Monday, 1 December 2008

Mixed Media Monday - Home Sweet Home

Marie has chosen the theme this week at MMM.

I used the shape of a house, overlaid this with a Christmas tree background paper from Kubivet which I reduced in opacity. I painted a blue background behind the house to give a demarcation between house and sky whilst keeping the tree background as part of the sky.

I added the vintage family, reduced opacity, then duplicated the layer and blended the layers using colour burn, to get a good deep, warm yellow highlight and bronze contrasts.

The heart is meant to represent the heart of a home, so the heart was layer blended using Difference and then moving it into the blue sky zone.

Finally I added my quote using Fonts : Actionis, BahiaScript, Burtons Nightmare and Almonte Snow. I chose the colour for the fonts by using the colour picker tool to pick up the shades of red/brown in the vintage photo.

To complete the look I gave a slight drop shadow to the text and a much larger one to the house to bring it away from the sky. And that's it.

11 comments:

Ozstuff said...

I love the result you have achieved, Ann. Have to say that with one or two exceptions your family members don't look like happy campers!! Fantastic take on the Home Sweet Home Challenge.

indybev said...

WOW, Ann, you really worked at this one! It's a lovely and thoughtful interpreration of the subject challenge, and you've attended to every detail in meticulous fashion. Applause!

mixedmediamonday said...

This is lovely, it has such a warm feel to it! Diane

Veronica said...

Gosh this is brilliant - I am such an amateur at photoshop - I must try some of your techniques.
I love this piece of art, particularly the colour which is unusual.
Hugs

Vron xx

http://truutske.punt.nl said...

Beautiful 'warm' house!!!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

This piece just glows! Sounds like a lot of layers....it's all greek to me ;)

Faye said...

Your house piece is fantastic. Your ability to navigate the complexities of Photoshop is terrific. (Wish I were that talented!) The resulting piece is really gorgeous.

Pumpkinfairy said...

Love all of the layers in your piece..Great job!!

mizamigo said...

Gorgeous!!! Thanks for the recipe for the layers - makes this work of art a teaching tool also. I'm going to try some of the techniques, too.

Beth said...

Great collage. The colors are fantastic.

Diane said...

Thanks for the great explanation - i just HAVE to get into photoshop!
You can have so much fun without getting messy!!