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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

5 Golden Rings or 5 Geishas Blushing and a New Geisha Collage Sheet

From December 1st through the 12th, each of the Alpha Stamps Design Team members and some guest designers are creating a “12 Days of Christmas” themed piece of art.  My day is “5” which according to the traditional song is “5 Golden Rings”.  I’ve chosen to go off theme with the Geishas but still incorporate the 5 golden rings in this fan.
The fan blades are glued in place as there are so many embellishments on the front of the blades that it would tear the fan up to open and close it.
I used images from my new Geishas Collage Sheet to decorate the fan with some additional dimensional flowers and leaf embellishments.
I inked the edges of the papers and images with Ranger Distress Inks before attaching them to the back of the bangle.
The collage sheet contains several geishas, birds, butterflies and flowers.
To the paper flowers, birds and butterflies I added several dimensional flowers.  Some of the dimensional flowers and leaves are dyed with alcohol inks.
The paper in the background is Christmas themed paper from the City Side Walks 8x8 Paper PackThe papers in the pack are more subtle and I thought they would be a great backdrop and not compete with the bright and intense colors of the images.  Many times I don’t worry about the theme of the paper I use as by the time I add layers of images and embellishment you really only get a sense of the color of the paper in the design.
The fan is constructed from wooden fan blades and gold bangles. 
I stained the blades and the base using Vintage Photo Distressed Stain.  As the bangles are ridged they make a perfect structure for the geisha images and embellishments.  They also provide the “5 Golden Rings”. 
 Constructing the Base
The base holding the fan is constructed from a piece of wood I purchased at Michael’s craft store and part of a rigid mailing tube.  (Sorry about the fuzzy pictures.  By the time I realized they were fuzzy I had already finished the fan.  I’m thinking they are still useful enough to see how I constructed the base.)
I first cut a piece from the mailing tube that was slightly shorter (on it’s side) than the wood. 
I cut away a section of the tube which serves as an opening for the fan.  
Next I cut away slots on each side of the tube.
NOTE:  The size of the opening you cut and the size of the slots depend upon your fan.  When you sit the fan in the opening you don’t want it to touch the bottom.  The wider you cut the opening the lower the fan sits.  Also, don’t cut the slots directly across from each other as the first and last blades of the fan are not even with each other.  One slot should be further in front of the other slot.  Cut your slots just a little wider than the fan blade.  If you cut the slots too wide, the fan will flop around in the stand.

After cutting the opening and the slots in the piece of mailing tube I covering it with paper and screwed it into the wood base.
 New Geishas Collage Sheet Giveaway
In honor of my new Geishas Collage Sheet I’m giving away two of them (two winners).  Just leave a comment on this post or email me (the button is in the right hand column of the blog) by end of the day on December 9th and let me know if you want to be in the drawing.  The winners will receive the sheet in either printed for or electronically (per their choice).  I’ll be using Random.org to draw for the winner on December 10th.

Alpha Stamps Products Used In this Project

Blue and Red Geisha with White & Black
Purple Geisha
Light Blue Geisha
Green Geisha
Blue and Red Geisha with Tan Cat

28 comments:

Sue Young said...

Oooohhhhhh! I'm in an Asian round robin... So these would be PeRFECT!
Your fan is of course gorgeous. So creative!!!
Thanks for the chance of winning these collage sheets!

Leanne said...

Gorgeous fan. I have a soft spot for Asian images ... I even managed to collect some earrings my mother-in-law got during the Korean War... Thanks for this giveaway!

Createology said...

Beautiful fan. Your Geisha's are stunning. Every detail just enhances the beauty of your finished art. Holiday Bliss...

bobbie said...

OH! I would so love love to gift these sheet to a dear friend...
Thanks for the chance!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How sweet of you! I came over to see what you were making for the holidays! Thanks for the holiday fun! Hugs!

Karen Buchanan said...

Absolutely love these! They are gorgeous Laura. Thank you so much for all the giveaways you do!

craftyM said...

Beautiful fan and a brilliant rendition for 5 golden rings, Laura! I'm in the same Asian Round Robin as Sue, so would so love a chance to win this gorgeous collage sheet! Thank you, Laura!
Marita

Lynn Stevens said...

So glad I came by to take closer look at all the beautiful fan blades!
Hugs Lynn

new2this said...

Gorgeous creation, as usual. Thank you for always putting your own "twist" on something "normal" -- fans + geishas = orient !! I would like to be included in the drawer, please.

Di Denson said...

Laura,Oh the fan is beautiful and the digi's as expected are wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win them. DiAnn

Annette said...

How beautiful I always love your work and this one just shines. They are so delicate. xo

Kristina said...

Oh my just stunning gorgeousness I always looking forward to seeing what you come up with next! And a give away too! Your truly a sweet heart! I would love to be considered in your give away, and a digital version is just fine with me (If I am picked.)Thank you! My e-mail is:
KLDeyette@gmail.com If you would ever like to check out my blog my blog addy is: http://dontbeaprude.wordpress.com/
That is for my "Darker" art and I have another one that I consider a bit more "Main-stream" http://kristyleesworld.wordpress.com/
If you do decide to check me out that you!
Peace,
KristyLee

Linda said...

Beautiful project, Laura! Talk about "wow" factor. Happy Holidays.

Deb Ochs-LaGrone said...

Who wouldn't want ot be in on this drawing? The images are fabulous! You're art just amazes me, you are so inventive! Thanks for the opportunity.

Roz Willoughby said...

Love this idea and of course I would love to win.Japanese themes are a favourite of mine.
Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

Missy George said...

They are gorgeous..You are so talented..Would love to win!!

Jan Castle said...

Absolutely STUNNING!!!! Would love to win (digital form) of this collage...I'm soooo impressed with your project, I just HAD to become a follower (your post was forwarded to me by a friend, Patti Lee...thanks Patti!)
Paper Hugs,
Jan

Rett said...

Well, Laura...you've done it again! Your ideas and projects are always original, and entail wonderful elements. I love the geisha collage sheet, and would love to download a copy on dec 10 :)

Deb Moon said...

Extraordinary! Laura, your creativity is off the chart. You totally nailed it for the 5th day. I like the way you came up with a way to display your beautiful fan using the mailing tube. I learn something new every time I visit your blog - I love that! Your collage sheet is wonderful - You can count me in on that drawing please ma'am.

Ann said...

Your Geisha fan Is just stunning, Laura--over the top! Absolutely love it!! And I would love to be entered in your drawing for one of your beautiful new collage sheets--geishas are a favorite theme of mine!! Thanks so much.

Diane at Craftin Your HeART Out! said...

Hi Laura, Beautiful!! I can't believe the thought that went into making this, SUPERB!! Your new Collage Sheet is a definite for me as I truly love anything Asian. Thanks again for another great giveaway!

Take care,
Diane

Jess said...

Beautiful fan! Love the images!

Holly M said...

This fan is absolutely enchanting. The more I look at it, the more little beauties I see. Your work is so image dense, and yet so balanced and graceful. Such talent. Thank you for being so generous with it.

birdnest said...

Laura, your work is always amazing...once again, thanks for sharing!

Robin

PS Please include me in your drawing.

SusanLotus said...

These amazingly beautiful!

Hester said...

Everything about this project is beautiful! Please include me the drawing...

1carmelitelover said...

Oh Laura, thank you so much fo this beautiful sheet of Geisha collage girls! I never thought of using geishas for collaging, or in my journal, but now I'll just have to try it! Thank you so much.

Peggy

PetraB said...

a stunning creation, thank you for sharing the tutorial