March 10, 2009

Crowabout Week #27

Mother Nature
5"x7" Journal Page

I had a lot of fun with this week's Crowabout challenge and tried a few new things. One of the decisions I made was to use a different color pallet (although I still had to add touch of orange). Initially the background was painted with gesso and watercolor pencils; however, I used washes of Twinkling H2O's afterward. The H2O's really add a lot of shimmer and depth. I wish the scanner could convey the beautiful depth this adds to the finished page.

Additionally, I integrated some of Ingrid Dijkers techniques. The background "dots" and the edging around the perimeter of the page were applied with gold marker. Once again, I'm disappointed in the scan. It's unfortunate because the pretty, soft glow has disappeared. (Bummer!)

Approximately six of the supplied collage images were used - not including duplicates of flowers, rabbits, etc. Some of the images were manipulated in Photoshop Elements to make them larger or smaller or to produce the duplicates. The little kitty, birds and butterfly are from Dover Publications, and I hand painted the purple borders.


BlueRidgeLady said...

So very pretty Terri!!! I know what you mean about the H2O's. I use them alot but the lovely sheen never seems to come through. I do think it adds depth to the color even so. I have a hard time trying to enlarge my images, I don't have photoshop, I wish I did. I try cutting and pasting into MS paint and enlarging, but then it distorts the picture. Well, it all worked beautifully for you and it's such a fun, adorable page! All the animals together living in harmony!!


Terri Kahrs said...

Thanks for all of your lovely complements, Shelly!!! They mean SO much to me.

I really DO love my H2O's. I understand what you mean about images distorting when trying to enlarge them; it's very frustrating sometimes - even if you have a decent program. (I almost lost a couple of bunnies 'cuz I made them too small!) Glad I could bring you a "smile"!
Love U!
Terri :) xoxo

Cathy Mendola aka pinkbirdgirl said...

Love, love, love her!! It's a great collage.
I didn't have a chance to visit blogs yesterday but I'm SO DELIGHTED that you paid tribute to Barbie! I had planned to do the very same thing.WE are kindred spirits! I loved my Barbies!
I got my first when I was 4 and I still have them. I need to go dig them out of hiding, dress one up and put her in my studio!
Thanks for saluting Barbie on her big 50th.
By the way, my body clock has NOT adjusted as well as I thought...UGH, sucks!

Terri Kahrs said...

OMG . . . we really AREA soul sisters! I still have my original "altered Barbie" and all of her clothes too! My son dug her out so that I could find the little booklets to scan for my post. WOW . . . it really brought back a ton of memories. I just couldn't let her 50th go by without a tribute.

Don't feel bad about the time change thing . . . I'm still slugging through the week; and I've got to get up early the next two mornings for a job! YIKES! I'll be mush Thursday night!
Big Hugs Back At You!
Terri :)

BlueRidgeLady said...

For years people would tease my daughter and tell her she looked just like Barbie, and would call her Barbie, she used to complain to me! I told her if that's the worst she ever got called she was pretty lucky!!! Onetime, a friend gave her a Barbie beach towel as a joke and told her "Hey Alyssa, you can get up off your towel and walk away and everyone will think you are still laying there! LOL!! I told her to be happy, everyone loves Barbie! Great tribute to you and your friend!!

Terri Kahrs said...

Hey, Shelly! I read your post and cracked up when I read the beach towel part! Your daughter must be gorgeous with a capital "G"! Glad you enjoyed my little Barbie soap box speech! More Hugs!
Terri :)

Michele said...

This image is beautiful Terri! I made my annua trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show last week. Your lovely piece could have been part of the display there!
Your blog continues to be a hilight of my day!
Thank you for sharing you and your creativitiy!

Terri Kahrs said...

Hi, Michele! It's SO good to hear your voice! As "close" as we are to the Philly Show, we've never gone. I hear that the displays are outstanding. Lucky You! Thank you, too, for your lovely comments. You just made my day!
Terri :)

Janny said...

Beautiful piece of work!

Terri Kahrs said...

Thank you, Janny! And thanks for coming to visit!
Terri :)

Alberta and Ava said...

This collage is a party on paper! And the new color palette is perfect for it. You'll never know how much your encouragement has meant to me, especially while I've been trying new things this last week. The award you gave me is very special, and I would love to pass it on!


Terri Kahrs said...

Hi, Alberta! Hearing from you always makes me smile. Your comment regarding my new color palette is interesting; I had a lot of misgivings about it initially. Like you, I've been trying some new things - it's the only way to grow wings!

You're very welcome, my sweet friend, for the "atta girl" and the award! I can't wait to see the direction your work takes as you travel further down this new artistic road!
Terri :) xoxo

Lynn said...

WOW!!! Amazing work Terri, everything just flows into one, and it has such depth to it. I looked at your close up and can see some shimmer on the background. I don't know what the H2o's are but I have something called Glimmer mist which could be similar. I rarely use it but when I have it doesn't show up well on photos either. I usually take photos of my work, to be honest I never even thought of scanning LOL. I should try that.

Terri Kahrs said...

Hi, Lynn! Good to hear from you! Thanks for your lovely comments; they really mean a lot! I'm so happy that you could see a bit of "shimmer" in the background. Twinkling H2O's are a type of watercolor that contains a bit of mica . . . very similar to the Glimmer mist. Definitely give scanning a try! You get to see a lot more detail (and the colors seem to be truer). When I first started journaling, I, too, did the photo thing. Now I take a photo only when the piece is too big to fit the scanner. Let me know how your scanning experiments work out!
Big Hugs Right Back!
Terri :)

Tumble Fish Studio said...

This is just beautiful Terri! Wow! You have just had me hoppin' with excitement over your work lately. Just gorgeous! I hope I can jump in on the challenge next week - you get me all anxious to try again!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Terri Kahrs said...

Thanks, Marsha! You've no idea how much your input means to me. Nancy's group has done wonders for my creativity. Can't wait to see your next entry. I'm SURE it'll be magical!
Love & Hugs,
Terri :) xoxo