Monday, June 18, 2012

Anna May Wong

Do you know Anna May Wong?  I have to confess that I didn't - but I do now!  What a fascinating person:  she was the first Chinese-American movie actress.  Chris, of CS Designs, has designed a gorgeous image of Anna May, which is perfect for the new theme at Art With No Boundaries:  Performing Arts.

She was born in 1905 in Los Angeles.  She would skip school to watch photo shoots in her  neighborhood.  You can read all about her here.   My project was influenced by this 1932 magazine cover:

Take note of the faint sunburst pattern in the background.  You'll see that repeated in my project.

Anna May was quite exotic and you should google her to see all the wonderful photographs of her.  I used grays and pinks and added some dark gray stripes just for fun.  I think with the nose shaded wide she looks a bit tigerish.  This card is a Z fold with the middle section showing the drama queen sentiment and film strip also from CS Designs.  I printed the Anna May Wong image tiny enough to add to the strip.

The last page includes the "Cinema" sentiment and has space for me to write a sweet note to my friend, who will love this!  (She's quite the self-admitted drama queen herself.) 

Come join us at Art With No Boundaries for our Performing Arts challenge.  We'd love to see your creations!


  1. the design of this card and how you featured Anna May as a tiger. She must have had a tiger's inner strength to achieve all she did. The pink and white stripes remind me of a delicate circus tent where she is the star. What a fabulous card...lucky friend.

  2. Such a gorgeous and creative project Lori.

  3. Stunning card you made and the z-fold really made it stand out with all the details, the sentiments and the filmstrip! You colored her beautifully! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  4. Your project is just amazing! I love how you incorporated the sunburst! You are so creative!
    Marie XX

  5. Oh cute Lori - this is absolutely wonderful - very creative and artsy and I love it so much. I go all crazy over artsy fartsy work - wow! Everything about your delightful creation sings. Wonderful design work and coloring. Now I am really impressed. I will probably be posting tomorrow - we have been out of town. By the way - I am sure your friend will treasure this card forever!!

  6. Really gorgeous, I love the retro look and the film strip is fab
    Lindsay xx

  7. Lori, I was both surprised and pleased when I first saw this. The stripes on Anna May's face are unusual, yet they seem to fit her personality perfectly. Bonnie is right they give her face a beautiful strength. I also enjoyed seeing the extra photos.
    :) Chris / CS Designs


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