Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Working With What You Have.
I did the background on this page a few weeks ago and I hated it. I was trying a method that I saw on the Internet and for some reason I chose gray as my main color and added barn red highlights. It reminded me of a big boring ugly battleship. So I decided to leave it for a few days and come back to see if I changed my mind..... I didn't. Since I had some time today, I thought I would play with it and see if I could save the page. I really wish I had taken a "before" picture. It looks completely different from where it started.
I had no idea where I was going with it. I started by adding some more colors of acrylic paint (turquoise and Ivory). I tried some stenciling with spray inks but they seemed to just sit on top of the paint. They didn't absorb. I finally sprayed some Dylusion ink and it took. I stamped the bird because I thought he was cool and I was going to do some layering with other stamps (that didn't happen). I added the lace down the side because...well, lace makes everything look prettier. Next I stamped the lady on a scrap piece of card stock and colored her with water color pencils. I stamped a crackle stamp with Sepia Archival Ink over the image. I used a stencil template and drew an oval around her and cut her out. I distressed it using Tea Dye ink. I placed her on the page and decided that more was needed. So, I tore some newsprint scrapbook paper to frame her in. I used Vintage Photo distress ink on it. Next, I added the flower that I made a few days ago. I tore paper for leaves and distressed them with Vintage Photo ink. I doodled around the frame and the flower. I hot glued the feathers using a piece of paper that I punched with a half inch punch. Then I was looking for some type of quote or saying to put on the page. I found this quote from Jane Eyre, "I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will." I thought "perfect, this makes the page look like it was well thought out", when in fact it just evolved!