explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Digitalmania Challenge: Art in the style of Michelle Caplan

For this weekly Flickr challenge, in which we've been creating digital art in the style of various artists; this week's choice is Michelle Caplan, a mixed media artist in the U.S. She combines vintage photos, newsprint, and papers/fabrics. Here's a link to her beautiful artwork: http://www.michellecaplan.com/ . She also has an Etsy shop.

I had a blast doing my digital collage! Some background info is below. 


This is a heritage collage, featuring an old photo of my Aunt Mynne (left) and my Mom (right) doing their very entertaining version of the old song "Egyptian Ella." They performed this with gusto and much laughter at many a family gathering. Thanks to the Internet, I found the lyrics! In the background, there's a photo of my father on the mantel, and a painting of me and my twin sister (painted by my mother) on the wall behind her.

Image credits upon request.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Three Muses: Wings


Image credits: obisidian dawn, artefacts, flickr creative commons (woman- adampiggott; bird- mikebaird); media militia; ocean photo is my own.

Inspiration Avenue: Masquerade Ball


Image credits: flickr creative commons, beth rimmer, vintageimages, obsidian dawn.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Collage Obsession: Dream/Nightmare

We were challenged to illustrate a dream or nightmare that we've had. I have a recurring dream (not too often, thankfully) that I'm wandering around a huge parking lot unable to find my car.  The dream seems to go on forever, and when I wake up I can still feel some of the anxiety from the dream.  This collage represents what it feels like.


Image credits: google images, dover, graphicsfairy, shadowhouse, my own colored background.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Gothic Arch Challenge: Blue


Image credits: google images, library of congress, wikimedia commons, joessistah; my patterns on arch; background photo of building with columns by bonnie london.

Take a Word: Black and White


Image credits: artfreebies, fiddlette, broderbund clipart, holliewood, plaisanter, dover; milla; zentangle pattern fill is my design.

Sunday Postcard Art: Bats


Image credits: Background is a radio coverage map provided by my engineer husband and altered by me; part of texture is by shadowhouse; bat template is from a Google image search; text design is by Stampington.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Three Muses: Circles and Squares


Image credits: My watercolor face sketch; grungetextures, dover designs.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Take a Word: Childhood

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Image credits: graphicsfairy, artfreebies, magic moonlight, rubyblossom, cemerony, irena alexeeva, kim klassen, usf.edu. clipart.

Collage Obsession: Alter Egos

I was recently invited to be a member of the creative team on the Collage Obsession challenge blog! This week is my first turn at posting a challenge.

The challenge topic I came up with is "Alter Egos." The premise is that most people at some time in their lives (even if it's only on Halloween) dream of being someone else. The challenge is to illustrate what you think a particular person (or animal) really wants to be. You can visit the Collage Obsession blog and see my complete posting at http://collageobsessionchallenge.blogspot.com/.

Below is my interpretation of the challenge, using an image of two Japanese women from Dover Designs. Other image credits:  beth rimmer, joessistah, plaisanter.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sunday Postcard Art: Haunted House

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Image credits: rubyblossom, plaisanter, graciesmom, land of nod, artefacts.

Test Post


This is a test post to see if I can copy from Microsoft Word into Blogger. The photo below is of my sister's cat (taken by her boyfriend) in this test. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Three Muses: Home Sweet Home


I guess I'm looking ahead to winter. Image credits: google images, irena alexeeva, dover designs, rubyblossom.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Collage Obsession: Masks

This is one of my favorite themes, especially since I recently created an altered book with a "Masks" theme and have several digital collages on hand that I used for that project. Here's one that incorporates my original drawing, with a mask image added (sorry, I don't recall the source of that image).

Take a Word: Blackbird


Image credits: blackbird silhouette: joessistah; printed text: anna corba; zentangle pattern: mine.

Sunday Postcard Art: Things That Go Bump in the Night

We're continuing with the month-long Halloween theme for this challenge.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Three Muses: Bottles and Jars


Image credits: bottles by tanakawho (flickr creative commons); holliewood; my own photo of shells.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Inspiration Avenue: Owls


I had already completed most of this piece, including the owl in the tree, after doing the watercolor sketch of the lady with red flowers in Jane Davenport's online "Supplies Me" class.  I then found the quote (an English nursery rhyme, I believe) for this challenge. Other image credits: graphicsfairy, rubyblossom.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Collage Obsession: Sepia Photo/ Pastels

I think (I'm not sure) this week's challenge is to transform a sepia photo using the pastel color wheel. Here's what I did to the poor couple in the vintage wedding photo from landofodd. The script pattern is from graphicsfairy.


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Take a Word: Wall


Image credits: Elizabeth Golden (Last Door Down the Hall).

Gothic Art Challenge: Pumpkins

Lots of fall themes this week, and for the rest of the month, I presume. Image credits for this one: graphicsfairy, google images, kim klassen.

Sunday Postcard Art: Zombies!

Apparently this is part of a month-long Halloween-themed challenge. I'm not a fan of horror-type images, so I found the most lovable zombie possible and showcased him. Image credits: google images, rubyblossom.