Tuesday, February 04, 2020

I'm Tired of Winter ~ an art journal page inspired by a Vera Lane Studio image

Hi everyone! Along about February, I get a little whiny about winter with day after day of gray skies and very little sun. Don't get me wrong...there is nothing more gorgeous than a sunny winter day with the light reflecting off the snow but when the sky and the snow match all the time, I get grumpy. I know...hard to believe...LOL. This art journal page featuring one of the images from It's Fall Y'all by Vera Lane Studio is a way to express those feelings.

I coloured Acorn Boy, one of the two images from the set,  with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, fussy cutting him, and leaving a narrow white border. He was matted with black cardstock and then fussy cut a second time leaving a narrow black border to help him stand out against the gloomy sky.

The sky used colours which haven't seen a lot of action since I normally go much brighter but I wanted shades of gray to reflect what we have been seeing so much of lately. I spritzed with Lindy's Down The Rabbit Hole Starburst Spray, and, after letting that dry, stencilled using Iced Spruce Distress Oxide through a Bad Ass Mini (1205). Ranger Texture paste, topped with white Posca Paint pen once dry, was scraped through a Studio Light mask (L13).

The snow portion of the page began as a torn strip of white cardstock which was embossed with snowflakes, and highlighted with Treasure Silver. That helped the pattern of the embossing show up as well as "dirtying " up the snow because that happens with all the salt and gravel from the roads. A strip of snowflake washi was added to ground Acorn Boy.

Snowflakes were punched from book paper and again from black cardstock so they could be offset creating a shadow. Otherwise, they disappeared. White gesso was brushed onto them to mute the text and Diamond Stickles was added to catch the light. The poem was printed onto white cardstock, cut into lines, and matted with black. A squiggly border was doodled around the sky portion of the page to finish it.

Thanks for visiting with Acorn Boy and me today. We will try to order some sunshine for the next time you come by but no guarantees. You can brighten you own day by stopping by the Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop and the Vera Lane Studio Facebook group. Both are awesome places to visit and gain inspiration.

Life is good; so is art.

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