It is my first DT offering for November's Craft A Scene challenge and had to reflect the theme which is Troubled Skies. My mind went straight to this photo taken by my father many years ago of a really threatening and dramatic scene. It was taken up on the moors in Cornwall, and you can see how the prevailing wind has driven the trees into strange shapes. My aim was to get as close to this image as I could and, hopefully, to encourage others to look at their photos and use them in a different way, as inspiration, not just printed toppers.
The first task was to print out a couple of images on copy paper to chop up to use as masks for brayering over. Then I attached a piece of Clarity coated card to copy paper to hold it firm. I cut the silhouette of the moorland trees and standing stone and put that aside, using what was left as a mask while I brayered in the silhouette with Adirondack Pitch Black. I found that the image was not quite as dark as I wanted it, so I took my black Promarker and, using the chisel end, went over the brayered area to darken it. I found that the promarker bled slightly, an effect that I accentuated by using the thin nib to add the tree branches and twigs.
|First try - miserable failure!|
This is the final result. I can see things I would do differently next time, but I hope I have done justice to the original photo, and Dad would have liked it. What do you think?