I'm still experimenting with silhouettes in my mixed media art journal. I thought this one fit my theme perfectly.
Quote: "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." -R. W. Emerson
Here's to the "strange", the "different", the "not quite in step" with the rest of the world. We make it a much more interesting place!
I started by smearing paint and gesso over the page with a palette knife.
I rubbed oil pastel (the kind that is not water-soluble) over some violet tissue paper that was placed on top of a Crafter's Workshop stencil. I used the Portfolio water-soluble oil pastels on the bird. I adhered pieces of tissue, patterned papers, lace paper and old magazine pages with matte medium. I prepared the silhouette in Photoshop CS6 by cutting the figure out with the pen tool and applying a clipping mask of vintage music over top of it. I then placed another clipping mask of flowers over that. I placed this over an original digital background I created. I printed out the figure, cut it out and applied it to the page with matte medium. The bird shape is a stock custom shape from Photoshop CS6.
If your papers are heavier or textured, i.e. the patterned cardstock and lace paper I used, it's best to use gel medium to adhere it. I wrote in the quote with a Pigma Micron Graphic pen-size 1. I highlighted the lettering that was over the darker area with Gelly Roll Souffle pens. The scroll stamp is from Inkadinkadoo and I used Ranger's Adirondack ink in rust.
This is the background I used behind the figure. You may download it for personal use only.
This is the outline of the figure I used. You may download it for personal use only. Try stamping on it, painting it, etc.
Finally, I had my son take a picture of me with my painting at PAFA's juried CE Student Exhibition.
That's all for now. I have a blank canvas that is calling to me! Have a great day.
Until next time,