Thursday, February 26, 2009
TGIF: Curiouser and Curiouser
Sandy from Thank God It's Friday asked me to be the guest designer for "Feathers," the new stamping project there this week. I was actually just finishing this journal page when I got Sandy's email. When Ava saw it it, she said it looked difficult, but it wasn't at all. Typicallly, I labor over a page for at least half a day, but this page evolved over the course of about a week, while I was working on two other journal pages. I just doodled on it a little bit every day, not ever really concentrating on it, but working from intuition. I started with a color magazine picture that I converted to black and white in Photoshop Elements. I used only one layer of green acrylic paint because I knew I wanted the background to have a sort of a rough, grainy effect like the photo. Next, I glued on the photo and dry-brushed swipes of violet, red, and yellow paint around the edges. I didn't really have a vision for what I wanted the theme of this page to be, but by the third day, the look on the girl's face told me she was a modern-day Alice in Wonderland, and I knew then I wanted the page to be about curiosity. So, I painted on the hearts and used a white gel pen to scribble on some images and journal with a white gel pen. Then, I cut out some wings and wrote two quotes about curiosity on them. The very last step was to stamp the title on with some foam stamps. This was one of the most intuitive pieces I've ever done and quite a lot of fun to make. Thank you, Sandy, for challenging me this week. The rest of you should fly on over to TGIF and see all my other fine feathered friends there.