I’ve been working in Photoshop for several years now and have never actually successfully “cut out” any image from the background. Lately i wanted to create an ad for a networking newsletter so i pretty much had to learn how to do it if i wanted to create something i had envisioned.
Part of the problem is I have a minimal amount of patience and when using the lasso tool i would lose the path i was following and be back at square one. I’d give up in frustration. This time i had my friend Susan take a photo of me against a white wall which made it easier to cut myself out (the wall was NOT in the magic cottage – all of them are bright colours). The flipchart photo was taken in the backyard so it was pretty challenging cutting it out what with all of the trees and yard art . Then i had to superimpose my photo on top of the flipchart photo. Next step was creating a background. Since creating ad copy is not one of my fortes I’m having a friend who is good with words figure out what to say. Graphic Design is not one of my fortes either!
Here is one of the soul collage cards i created the other day. It’s two images superimposed on one another. Even though both images repelled me i was strangely drawn to them so decided to listen to my intuition and work with them. When i looked at the card (after some prompting from my friend Vivienne) I realized that i felt like I had crashed and burned regarding teaching art journaling live for 1 or 2 hour classes. After schlepping all of the supplies, buying supplies, setting up, tearing down, making pages, planning etc. i was getting paid almost minimum wage! Mr. G and I created an excell spreadsheet and i entered in all of the to do items, times involved etc. It was sobering to see the figures there in black and white – it was depressing actually.
So I’ve decided to step away from teaching short classes which just are not worth it and regroup and rethink what i want to do. When i look at this soul collage card i see a bird rising up from the ashes like the Phoenix. So I’m hoping that I’ll emerge with a renewed sense of vigour and joy. When i first looked at the tree with the flapping pieces of fabric I thought they were random pieces of fabric that flew there from a dump. Upon closer inspection i see that they are prayer flags flapping in the wind sending out prayers to the surrounding area! How wonderful is that?
Right now I’m enjoying exploring different areas and following my intuition and see where it leads me! How about you? Where is your intuition leading you?
Love, Violette xo
p.s. a small group of women turned up at the Art Journal jam yesterday but we had fun chatting and sketching. Small groups usually translates into deeper conversations!