Thursday, November 24, 2011

Victorian Ballet Theatre

Over at Inspiration Avenue, Luthien has challenged us to create something with the theme Aged Beauty.  I just love that aged look, from brass, to aged paper to distressed surfaces.

I found an aged looking pewter ballerina and from there on the rest was just magic!

I took an old cigar box and used plenty of vintage papers.  I lined the floor of the theatre with the classic harlequin pattern and distressed it to appear really old.  The walls of the theatre has been distressed and paint is peeling off.  At the back of the theatre is a sheet of pewter and you can see the ballerina's shadow against it!

On the inside of the door, which I also covered with paper, I mounted a vintage ballerina pendant on a piece of velvet inside an antiqued frame.

And a bit of magic with a candle lit theater!

And then I found this magnificent aged imitation pewter mask and I put it on top of my Victorian Theatre!

A happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends.


  1. wow. you did a fabulous job with this.

  2. Thi is my new favorite-est thing!!!
    It is A Maze Ing.

  3. Ballerina and theatre hold a very special magic all their own and speak to this old theatre gypsy's heart.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  4. From the tassels to the backdrop to the focal ballerina, this is one super piece reminiscent of the Victorian ballet. Gorgeous.

  5. I LOVE all the layers of detail you always use, but I think this is my all time favorite! SO much to see, and all fits together so very beautifully! Bravo to you!

  6. This has a wonderful sense of magic and theatre. I adore the little candle and how she casts a shadow. Shadows in art are a new fascination of mine!

    The mask is gorgeous - where do you just "find" all these precious things?!

    I also found it interesting that you've done what I often seem to do - added in a little of the previous week's theme! Lovely work :)

  7. OMG - how DO you find all these great little elements? They all go together so well to tell a subtle story - those ballerinas are amazing!

  8. dear hettienne,

    i wanted to invite you and your readers to enjoy
    a virgin a day at recuerda mi corazon. twelve days of sharing mary!

  9. All of your newest pieces are quite beautiful, you always have the finesse and heart to make gorgeous art.

    I visited St. Michael's Mount once, hope to go again someday. The Mary line runs through your garden, that's a blessing and a gift!


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