Hi everyone! This is Karen, back with another Mixed Media with Karen.
For this month's entry, I wanted to continue in my code desires notebook which is a collage book that reminds me that I get to choose how I feel and helps me focus on what those feelings are.
For this page, I decided to go with a picture I found a few weeks ago of this woman wearing a really fancy dress and laughing. The photo made me smile right away and even though I am more "stay at home in my PJs" kid of person, it reminded me that sometimes I feel more alive when I go out and socialize with friends.
So I wanted this page to honor the aliveness the photo made me feel. Since she's wearing a shiny dress, I knew immediately that I wanted to couple her with shiny papers and embellishments. I picked some of the blue Necessities papers that I love so much and layered them under her.
And then on the opposing page, I decided to use the large, shiny and awesome letters to spell "YES." Here's how it looked at this point:
Now that I'd tied the twine on one letter, I decided I wanted to add two more of them to make sure there were three instances of it. I added one to the S of the YES and then put a vertical line alongside of the photo on the left side. I like how it adds a little color and motion.
I liked the yellow enough that I decided to add some more of it. I pulled out different sized embellishments that had yellow bits in it and added some to the left side and some to the right side. I love the splashes of yellow and how it makes the page happier.
As a Final touch before I added the paint, I decided the page needed more black so I added little bits of black paper on the bottom layers, some black and metal hearts and a few embellishments.
Once I put down the blacks, I felt I was ready to get painting. I try not to overthink the painting process. I just pick some of the colors on my page and just go to down. I try to add some paint to the sides of the page to frame it, and some to the layers to make them seem more seamless.
There we are. If you're into Mixed Media or Collage like I am, I highly urge you to use the beautiful My Mind's Eye papers and embellishments. And please do share your pages in the comments so I can see them!! Have a lovely February!