Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Mixed Bag Of Frames

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A couple of frames for the back of ATC's and one that is nautical and a couple that could be used for anything.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Up, Up And Away, In My Beautiful Balloon

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Marie's Daydreams

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This set of pages is one of the last set for the Marie Antoinette circle journal group I belong to. These are pages for Sue Young and her theme for her journal is Marie's Daydreams. I was inspired by the play by Shakespeare called "A Midsummer Nights Dream" and the a paper artist that does these beautiful intricately cut paper designs. (Sorry but I can't think of her name right now.) Anyways I imagined that Marie dreamed of being Queen of the Fairies instead of Queen of the France. Below are the details.

1. The background is an original watercolor done by me to represent the forest behind the silhouette of the ruins. I wanted it to be dreamy looking and have the feel of being viewed through a veil or fog.
2. The ruins are cut from ordinary black card stock from an illustration that I found on-line. The details of the vines I really wanted to cut by hand but I just didn't have the patience or skill to keep from cutting through them at various points. So instead I "erased" out the ruins I had cut from the computer image and left only the vines. I then printed it over the watercolor background by simply running it through my printer and then gluing the hand-cut ruins over the printed vines.
3. The flowers behind the ruins are also various images that I found from various illustrations and pieced together in Photoshop. I also printed them over the watercolor background by running it through my printer. I have done this technique before of printing an outline on watercolor paper and then painting in the details but I had never done the opposite of painting first then printing. I learned that once the watercolor paper has been soaked with water that it becomes more absorbent and the printed flower images all ran together. (For some reason the black vines printed fine but the flowers were very blurry.)  To make them more like the original printed images I had to hand paint over them with acrylic paint and a very tiny brush.
4. The fairy image is yet another one I found on-line but she was altered by having the wings added on. Once she was printed out I hand colored the wings using Luminarte Primary Element Pigments and added the brass crown to her head.
5. The translation of the saying is : "Sometimes I dream that I am flying through the ruins in the nearby woods like the queen of the fairies."

Women In Hats

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Time For Gardening

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The dandelions have all bloomed and gone to seed. 

The neighbors bed of poppies are in full bloom.


The neighborhood is awash in various colors of iris from white to pale yellow and lavender to deep purple and even a fall like rusty brown. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Those Dandy Dirigibiles

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 I picked this image and the one below it because I realized that they are the same dirigible from 2 different artist renderings.


I snagged all of these wonderful images from the Library of Congress site. If you want to see some more cool stuff just click here to visit the site. Be warned.... you'll probably spend hours there downloading stuff.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Jazz Age Art Deco

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sunday Digital Download

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Here are a colorful collection of photo turns for you to use. I realize the metallic ones on the bottom have been posted before but I believe they were not in the proper PNG format.

A Corner On The Market

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