Vitruvian Man meets Dyan Reaveley

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Davinci Art Journal page with stamps, stencils, Sizzix dies and a paper doll (Marjie Kemper)
I made this page in my art journal for the current  challenge at Frilly & Funkie. Our host is Anita Houston and the theme is Renaissance Men. We’re to pay homage to one of the big four (Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo, or Raphael) with a project depicting one of their works, being sure to name it and the artist. You can be inspired in any way by their works. I decided to use stamps in my art journal to recreate Da Vinci’s illustration of the Vitruvian Man.


Remember this sketch?  It was all about symmetry and proportion, and he used text at the top and bottom. I started with an 8X10 art journal page I’d been building up for a few weeks. It’s painted and sprayed with Dylusions ink sprays, and has bits and pieces attached from tags that hadn’t panned out for other projects:

DaVinci 2 art journal page (Marjie Kemper)

I went through my stash of people stamps and chose a plain body by Limited Edition and one of the heads from Dyan’s stamps.

Davinci Art Journal page with stamps, stencils, Sizzix dies and a paper doll (Marjie Kemper)

Colored the body with Distress Inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade, and ripe persimmon) and the face and hair with Distress Markers.  I used Tim Holtz’s Papillon stamp to give her an interesting torso.  Then I went to town on the page with paints, sprays, stamps, and stencils.

Davinci Art Journal page with stamps, stencils, Sizzix dies and a paper doll (Marjie Kemper)

After tracing the circle I perched her on top of a tag remnant at the bottom and added one of Dyan’s birds on top.  I cut the letters from Tim’s Sizzix Chip Block die, stamped them with the mini Papillon, and colored them the same as the body.

Davinci Art Journal page with stamps, stencils, Sizzix dies and a paper doll (Marjie Kemper)

I edged the art journal page and the lovely lady with black gesso and used a bit of red line tape to secure her torso and a few limbs, leaving some free. Her head is popped up a bit with foam.  Brads secured the parts so I could move them around before gluing.

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  1. Marjie you totally ROCKED this challenge. I really, really love your design and the execution is beautiful. Your art journal page makes such a wonderful background for your focal image – wonderful colors and interesting bits. Amazing creativity!

  2. Marjie, I love what you did with this piece, plus a gorgeous background using Dylusions.

  3. This is brilliant Marjie, such a great idea. The colours are awesome too. Michelle x

  4. I’m missing words, that’s a fabulous page, love every detail.

  5. Marjie, I love this piece – especially the background colors!!!! You have really mastered the Dyan Reaveley technique!!! 🙂

  6. This is just fantastic & I love the interpretation you came up with for the theme – very clever!!

  7. Hi Marjie this is a brilliant adaptation of the challenge at F&F. I love it love it love it !!! X

  8. Leo (as I like to call him!!!!) would be charmed that his art has been used as a springboard for your own art. This is fun, arty and exceptionally cool and finally ….. so very you.
    Love the depth to your background.

  9. This is just brilliant!!! love it marjie soooo clever!

  10. So beautiful Marjie! Just love your built up background here!!

  11. Witty!

  12. this is incredibly awesome 🙂

  13. Linda Cameron says:

    Love it! You have done a fantastic and very creative piece!

  14. I popped in here from the Artistic Stamper… What a gorgeous spread this is, love it and so creative!!

  15. what Fun!!! love it, and those colours are so bright and funky! Debi x

  16. visually stunning! this piece is inspired! super awesome. xo

  17. Shelly Schmidt says:

    Love this- love the great background and love the image you used- I do not have any Delusions- but loving the vivid colors you achieve with them!

  18. love the background and your take on the challenge is so very creative!

  19. That is exactly what i thought when i saw this marjie, this is wonderful!

  20. As ever I love your use of Dyan’s products. I have yet to try them but was lucky to meet Dyan at CHA…what a lovely woman. I just wanted to hang around her and drink in her British-ness

  21. Very cool page! What a great take on it! Love the bright colors! Stunning!

  22. AMAZING! II love it! I also have that doll body stamp and never thought to mix it with the dylusions stamps. great idea! Thanx for sharing.

  23. She’s brilliant! x

  24. Marjie, I love the way you have used ruby rainbow’s head for this piece, she is just perfect. Loving the fabulous colours and a great take on Da Vinci’s viruvian man! Very up to date and modern! Anne x

  25. Really, really creative Marjie! I love your version, the colors are awesome…did I mention creative??? LOL!

  26. Amazing Marjie…what a great idea in bright colors. Very creative!
    greetings, Alie 🙂

  27. Wonderful!!!!! A renaissance classic with classics of Dyan Raveley!!!! You’ve recently visited the province of Vinci…very inspiring!…. The colors are really bright!!! I like your renaissance woman….

  28. that is soooo cool! only a talented mind would come up with it! and the background… oooh the yumminess!
    hugs sweetie!

  29. This is brilliant Marije! I LOVE that you’ve made Vitruvian man a woman – and the mobile limbs are a touch of genius over that amazing background – wonderful!!
    Alison x

  30. Brilliant Marjie!! Dylusion girl head is very clever idea and colours are fabulous like always. Love it!!!

  31. Fabulous design, Marjie!. You’re so very clever, leaving her limbs free & interactive!. LOVE the layered tag background and the vibrant colors make me happy already.

  32. What a wild idea that you’ve shared! Love it! And I think I have that Limited Edition stamp…hmmmm.

  33. Lucy Edmondson says:

    This is just amazing! So creative and funny and well executed. A bit Voodoo woman I think. I have to be the first to mention though, that the original has an important ‘bit’ yours doesn’t! Hee hee!
    Lucy x

  34. Marjie, This is absolute brilliance! Dyan will be just doing the happy dance to see what you created! Love the vibrant colors and the new “Vitruvian Woman.” Too fun! Love this!

  35. Fabulous project Marjie ! Love the colours and the detail that sits behind the main image. Stunning design ! Sue C x

  36. You have totally knocked me off my creative feet!!!! I am in awe of your creativity and imagination! This is so fabulous Marjie!!! The depth of color, the ingenuity, and the uniqueness of it is fab! I love that it’s humorous yet pays homage to the man!!! Absolutely fantastic!!! Show this to Dyan! She will love it!!!