These pages were solely inspired by the photo on the left. I had taken it while on vacation in NYC last year. I took it looking from the window of our hotel and the lights inside combined with the city lights gave such a fun effect. I started the paged with a gradient of acrylic paint and while it was still wet I crumpled up some news paper and pressed it on to the pages and the news paper took off some of the paint giving it a bit of a tie dye look. I love the effect it gives and can't wait to use it again. I also added lots of paint splatters and drawn stars to the background. I used some grey paper and cut out a city skyline and added a dark paint wash to it;s edges. I also added some confetti garland That Jenny of Every Day Is A Holiday showed us how to make last week.I used it on the building and it reminds me of strung Christmas lights.
The quote I added is from a song from one of my favorite bands The Weepies "Living in Twilight". I'm always listening to music while doing my art and it's often where I find inspiration. Wether it be for the art itself or the quotes I add to it.
These pages just started with stamping my owl stamp repeatedly on some argyle paper. It was originally one sheet that I eventually cut into two. The repetition of the owls just made me think of Andy Warhol and pop art, so that's the direction I went in. I had cut out the flowery word pop from a magazine a while back and this seemed the perfect time to use it. It was a bit flimsy so I backed it with construction paper and cut it out with an exacto knife, which left the perfect cutout stencil. I used the cutout stencil and lightly taped it down and splattered lots of paint inside. I was left with a realy fun word POP. I couldn't go without paint splatters but wanted to keep the pages clean and sharp and pop art-esque. I took one owl from each side and made it stand out by darkening one and whiting out the other. lastly i took some embellished mailing labels and added inspirational words. "Don't be afraid to stand out in a crowd".
Lastly, my photos came in and I finished my Black & White challenge pages. A few weeks ago Jenny & Aaron challenged everyone to go with a mainly Black & whit theme for some pages with very little use of color. This was a bit of a hard one for me, I LOVE me some color. I started off on the left with sheet music news print and some flowered scrapbook paper that I muted with a white wash. On the right I started by painting a light mint green and then gluing strips of the old school printer paper edges down for some texture and pattern. I made quadtych of scroll work out of blank mailing labels. I really do love blank mailing labels they make great customizable stickers. The picture is my 3 little babies FeFe, Goken & Marvin. Every so often I will get a quick snap shot of them cuddling. It melts my heart. It was about time they made it into the art journal.