Thursday, January 20, 2011

Changing It Up

There's something about an old photo that makes us wonder about the people or place that someone took the time to preserve for all time.  I love looking at old photos of people and thinking about what special time they was meant to memorize.  I found some old photographs among my aunt's belongings. I did not know their true stories, but they were so endearing that I had to do something special with them.
   My Process:    These backgrounds are unpredictable because I just pour different colored walnut inks by Tsukineko over the canvas in different combinations. After this particular one dried,  I dabbed on some crackle medium here and there. Sorry I do not know exactly which crackle brand I used since I have a variety in the cupboard. Sometimes I just grab a bottle and spash it in certain spots experimenting with it.  I love experimenting in art. It's how new art is created.

After a light coat of white acrylic, a lovely crackle appeared in spots.  Now for the photo...altering process for the photo involved two things: scratching the photo in certain areas and dripping or spraying ink onto the photo.

And some strategic dabbing with paper towel to keep the ink from overpowering the image. Then I ripped the photo around the edges to age it some more.

To age the background  more I rubbed brown stamp pad ink a bit and added a lace stencil effect with white gesso. The lace trim was dyed with more walnut ink. I could not resist adding a rusty heart at the top, because it seemed to go with the story that I was creating.


This is entitled "Stories to Tell"  because one day someone took this photograph to remember their special house and to show others where their story took place.
 



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