In keeping with our tool and supply spotlights, today is clip-art wednesday!
I'll be showing you some ways I like to use clip-art in my mixed media pieces.
The best part about clip-art is that you can enlarge or reduce the images to fit your needs, and use the same image multiple times! I have books from which I simply copy & print with my scanner/copier, and also books that come with a printable CD, which is super easy and very convenient.
I not only use clip-art for backgrounds, but also for the focal image as well, such as in the piece below. I paint, draw, and layer other paper images over the clip-art for depth and interest.
Clip-art in the form of line drawings, and especially the old engraved type clip-art from the turn of last century, are my favorites. I love the look! The black lines don't take away from the other elements in my artwork. I like my clip-art to fade into the background just a little bit.
Adding a wash of paint helps to blend the clip-art into the other background elements.
Try copying the clip-art images onto a nice beige-colored sheet of newsprint sketchbook paper. It matches the vintage book papers (also another favorite of mine) perfectly.
I have a packet of some of my favorite clip-art images for one lucky winner.
Leave a comment and tell us how you use clip-art!
I'll be picking a winner at random next Friday, July 6th!