Thursday, June 11, 2015

Gentleman Callers

A lot of the challenges this month (week, too!) give masculine prompts. What's considered masculine? Pipes and cars, cigars and airplanes, fishing, tobacco brown and navy for color, hunting, hiking, paragliding... what else is there? Oh yes, grilling, pitching a tent, washing a car, reading a newspaper. (I am bored already.)

I started thinking of secret and urgent desires of gentlemen, perhaps of an era gone by. A"gentleman caller" chez a lady was never appropriate and would tarnish her reputation. However, there were always ladies not too picky on reputation and more concerned about their bread and butter (and a new silk gown...) if you get my drift.

The atc's are about men, but they don't show men.
Gentleman callers in the Night 1-3
Rosie lives in 940 B--- Street

She also plays at a revue theater
Ellie in apartment 2 will stay up late
Entering these into:
Smudgy Antics Challenge: Anything goes (but with a twist into macabre, dark, creepy or saucy... this is saucy)
Anything but Cute Challenge: Masculine
Stamps and Stencils: Small is beautiful (meaning atc's, tags... the likes)

On technique:
I made the background paper. It is a babywipe, dried up long ago but kept for just this purpose.  It had blue ink from cleaning some stamps. I placed wooden numbers on it to get a stencil and sprayed everything with blue and brown Tattered Angels mist. While it was drying I took all my vintage office stamps and stamped all around. When it was dry I cut it into three pieces for backgrounds, added Victorian photos of ladies, the spray painted numbers and some found objects.


  1. These are just fabulous Alice!! I don't think you need to have pictures of men in order for a project to be masculine. These are very masculine with your wonderful neutral tones and vintage feel. I love that key you added, great detailing!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Make It Masculine' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

    1. Thank you Pamellia, it's always a pleasure to join. The challenge lies in working within the guidelines.

  2. Wonderful collage I adore your hands on artwork...great variation in color and texture.

    1. So nice of you to visit! And thank you for your kind words.

  3. Fabulous ATCs ! Using the wooden numbers as a mask is fantastic ! Thanks for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Sue C x

  4. What a delight! To think outside the box is awesome sauce and genius! Wonderful way to use a baby wipe, I may have to try that. Your details and explanation are what make this project so stunning! Brilliant!

    Thanks for joining us at Anything Bute Cute. Hugz. ~Niki DT

  5. Wonderful designed collage!
    Hugs Anja

  6. Great idea to use up those used baby wipes--as long as they were used for cleaning up inky, not stinky, messes! Very cool ATC's! I can almost smell the cigars and hear the giggling! Well done! Thank you for joining our Make It Masculine challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  7. A fantastic set of ATC's, super vintage look and added details. Thank you for joining us at Stamps and Stencils this time.

  8. Different approach to masculine, I like it...Thank you so very much for joining our Make It Masculine challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT

  9. I love your ATC's and all the more because of the approach you've taken. So clever! Thanks for joining my challenge at Stamps & Stencils. Juliax