This started as another piece in the Bubbling Over series. The initial idea was to have butterflies in bubbles floating out from the circle. However, I dropped that idea once I found the butterfly-winged circus acrobats. Bubbling butterflies just seemed too tame for these Victorian pranksters from The Chatterbox magazine. Originally, the image inside the circle showed a man breaking through a sheet of paper. I cut him out and substituted the acrobats, allowing one wing to extend beyond the circle. I like the layered effect created by some images being below the main image and others pasted atop it.
The acrobats are from the same family guide to Cincinnati Art Museum's circus poster exhibit mentioned in Tuesday's post and the woman flying above them is from a tear-away-poster in the exhibit. The diving beauty is vintage stock art. 5.5" x 8.5" on acid-free watercolor paper.