Saturday, July 7, 2018

Young love

 
I'm once again joining Chris of Pear Shaped Crafting.    She is our host this month at Art Journal Journey and her theme is Art for art's sake.

I always admire people who make art that stands away from the background.  This is the technique I wanted to try and the result of that technique.

The first thing I had to do was

cut my images to size.   I had printed them years ago when I still had colored ink in my inkjet printer.

Next, I backed them with heavy 110 lb. card stock, cut slightly larger than the images.

I then used my scissors to "ruffle" the edges, because I don't have a T!m tool that does that.

I painted the background using two of my shimmering mists and while it was drying,

I printed out a few quotes and sayings I found on the internet about young love and courtship.  I used my watercolor crayons to color the sayings.

To set the images even further away from the background, I used cheese cloth I dyed using another of my handmade shimmering mists.





I really enjoyed this technique and I assure you, now that I've tried it, it won't be the last time I create layers to set the focal image(s) away from the background.

I am extremely grateful and delighted you took time out of your day to visit.  I also hope to see you at Art Journal Journey.
 


22 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful page using lovely, vintage photos. Have a great day, Valerie

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful page using the Young Love definition.xx

froebelsternchen said...

Wow --- this is a favourite of you for me now -
I love this, seems so beautiful atmospheric to me and I adore the colours and the cheesecloth. And all works so well together on this fantastic page Elizabeth!
Wonderful to hear you will use this technique maybe more often in the future! What a great idea to try new techniques this month. Thanks to Chris who has chosen this fantastic theme. I also try something completely new for me - but it takes a bit more time to figure out how all works together and a pitty that my time again is a bit limited. But I will not get nervous and I will take the time to find the right ways for my ideas.
I am in awe of all your different projects and you are such an inspiration always to me ! Thank you and thank you very much for supporting Chris' theme so well.

Big hugs from
Susi

Cath Wilson said...

Such beautiful, evocative portrait photographs. I love old photos and have a box full somewhere, from my altering days... these are fab and SO romantic.

The words you chose are perfect and I ilke the font you used, too.

Great tattering of the edges … necessity is the mother of invention :-)

Have a lovely weekend.

Cath x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

This is so clever Elizabeth from afar those layers look like yellowing tape or adhesive that may have been used to stick those images to the page, but upon inspection they are actually layers. I'm so impressed by this trick of the eye. A great spread and i'm so glad you tried this out, you've achieved great results. I love it.
Happy Saturday hugs Tracey xx

CJ Kennedy said...

Nice vintage photos. I like how you mounted them on the cheese cloth. Not only giving depth, but giving a worn, well-loved appearance.

RO said...

Love these quotes and the old fashioned pictures are so amazing! Happy Saturday and Hugs...RO

Jeanie said...

This is a delightful page. I love the layered background technique and the photos and quotes you picked are perfect together. Plus, it's aqua. What's not to love when that wonderful shade is involved!

Sami said...

Interesting technique Elizabeth, the photos do stand out more this way.
Nice quotes too. Have a nice weekend.

Sandra Cox said...

These turned out lovely!
Hope your weekend is as well:)
Hugs

Divers and Sundry said...

This came together well! I like how perfectly the quotes and photos go together, and that technique adds depth and the photo edging highlights the photos and makes them stand out. Nice!

Cindy McMath said...

Gorgeous colours Elizabeth, and lovely techniques. I love the cheesecloth. There is something map-like about this page. Lovely images and words as well.

kathyinozarks said...

beautiful page!
I am hoping you enjoy the movie

Dortesjs said...

Beautiful page great post, thanks for commingting on my things lately. warm my heart

Helen said...

glad you liked the latest photos. I won't be going to any of the Kew the Music events, I haven't booked any of the concerts, they're all evening ones and I don't like travelling home on my own even on light summer evenings. Air con at home?? hardly any English homes have a/con as the intense heat is rare (global warming aside) - our air con is opening the windows!! have a good weekend.

Meggymay said...

A beautiful loving page, the images you used look so romantic. I love the layers and of course how you used the scissors to fray the edges..
Yvonne xx

Let's Art Journal said...

Such a wonderfully romantic page! The vintage images are beautiful and you used such a great technique to showcase them 😁. It sounds like you had fun using your homemade shimmering mists and layering the images on the cheesecloth that you coloured - fabulous 😁. The sentiments match each image perfectly and the contrasting colour of the background and cheesecloth makes each image pop from the page beautifully! Happy weekend dear Elizabeth! J 😊 x
p.s. I use scissors to fray the edges of paper and card too (grin!).

pearshapedcrafting said...

Your shimmering mists have made a wonderful background! I do have one of those tools somewhere but often use scissors if it's hiding!! I love the way you have mounted the photos and the words you have used are perfect! Thank you so much for using this technique for my theme! Hugs Chrisx

Jackie P Neal said...

Such a beautiful page! I truly do LOVE those quotes you added, my favorite is Love does not make the world go round...
The background color is just yummy!
Jackie xoxo

craftytrog said...

Beautiful images and I love that blue background! xx

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Very clever techniques, Elizabeth. Thanks for sharing them. How obvious - a scissors instead of a pricey tool to roughen the edges. Why didn't I think of that? Glad I didn't but one yet.

Mia said...

BEAUTIFUL page, Elizabeth. I LOVE vintage photos!!!!!!!!!! Hugs, my friend.