Sunday, August 15, 2010

Anniversary Birdies Part Deux

So I abandoned the cut-paper-on-canvas thing after finishing it and varnishing it. I just suck at cutting things out really small and without tiny details the whole design sort of fell apart. Even with the pretty paper. ::sigh:: Oh well. Better luck next time!
In lieu of having nothing to give my grandparents for their 60th anniversary, I remade the bird idea in Illustrator and printed it out on heavyweight matte paper. I reused a frame I got from a yard sale (two for 8 bucks! what a deal!) that had some really ugly faded 80's artwork in it. I've never reused a frame like that before...screws and wire and fancy brackets! Fortunately I managed to screw it all back together with my new artwork in it. It's small, but it works! Here's hoping it'll stand up to being in my suitcase. I'll pad it EXTRA carefully.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Anniversary Birdies

Here's a new project I've set myself: a paper collage on canvas for my grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary.
So here's the sketch I came up with in Flash (background scanned from the actual sheet of scrapbooking paper I'm using)

And here's how its going so far. Only the background is glued down, figured I'd get all the bits and pieces in place before finalizing with glue. I'm going to try painting over a glossy varnish when done, just to seal it all in place properly (here's hoping that works). I've never tried paper collage to this extent before, but I must say its a wonderfully different feel from paint and digital. It also makes me realize I'm using the oldest cutting mat in existence and the manliest exacto knife evah.