June 10, 2009

Crowabout Week #39 & Giveaway Last Call!

"A Fine Romance"
5"x7" Collage

My heroine has fallen in love with Mr. Crowabout, but he won't even give her a peck on the cheek! (What a cluck!) He isn't Gregory Peck, but he is devilishly charming! (Ok . . . I know it's all a bit corny, but I couldn't resist!)

Do you remember the old Fred Astaire movie, "Swing Time"? One of the "song and dance" routines featured the old standby, "A Fine Romance". For some inexplicable reason, that song played non-stop in my mind the entire time I worked on this piece!

"A Fine Romance" was created with eight of this week's Crowabout images along with a few from past challenges and three from Dover Publications (the little sailor, the bluebird and the butterfly). The vintage image of the couple from a photo sharing group (Thanks, Takeabreak!).

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My Techniques

The collage began with a piece of scrapbook paper drymounted to a piece of recycled chipboard. Individual elements were sized in a photo editing program, printed, glued and further enhanced with watercolors and Prismacolor pencils. Shadows were created lightly with a gray Prismacolor pencil, and the outlines were drawn using a fine black Pitt pen.

The "dip dots" in the background were done by dipping the handle end of a paint brush into a small puddle of pink acrylic paint. When they dried, a white dot was added in the center of each pink dot with a white marker. I used an "edging stamp" to cut out the lacy top and bottom edges from scrap paper. "Be" was stamped with dark brown Stazon ink, and the finished collage was edged with a dark purple marker for a finished look.

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Anniversary Giveaway
Last Call!


I'm celebrating my six month anniversary this month and saying a great big "thank you" to my friends, followers and occasional readers, by giving away a print of "Outside the Lines" to one lucky winner whose name will chosen randomly (Randomorg.com). The winner's name will be posted on Friday, June 12. You can see the print and the original post by clicking here.

This is your last chance to enter the drawing. Just leave a comment on this or any of my "giveaway" posts by midnight tonight. Please leave a link so I can notify you in the event you win. (The clock is ticking! Don't be a Cinderella!)

If you've been blurking (Definition: A "Blog Lurker", as my friend, Marsha, would say!), please don't be shy. I'd love to know that "you're there" and would love to hear your "voice". To everyone who's left a comment, thank you and good luck!

Have a fun-filled day!

13 comments:

roc said...

this is a wonderful piece of artwork. love how you write your stories. thanks for sharing how you created this. it's always great to read how other people work.

Outstanding Stranger said...

Your work is so fun and uplifting. It always makes me chuckle and all your pieces show so much originality. Hugs, Diane

June said...

Terri this is breathtaking and so much fun !!! I absoutely adore your collage work and as always you bring an atmosphere with it ... todays was smiley and fun ... oh and thanks for the tune ... now it will be playing in my head all evening lol
Hugs June xxx

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Oh I enjoyed what you wrote as much as your lovely piece! You're so punny! By the way, I'll have to send BFC over to see the rooster - she just got a rooster and a hen - real ones and they posed so well for her pix I told her they could be super model chickens. Anyway, you are America's Next Top Collage Maker - your style is an icon!

Alberta and Ava said...

I saw this on Flickr yesterday and tried to comment but experienced some sort of technical difficulty. I'm back today though to tell you that I love, love, love this collage Terri. The details are beautiful, especially her choker and gown, and just the mention of Gregory Peck makes me swoon!

Flippinpest said...

Fantastic work as always and thanks for the opportunity to be in the draw. I know that I am guilty of not taking time to comment on blogs :-) So little time and so much to do!
Even though I dont always comment, I always follow what you do and admire your originality

Rosie said...

I love this collage Terri!! I hate to admit it, but I do remember that movie and I always was a huge Fred Astaire fan! You've made a great job of the Crowabout challenge!

Off to see your giveaway! ;o)

indybev said...

Terri, I commented on this at Crowabout, but it bears more attention! I absolutely love the magic you make with your Prismacolor pencils and your artful eye. AND, I love having you take me through it step by step. I'm so glad I found you!

Darlene said...

Love all those yummy colors!!! Very pretty card.

Taluula said...

Terri this collage, like all your collages, is just so sun, original and beautiful and I love it.

vintagepix said...

Oh, now I've got the song stuck in my head too :D Thanks for sharing the technique too - love your colorful effects as always!

Luisa Migon said...

Your piece of art is just amazing!!!

Thanks for the freebies, and for your explanation about your techiniques!!!

Janny said...

It's reallly beautiful!