Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Rare Occurrence --

We had thunder today!  If you've never lived in California, you don't know how rare that is -- once, maybe twice a year, here on the coast.  We had a sudden downpour and one beautiful clap of thunder, right overhead it seemed.

We always laugh when watching programs or movies that take place in San Francisco and they show thunder and lightening -- it's such a very rare occurrence, and we never have the kinds of storms you all have in the Midwest.

I finished another collage yesterday.  It was supposed to use the golden section/mean/ratio, whatever you want to call it.  Here it is:

There are some things I kind of don't get about this -- our teacher gave us some examples, and it's kind of hard sometimes to see how the composition follows the ratio.  But I dove in anyway.

Here are the components I used.  While I was searching around the web, I found the picture on the top left of the golden ratio, and it sure looked like an elephant's trunk to me.  So I gathered up a bunch of stuff and got to work.  Here's the end result, one I'm pretty happy with -- 

Linkup with AlphabeThursday

The text spiraling around the frame is from a description of elephants' behavior.  What do you think?  I like it.

So my next challenge is to replicate it in real life -- I love doing digital collages, but I'd also like to see them off the computer and be able to touch them.  So I went and got some silk fabric today that I'm going to try to print an image on, and see how that comes out.  Any ideas for me on how I might do this?

Hope you're having a great "hump day" -- 


Deanna said...

wow, great results from the challenge. I wouldn't know where to start. I can't give you info on printing on silk, but I bet there is info out on the web somewhere.

MarmePurl said...

VERY COOL collage!

Annmarie Pipa said...

wow..composition ratio...I automatically flunk!!!
but I had thunder a lot. i did not know that is was rare in some places.

jfb57 said...

Really interesting post but wasn't it 'U' this week? ;)

Cathy Kennedy said...

How neat! You'll no doubt find instructions on the web. I know you can buy transfer (iron on) paper for t-shirts to use in your printer. Perhaps you can use something like this on silk. You may learn more at Joanne Fabrics or an AC Moore or another crafting store in your area. Good luck!

Come check out my Alphabe-Thursday 'U' post entitled, Our Universe.

Jamie said...

I LOVE your collage!

Anonymous said...

great collage! I love it :) you're truly gifted. congrats on your creativity. xxo

about the flowers you thought were camelias, my mother say they're 'azáleas' (it's the name in portuguese, sorry) their petals are very different from camelias.

wishing you a happy day (with or without thunders)!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

It's striking! I really like it...

When I lived in FL we had thunderstorms every day in the summer!

I kind of miss it....

Anonymous said...

I have no idea how you would do that, but I love the collage you created! Wonderful!


The collage you created is wonderful.

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Thanks very much, everyone. At the crafts store, I found silk fabric that's attached to paper so that you can run it through the printer. The first one came out pretty well!

Cheryl D. said...

So funny! I'm from LA. I once had a business trip at the East Bay. A horrible electric storm hit that night. It lightening for HOURS. It just wouldn't stop! I went out to dinner with friends, then when I returned to the hotel, I was told I had to climb the stairs because lightening bolt hit the hotel and took out the elevator's electrical system. So I thought the thunderstorms were more common up there!

anitamombanita said...

very cool collage!!

Jenny said...

What a beautiful collage.

I think you can print out a transfer image for fabric through publisher.

I think if you stabilized the silk onto a large cardboard with masking tape it might work.

I would try it on muslin first, though, to minimize the fabric cost!

This was really beautiful!

And thunderstorms are rare here, too.

It always feels like a treat when we get them.

Although my weiner dog with disagree with that observation!

Thanks for linking.