Friday, May 8, 2009

Fire and Ice - Up close and personal

Fire and Ice: Just as with the first two spreads that were done in this Altered Sister's Round Robin, I thought I'd show you the before and after of the photo that was used to achieve the final look for Fire and Ice. So, here is before...

Up close: Here is the photo, cropped tight, in its altered form. The bottom of the photo is torn off. Bleach was used to remove some of the darker ink on the bottom of the picture. This turns the area first to red, then yellow, then white. It looks quite fiery. And, I'd love to say that this was the intended look but, in fact, it was a happy accident. The icicles were scratched with a needle tool then painted blue. After the photo looked like I had done what I could with it, it was glued onto the "fire" background. In order to incorporate the photo into the collage rather than have it looked like it was just "plopped" on the background, I used oil pastels to blend it all together. I need to get better at this but I'm working on it.

Personal: We had a long, long winter and these icicles were hanging on my house sometime in December. I'm very glad that the front of my house now features some tulips rather than sculptural ice forms!



Joanne Huffman said...

Maybe we should have a Festival of the Melted Icicles. It would have to be in May, but we could dance under the icicle-less eaves and chant words of spring.

Kathy L said...

Oh this is so "cool" looking (she said with no pun inteneded). Wow. I will have to remember the bleach!

Lorrie Grainger Abdo said...

Yep, bleach works in interesting ways, although it certainly isn't one of the most pleasant art supplies to work with!

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