Thursday, 10 July 2014

Stampotique Newspaper & Magazine

I have wanted to use the Beautiful Frida Kahlo stamp for some time, this challenge was the perfect opportunity

On research it would seem that there is some uncertainty surrounding Frida appearing in the 1939 French Edition of Vogue
Some documentation reference it was  a picture of her hand adorned with rings others say it was the full photography taken by Nickolas Muray at the time it seems no one is sure

The image did definitely appear on Vogue Mexico in 2012 to coincide with the opening of Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo” at the artist’s eponymous museum: "Museo Frida Kahlo" in Coyoacan, Mexico

Another explanation is that the image of Kahlo was used for a mock-up of a Paris Vogue cover but it is said the that mock-up is a fake.
According to a Vogue Mexico rep, this is the first time Muray’s family granted permission for the image to be used on a fashion magazine cover.

In addition, the shot was recreated with actress Salma Hayek for a Paris Vogue cover that marked the 2002 biopic “Frida.”

Whatever the real story is, she's so beautiful she deserves to adorn the cover of Vogue again even if it is only my version

I stamped her image, Stampotique Frida Grand along with French script and the numbers cube
I painted with very pale washes of Distress Ink Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet and Walnut Stain

Applied DecoArt one step crackle, once dry I distressed with Black Soot & Walnut Stain and embellished her headdress with tiny flowers coloured with Distress Stains


  1. Absolutely stunning, Jools! I am speechless! So glad you are a regular contributor to the Stampotique Designers' Challenge!

  2. Beautiful piece, love how you have captured a little piece if history (maybe)
    Amanda x

  3. Very interesting Jools, I love how you used the stamp, vintage and magnificent!! :D x

  4. Jools, this is gorgeous. You're right, Frida is beautiful and what a lovely use of the stamp. Jean.x

  5. WOW, love the crackle effect, you have used this stamp so beautifully, loving the pop of colour with the flowers. Stunning Jools :-) xxx

  6. Just love this, beautifully done :)
    Thanks for joining in with us at Stampotique :)

  7. Gorgeous, the crackle effect looks amazing on this.

  8. This is gorgeous, I love how you've created such a beautiful image. Thanks for joining us again at Stampotique.

  9. Jools this is drop dead gorgeous! I love the crackling and the colour in the flowers. Thanks for joining in with us again at Stampotiue. Sue xx

  10. So, so cool, Jools - the crackle looks amazing over that beautiful image of Frida - wonderful work!
    Alison xx

  11. She's looking great! I love the little flowers :)
    Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Design Challenge

    xx Arwen