Pearshaped

Pearshaped

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Try It On Tuesday

The  new theme at Try It On Tuesday is 'Crowning Glory'. You can find the details of the challenge here and also see the fabulous samples the Design team have created! 
One of my heroines is Eleanor of Aquitaine. We are off to Poitiers  to see my (ex)sister-in-law and her husband! Eleanor  was married to Henry II in beautiful Poitiers Cathedral. She was placed into a tomb at Fauntrevaud Abbey and we were taken there last time we visited.
I started my journal page by coating it with black gesso - scary!!!
Once I started to use my stencils with an old Adirondack Copper paint and white pearly ink it began to look better.

I used a Sheena Douglas crackle stamp in the parts around the edges.
I wanted to include a picture of the abbey but decided to use another Sheena Douglas stamp. The Abbey was one of the biggest in France and was unique in that it was run by women! Eleanor gave a lot of financial support.

I stamped the door onto tissue and added it to my page using Multi Media Matte gel.
The image of Eleanor is from the internet and is from an original mediaeval painting.

I added some hinges using the bronze paint. The words(from TH idea-ology small talk) were edged with the same paint. 
The words seemed so appropriate as she was a very determined woman -  she married a French King but failed to produce an heir so the marriage was annulled and she married Henry but sadly ended up being imprisoned by him at Winchester castle(we visited the castle but could find no reference of her)and several others around the country. Two of her sons, Richard I and John became Kings of England and Eleanor returned to France and spent the rest of her life at the abbey. 
For Eleanor's name I used the French version - around the Poitiers area there are plenty of mentions of her as this was where the royal court was held.

I edged the whole page with Copper too!

I hope you will join us this time, as you will see if you pop over! My teamies have made a real variety of projects!

Thanks for looking , Chris

21 comments:

Margik said...

Fabulous page and great scene you've created. Brilliant, Chris!
Hugs, Mar

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful project, Chris, as always! Hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

What a gorgeous page Chris! Love the depth in it! Unique!

Lucyna Marynowska said...

Love your page Chris! Stunning colours and images!

Lucyna Marynowska said...

Love your page Chris! Stunning colours and images!

Pamellia Johnson said...

Beautiful Chris! The dark tones are so rich and regal, especially with the metallic accents! Brilliant take on the theme and a stunning page! hugs :)

chrissies said...

Wonderful page and thank you for the history

Love Chrissie xx

sirkkis said...

What an interesting history you have on the theme. Love your gorgeous AJ page you created for our challenge.
Best regards xxx

Ruth said...

Fabulous, fabulous page, love the tones and the medieval feel to it. Ruth x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've been gone and missed a LOT. Your page is stunning. Really~ I was so impressed with the stamp and the way you incorporated everything. I've never owned black gesso, but I hear it is fantastic. I can believe it after seeing this beautiful copper embellished page!

Helen said...

what a beautiful page, Chris!! I keep starting and putting down a novel about Eleanor, maybe next time I will keep on at it

Bee and Dee said...

A brilliant journal page, a stunning layout hugs Bee.

Redanne said...

A beautiful page Chris, the darker background and copper highlighting were perfect choices - I love how you used stamped tissue too. Hugs, Anne xx

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous atmospheric journal page Chrissy. Love the image and wonderful background.
Avril xx

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous atmospheric journal page Chrissy. Love the image and wonderful background.
Avril xx

Juliz Design Post said...

What a super journal cover, the depth you have achieved with the arches in the background is brilliant.
Julie x

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous journal page. We visited the Abbey many years ago, its a great site to go to. having a catch up tonight on all your super posts.
Yvonne xx

Georgie C said...

Ooooohhhh I love how dark this is, such an interesting page that I just want to peer through the darkness and see more :)
xx

Samra Leshinski said...

Gorgeous journal page, I second Georgie, love the darkness and intensity of it!! Thank you for having me as Guest Designer at Try it on Tuesday for this challenge! It is my honor!
Samra

Samra Leshinski said...

Gorgeous journal page, I second Georgie, love the darkness and intensity of it!! Thank you for having me as Guest Designer at Try it on Tuesday for this challenge! It is my honor!
Samra

butterfly said...

What a great page - so full of atmosphere. She's one of my heroines, so I love this!
Alison xx