Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remembrance Of Things Past...

(Click on image for a larger view.) I found it hard to tie these two images together from Art Creations Friday Challenge 86. The first image is a carte de visite or cabinet card of a woman in mourning. The second image is a couple of pages from book a on what would befall you if you don't tow the line... to put it mildly. I also think they are from two different centuries: the late 19th and somewhere in the 18th. Certainly nothing cheery would result from combining these images and adding other freebie elements to complete a digital collage. So I just went what came to mind on this somber day for us all, September 11th. Any problem I encountered in creating this was really just one of scale. Was the book too small and the key too big? Was the ribbon too tiny and the card huge? When I got done the overall impression was rather foreboding and dark.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Mermaid and the Peacock

This Dover Publications peacock image from this week's Soartful Challenges is the inspiration for this digital collage (click on image for a larger view). The stylized tips of the peacock feathers immediately reminded me of a mermaid's tail. The reclining woman is from the vintage nude site Vintage Pulchritude. The fish scales are from Enchantedgal-Stock at DeviantART. I used Paint Shop Photo to create the collage. There are lots of selections, layering, smudging, erasing, cloning, cutouts and drop shadows. I really got in the zone for this one. When I got done I realized the woman's head, the hand-tinted border and the mermaid tail also formed a fish shape. Speaking of fish I have to get going and head out to the seafood department of the supermarket where I work. Before I go I'm submitting this to two sites where I don't know if they accept digital images. If not, I'm sure they will let me know and I'll withdraw it. Besides Soartful this is for the Netherworld Nymphs Challenge at Haunted Design House.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Fakin' It

This "journal page" (click on the image for a larger view)  was originally for this week's Favorite Flowers theme over at One Powerful Hour but it also fits several other challenge themes. At Mixed Media Monday it's all about "Past Loves". I'm interpreting that rather literally... I like to create pieces that have a Medieval/Renaissance/Victorian look to them. (One seems to emulate the other.) Then over at Gingersnap Creations the Spicy Supply Challenge is still Markers. I used Martha Stewart calligraphy markers from a set I found at Walmart. Yes, I admit it. At Theme Thursday the challenge this week is "Words". I definitely used several of them. Some in Latin no less. At Illustration Friday the theme is "Artificial". (I don't think there is a static link. If there is, someone correct me please.) This is the 13th page of a non-existent botanical journal and it's artificially aged. However the pressed flowers are real. Quite a paradox. Last but not least I'm taking "The Scenic Route" at Lots to Do. Lolly-gagging on an imaginary country lane picking wildflowers is certainly not traveling the straight and narrow path. Except for pressing the flowers, this probably took under an hour. I used fake parchment paper. Placed the flowers. Drew some pencil guidelines for the calligraphy. Moved the flowers aside. Wrote the calligraphy with the brown, red and black markers. Tore and creased the paper. Used a Tim Holtz "Linen" Distress Ink pad to "age" the paper. Glued the flowers down and that was it! I did scan the finished piece with black cardstock behind it to bring out the tearing and creasing.

P.S. Wednesday August 4, 2010 Fakin' It is in the Favorite Flowers Sampler at One Powerful Hour! Thanks!

P.S. Tuesday August 10, 2010 Fakin' It was awarded a Ginger Gem badge from Gingersnap Creations! The badge is proudly displayed in the right sidebar. Thank you! Wow... I have to get to work on a challenge!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tunnel Book

Well this is supposed be a tunnel book (click on the image for a larger view) about moonlight shining on bare trees and a ruined cathedral  in the snow but it needs something... tombstones?... a mausoleum?... Anyways... it's in "Dublin Style" colors of grey, white, black and tan for the current Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC#39. Hopefully I got this posted in time!

P.S. Wednesday July 28, 2010 My tunnel book was awarded a Cream in Our Coffee badge from Play Date Cafe! (in the right sidebar) Thank you!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mail Art

The current theme at The Three Muses Challenge is Mail Art. I'm reading the Harry Potter books again so that heavily influenced both the style (the American hardcover edition jackets) and the address format (the first envelope from Hogwarts). This envelope (click on the image for a larger view) fits a few other challenges too: Envelope Art at One Powerful Hour, Spicy Supply Challenge - Markers at Gingersnap Creations and Anything Goes at the Stamp Man Challenge. The postage stamps were made in Paint Shop Pro Photo 11 from images found online. The wing and partial heart are colored with Zig Brushables. The calligraphy was done with a Y&C 2mm calligraphy marker. The rubber stamps are from Inque Boutique and Pixie Press plus a third unknown company. I also used a regular date stamp. The envelope was aged with a Tim Holtz Linen color Distress Ink pad. I had a lot of fun with this and it makes a great first post on my new blog!

P.S. Wednesday August 4, 2010 My mailart is jn the Envelope Art Sampler at One Powerful Hour! Thanks!