True Blue

Blue is a primary, as well as the coolest color in the color wheel.  It is the color of the sky, the ocean, and lapis lazuli, one of my favorite semi-precious stones.  In my opinion, it is a conservative color that can be associated with sincerity, peacefulness and spirituality.  I like blue.  Therefore, I'm excited about my artwork today.

©Arnoldo L. Romero 2012
The theme for this week's Collage Obsession is Blues.  Combined with the Take a Word Challenge Friends and Proverbs 17:17 - A Friend loves at all times, for Word Art Wednesday, they were great inspiration for a page in my art journal.  Other than the tag, I cut all the pieces free hand.  I used scraps of hand painted papers that I made for various collages in previous years.  For emphasis, I inked the edges of the dove, which represents the Holy Spirit, with an indigo Clearsnap pad. I also went around the silhouette with an old Marvy brush marker to create depth.  I used a blue Sakura micron pen to write the scripture and my signature.

©Arnoldo L. Romero 2012
Next, I designed a card using a print of my artwork for The Play Date Cafe's PDCC133, which is being sponsored by Mr. Cricut Crazy.  (I'm still trying to make it to "Cup of the Week" and/or "Guest Designer."  LOL!)  Their featured colors are baby blue, denim and cherry, so my artwork fit in perfectly.  I made a card base from a sheet of The Paper Company baby blue cardstock and inked the edges with the indigo pad.  Then, I matted the print in denim blue and staggered it as shown with a red, white and blue plaid scrap.  I used a Tim Holtz design ruler to punch holes on the right and bottom edges of the plaid, as well as 3 pairs of holes on the upper left corner of my print.  I used the holes to do some hand stitching with indigo thread.  I also stitched together a cherry red polka dotted yo-yo, a blue felt star, and a white button to use as an embellishment.  For my sentiment, I used a baby blue ticket, on which I crossed the word "one" and wrote the word "two" with a red Sharpie pen.  I inked the edges and adhered it with some foam strips.

©Arnoldo L. Romero 2012
Then, I designed a card for Pile It On #22 - Two or More Folds, which is being sponsored by Digi Doodle Shop.  Using the baby blue cardstock, I constructed a swivel card base by following the instructions in Michael Jacobs' book (See My Recommendations).  To decorate it, I masked the swivel with the plaid paper.  Then, I cut a print of my artwork in two parts, a square for the swiveling block and a strip for the bottom portion.  I matted each part in the denim blue before adhering them.  I made a simple embellishment with a cherry red felt star and a blue button.  For the sentiment, I wrote the word "Love" in a simple cherry red trimmed tag.  As a finishing touch, I wrapped a cherry red thin ribbon around the left edge and made a one-loop bow.

Other than me liking blue, this was a special color scheme to work with.  Today we are observing Memorial Day in the United States of America, which is a day to remember the men and women who died while serving in our armed forces.  I thank them from the bottom of my heart and pray that God may have them rest in peace.  I dedicate my artwork today to them and their families.  Blessings!


Christine said…
Your artwork is very creative. Blue happens to be my favorite color, so I'm enchanted with the first one. Nevertheless, the three pieces are equally beautiful and touching.
VERY cool, Arnoldo. I feel SO incredibly blessed to have a second entry/project from you this week. I so enjoy reading your artistic process. It intrigues me each time, and I learn a lot about your techniques. I am grateful for you sharing your art and your gracious loving heary for the Lord Jesus Christ with us in our challenges at Word Art Wednesday. I pray that God will bless your week, and guide you in your journey of crafting and in all aspects of your life. Thanks for being a blessing and an encouragement to me, and to Word Art Wednesday.
God's blessings to you,
Karen L
Word Art Wednesday
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Lynne said…
A beautiful depiction of friendship.I loved reading about the process of your work too.
Donna B. said…
Another stunner Arnoldo! Love reading about your process and how you put it all together. The papers, the stitching and the yoyo with the star are the perfect backdrops to show off your print. Thanks for playing again this week at The Play Date Cafe.
Borqna said…
Again, wonderful projects, Arnoldo! You are an inexhaustible source of ideas.
I will find time to examine them in detail. Love how you developed an idea in three versions. They complement each other.
Thank you for sharing with us your art.
Good Day and good luck!
Sim said…
Unique and generous Arnoldo!
Beautiful artwork!
Anonymous said…
I really enjoyed seeing the steps you went through. Beautiful, beautiful art!
Winnie said…
I love it. The way you did the figures is great! Blue is always restful to me too...Love all the details you put into this.
Dad24treasures said…
Wow! What beautiful work, Arnaldo! And thank you for the detailed explanation of the process -- it adds to the significance of the piece.

Paula from WAW DT
Mona Pendleton said…
Wonderful and inspiring creations!
Jinny Newlin said…
You have every reason to be excited about this one, Arnoldo! What a great design! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!
Vicki Fraser said…
Wonderful swinging design on this card, and a great reason for using the good ole red white & blue :)
WOOOOOOOOW! These are amazing! I LOVE the swinging card! Great design and use of our colors! AMAZING:) THANKS for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at the PDCC:)
Elizabeth Hart said…
Love your creativity on this swivel card - looks quite fabulous in your color combo too. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Pile it On Challenge.
Really cool! Love the pop out panel and the star embellishment! Awesome card! Thanks for joining our challenge at Pile it On this week!
Heather P :)