Monday, February 10, 2014

Black and white with shades of gray


No, this isn't a black and white photo.  The page is really this color.

A couple of weeks ago, I challenged myself to do a page of all neutrals.  Today, I have an even greater challenge.  For LOAD today, we were encouraged to do a page in black and white.  That's tough for me as a color person.

My subject are the birds on our feeder in winter.  The photo on the left is of a Tow-hee, a beautiful bird in black and rust.  This was made 2 years ago as we haven't had any of those this winter.  The one on the right was taken just a few days ago.  And I think there are going to be more opportunities for taking snow photos this week.

For the page, I used gesso over a mask on the cardstock background.  I journaled with a white gel pen on some designer paper.  Normally, I use a white gel pen on cardstock.  It just glides beautifully on the designer paper.




The embellishments are some black printed plastic snowflakes I got in some blog candy a couple of years ago.  I wasn't sure what I would ever do with black snowflakes but they work here.  The rhinestone circle gave me a fit!  It has been ages since I applied on of these and apparently you should measure the diameter BEFORE you take it off the backing to get the circle round and in the right place.



Anyway, it worked out here in the video at YouTube:



Here's the new sketch for this page:


Last year's sketches are available by clicking on the link on the sidebar or here.

So I managed a page without color!  It was fun.  I don't think it will be my norm but nice to stretch the boundaries a bit.

Thanks for stopping by!

7 comments:

  1. i think your page turned out beautifully! :)

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  2. I think this may be my favourite of all of your pages.
    This is stunning!!!!!
    Great photos and embellishments you used
    Very elegant.

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  3. This. Is. Fabulous!!! I LOVE the gesso effect. Beautiful. Elegant.

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  4. Love this page, I'm going to have to get some gesso and try it. Love watching your videos. Lisa C

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  5. Lisa, I understand what you mean about color, BUT black and white can set a mood, too. I found this page very relaxing, and while I know the photos are color, some of my favorite pages also feature B/W photos. I can sometimes see so much detail in them that doesn't come through on color photos, and...they don't fade! I have a picture of my husband that I took in 1987, developed the film, printed the picture in the darkroom, and made one of my favorite all-time pages. I'll always cherish it! Thanks for sharing your "precious birds."

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  6. Lisa, I understand what you mean about color, BUT black and white can set a mood, too. I found this page very relaxing, and while I know the photos are color, some of my favorite pages also feature B/W photos. I can sometimes see so much detail in them that doesn't come through on color photos, and...they don't fade! I have a picture of my husband that I took in 1987, developed the film, printed the picture in the darkroom, and made one of my favorite all-time pages. I'll always cherish it! Thanks for sharing your "precious birds."

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