Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Indulge Your Senses ATC

Some artists shun any commercial use of art—but I have always loved beautiful, commercial work. Packaging design is one of my favorites. A display of items to scent the home caught my eye in a local drugstore. I snapped a photo, which sat in my camera photo file for about a year. When the color prompt “Tiger Lily” came up, I flipped through my photo files and vintage images for inspiration, and found the drugstore photo.
I began with a photo of an orange, and, in Photoshop®, mixed some vintage images from Graphics Fairy http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/ with some of my own fabric designs. The words “indulge your senses” came to me as I looked at the design, so I added that in a calligraphy style font.
After I printed the various arrangements on cardstock, I added sheen with Modge Podge® and a gossamer strip of sheer gold ribbon, which I attached using colored mini brads. The finishing touch was a little gold acrylic paint on the edges. It is not exactly like the original photo—mine is darker and has less calligraphy, but the mood is similar. My New Year's resolution might be to practice my calligraphy so I can get exactly the effect I was aiming for.