Sanctuary Fat Book & Digital Art

So, true to form.. I’ve almost overcommitted to swaps once again! I’m playing in 3 fabulous fat books, all due within the same time frame.. Ikes! As I only do all original pages (not copies), it can be quite time consuming — so I’ve been busy creating backgrounds, cutting pages, and all around preparing, in an attempt to finish early.

 Sanctuary Fatbook Back - Version 1
Version 1

“Personally, I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”
~Winston Churchill

Since the backs of the pages need to be decorated, and I’m trying to learn digital collage.. I thought I’d try something new this time around, creating a background on the computer, to adhere to the backs of my pages… this is for the Sanctuary (anything bird related) Chunky Book, hosted by Jill Beninato. They are the standard 4″ x 4″ pages, and I’ll need to create 42 of them.. so time to get crackin’!

 Sanctuary Fatbook Back - Version 2
Version 2

“When you know something, say what you know. When you don’t know something, say that you don’t know. That is knowledge.”
~ Kung Fu Tzu

I used both Paint Shop Pro, and Adobe Photoshop to work on them, I’m mostly pleased with them, but they are not quite perfect. However, I spent too much time on them as is! I’d love to hear your thoughts.. there are 3 variations. I’m having them printed, and will see what works best. The edges aren’t finished, since I’ll be inking them by hand for the book.

 Sanctuary Fatbook Back - Version 3
Version 3

The images throughout, are the results of my efforts today… Well? Whatcha think? What version do you prefer?

“Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
~ Gandhi

Now go, Live! Learn! – Chrysti

11 Responses

  1. Chrysti….i love version #3. They all look great but i love the script and birds in the diamonds on #3….awesome. I haven’t ventured into digital art yet but hopefully one day :o)

  2. #3 is my favorite too. I love the extra layers… :)

  3. I have to agree! Version 3 is my fav. I think on Ver.3 the script just adds that special touch! 42!? My goodness are you saying you need to finish 42 different pieces or 42 prints? Well which ever the case, have fun with it all! Nice to see you creating and doing something different! :) xoxo

  4. These are so cool. #3 is my vote, too! :)

  5. All the versions look nice. Version #1 seems simple while #2 seems a bit more sophisticated. #3 has the most things going on. Good job!

    Do you swap by printing these out and then mailing them out or by scanning them? Trying to figure out how this works.

  6. i love al lthe layers in version 3. with the script in PS — have you tried messing with “layer style” (bevel, emboss, inner glow, drop shadow…)? i find these invaluable for making text pop (in a good way), readable, etc.

    but kudos to you for getting this far! i’ve been having a horrid time with PS — i can’t seem to remember anything these days.

    can’t wait to see your page — i’m in that book, too! hop eyou are feeling better!


  7. Love #3. The more the better, I think. It’s not too much but the depth is wonderful. Love the background, the birds—the whole ball of wax!

  8. All great! I just realized – I’m in this same swap! Yay! You’re right – I’d better get crackin’ too…

  9. I too like #3 the best. What exactly is a “fat book”?

  10. […] told you about the Sanctuary (Anything bird related) chunky book I’m a part of? Well, if not, you can read about it here.. and see the backs of the pages I designed for it. For those curious, I ended up using all 3 […]

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