Thursday, October 28, 2010

GPP Crusade No. 45 - Back to Back

 This month Michelle Ward has challenged us to make copies of a previously prepared journal page and alter it some way.  This is what I chose.

 Watercolor paper was washed with the dregs of paint left on my brush and lots of water.  Plastic wrap was laid over the wet paint and left to dry.  The wrinkles in the plastic leave voids on the paper that look like...

On a black and white copy of the page, I saw a portion of a face looking out from scattered leaves.  I used Prismacolor pencils to bring out the shapes.  Later I added text from Psalm 139 in the white areas with a Sharpie Pen.

This is a collage I developed from more black and white copies of the same journal page.  I saw a heart in a tree.  I used Derwent Graphitint Pencils to define the heart and branches.  A damp paint brush intensified the color. Then I cut out the design.  On another page, I randomly stencilled flowers with Distress Ink. Then I cut the page into strips. On a third copy, I added blue distress ink and used this page as my base.  The other prepared papers were adhered to the base as well as a strip of music. More Graphitint Pencil was added to accent the edges.

This collage was a big departure for me.  What I like is that by using the same original paper, there is unity.  By altering each sheet differently, I created variety.  Putting them together was more interesting than each one on its own.

Added later... I forgot to mention that I was inspired by Diane to create this layout.  Go check out her blog post here.

I may add journal to this or play with adding digital text layers.  But I'm running out of month and it's time to get this challenge posted.  Check in at the GPP Street Team page here.

I've had some comments about my choice of grey tones instead of the original color.  That was not my original intent.  I was having technical difficulties with my scanner/copier.  I decided to make lemonade out of my lemons...

15 comments:

Diane said...

What an excellent idea! I just love what you've done--that 2nd one is so me!!

Michelle said...

Great layouts! Such an intense grey / silver background. The subtle colours you added really worked!

michelle ward said...

Regina - how interesting that you chose to make black and white copies of the original background! Love how you finished them - each so unique and different. Very cool that you added onto a third. Thanks for shring your work, and your observations. LOVED hearing that you felt the collage was a departure - that is exactly what I was hoping to hear this month from everyone. Bravo!

jgr said...

Regina, these are wonderful! Your background was gorgeous to start with of course and I love love love the heart in the tree.

Kari Desi said...

Regina, thanks for visiting me and leaving such a nice comment. I LOVE how your pages turned out. Love the face peeking out of the leaves and I am going to have to try that plastic wrap idea!

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

What a wonderful idea. I love what you have done to an existing piece of your work! Very creative indeed!

TJ said...

Wow I can't even tell they started with the same page! Amazing. Great work Crusader. I ended up finding a face in mine too... crazy. Happy creations from germany, tj

goudenregen said...

Photocopies are great, I love how you added color to your black and white ones. Great pages!

scj said...

I really love the page where you used the plastic wrap (never done that before!) and where the words follow flowing lines. Just beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.

VStarRider said...

LOVE that incredible face peeking out of the first one!!! Fabulous! love that you added a verse, too. Your collage is quite interesting - thanks for detailing the steps involved too.
Cindi

fabricfan said...

I had trouble making accurate copies of my original as well. I worked with the lemons as well. I love your work.

Mona said...

Hi Regina. I like how your pages turned out and I too have the feeling taht somehow using the same papers gave a different look to the piece. I don't want to use store bought papers anymore now :)

Jackie said...

Regina, these are both beautiful although they are so different. The contrast of the colours over the originals is very effective.

johanna said...

wonderful work, regina! i love the heart in the tree, but the other piece as well... great idea to make the copies in b/w, will try this too!

cathsheard said...

I'm impressed that you decided to move on past the colour problems and enjoy the Crusade. I particularly like the second page; it has a really graphic quality about it.