Friday, June 7, 2013

Today Is Flashback Day….


for McMahon Five Designs.  And for my flashback image I chose what is titled Dressed Dummy.  I’ve had the image in my files for quite a while and had no idea where to begin.  Then I started doing some research on the history of the Can-Can and then on Burlesque.  After all the research I decided that my image can be for both styles.

I chose the Burlesque Style.  Here is just a little bit of history about Burlesque:

“Burlesque is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects. The word derives from the Italian burlesco, which, in turn, is derived from the Italian burla – a joke, ridicule or mockery.

Burlesque overlaps in meaning with caricature, parody and travesty, and, in its theatrical sense, with extravaganza, as presented during the Victorian era. "Burlesque" has been used in English in this literary and theatrical sense since the late 17th century. It has been applied retrospectively to works of Chaucer and Shakespeare and to the Graeco-Roman classics. Contrasting examples of literary burlesque are Alexander Pope's sly The Rape of the Lock and Samuel Butler's irreverent Hudibras. An example of musical burlesque is Richard Strauss's 1890 Burleske for piano and orchestra. Examples of theatrical burlesques include W. S. Gilbert's Robert the Devil.

A later use of the term, particularly in the United States, refers to performances in a variety show format. These were popular from the 1860s to the 1940s, often in cabarets and clubs, as well as theatres, and featured bawdy comedy and female striptease. Some Hollywood films attempted to recreate the spirit of these performances from the 1930s to the 1960s, or included burlesque-style scenes within dramatic films, such as 1972's Cabaret and 1979's All That Jazz, among others. There has been a resurgence of interest in this format since the 1990s.and the A. C. Torr – Meyer Lutz shows, including Ruy Blas and the Blasé Roué”From Wikipedia

Dressed Dummy



My Project Photo


Details:  Image was colored using Prisma and Prang Colored Pencils.  The music sheet background was made using my Silhouette Portrait by using the sketching technique,  I used frosted vellum to sketch on. Then I scrunch up the sketch and cut it to size to fit the Craft Tag (I left a small margin so I could overlap to the back of the tag.  I glued the vellum using Inkssentials by Ranger’s Glossy Accents. I covered the back with another craft tag which makes the tag more sturdy and I like that it is cleaner on the back side (no glue residue showing).  I aged the vellum, flowers, Burlesque ticket, and edges of the tag with Vintage Photo Distressed ink by Tim Holtz.  All the bling on the costume and flourishes is Stickles, Black Diamond. The two flourishes were cut with the Silhouette.  Dummy itself was colored in Paint Shop Pro and then enhanced with Prisma Colored Pencils.  And the flowers were punched from the Retro flower punch by EK Success.  The image was printed on Neenah Card Stock.


Thank you for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to check out the M5D Blog to see all the other creations for today.  Go here:  M5D Blog.


 Have a wonderful day, Fran





  1. Wow - this is a stunning tag Fran - you have really made the most of this image!

  2. Oh Fran, this is stunning!!!

  3. Wow, what a beautiful tag!!! I love your coloring and shading! The black Stickles are the perfect embellishment! Excellent project!
    Thanks for sharing,

  4. Wowzers!! This is a gorgeous piece of art Fran!!

  5. Wow! Pretty tag, Fran! I love all the different techniques you used!!

  6. Fran....your tag is absolutely gorgeous!!! I love everything about it!


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