Sunday, 14 March 2010

Cards, cards...Happy Mothers Day /Birthday!


Finally I get round to another post. I've a few things coming up which I can finally post on so my sadly neglected blog can feel wanted again. Today's efforts are a pair of cards I actually produced without going any where near a computer... wow who knew you can be creative without photoshop ;) The abstract watercolour collage is for my lovely mum's mother's day card. Islands, hills, rocks... please take your pick. Now I look at how I placed the 3 forms I think they are a bit too bunched up... but my card base was only A5 and I was loathed to trim the pieces down (and lose some of those interesting happenstance textures) to give me more room. My thanks to the inspirational, texture packed watercolourist krisztina maros for her tip on using salt with watercolour. I'm having a lot of fun with the effects... ta for sharing your trade secret!
The second collage is for my good friend Phil's birthday. He's had a wild thing vibe in his work for a while now so I thought it only appropriate! A bit of a rush job but I did enjoy reusing the character treatment I had for Carol (I guess IT/he now has a name) in my terrible yellow eyes submission. Sendak really knew what he was doing when he designed those wild things! More posts in the week.

5 comments:

Abz said...

Oh man, your friends and family are lucky to have you around.... very awesome work mate! Loveing the textures!

Jenea said...

Mat, your work is so wondeful! I like very much this awesome film too!

ArtSparker said...

Dreams of travel in those islands.

Philip Morgan said...

Thank you very much for my brilliant birthday card! It's always a pleasure to receive a Matt Dawson original, and this one's extra special. The 'real' paper cut-out card (which is still on my windowsill) is superb, but it works equally well as a scan too. Not every piece of art can claim that. Your creations go from stength to strength.

krisztina maros said...

you're welcome, Matt :) I'm glad that you're having a lot of fun with salty effects - I really love them too!