This week's challenge in The Play Date Cafe, PDCC125, features "black, white and brown." Along with the vintage style photo, the color story appeared to have a very elegant and nostalgic feel to me. After some deliberation, I decided a black and white fashion illustration would make the perfect focal point.
Having worked as a fashion illustrator for a couple of years back in my 20's, I love to sketch women. (See You are my Muse, Te Amo, Sunshine, Explore, and Make it Personal) I found a recent sketch in my art journal, did a layover to turn it into a line drawing, and scanned it. I printed the line drawing in a couple of different sizes and decided to turn the smallest one into a stamp. I felt the size would give my card a much more dramatic feel. I used a set of gray scale Staedler watercolor brush markers to illustrate the drawing. Then, I took some white card stock and made a mat with a McGill 1 9/16" stamp punch. I cropped the image down into a 1 1/4" square with a pair of Fiskars deckle scissors and glued it to the stamp mat. To enhance the nostalgic feel, I used black and white polka dotted ribbon. I made a small slit on the bottom area of the card's spine, threaded the ribbon through it, and secured it to the inside with some double sided tape. I glued a small bow to the front. As a finishing touch, I wrote the word "Bonjour" with a white Zig chalk writer and highlighted it with a black Sharpie pen.
I'm planning to use the larger format of this illustration in a different card layout in the future. I'm even thinking about letting some followers borrow one of my black line fashion illustrations to make a card of their own. Please let me know what you think, as well as follow my blog - Blessings!