Fred and Ginger

This page was inspired by my friend’s silver necklace which originally belonged to her mother; she calls it “Fred & Ginge”. I thought the outline of the dancers would be perfect as a centre piece for my journal page and it would be a lovely tribute to these iconic dance partners.

As my friend’s necklace is silver, I started by applying silver metallic acrylic paint to the page with a brayer and leaving it to dry. I then added black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker ink by applying it to an acrylic block, spritzing it with water and pressing it on. Next I stamped a Script stamp by Kaisercraft using black Archival Ink. For the roses I used a stencil by Craft Sensations and Liquitex red acrylic paint which I applied using a baby wipe. To shade the rose petals and add texture I then added some Black Soot Distress Ink to the roses using a blending tool and I stippled more red paint over the top using a paint brush. I removed the stencil and added further detail to the rose outlines using a black Uni Pin marker and a white gel pen. I also applied the same Black Soot ink using a blending tool to the grey areas of the page, where there were no roses, to darken the background and emphasis the metallic paint. I flicked some water over this ink and blotted it with a piece of kitchen towel to create light coloured splatters. Then I used a Shabby Harlequin stencil by Creative Expressions and the Black Soot ink as well as a Musicality stamp by Docrafts and black Archival Ink to add more detail to the background. I took a photo of my friend’s necklace, and printed a large image to use as a template to draw around onto music paper, which I cut out, edged with the black Big Brush marker and stuck to the page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. Once the medium had dried I outlined the silhouettes using a black Uni Pin marker to add some shadow.  I added three silver music notes using silver brads and lots of different sized crystals to add a touch of glamour. The larger crystals were linked together on a wire thread so I cut them individually, created swirls with the wire, stuck them to the page using Glossy Accents and placed a smaller crystal on the end of the wire to give a neat finish.

I’m happy to be able to join Gill from gibbyfrogettcraftations again who is hosting the “Elegance & Grunge” challenge over at Art Journal Journey and the  “Dancer” theme over at Moo-Mania & More – Challenge.

I have always loved musicals and Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were both incredible dancers who had natural style and grace. If you are interested, here are some fun facts:

  • Between 1933 and 1949, Astaire and Rogers appeared in 10 films together.
  • Their first screen pairing occurred in 1933 in the musical film “Flying Down to Rio”.
  • “The Barkleys of Broadway” (1949) was their only film shot in Technicolor; it was their last film and was shot after a 10 year hiatus.
  • The pair had an on-screen chemistry so magical that Rogers became Astaire’s most famous dance partner.
  • Their films followed a set formula where Astaire specified how many minutes could elapse between the beginning of the film and its first musical number, as well as how many minutes of comedy, romance, and drama there should be between dance numbers.

As T Stands for Tuesday, I think cocktails would be an appropriate drink for this famous duo and when “stepping out with my baby” for my birthday we enjoyed a few cocktails with our friends! Maybe you would like an Apple Caipirinha or Cosmopolitan or a bottle of Italian beer or a glass of Prosecco. I’m inviting the T Gang to join us and wishing you all a Happy T Day!

Or a Mint Julep (to make this cocktail muddle 2 parts Bourbon whiskey, 12 mint leaves and ½ dash Gomme syrup with crushed ice and top with soda) or a Citrus Rum Cooler (1½ parts Havana Club Rum, ¼ part Cointreau/orange liqueur and 4 parts orange juice shaken with ice and poured into a glass).

Or even a Big Easy (1½ parts Southern Comfort, ¼ Cointreau/orange liqueur and 2 parts orange juice shaken with ice, strained into a glass over ice and topped up with Ginger Beer). Of course if you prefer soft drinks, tea and coffee are available too. By the way all these cocktails were actually half price so we got to try a few different ones between us – cheers!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Poundland Metallic Paint (Silver)
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Cadmium Red Medium Hue/Red Lacquer)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.3mm & 0.5mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Docrafts Papermania Creative Essentials A5 Clear Stamp Set (Musicality DCE907112)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencil (Shabby Harlequin CEMSHARL)
  • Music of All Nations Sheet Music
  • The Works (Musical Note Charms)
  • The Works (Jewel Stickers)
  • Home Bargains Special Occasions (Decorative Chain 26253, Decorative Stickers 22740)
  • Small silver brads
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

45 thoughts on “Fred and Ginger

  1. Wonderful journal page, Ginger and Fred were really a fantastic pair. I’m not a dance fan, but I love seeing them doing their elegant dances in the old films. The cocktails sound fun, but I must admit that I prefer coffee! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  2. What a wonderful page with Ginger and Fred. I love to see them dance. Those films were just something else!
    Wow! What a lot of coctails! Did you drink them all? The citrus rum cooler sounds nice. As does the Big Easy. I don’t think I’ve ever had coctails apart from when I was in the USA in the early seventies, and then I can’t really remember much of what I drank. I would love to try some of those. I’ll drink to that!
    Happy T-day,

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    • Those films were wonderful weren’t they! The cocktails were nice as a treat and I didn’t drink them all myself … lol! My favourite cocktail is the Cosmopolitan, it’s vodka based with Cointreau and cranberry juice so tastes very fruity 😀. Many thanks and wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊


  3. well Jo, this post says “party” all the way through!! Love your page and the whole happy flow of the dancers. I love the Fred and Ginger movies! Prosecco for me please, although some of the others sound very tempting too. Don’t you just love the names alone? :):) Happy T day to you!

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  4. I don’t think I’ve ever seen any of those old movies, but I’ve seen excerpts from various shows that featured them. I remember a rubber stamp I saw once that had Fred and Ginger and the sentiment was something like “Ginger did everything Fred did, except backward and in heels.”

    Speaking of dancers, Moo Mania and More’s current theme is dancer:
    I’m sure Susi and Valerie would love you to link there, too.

    Those drinks look amazing, but I still prefer my coffee. I am not much of a liquor drinker, so I’ll be the designated driver (grin).

    Thanks for sharing all those alcoholic beverages and your lovely journal page with us for T this Tuesday.

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  5. I think I’ll take any one of those drinks. But just one or I’ll be trying to dance like Fred and Ginger and that wouldn’t be a pretty sight. 🙂 I love your page. It is very elegant. I think the red roses on the silver is really elegant. Hope you have a fantastic T day. Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks very much Erica! Luckily I didn’t have to drink all those cocktails myself or I’d be dancing and probably singing too … lol 😉. Elegant is the look I was going for, thanks! Using the silver metallic paint gives the page a nice shimmer too although it’s not that visable in the photo. Wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊


  6. What an elegant page especially the crystals. I loved Fred Astaire, and he sure cut a fine figure in his tails. Your silhouette captured the couple perfectly. So many cocktail choices and the different colors and shapes of glass. Happy Birthday and Happy T Day

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    • I enjoyed adding all the crystals, I love a bit of bling …lol! 😁 The cocktails were fun and the recipes were on the menu so I thought I’d share them incase anyone was interested. Thanks a lot and Happy T Day! J 😊


  7. so cool to enlarge this necklace pattern and cut it out from Music sheet! it Looks gorgeous, and everything around it also. very dynamic dancing Scene. and yes, the roses make it very romantic.
    the photos of the Drinks are wonderful, too.
    happy t-day!!

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    • As soon as I saw the necklace I thought it would look wonderful on the music sheet, I was really pleased how it turned out 😀. When I think of this type of dance romance and elegance spring to mind which inspired the roses and glittering crystals. Thanks so much and wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊


  8. A fabulous page Jo , a great idea taking the photo for the template of Fred and Ginger. The roses look stunning against the metallic background.
    Happy belated birthday, looks like you had a great night.
    Avril xx

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  9. I wanted to be Ginger when I grew up, I just loved watching them dance as a kid, and I think I saw all their films. Those WERE the BEST kinds of movies and TV.
    Your page is a lovely tribute to them both and times gone by.
    Now for those drinks…………………………LOL! Yep, I would try them all……..but not at once…*grin*
    Belated birthday wishes and Happy T-day

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  10. Used to love rainy afternoons and Fred and Ginger or Busby Berkeley movies – they don’t seem to show them any more! Your page is wonderful! Not much of a cocktail drinker but without the diabetes think I could be – I’ll stick to coffee for now! Hugs, Chrisx

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  11. Your page is FANTASTIC…. you achieved such an elegant look with all your wonderful techniques and layers – perfection!
    Your couple looks even more elegant than Ginger and Fred because of their music sheet outfit!
    Your wonderful page woudf fit the current
    >DANCER< theme as well – you would make me happy if you link it!
    Oh this cocktails sound fantastic …. I think you inspire me to take some coconut likör now.
    Thank you for such an amazing page linked to AJJ dear Jo!
    Happy rest of the week for you!
    Happy T-Day!
    oxo Susi

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  12. I love all the Fred and Ginger movies too, Jo. He was an incredible dancer … and so debonaire. You found some fun facts for us. I didn’t know how demanding he was about the movie formats. It was very unusual for one to have such “star power” back then.

    A glass of Prosecco would be lovely. Thank you;-)

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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  13. Oh wow that grooves! Such a gorgeous page with that nice silhouette motif of Fred and Ginger.
    Great idea and nice design around it. I like it much. I also like the old movies with Fred and Ginger.
    Dear Greetings and a good week.
    Sabine xox

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  14. I’m fashionably late to the party Jo…. What a beautiful journal page and i love all those fun facts you shared… I find the older i get the more i enjoy old movies… i wonder why?? Happy T day!! Hugs! deb

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  15. oh what a fabulous post Jo 🙂 and of course I adore your beautiful AJJ page (thank you x)
    What a fabulous idea using your friends necklace for inspiration – those dancers are wonderful.
    I zoomed in to have a good look at the beautiful sparkling finishing touches – love the brads, curled wired and jewels. I llike all those old films and it was very interesting to read about Freds formula for the films – it certainly worked very well.
    And those drinks sound very interesting – look very inviting and refreshing too – maybe not now as is about 11am and very hot so not a good idea before going out working in garden. 😦
    Hope you are having a great day and its not too hot if you’re out on one of your walks
    Gill xx

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    • Thanks so very much Gill! It was fun adding all the sparkle, the trick was knowing when to stop … lol 😉. I thought the formula was interesting too and you’re right, it’s probably not a good idea to have those drinks before going to work in the garden … lol 😀. The sun has just come out here after a cloudy morning, it’s getting warmer too so some gardening is planned for this afternoon 😁. Have fun and enjoy the rest of your week! J 😊


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