How often have you taken a photo of yourself in order to use on an art journal page? In a piece of art?
This week I’d like to challenge you to consider taking a photo of yourself or have someone take your picture or part of you (foot/hand/eye/face) in order to visualize the concept or feeling you want to create.
I used this photo of me in this page. I put the camera on a tripod, found a thin white piece of cloth and put it on my head – then let the camera shoot. As you see I also made it into a black and white.
I often photograph all sorts of textures that I see when I am out walking with my camera. Painted walls, rusty junk, grass, clouds, dirt, whatever I think I might use on a page.So I found a recent photo that I wanted to use on this page to create some grunge.
I like to use a background paper and chose one of Katie’s Old Ledger Neutral paper pack. It doesn’t matter too much which paper I choose in a page like this, as I use photos that add a lot of texture and grunge. Other pages might need a background paper with more texture.
Here is a shot of my layers so you can get an idea of how I worked.
I love using Katie’s blendable elements and papers. In this page I used her Pocket Cards Painted Butterflies no 1. I only used some of the layers and in some of the layers I added a layer mask and brushed out areas I didn’t want. Here is my final page:
So there you go. Think of a concept or theme, go take a photo that represents it, try to use yourself and then go create some art – have fun with photos, layers, blending, masks, colors and brushes. Be sure to share with the rest of us in our Art Journal Gallery.
Until next time ~ be safe. ~Aino.