I have two more pieces in my "Happy" series to share with you, and I thought it might be fun to look at some start-to-finish photos. I take pictures with my iphone along the way just in case the "look" starts moving in a direction I don't like, or an errant toy scatters the tiny pieces (this has happened more than once!)
I'd had a tree image in mind for this series for awhile. I wasn't really sure how I was going to work the trunk into the piece since all of the other pieces in this series are "floating." This is a rough sketch.
Here's my first go at the lettering and general layout. I don't like wasting my colored paper, so I use white paper to test out my big shapes. I loved the vintage music paper for the trunk and branches, and liked how it worked with the old ledger paper for the type.
And here we are below, with the colored tree (from a vintage bird book) and some leaves... the leaves were the most fun...
And then here is the final, in full bloom, scanned, and cleaned up:
One of my favorite parts of this piece is the little birdie hidden in the tree:
A happy cupcake is another image I'd been thinking about adding to the series. I imagined confetti-and-sprinkle-like shapes radiating from the cupcake, and a cherry on top.
Here is my akward beginning: "Celebrate" is a big word to fit into someone's mouth with any grace! I use Scotch 811 tape to help, it's great for repositioning. The paper for the bottom of the cupcake is from a 1920's homemaker's pamphlet.
Now the word fits, thank goodness... and the cupcake doesn't look quite so pinched.
Here's with some color, below, and my original idea sketch for reference. Getting the "sprinkles" to look "celebratory and radiating" but not "jumbled" was tough. I also played a lot with the color of the circles. I had tiny circles everywhere, which I moved around with the tip of my xacto knife.
And here's the final, scanned and cleaned up. Yay!
Here's a close-up to see the paper's detail:
You can see the rest of the series in my shop, where these two pieces have just been added as prints.