Serenity Project - June 2018

Welcome to June's Serenity Circle.  This month I found relaxation practising still life photography and combining it with another hobby, i.e. papercrafting!  Still life has become my favourite photography genre since completing a workshop earlier this year.  At the moment, I'm enjoying exploring old-worldly vintage themes which I adore, so it was fun making my own vintage style papers to use alongside.

By making my own papers, I was able to choose the colours and theme to suit what I had visualised the end result to look like. An added bonus is I've saved a fair bit of money because purchasing vintage papers online or in craft shops can work out to be pretty expensive!


How to:

First, I searched "vintage papers" using Pinterest.  The search brought back loads of websites which offer free downloads. After printing, I added tea stains and gave the papers a slight crumple so they looked even more tattered and aged visually. If you like, you can change the paper colour by printing on coloured paper or adapting the colour in Photoshop before printing.  You can also experiment using different types of paper, e.g. parched, etc to create additional texture.  Above, I used Photoshop to add deeper colour and printed the images using plain white good quality printing paper.


Next in the circle this month is Tiffany from Tiffany Kelly Photography  Tiffany is a portrait and fine art macro photographer from Atlanta, GA.  She is also a photography mentor and teacher both online and in person.  Please click here to visit Tiffany and continue to follow the circle around for more serenity moments.

Comments

This is wonderful, Wendy! I have always been interested in paper crafting (although I haven't done much of that myself). You did some beautiful work here!
Wendy said…
Thank you Eileen. Paper crafting is a fab hobby but the provisions take up a lot of storage. Some of my card designs appeared in magazines such as Card Making & Papercrafts and Docrafts, etc. That was a good few years back before I took up photography.
Emily said…
This is such a fun ide! I also love using my hands to craft, so I’m going to have to give t a try soon!
Wendy said…
You'll enjoy Emily. You must share when you get around to it. It's so easy, yet effective. Gives you a buzz to make something different as well.
eph2810 said…
I love your still life photography, Wendy. You come up with the many wonderful flat lays. Just gorgeous. And I think it is cool that you are saving money to create your own vintage papers.
Tiffany Kelly said…
These are SO gorgeous! You aged them perfectly!
Lori McLellan said…
I've really been enjoying your still life images lately, Wendy. That is so neat that you are making your own paper! I need to really try setting up an area to work at still life. Beautiful share this month!
Wendy said…
Thank you Iris. Making your own papers certainly does save money.
Wendy said…
Thank you Tiffany.
Wendy said…
Thank you Lori.
Nadeen said…
I seriously want to try this! Your images are just lovely. You've motivated me to work with this styling of still life once again.
Wendy said…
What a lovely compliment. Love all your still life work Nadeen.
Wendy, I ordered some off Etsy. I forgot you told me about this, I need to do it. This image is lovely!!! I am off the check it out!
Wendy said…
Thank you so much Charlie. You will save a small fortune making your own. :D