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Sometimes it Takes a Few Tries

I'm back in town and totally jet lagged!  Can't wait to share some photos -- but I've got hundreds of e-mails!  Eeeek!  Please be patient if you've written recently!  In the meantime, here's a post I hope you'll enjoy....

Sometimes I'm in the zone and I can get the image in my head to translate to the paint and paper in front of me.  Sometimes not.

Today is a not.

The Prima design team gals were challenged to scrap a photo of another girl on the team (randomly assigned).  I drew the lovely and talented Stacy Cohen.

Here is as far as my first attempt got me:

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I had a lot of fun putting together the patterned paper "shingles"...

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...but then there wasn't anywhere to go from there.  I couldn't figure out how to get flowers and crystals and all that good stuff onto the page.  So I decided to move on.  I printed a smaller version of the photo and ended up with this:

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Pretty background, but the photo is just sitting there.  Let's try to integrate it a bit more.

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Better.  But something is still off. 

What is it? Something about her black hair is so intense....

Hmmm, let's try changing the border color and adding a few watercolor droplets.

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Better.

It's still not quite what I wanted it to be, but much, much better.

What's missing?

Well, journaling is missing. But the assignment was no journaling.  Hmmmm...aha!  I need something on the right to balance the left.

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Urgh!  Now it's jut so busy and messy and...sigh.  I mean, the page is full of fun techniques:
 
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I painted a few of the felt pieces with gesso and then watercolor.  You can see that the edge of the photo also got a colorful edge.

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The flower was created from layers of paper flowers painted and folded.  The tag is a scrap of packaging.

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But techniques are not enough.  I poked and prodded and tired lots of little changes, but it just wouldn't work for me.  Check out the evolution:

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The little fixes just couldn't get at the bigger problem.  So I decided to just go in a completely different direction.

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And now I love it!

I took the single photo I had been given and cropped it interestingly to get the four photos you see on the page.

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A splash of watercolor paint mixed with a big Prima crystal an pearl swirl.

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I did steal the tag off of the previous failed layout.

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And the colorful flowers were leftover from the previous failed attempt as well.  Painted with gesso and watercolor paints.

It took me a few tries.  I had to just throw out my original ideas, but I'm glad to say that I finally got there.  Sometimes it takes a few tries.

See the whole "scrap someone else" post from Prima here.

Thanks for stopping by!

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