I had an idea for a card, and I ended up making three iterations of it, to see which was the most freaky and surreal:
This weird little eye stamp is from an NBUS Inkadinkado Stamping Gear set called “Doodle Fun.” I had the idea to stamp it several times, and just color one in. I got this technique from one of the Online Card Classes. You can see the first card I made with this technique here (my old blog).
I started with the card on the top left: I was going to color the whole thing in, but I started with the iris, and thought just having that colored, looked striking. You can’t really tell in the picture, but I also covered it with Glossy Accents to give it shine.
I then tried coloring in the whole eye, the card on the top right. Then, coloring in all of the irises, and leaving the rest uncolored. I wasn’t sure which would be best. I don’t have much formal art training — one class in high school — so I don’t know much about composition, color theory, or any of that. I work intuitively, I just go with what feels right. I move elements around on a page, change colors, until I get that feeling of balance and completion. I don’t always get it right. But often I do, I think.
In the end, I think I like the first one best — that that one pop of color, a sliver of a higher reality, peeking through into our drab and monochromatic plane.
But I will keep them all. I will catalog them as a series, and call it “Eye-llumination.” I know it’s stupid, but I do have a fondness for lame puns as titles.
Which one do you like best?