This week, The Play Date Cafe challenge PDCC131 suggested colors are Seaweed, Algae, Goldenfish and Black. They also featured a beautiful koi fish print by James Vincent McMorrow as inspiration. As usual, I loved their color story and knew I wanted to use it in a project. In the meantime, I discovered the Take A Word Challenge - Gentleman. After some pondering, I decided to create a turn of the 19th century poster like design in my art journal.
I began by cutting freehand the silhouette of a gentleman wearing a top hat. I used a vintage photograph that I found on google as inspiration. Then, I cut strips of two shades of green DCWV textured adhesive cardstock stack and used a Martha Stewart border punch on the slim strip. (My "algae" looks brighter in the picture than it actually is. Ugh!) I adhered them in place, and centered my silhouette over them. Next, I cut out freehand the letters for the word MAN out of a sheet of orange cardstock from the same stack. I adhered them and traced their perimeters with an orange Sharpie opaque paint marker. Finally, I wrote the words FAIR, WISE and GENTLE using a pencil to ensure their proper placement. Once I liked the way the words were laid out, I inked them with the same Sharpie.
This page design turned out to be very clean, graphic, and airy. The latter is probably due to the inspirational picture shared by the PDCC, as well as my current need for a quiet place. However, I believe the hardest part for me was choosing the words, because there are other virtues I value as a man. I'd love to hear what you think and have you to join my list of followers. Blessings!