Thursday, March 8, 2012

CRUSADE No. 61 ~ Restraining Order

Michelle Ward's last Green Pepper Press Street Team challenge (only for a little while, we hope!), is about using restraint, not feeling the need to cover every inch of a journal page - that it takes bravery sometimes to leave blank areas.  I found this to be so true after I'd read her post when working in my journal.





This page I had sketched out a couple of weeks ago and made a little bit of a start on.  I started on it again, and was planning little fish cut out of an old dictionary, and I was going to put things in the boat, things she carried with her on her journy, and birds in the sky etc, but then I realized that this was exactly what Michelle was talking about.  Why not stop, and let the focal image just speak for itself, why clutter it up? So, it wasn't easy, but I used restraint, and am happy that I did....

14 comments:

  1. Terri - LOVE this! I appreciate you sharing your perpsective about working on this. Love hearing what you intended to add, then pulled back and let the details really shine - like the gorgeous colors of the horizon line, and the precious lantern lighting the way. As I said in my post, there are lots of pages in a journal and we can attempt a concept many ways. Thanks for sharing your experience about being restrained (and thanks for your kind comments on the team blog). Happy to have you play along!

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  2. Love it! You could have added so much to this page but it's perfect the way it is. Less is More!

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  3. This is great, Terri! I think the message rings loud and clear, and I love the soft vintage-y colors.

    That lantern rocks.

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  4. This is such a lovely page - the colours are beautiful and work so well together - I especially love the colour of her hair against the beautiful blue/pink of the sky - just perfect!

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  5. Soooo hard to stop but you achieved it and it looks great. The theme is very powerful as it is and gives each viewer the option to consider what they would take on their own, personal journey. Wonderful x

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  6. Morning Terri..... well it is here!

    I love this piece.... it already says everything it needs too... it's beautiful and has such a peaceful quality to it.

    I find it hard to stop adding stuff.... so much so I haven't actually started this assignment yet!!!!!

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  7. I like it! You're right, it's good to let the main image speak for itself.

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  8. This is wonderful! The details of your focal point and subtle coloring of the sky stand out with your restraint!

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  9. This is SO well done! Beautiful elements and together they make such a statement.

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  10. Brilliant layout; so very expressive.

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  11. I adore this page, for its design and also for its message ! It is beautiful !
    I haven't done a Crusade in a long time but so wanted to celebrate this final one with all of you talented artists!
    Here's to a creative life and steering our own ship !
    Cheers !

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  12. Her hair is glorious - like this beacon in the great blue yonder.
    I always enjoy my "end of month, and the newspaper's finished blog cruise 'n comment" time. It's been lovely to meet you and your work via the Crusades. Thanks for sharing what you do with everyone. May the rest of 2012 be filled with creative happiness for you.

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  13. Wow your mermaid viking ship is amazing! I love her -- what a great contribution to the Crusade!! I really like the powerful text on the sail. Thanks for sharing with the team!

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  14. Beautiful, beautiful! Love that mermaid ship! Great mixed media art!

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