Kimberly at Art Joy Stuff is hosting an ATC swap titled "April in Paris". Today I mailed off my cards and decided to show you what I submit for this fun event. It is a 6/6 swap so I made six cards of the same image which I designed on Photoshop (first) from one of my own CDV photographs.
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OK, first I have to apologize... I had to use my iphone camera and some of these images show better than others...sorry for the blurs...
If this little girl looks familiar it might be because I tried to make her look like a baby Frida Kahlo. The original photograph that I purchased showed this child with a slight hint of her own uni brow so I emphasized that stopping short of going totally cartoon-ish. And Frida wouldn't be Frida without flowers in her hair and a dark cat sitting beside her so I added those elements to the Photoshop'd image.
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The quote I used is, of course, one of Frida's quotes. When I researched her I found most of her famous sayings were a little dark in mood so I was happy to find this more care-free quote to use for little baby Frida..."feet what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?"
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I bought the original CDV because she reminded me of my niece, Gina, as a child. Beautiful child and beautiful adult with a sweet kind face...I think Frida must have been a sweet baby as well.
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Frida Kahlo has been a favorite with altered artists for a long time. I have never ventured into that genre until now but I can honestly say I had a great time working on this. When I have received the cards back from other artists who participated I'll post them here so you can see the other wonderful ideas and visions folks came up with...
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The last few photographs are from the first card I made - and decided not to enter into the ATC swap with Kimberly. It was "cute" but didn't have as many embellishments and was flat - not 3-D except for the glaze I used to make the child stand out more.
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The little girl for this card came from Lisa's Altered Art Creations and I added background, overlays etc. for the theme of April in Paris. No Paris themed project would work without an eiffel tower monolith looming in the background - oui? And because she is holding a parasol I added the caption "rain or shine".
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