Thursday, 24 November 2016

Cropping to advantage

On Tuesday, I spent the morning turning unhappy prints into much happier cards through use of a window and selective cropping to produce small images which I then mounted on hammer finish card stock.




This process brings double advantage and is one I often use on left over photos and small pieces of stitch. It makes something useful out of a piece that might otherwise have ended up in the wastepaper basket and it makes me look at those parts of the print (or other work) that worked well, thus giving food for thought for the next time.


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  1. I love these!!! And as you say, what a great way to use up all the bits and to give them a new (and beautiful) continuation!!

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    1. Thank you, Marny. I really enjoy doing these - and it's extraordinary how the outcomes almost always suggest landscapes, no matter how they begin life. I guess that says something about the way I think and where my interests lie.

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    1. Thank you, Mary-Anne. I have quite a pile waiting ... and a Christmas present idea or two in mind as well?

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  3. Love these, amazing what you can get out of pieces that haven't quite worked.

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    1. I cut out all the bits that didn't work and focused on those that did ... the power of the cardboard window!

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  4. These are really lovely. So often I've found that I like pieces much better after they're cut up into small pieces - postcards or ATCs.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, as always, Connie. I've had the same experience with cutting up so often. Maybe it's because with the small size and the feeling that there is nothing to lose, I'm not frightened to go for simplicity and the 'less is more' approach? Mmm ... something to think about, maybe?

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  5. I love these pieces! Collagraphs are a favourite technique of mine.

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