Thursday, January 22, 2015

One week until classes begin!

Silhouette Stories begins soon! I am looking forward to teaching this class at Two Hands Paperie, a favorite local shop. In this class we will be working with the foundations of Visual Journaling, combining text with imagery, utilizing vibrant painted backgrounds and collage techniques that will become the base for our hand crafted silhouette imagery. I will demonstrate lettering techniques as well as how to add finishing details to your pages.This is a wonderful shop and we will have a great time creating here together, surrounded by inspiration! For more details about Silhouette Stories (Jan 31, 10:30–4:30) and to sign up, head on over to the Two Hands Paperie site. 

At first glance silhouettes evoke history, family and memory. We are reminded of simpler times when images were crafted by hand. Often we struggle with focal imagery in our work. We crave drawn or painted images on our journal pages but don’t know where to begin. Luckily for us, silhouettes represent the simplest way to view a figure, often as an easily recognizable outline, a black form on a white background. In this class we have the luxury to deviate from the traditional silhouette. Building on top of layered backgrounds we can create rich self-portraits, capture our loved ones, and represent our own personal icons and symbols. Taking something beautifully simple, rooted in history and tradition we will make it new again. Modern heirlooms are made personal by using family photographs that can be either realistic or stylized and whimsical.

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