Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Blog Love


The inspiration for "Blog Love," the layout I'm sharing today, comes from all around the Internet.  In this post I'll show you how I combined ideas from The Color Room, Once upon a...Sketch, and Scrap Africa, in order to create this layout.  (Links & explanations are in the body of this post.)

Supplies: white background paper by Authentique; striped paper by Crate; postcard paper by Teresa Collins; newsprint paper by Bazzill; heart paper by Cosmo Cricket; alphabet stickers by Creative Imaginations; ink by Hero Arts; acrylic paint by Deco Art; watercolor paint by Angora; colored pencils by Faber-Castell; pen by Creative Memories; chalk by Stampin' Up; Stickles glitter by Ranger; thread by DMC; faux brads by Craftworks; upcycled postage stamp & clothing button.

I got the color scheme from The Color Room.  Their gorgeous palette #144 (pictured below) is heavy on green, which made me think of my online name, Green Denise.


I decided to be a bit literal and add green to a picture of myself, Green Denise.  I xeroxed (and enlarged) my photo, then cut the image to form a mask.  Below you can see the mask and my "trial run" using it with chalk.


For the actual layout, I used a few different media to create my self-portrait.  First, I repeatedly pressed a black ink pad over the mask.  This created a "grungy" base that gives depth to the image.  Next I swept metallic green paint over the mask.  I then removed the mask and let the paint dry.  Finally, I outlined the image with black pen (for definition) and rubbed black and green chalk over the paint (for subtle shading). 


I purposely placed the mask so that the words "открыткое письмо" appeared in my glasses.  I played a bit with the meaning of this phrase.  Открыткое письмо is the old term for postcard in Russian (now the shorter word открытка is used instead), but it can also mean "open letter."  Since my blog is something of an open letter to the world, I thought it fitting to use the words отрыткое письмо in my portrait. 
  

I also added a hand-stitched border to my portrait.  I got this idea from Once upon a...Sketch.


Now, why is this sketch backwards?  I wanted to show how I used the mirror image of Nadia's sketch to guide my design choices.  Of course, I also followed the journaling prompt from the February Once upon a...Sketch challenge.  The prompt was to write about love...any aspect or type of love.  As the title of my layout implies, I wrote about the reasons why I love my blog.  


Most of my journaling sits to the left of my portrait.  I wrote: "I love being Green Denise, because it lets me reach out to creative people around the world."


I used additional journaling as a design element.  All across my background paper (except in the area masked by the paper dolls) I wrote in blue pencil, over and over again, these phrases: "This is what I love.  This is how I connect.  This is how I love to spend my time.  This is my beloved hobby."  You can see these repeated phrases in the photo above.


The challenge this time around at Scrap Africa is to create a layout with hearts as the main accent.  I used hearts symbolically in this layout.  Since I wanted to emphasized how I love the way that my blog allows me to connect with people around the world, I made a chain of paperdolls whose joined hands form heart shapes.  I used this chain of dolls to mask off the central band of my layout.  I layered color (pencils, watercolors, chalk) over this chain of dolls, as you see in the photo above.


I saved the hearts that were left over from cutting the paper dolls, and I used these hearts, as well as bits of the dolls, to create a decorative border near the lower edge of my portrait.


And, finally, I used a distressed Dutch postage stamp with a heart-shaped Earth as a little banner for one of the paper dolls to hold.

Thanks for sticking with me through this long post, as I've explained how I used three inspirational challenges to create my page.  I hope you've enjoyed learning about the symbolism behind my design choices for this layout.  I've enjoyed connecting with you via my blog today!

ETA:  Great news!  This layout was featured in The Color Room!


25 comments:

Svjetlana said...

What lovely work you presented here. Love your self-portrait mask.

Cathy Lane said...

What an interesting project..rich with ideas and techniques!! Love it Denise! :)

Lynette said...

These are amazing works of art. I love the abstract feel to it.

Sharon Fritchey said...

Denise! I love your "Blog Love" creation! It looks absolutely fabulous and so creative! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, too!

Lean de Ruiter said...

Cool work great thecnique and colors.
byebye,Lean

Kay said...

This is a very creative work of art based on yourself! I enjoyed seeing the process you used on how you altered/created your own picture & all the meaning behind this page. Wonderful work & great interpretation of the sketch & challenge. Thanks for joining us at OUAS!

AsilisA MaM said...

I love your idea to use your own mask - just great result and easy to do! I love the optimistic green coulour and love all details, coordinate with the main idea - great work!

Melenia said...

Wow this is so original! Amazing style!! My favourite colours in it also! Love looking at it! Thanks for sharing your work with us at OUAS, Denise!

Denise van Deventer said...

This is really a great layout Denise! You did an excellent job with all the techniques and colours! Love the sentiment too! Really fabulous! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Scrap Africa! ;-)

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

What a cool technique on your photo!
And great inspiration from a variety of sources!!

Chantalle said...

How clever! Love that colour palette

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Such a cool idea, Denise! Thanks for sharing how you did it.

Елена Смоктунова said...

Cool! Love it!Thank you for playing along with us at Scrap Africa.

Angi said...

This is so artistic. Love it!!!

Cynthia Lloréns said...

Wow!!!!Your page is just absolutelu fantastic Denise !!!!This is so beautiful!!!!
Thanks for playing with us in the TCR.
Hugs from Brazil
I love to have you in S4H

Zeneva said...

Very novel! Love how you have combined so many challenges and ideas to form such a unique layout!

Billie-Jean Beveridge said...

Wow what an amazing layout!!!Love the techniques and stories behind your creationn :) Thanks for sharing with us at Scrap Africa :)

Patricia Roebuck said...

Wow, that took some patience but the result is so cool!! I love the color palette too!

EFI said...

Amazing work with great techniques!!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at OUAS!

Helen Tilbury said...

This is really excellent artwork Denise!! Thanks for talking us through your amazing technique!! I love your title too :)

Katharinka // Kasia Grzegorzewska said...

Great page!!!
Rich with ideas and techniques :))
Thanks for playing along with us at Scrap Africa :*

Elizna said...

...lots of new things learnt here...very interesting effect with all the techniques :-D Thank you for playing along @ Scrap Africa !

Lydell Quin said...

So very cool Denise!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwww! This is gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for playing along with Scrap Africa!!!

Channa said...

Wow, denise i love your LO, love what you did with the picture. Thank you for joining us at Scrap africa, Channa