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Raymonde just posted the December Challenge in her group. To get this free kit, go to her group Journal & Scrapbook, and go to the Dec. discussion. The links are there for you to download. If you are not yet a member of group, sign up and join the fun. Use this kit to create and participate in her Challenge and post your artwork for us to see.
Happy Holidays and Happy Creating!
Art Inspiration - CHRISTMAS 2013 - Gayle Page-Robak
Christmas time is a wonderful time for those of us who love to create all types of paper arts. Whether we make cards or tags, create box or bottle art, make decorations for our home or trees, we are able to apply our talents for creating art and use your creations in all of the above. There are so many beautiful Christmas images being shared online and it is a wonderful time to start an image library especially dedicated to Christmas images. These will then be available to you for future years to create your own art and share with others. Each of us has our 'favorite' style or theme we love to follow and Christmas is no exception. Be it modern, classic, old fashioned, or other, the choice is ours but pushing the envelope and trying something outside of our own norms is fun as well. Personally, I love anything Vintage or Victorian, and the 'old fashioned' images always appeal to me. I do love to mix it up though, as many of you probably do as well. Today I have decided to include the following:
'AN OLD FASHIONED SIMPLE ART PIECE' suitable for any of the aforementioned types of paper arts. I have selected a background with snow. If you do not have such a background you can create your own by adding snow elements to it and adding glittered borders or frames to make it more festive. The girl is a vintage image from Lisa's Altered Art. You may find this type of image in many of the 'freebie' giveaways or perhaps in your own stash. I have added some glitter stars to complete this simple but pretty image and it is something you can create by hand or digitally. I can picture a small version of this type of image used as a tree decoration.
'A CHRISTMAS ROSE' is a creation of a more modern type of Christmas art. Beautiful for creating a card, wall hanging, box art, etc. It has a 'stacked paper' background with a gold frame added atop the background. I have selected a child image (always a favorite anytime) to complete the frame of this card.
'THE ANCIENT SANTA' is always a favorite type of image to use during the Christmas holiday art. There are a variety of these images available, free for the looking. Remember to tuck them away in your Christmas 'stash' folder--they never get outdated. I chose one of my favorite images. I have had this image for many years. I have selected a red-toned, chevron styled background from Moonlight Journey. I think it is a suitable type of background for the old and modern styled art. I decided to give the image a touch of 'modern' by selecting some Christmas decorations to enhance this art piece.
These are but a few ideas to share with you this Christmas holiday season. I hope you may be inspired to try a few styles for your Christmas art this year. Remember, not only are these types of images great for cards but any of these
pieces may be incorporated into your decorations and gift giving items. Enjoy!
Hugs and Merry Christmas to each of you. Gayle
Could you tell us that inspires your art work?
What inspires me? Hmmm. Sometimes I see a background that 'speaks' to me, telling me what I need to do next. Or a face that makes me think of a Goddess or has a story to tell. Sometimes a friend will send me a background to use and I go from there. Or I'll buy a new kit that appeals and that will set me off. I can usually see beauty in everything.
Do you have a favourite software and if so what features do you like?
The software I use most is Photoshop Elements. I have 9 but I still use my old 5 for most everything! My son bought me 5 originally and I didn't have a clue how to start so I am completely self taught. I love the effects you can get with blending and layering. I get so totally absorbed I am in another world where I can forget pain for a while.
Do you have any preferred technique that you would like to share with us? Also do you have a favorite medium other than digital art?
I don't know that I have a favorite technique really. I am always ready to try something new in different challenges. But as you said Kaylene, I love my Vintage!If a challenge calls for something surreal I really have to struggle as my brain doesn't seem to think that way!
I love altering pictures, putting Mona Lisa in a new situation is one of my favorites. I also have a collection of cat pictures, where I take a wonderful image and replace the face and head with a cat's head. I made quite a family of those!
Before I discovered digital art I was in lots of card making groups and exchanged loads of ATC's. I love making altered books and I have now about 40.My days of stamping and cutting and pasting are now over I'm afraid. I just sit in a wheelchair in front of the computer!
Lastly, something about yourself, I think I am right is saying that are a singer. Also, how long have you been Digital Artist, and how did you begin your journey?
Something about myself.... well I've always been interested in crafting and doing things with my hands. I taught myself to crochet, even making wedding dresses and christening gowns. I did a lot of dressmaking, making my own wedding dress. I used to make and decorate wedding cakes, delivering them to the venue and setting them up which was great fun. I did china and porcelain painting for years and taught a class weekly in my home. And of course the name Junibears came from the hand stitched mohair bears I used to make. So I think if you name a craft I've had a go! LOL!
And yes Kaylene, you are right. I was a singer and used to do the circuit and I took part in our local amateur dramatics for years.
So I've had an active and interesting life and I mustn't complain now I am almost housebound. I have a wonderful family and I am extremely blessed. So that's how I came to digital art, about 4 or 5 years ago. Something I can do sitting down!
Do you have a favorite work of art?
I don't think I have one particular piece of art that is a favorite. I love all art and have great pleasure looking at the work of other digital artists where I often see something that sparks my Muse
Do you have a web/blog site?
I have a little blog, www.junibearsjottings.blogspot.com and on there is a button in a box you can press to see a lot more of my art on Flickr.
Thank you so much for inviting me to be Artist of the month. I feel extremely honored as there are some fine artists on Whisper!
God bless everyone.