Fair, Wise, Gentle-Man

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!


Borqna said…
Arnoldo Hello!
Hour and a half ago, I saw your card. Can not stop thinking about it.
Your card is a whole story! Impressive! Playing with words is very interesting - because words are not just four, right? - I also wonder - Who is this man? Another mystery.
I wish you success!
Keep us happy with your art.
Donna B. said…
Great art journal page. Love that you freehanded the silhouette. Thanks for joining us at The Play Date Cafe this week.
Christine said…
Gorgeous art work
This is neat, Arnoldo! It definitely has a turn-of-the-century feel to it, and yet a dash of the modern too.

Thanks for always having such amazing and different entries...you always stand out! :)

So glad you came to play with us at The Play Date Cafe!
Jinny Newlin said…
Fabulous journal page, Arnoldo! That silhouette is spot on! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!
Such a fabulous Art Journal piece!! Love the graphic clean lines and colors! ~ Blessings