Welcome to this weeks Fast Frames Friday!
This week I am showing you what a difference it makes to put in those added little details that often come in black and white.
This journal page was one of those ones where you look at the things around you and just use what ever you can reach to create something. For me this was a pretty intuitive piece and I didn’t really put a whole lot of thought into it. Just grabbed things and glued them down with matte gel medium.
I started off with ripping up scraps of red tissue paper that had been covered with gesso in one of the classes I teach. It was left behind by one of my students. The next layer was the ripped green strips of mask I was using for a journal page I made that morning.
I have been holding on to the baby wipes that have been used for paint or ink clean-up. Once they were saturated with color I would hang them up to dry. I wasn’t sure how or when I would use them but thought I would see how they turned out. So I grabbed a couple of those, cut them up and added them to the page as well.
My next layer was some clippings from a dictionary page that was laying around, glued them on and I was “done”.
I say that this page is done because this is a place that many of my students will stop and tell me “I’m all done”. I often say to them “do you like it?” and the response is most frequently “I think so”.
Technically there is nothing wrong with this page. It has a bunch of colors that work well together, it is mixed media and it is also collage. BUT it is missing something that is quite key to the completion of a piece.
It is missing all the details! It is missing emphasis on shapes, it is missing the elements that satisfy your eye. The parts that keep your eye on the page for more than a blink.
My very quick YouTube video will show you the details I added to this page in a step by step process.
But here is the page now that I have made it finished to “my” eye.
Most of the time, when I hand my students a black and a white, they will go to town adding all kinds of details to their pages. When they say “I am all done” and I ask “do you like it” I often get “I liked it before, now it LOVE it!” Keep in mind that the level of details added is up to the artist. But in a way the finial details step is almost the most important. It adds emphasis, depth and visual interest to the piece.
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