Today I spent a number of hours actually creating these flags out of paper and string, I made 13 diamonds and coloured them in with texta and crayon, they are about 6cm x 10cm each, I then glued the tips after I cut them all out and strung them on the piece of string.
The whole thing took me many hours and I realised that composing can be as time consuming and as rewarding as painting pictures and drawing. Poetry seems to be the fastest thing…whereas these other things take much forethought, time and patience. I found it very hard to string these up anywhere, and in the end photographed them from above while they lay on the ground, trying a number of different backgrounds, but nothing really worked….so instead, I’ve used the marquee tool in Photoshop CS4 to cut around the flags and changed them to a more vintage look…… I wanted this image to be able to be on canvas, on a card, for birthdays or any day without it having to be a special occasion…I wanted it to be able to be given to boys or girls, males or females…I wanted a card that said it all, something I could give to people I know and love and care about, something that spelt out my heart and something I imagined other people would like to say to their friends and relatives, be it a birthday, a special occasion, or no occasion at all accept as a loving gesture, or something pretty and positive to put upon the wall in your or my house. I hope it comes across as the flags are being supported by the clouds themselves. I hope you like it! ;))
Canon Powershot G11 digital camera
Nik Color Efex Pro 4 for the flags processing to a more vintage look
Backgrounds and Textures from Shadowhouse creations with thanks and also Flypaper Textures