Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Starry Night, Sketchbook Wednesday with Mrs. Staggs
Last week Mrs. Staggs suggested that we make a page with the prompt "starry night." She also suggested we add an element of mystery.
Above is my page. It consists of an envelope with a book inside. At first glance it is not obvious there is a book inside. That is my mysterious element. However, there is a clue---I added some stars to the ribbon and yarns that are attached to the book.
As the book opens, it reveals daylight to a very dark starry night. It is not obvious that the book is about a starry night until the last page.
How I did it:
I painted the picture on the cover in watercolors on water color paper and scanned the painting.
I digitally altered the colors to create progressively darker images and printed them off. I cut away a square on the ages revealing a tiny star. The last page has glittered stars which are much more sparkly than this photo.
What I used:
a mailing envelope attached with brads to the journal
velvet and textured collage paper for covering the envelope
ribbon and yarn from my stash to embellish the book
digitally altered images from my original painting
What I learned:
It is more difficult to photograph pages than make them! It is impossible for me to capture glitter with my camera or scanner.
Meeting deadlines requires discipline. I used to meet deadlines every day of my life in the work force. Now I have trouble getting even small tasks done on time. This commitment to the journal is a journey in discipline for me.
I have been making paper art for decades. I went back to school to learn graphic design just before computer graphics became the gold standard. I learned how to cut and paste and do everything by hand....not too useful info today for graphic design. I love using my useless skills in useful ways!
To Mrs. Staggs:
Sometimes something clicks ...your sketchbook idea clicked for me. I have seen zillions of sketchbook challenges on line and had no desire to participate in any but yours. Mrs. Staggs you gently sparked my imagination. Thank you!