You see, I love books. In fact, I love the printed word - magazines, books, even newspapers. In my collages (one day I'll share those) I always add some printed words element somewhere.
These first two photos show a book that fates back to when my grandparents were still engaged. But this copy isn't my grandmothers - I ended up hunting for one of my own when I was a teenager. Still, my grandmother read this story when she was in her late adolescence/early twenties, my mother read it when she was a teenager, and so did I. My mother liked it so much that she named my little sister after the main character in the story. The story itself isn't anything great, too sugary as my mother used to say, but still... At this point I feel like it's part of our history.
- background with minor adjustments
- Kim Klassen's "Trust" on linear burn @25%
- Kim Klassen's "Sweettart" on color @20%
- original image with minor adjustments
- convert background copy to BW on normal @26%
- add solid white layer and use clipping mask to background copy. With opacity of brush on 65%, add some black on portions of the flowers.
- Kim Klassen's "Portrait" on darker color @30%
- Kim Klassen's "Stained Linen" on darker color @25%
- add layer mask to the this last layer and with brush opacity on 65%, remove some of the texture from the flowers
Speaking of history, this last photo shows an interesting book. It's a collection of short stories compiled by a 16th century French writer (Pierre Boaistuau) who said they were true accounts of amazing events, and guess what? Romeo and Juliet is in there somewhere... yep, before Shakespeare, but we knew that. His incredible ability is not always in what he wrote, but in how he wrote it. Boaistuau himself did quite a bit of plagiarizing, incurring the wrath of many during his lifetime.