Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Something fun and easy...

This is a quick post to remind everyone that you don't have to be an artist to make art. I am reading Angela Cartwright's book Mixed Emulsions and it reminded me of some of my photos that could be altered. I do love vintage photos and like to search the antique mall or the flea market for special ones. I even have great family photos that I alter and color. This was a photo that I got at the antique mall and I think she will do nicely for this project.

I never use my original photograph for any art project. I took this photo and had it enlarged on the copier, to keep the sepia tone have your copy made on a color copier. If you are coloring or altering a black and white photo, you can use a black and white copier. Personal preference.

All it took was several regular color pencils and two gel pens and several very light layers of coloring to come up with special skills, just my choice of colors and a light touch.

As you can see, when I had the enlargement made they were able to copy the entire mat that was used on the original photo. This gives you lots of room for decorating with gel pens, stickers, bling, or whatever you choose.

There are lots of ways to use photographs in your art. Since I am not really a scrapper or a stamper, this is how I usually use my photos. This could now be pasted to a canvas or other support and have room for more altering. The possibilities are endless.

I have also been making lots of little hearts, so keep checking in for a Valentine's giveaway.

That's all for now, take care and stay warm and safe.


Crafty Gal Linda said...

It's really pretty Susan. What a great idea. BTW, Mixed Emulsions is a very good book. I've gotten it out of the library a few times, one of the few altered art books they have in stock. Take care.

Ronnie said...

This is beautiful, Susan. I've never tried gel pens.
Hope your huz is doing well.

Suzie said...

How cool

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I love this! It'd be a great thing to do in front of the tv or on a snowy winter day. (If we'd ever get any snow! We're still hoping!)

Kristen Hermanny said...

This is beautiful and it's nice of you to inspire creativity to the masses. I have never read this book, maybe I will have to pick up a copy.
Thanks for the great idea, and the intel on the good read.

Funky Art Queen said...

I have that book too and you make me wanna go and get it out. You are such a natural teacher and inspiration!

Allison said...

Nice job on the photo! V fun.