... and you might find something inspirational right under your nose!
For my latest Project Runway CJ entry, and also for one of the prompts over at Marit's Summer Camp, my task was to head outside with my camera, and find patterns, textures, structures that I could work with and take inspiration from, but which would otherwise have gone un-noticed.
This gorgeous old planter couldn't have fit the bill better. It lives right outside the back door to my place of work. I walk directly past it at least twice every day. But I have never looked twice at it before.
I can't understand how I've never noticed it - look at that beautiful patina and that wonderful tesselated leaf pattern!
|you can click on this for a closer view|
For my page, I used that leaf pattern both literally on the leaves being blown from the shrub in the planter, and also in the background.
I really loved how the background turned out actually, I was almost loath to put anything over the top of it!
Here's how it was made:
I sketched the pattern on some heavy paper and cut the leaf shapes out to make a stencil. Through this I sprayed Krylon Spray Gesso over a background of watercolour paper, torn dictionary pages, and randomly applied Golden Absorbent Ground.
Then it took lots of washes of watered down acrylic paint and pearlescent acrylic ink, to get to the finished look
The un-gessoed strips between the leaves absorb the paint much better than the gessoed areas, giving this lovely, soft pattern.
I am definitely going to play with that spray gesso some more!
To finish the page off -
- I used Photoshop to make the magnifying glass with the close up of the pattern on the planter
- The leaves and branches of the shrub were cut freehand from textured card and inked around the edges
- The journalling was added with a dip pen and India ink (I think I was channelling Dina Wakley at that moment, although I wish my handwriting was as lovely as hers!)
- Shadows under the planter and magnifying glass were added with Copic pens
- And a couple of ink blobs pulled it all together nicely