Friday, June 22, 2012

"Swept Away"


"Love has swept away the emptiness and filled it with the fullness of my one true love beside me." Today's posting is dedicated to my niece, Kelley, on this beautiful day of her wedding. We share in your joy and will see you wed to your beloved this evening. God's blessing on you both.

This is a pouring medium piece with transparent silk tissue collage. The background, of course, is very contemporary, but the format of the lettering is a "take off" on a traditional format popular in the 1800's. The overlays of silk tissue were taken from the Universal Penman which is rich in the Copperplate style of lettering from that era. Most of the pages begin with an ornate title, followed by simple script lettering and ending with a flourish. This is a Dover publication and the images are copyright free up to 10 images in one work.

I know that some of you are working with silk tissue. One thing I have discovered is that the transparency is much more effective on a light colored background rather than dark. So you might want to keep that in mind. This technique also works better if the image has a lot of open or white areas where the background can show through. Hopefully, that gives a little more direction for your special works of art. And there you have it. Just a few more things to think about.

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