Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Utagawa Wisteria and Carp

Wisteria Koi in Orange

The background for this version of the Utagawa Wisteria and Carp is a scrap of waste paper left over from a class project using Zana Clark's color sprays. Swirls and curls were drawn with metallic acrylic flow paints as a resist, and then different colors of the sprays were randomly sprayed. I stamped the koi on a panel cut from the paper, and embossed it with detail black ink. I edged the panel with permanent black ink, and then layered it to white and then orange/peach cardstock. This panel was layered onto a panel of washi paper that just happened to show up at just the right time - all the lines and colors and motifs were perfect for the fish image with its swirl backgrounds! Total serendipity!

Wisteria Koi in Blues

I made this card in response to one of the OSA layout challenges - the layout is provided for us and we interpreted it as we wish. The Utagawa Wisteria and Carp image is stamped on a colorwashed scrap of watercolor paper and lightly colored with twinkling H2O's. Panels of purchased handmade papers and Kodomo ribbon were layered onto a marine patterned washi paper background and then layered to coordinating cardstock.

This image is also available on the Hokusai Dragon Sheet.

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