The daughter of a friend graduated from college last week. After much deliberation (with myself) regarding gift ideas, I decided today that I would create a piece of art for the daughter's new apartment. She is a go-getter . . . a high achiever . . . a hard worker . . . and her sights are set on beginning a career in the big city . . . the really big city . . . New York. Her major was journalism so, for the mixed media canvas, I knew that I wanted to incorporate patterned papers with text that resembled newsprint. My favorite inclusion of this is the skyline, which I created by cutting strips of paper and
coloring them with a black Faber-Castell Gelato. A black Pitt marker was used to outline the strips, and depth was achieved by slightly smudging the inked outline. I might should have layered the "buildings" for my skyline so they wouldn't end up resembling a row of books, but a row of books isn't such a bad thing. ;-) The "she was" image is from a Christy Tomlinson stamp, and I love that the image has "she was a daughter of God" printed on the skirt. While coloring the image with a few layers of paint and ink, the word "daughter" kind of disappeared, so I created a replacement for that. The figure was given two rows of jewels (adhesive trim that I found in my stash), and I used the Pitt marker once again to outline and smudge the image to not only give it depth, but to give it prominence. Because every mixed media canvas needs texture, I used Texture Paste and the Tim Holtz Flourish stencil on the left edge. Portions of the texture were colored with ink, paint, and Inka Gold, and I left some of the areas uncolored to add a little brightness to the piece. I don't know about everyone else but, when I work with a canvas, I hardly ever end up with what I thought I was making. ;-) That's always okay with me because the process is an evolution . . . starting in a direction and ending up with something even better than what I had envisioned. As long as I can incorporate the elements that I want to be present, it's all good. I just hope the graduate will love it.