Indulge

A couple of posts back I suggested that you might scan items that you find and use them as papers and elements.   My sister, Joni, and I have a dog-boarding business, and a few weeks ago one of our clients (a couple) vacationed in Japan. They very kindly returned with a box of Japanese candy for us that was made from rice and fruits.  I had left the wrapper sitting on my desk when Joni meandered in and asked, ‘What should we do with this?’  I realized how much I loved the paper, didn’t want to toss it, and said with delight, ‘I know, I’ll scan it!’  So I scanned away, found it a new home in my specialty papers bin, and today it is the background of today’s image called Indulge.

Here is the wrapper.

background-copy

The other papers.

And the elements.

floral-overlay

asian-woman

gesso-ink-splotch

trees

Love this stitched motif. Stitching often provides a wonderful textural accent

watercolor-splotch

I began with a new white layer set to 12 x 12 inches with a resolution of 300.  Onto that I layered the candy wrapper and the orange paper set to the blends and opacities shown above.

The lovely Asian woman came next, and I had some fun with her in applying a blend mode I have never before used.  For this project I didn’t want her bright colors, so I set her to black and white, grouped her with the flower/butterfly motif, and set her to a color burn blend where she became just as I’d imagined.

Next came the crinkled paper that I duplicated and placed in the top right and  bottom left corners with the white/gray splotch layered over that and placed in the center.  I placed the tree stitching and watercolor-splotch-with-text  left and right center respectively.

The final touches included a bright orange origami bird, the various texts (I found a very cool free Asian-like font for these on my favorite font site http://www.dafont.com/), a few white specks, and then I signed off on it.  Here is candy wrapper art to show that art potential exists anywhere and everywhere.

indulge

I’m sorry to say that I took screen shots of the PS panels before I had renamed some of the layers, but here they are for basic info.  Feel free to leave any questions in the comment section.   And don’t forget.  Have a great week!

ps-panels

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