Friday, January 13, 2017

January More than words challenge layout

Hello !

I'm back with a new layout for the More Than Words challenge, using a picture I took few years ago in Istanbul in the beautiful Hagia Sophia (basilica Sainte Sophie), trying to recreate the abundance of luxurious golds and magnificent blues of this incredible mosaic.

The creative challenge was bling. I think I got this part...
The word inspiration was celebrate. The whole basilica is a celebration to God, and this mosaic in particular is celebrating Mary and His Son.
This is how this challenge inspired me...

I created the background with a paper from the Royal Gypsy stack (DCWV), using heavy gesso over a stencil (Prima Marketing), then another stencil with gold crackle paste (Prima Marketing).
I painted in dark blue some fabric, then teared it and glued it over the gesso. I added lace and blue pompom trim (May Arts ribbons) before adding the embellishments.

The photo mats are papers from the same DCWV stack, the edges are distressed and paint with gold crackle. The some of the gold embellishments are home made with air dry clay and painted.

Some are metal covered with gesso than painted.
This medallion is two metal embellishments glued together, covered with gesso and painted.

It's an almost an icon around the picture of an icon I made there ! I hope you like it...

Here is the moodboard if you want to play too...

Thank for reading this post. I hope to see you soon for another project...
Have a great day !


  1. A beautiful interpretation of our challange & yes I think you sure got it right. Thanks for playing along with us at More Than Words.

  2. Beautiful layout, I love the colors!! Thank you for playing at More Than Words

  3. I love your crackle effect and the gold and blue colour scheme is striking! Thanks for joining in at More Than Words this month.

  4. Very beautiful!! I really love the gold on this project and the crackle effect is really eye catching! Thanks for playing with us at More Than Words this month!

  5. Oh wow this is absolutely magical! I really love the details and the centerpiece, gorgeously done! Thank you for joining More Than Words challenge this month

  6. Gorgeous love your take on the challenge. Thank you for joining us at More than Words.

  7. Thank you, MTW team for your kind comments !

  8. What a special and inspirational layout, in so many ways! Thank you for playing along with us at More Than Words!

  9. Such a touching layout! Definitely inspirational! Don't forget to be eligible for the challenge you must include our Moodboard and an active link back tou our blog in your post. Good Luck! All the best from MTW! :)

  10. I did have the link but forgot the moodboard... I added it now, thanks for the reminder !

  11. Wow so beautiful! I really love the touch of gold on your layout! Thank you for playing with us at morethanwords challenge.

  12. Beautiful project!!! Thanks a lot for playing with us at More Than Words!!