

Panting!!! Gorgoeous!! Panting some more!!! Oh and the collage is beautiful too :)

Anonymous said...

OMG! I think you struck gold in them thar hills...The collage is GORGEOUS!! And so is the honey pouring drinks...Lovely!

sandee said...

Tristan, the collage is absolutely fabulous!

Unknown said...

WOW! Your collage is amazing! You are so talented!

Sandy xox

Frieda Oxenham said...

This collage is simply breathtaking, Tristan, I love every last bit of it!

Attic Clutter said...

Your collage
is just beautiful Tristan (:)