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.
The other papers.
And the elements.
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.
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!