Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Before and After...

Over the last several years, I have been asked many times if I would consider doing a "tutorial" on my blog. You know...step by step instructions on how I create my watercolor/collage pieces. In all honesty, I'm not ready for that just yet. I'm far too unorganized AND I'm still working on a temporary desk in my studio. Actually, I'm not sure I'll ever be ready to do an actual step by step tutorial. Nope. I'm simply not confident enough.

What I would like to do is give you a good idea of what the original photos that I work from look like BEFORE they are cut and tinted and inked and all that good stuff. Then, I'll show you what the photo images look like in the finished piece.

I think this entry will be mostly visual, as I believe the photos will speak for themselves...

"Eula's Party" BEFORE

My Aunt Eula and Aunt Marvie, taken in the Autumn of 1919.

Snapshot from my vintage photo collection.

Snapshot from my vintage photo collection.

Photo of my daughter's hand. She does lots of modeling for me.

"Eula's Party" AFTER

"The Guardian's Home" BEFORE

Snapshot from my vintage photo collection.

Snapshot from my vintage photo collection.

"The Guardian's Home" AFTER

"Happy Desert Couple Number One" BEFORE

Photo of my mom and dad.

"Happy Desert Couple Number One" AFTER

"Happy Desert Couple Number Two" BEFORE

Photo of my mom and dad.

Snapshot from my vintage photo collection.

"Happy Desert Couple Number Two" AFTER

"Clara and Lucy's Curious Visitors" BEFORE

Photo of my Grandma Clara and her sister Lucy.

My daughter's hand.

"Clara and Lucy's Curious Visitors" AFTER

"Dancing Fiona" BEFORE

A treasured photo from my vintage photo collection. The girl's name was Pansy.

Snapshot from my vintage photo collection.

Snapshot from my vintage photo collection.

"Dancing Fiona" AFTER

"Gerushia's New World" BEFORE

Photo of my Uncle Loyd and Great Aunt Gerushia in the original black and white.

Loyd and Gerushia in Sepia.

One of my absolute favorite photos in my collection.

"Gerushia's New World" AFTER

"Happy Desert Couple Number Three" BEFORE

My Uncle Jesse and Aunt Rena.

A newer photo of the schoolhouse that my parents and other family members attended.

"Happy Desert Couple Number Three" AFTER

"Rena Watches" BEFORE

Photo of my Cousin Danny as a tot in a sailor suit.

My Aunt Rena (Danny's Mother).

"Rena Watches" AFTER

"Rena Waits" BEFORE

Photo of my Uncle Jesse and Aunt Rena.

My Cousin Danny in a different photo wearing his sailor suit.

My daughter's hand.

"Rena Waits" AFTER

Well, if anyone made it this far, I hope you were able to get an idea of how these fabulous old photos can take on a new life.

Creating these types of pieces has allowed me to merge two of my passions ~ art and vintage photos.

I hope you enjoyed the little tour and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Until Next Time
Gerushia's New World


NuminosityBeads said...

I think that showing this is enough and you should keep your exact techniques close to your heart. Let folks figure out their own effects.
Just my opinion though!

(this from Kim R. who did her own Gerushia inspired ACEO that could never be mistaken for an authentic KKW piece!)

La Dolce Vita said...

I think that was a great tutorial! and your work is awesome!!!

Manon Doyle said...

Very cool, Kim! I really enjoyed that! I love what you do with the vintage photos!! Great work, my friend.

Momo Luna said...

Hi Kim,
it's great to see the original photo's (i love them a lot) and how you transformed them into your own dreamlike world, which i really enjoy! Tnx, it's fun to see these transformations.

Marcia said...

LOVE IT!! Thank you for the journey!

In the Light of the Moon said...

Your work is truly amazing!!I'm so glad to meet you,coming from Kim at Numinosity,and I think Candace will be visiting you as well..Yippe!!
Warmest Regards,Cat

DragonflyzDreams said...

What fabulous work you show here! Is it digital or really cut and paste? That may be a dumb question, but I don't know digital?

The photos you had to start out with of your family are awesome family photos! Great work, Beautiful colors!
Smiles, Cyndi

Gerushia's New World said...

Hi Cyndi:

The work is old fashioned "cut and paste", applied to watercolored backgrounds.


The Feathered Nest said...

Kim, you are amazing!!!! I love the way you incorporate all of the vintage photos into your wonderful artwork!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us ~ and I'm so very proud to own a few pieces of your work sweetie!!! Have a wonderful Sunday, hugs and love, Dawn

Amy. said...

ARTIST. You are a true artist. So very fun to see your talent of putting it all together so magically!!

Joyce said...

Gorgeous work! Love the "tutorial". My grandmother's name was Eula. I'ld never heard of anyone else with that name.

Marie said...

Kim, I loved seeing how you put your masterpieces together! How very talented you are!! I think you do such beautiful work. xxoo

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