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Friday, 23 January 2009

The Papergirls Challenge - Alter a photo

It is Chriss's turn to set this month's challenge over at The Papergirls blog and she decided we would alter a photograph artistically... boy was I having palpitations over this one... especially as my mojo has been hiding under the I have never created artwork with a photograph as the base but I must admit that once I got started I found it to be quite addictive and will probably use my finished pieces to create a couple of layouts very different from my usual style. I would recommend however that you scan the original before you start... even if it's not one of the best you've ever taken because you may find you wish you had kept a copy.

Ok my first photo to get the treatment was one of DD and DG and I had a few headaches with this one but I got there in the end :D I firstly covered a large part of the photo with gesso before colouring with distress inks and stamping with a squirl stamp from The Artistic Stamper. I covered part of the clothing too, so that I could trace part of the bodies and hand colour them to give a cartoony effect. Some hand cut head wear and lettering along with some doodling and a bit of bling completed my first attempt.

My second photograph of DG on his own had a very clear background so this meant I could alter it quite differently as I didn't have to cover up any dark shapes.

I had lots of fun with this one... I masked off DG and re-coloured the background with distress ink before using the tree stamp from Lost Coast Designs. I then added Dinosaur stickers from BasicGrey Archaic scrapbooking goodies (from my recent spend...tee hee...naughty naughty) and hand cut a speech bubble to add the wording (which took me all night to come up with by the I was happier with this one and think it will look well cool on a layout with DG favourite Dinosaur jokes... don't you :D
Now here is a sneaky peak of the photograph that Chriss has altered but you have to pop over to the Papergirls blog to see the finished creation and to find out the rules for entering. The challenge has been sponsored by Caroline at Bubbly Funk and there are some fab chalk inks up for grabs which again you can see over at The Papergirls blog.

I hope you will join in with the challenge which runs until 30Th January... it really is fun and you gotta be in it to win it right :D

Happy creating


Chris xx


Kazza said...

Chris - these are great. I must have a go at this. Love your altered photos :)
xx Karen

Rika said...

These a all wonderful Chris!

Anonymous said...

These are flamin `gorgeous` Missus..Your daughter and grandson are `beautiful`...
Just like you!!!TFS :)~x~

Shashi Nayagam said...

No need to palpitate Chris these are wonderful you did great even if your muse is resting you have come up with lovely work.

Sandy said...

Wow Chris these are fantastic.
I love your altered photos. Great work.

Linda Vincent said...

They are just fab've done a great job.
Can't believe how similar the 3 generations are; esp you and DG - what a gorgeous gang you are!
Must nip over to see what Chriss has done.....
Love Linda xx

Dawn said...

Wowee great job!
I would never have thought about doing this to a photo!


Dawn said...

P.S The fairy dust worked then!!!

Uneekdolldesigns said...

I loved this blog, it was so much fun to read! Your daughter looks so much like you! (Pretty of course!)

You have a way with making cards!

Heather Robinson said...

Well, isn't this a great deal of fun! You have chosen fantastic photos to alter...made so much more fun by the fact that that are so personal to you! Love seeing your family before and after altering!!

Emma said...

Blooming fantastic...loving what you have done with the pics.
Emma x

~*~Patty S said...

I really DID have fun with this one, just wish I could keep going, but had to stop at one :(
These photos are all amazing!!! Brilliant challenge again ladies!