Using a Neutral Palette

This piece was created as part of a series which focuses on using a limited palette.  The only rules are to create a piece that uses only the selected colors and no others.  The palette for this piece is neutral colors.

I’ve been saving some vintage images I purchased from my favorite supply and inspiration source – Art Chix Studio.  After selecting the image, the piece came together rather rapidly.  I collaged the background with vintage papers and foreign text for texture – and noticed after the fact that “memoires” was at the top – hence this became another focal point and the title of the piece.  I added the screen as well for a worn look and simply stapled it onto the piece.  I think it gives it a country feel.   I finished the piece by lightly rubbing gesso here and there with my finger across the screen and around all the sides.  Lastly I embellished it with silver feather-like doodles and a few rhinestone centered paper flowers.

One word of caution, gesso and walnut ink end up making pink when mixed together.  The light touches of pink were unintentional, but I think they ended up being a happy mistake because they add a little bit of warmth to the piece.

Who says that pink can’t be a neutral color?  It goes with nearly everything, doesn’t it?


Beautiful Dreamer

It seems that when I work in Vintage, I end up twisting it a bit with my world too.  The swap rules were to create a vintage postcard and send to your partner.  Simple rules with lots and lots of room for creative interpretation.

I started with the page from a book I’m currently altering into an art journal.  Next I added the heart transparency and the woman in black and white.  This gave depth.  I couldn’t get over the way she appeared to be looking at something so I decided to make a window – but what would she be looking at?  I started going through my collected images for a picture of a blue sky when I came across the picture of the field with a woman in it.  After I put it all together, I realized that the women seem to be looking at each other.  Happy accident?

What started out as a simple vintage postcard ended up being almost a snapshot of my mental state and the things I am processing on a personal level right now.  I feel at times like the vintage woman peering into a colored world – I’m outside myself and what I am seeing is just a dream.  I have so much gratitude for all that I have and hold close.  I also feel at times like I’m the woman in the field looking internally and seeing parts of me that can use a little color – which is all about feeding my soul.

After last year, it feels so great to be actively creating again on a daily basis.  I’m definitely living in a fabulous dream painting the self I am discovering more and more of each day.