Saturday, July 6, 2013

Our Beautiful World + Summer of Color: Week 4

I am having such a great time participating in the Summer of Color (SOC).  I'm meeting so many wonderful people, and I'm trying lots of new techniques.

This week I actually have two projects to share for the grey/pink SOC color scheme.  First up is a photo, which you see below.  This photo is for a new group called Our Beautiful World, which I heard about from Shahrul Niza, another Summer of Color participant.  


The theme this week at Our Beautiful World is "waking up."  When I wake up, my shades are pulled, my curtains are drawn, and everything in my bedroom seems grey.  But soon my eyes adjust, and pops of color start to emerge from the greyness...then I know I that I am awake for the day.  I tried to capture this feeling of color emerging from greyness with my photo, which was taken at a suburban Minneapolis park called Silverwood Park.  I used a setting on my camera (Canon Power Shot) called "color accent," which allows me to take photos in which everything is greyscale, except for one color of my choice.  Really these pink flowers are a bit darker than the "pale pink" called for in this week's SOC combo, but it was the best I could do with the flowers available to me in the park.
 
Supplies: chevron paper by Lawn Fawn; cream/pink floral paper by Authentique; all other paper by My Mind's Eye; stickers by October Afternoon; faux Candi brads by Craftwork; green acrylic paint by Deco Art; all other acrylic paint by Ranger; chalk by Stampin' Up; pen by Zig.

My second project is a scrapbook page, and I did use pale pink for it.  It's called "Meet Babe," and the journaling along the bottom reads: "Kansas City has its cow statues, North Dakota has its bison, and the Brainerd Area has its Babe the Blue Ox statues." 


I recently checked a book about decorative painting out of the library, hoping to give it a try.  Since this page is about painted statues, I thought it would be fitting to do a bit of painting on the page.  Instead of transferring one of the patterns from the book, I just used a floral motif already on the grey paper, painting in pink flowers and green leaves.  Not at all bad for a first attempt at decorative painting, I think!


If you ever come to the central lakes area of Minnesota, you will know where to find these statues!  :)

Thanks for looking at my projects.  Have a great weekend!

22 comments:

dawn said...

I love the way you played with the colors this week. That first photo is amazing, so pretty!! I didn't know a camera could do that, how cool. Thanks for the reminder about that class, I read that on her blog too and forgot to check it out.

Great job on your decorative painting, it came out beautiful.
Love the layout too, these colors work for any projects don't they!!

So glad to see you had fun making things this week, thanks for sharing them with us!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

I love your photo a lot, I used to played with color accent on my point and shot too, the effect is awesome, love it! And I love your interpretation of "waking up" too, wish I could thought of that! : )
Last but not least, thanks for sharing your thought as well as your beautiful work here at Our Beautiful World, glad you join us on this journal, come back on Sunday for a new word prompt!

Dani Cristina said...

The image is so wonderful Denise and LO as always ...; beautifully colorful and beautiful.
LOVED!
:) Have a good Sunday!

Wendy AppleApricot said...

Hi Denise! LOVE your photo and your story behind it, so poetic. I had never heard of that feature on a camera before, wow. Beaufiful scrapbook page too. Happy thanks for joining us at Our Beautiful World :)
hugs, Wendy

Sharon Fritchman said...

Denise! I absolutely LOVE that wonderful and creative photo! It is perfect for this week's SOC colors! And I really love your decorative painting, too! Have fun in your new class!!! Thanks so much for the visit to my blog, too!

Milagros C. Rivera said...

This is fantastic Denise, Loved seeing the way you shaded the photograph, totally breathtaking! Thanks so much for stopping by we hope to see you next week!

Anneliese said...

Thank you Denise, for commenting and so I came to your wonderful blog.

Ros Crawford said...

This is an amazing photo ... So very beautiful and I can understand the meaning behind it ... thanks so much for sharing it with us at Our Beautiful World

Lean de Ruiter said...

Lovely page cool colors and a great story.
byebye,Lean

helena said...

love the pink flowers in a grey background and the story you tell with it

Kerryn said...

Definitely not bad for a first attempt. The painting looks awesome!

Denise said...

All looks nice and so much fun.Thank you for visiting Me.Blessings to You-Denise

Patricia Roebuck said...

LOVE the photo! So cool! And awesome LO! The photos and the touch of painting!

Kristin Van Valkenburgh said...

xo

Dawn said...

Gorgeous photo - that effect is so striking! And your LO is so fun - I love those photos too. Your painting looks beautiful!

Hugs, Dawn

Anni - Fabric and Mixed Media Art said...

Fantastic photo, love the black and white wit a little pink on flowers. Thanks for visit on my blog.
Anni

Natasha said...

WOW!! The decorative painting is gorgeous. Especially for a first time. Love the scrapbook page as well, the colours really suit the page, and the photo is very clever.

Great work. :)

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Such a cool photo of the flowers, Denise. Beautiful layout too. You always have such creative ideas. :)

Lynette said...

I love your photo. I am hoping that my Canon 650D has that option too. Great projects Denise.

ANUPAMA CHOUDARY said...

I heard about "Our Beautiful World" from Milagros! Your Waking Up picture looks awesome.

Helen Tilbury said...

Lovely projects & beautiful photo editing!!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Fantastic projects, Denise!! And, wowza, how much do I wish I had that feature on my camera?! That is nothing short of sensational!! You know, I just might have it on my camera, now that I think about it. I never did read the manual ...