I really love vintage antique lace (I do, after all have "gallons" of it ... but that's a whole other story altogether), old dolls and imagery of old dolls, I just have a very hard time incorporating it into my work. Below I am showing two photos of a spread I began using some old vintage lace paper and a few copies of old paper dolls. Wonderful stuff really, but this is as far as I could get.
I left these pages in full view for days and days, hoping something would come to me as to what I should do with them. It took everything I had to stop myself from covering it all up with Gesso and starting over. Nothing ever came to me, so I finally decided just to do something, anything.
The two photos below show what I finally came up with. While they are still not among my favorite pages by far, I think all in all they are okay. It was interesting to see how I handled working out of my usual Comfort Zone and I am glad I pushed myself to do it.
It would be very interested to see how other people would handle the same elements, especially someone that works regularly with vintage imagery.