Craving for Color - It Makes Me Happy!


Hi Everyone, yesterday was a sad day, as we bid farewell to our foster son Alex who has been part of our family for the past year and a bit.  So after some writing in my journal I decided to hide away and play in my craft room.

I had recently purchased some black gesso and black was how I was feeling.  So after initially playing and completely messing up what I was doing by smearing it all with black, I went again with another A3 size piece of water paper and with a credit card I started by smearing on and smoothing out some black all over.

I then took some stencils, some water, white Gesso, Dylusions Ink, Yellow Paint on a Sponge Roller, and my Gelatos and went to town.  Playing with color makes me happy the most.

Here is my end result which I will sit on for a while before using it as a background for a piece of art.  .


I love creating and using my own background papers for my cards and ATC's and. normally I would just cut up my larger pieces to a useable size, however the stencil design was rather large so I decided to scan this piece into my computer.  My scanner is only A4 in size so the outer parts of my design didn't make the scanned piece.  I then boosted the colors slightly in my photo editing software. The scan of my background now looked like this - A4 in size.


Using my scanned background I created a quick digital journal page inline with Art Journal Caravan 2014, the Main Prompt for this is Where we Meet Nature as our Muse.

I used some digital elements from the AJC Jan14 Collection as well as taking two butterflies (birdwings) from photos I took at Mt Tamborine in December to add to this.


Nature and Color really are my two main inspirations for my art.  So where did my muse take me? .......
Next I shrunk the design to print as a card front size (4 to a page) and printed on my ink jet printer as my laser is out of ink. 



2 different looks are achievable with a black base card simply by choosing whether to leave a white border or not.




It's perfect for some Simple, Colourful and Flat Cards to send off with my ATC Swaps and a perfect background to team up with the Donna Downey Empowered Words or Art and Possibility Sentiment and Quote Stamps from Unity.

I hope this qualifies to link up with the Unity Friday Friends with Flair as I have missed playing along for quiet some time.

20 comments:

Julie Short said...

Danie I am glad the luscious colour overode the black - that gesso is fun huh?
For everything there is a reason.
Take care and mend.

Mandi said...

Love your cards - So sorry to hear about your foster son leaving that must be difficult. I would love to foster some day :)

Ruby said...

Thanks for the tutorial of your playing in colour. The projects are all very interesting. Sorry to hear about your son leaving home. They always come back TRUST ME. It is tough at first as an empty nester but then it is great. You have more room for scrap supplies. I got an extra room to use. Have a good weekend.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Thanks so much for explaining the process of this creative project. It rocks!

Kris said...

Thanks for sharing this technique. It's so cool. Hope your "blues" move swiftly away.

trisha too said...

Looks like fun, Danie--some great art therapy!

:)

Kary said...

Great background art!! It looks gorgeous. A little crafting always help to ease the sadness. I'm sure Alex knows he is loved.

Angeline Choo said...

This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I have never played with black Gesso as it's too intimidating..
*hugs* Hope all will turn out better soon for you and your family.

Gwen said...

Great process you went through for your finished piece! God bless you for caring for your foster son for as long as he was with you! Always in your heart!

Cynthia said...

Fun project, Danielle. I like the colors and octagon shapes.

Scrapper Myra said...

So sad to know about Alex leaving. Emotions lead to nice creations.

Gaylynn said...

Very nice design using a print from your own lovely art. Very artsy and beautiful. :)

Miwa said...

What an interesting project! Very cool! I'm sorry you were so sad yesterday, though.. but you both have wonderful memories to treasure. :)

Laura Turcotte said...

Very interesting!It turned out pretty cool! Sorry to hear about your foster son leaving---it's hard losing someone! Take card!

Rachel W K said...

beautiful work, it's just lovely!
-Rachel w k
rwkrafts.com

Karen (karey2005) said...

How lucky your foster son is to have had someone like you care for him in his time of need. I hope his new situation is good for him too. Your background is really pretty! Hang in there....

Confessions of a Paperholic said...

I am sorry for your loss, Dani. I hope you are able to stay in touch with your foster son and see how he is faring. Your work is lovely. I love the pop of color against the black background. I am just starting to look into gesso and gelatos, so thank you for the inspiration.

Donna K said...

Isn't it wonderful to have a creative outlet when we are feeling blue? Best wishes to your foster son as he journeys on and thanks for sharing your love with a boy who needed it. Your card is just amazing…gorgeous technique!

Crystal said...

I am sorry that your foster son has moved on. It takes a strong person to be a foster parent, goodbyes are never easy. Your artwork is gorgeous! Totally opened my eyes to new ways of creating!

Angie said...

Lovely cards! Thanks for sharing the creative process with us. Love to see how things come together.