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From Photos to Art Nouveau – Doodling on Photos

Art Nouveau Martagon by Peony and Parakeet
One of my favorite styles, art nouveau, thrives from natural forms. So, when I am walking in the garden, I see art nouveau everywhere. I often have a camera in my hand, and I snap photos while admiring the flowers.

A photo of martagon by Peony and ParakeetWhen checking photos after one of those walks, this snapshot of martagon’s flower buds caught my eye. It almost shouted art nouveau to me. Its shape reminded me of the Mackintosh lamp shades seen in Scotland a month ago.

Art Nouveau Martagon

I printed the photo on Canon matte photo paper. Simply using markers and gel pens, I doodled streamlined shapes to move the martagon to the era of renewal and decorative beauty.

In the original photo, the direction of the elements was downwards. I wanted to change the composition so that it would be upwards. The upward direction would refer to the spiritual renewal, a centric theme in art nouveau. I doodled several upward shapes like the flower seen in the upper right corner.

Doodling on photos by Peony and Parakeet

The colors of the plant were also a source of inspiration. I wanted to keep the narrow range of colors seen in the stem but also brighten the muted tones with splashes of bright green and pink.

Art Nouveau Martagon, a detail, by Peony and Parakeet

Drawing on a photo was such a fun process that I will do it again. One idea would be to create art nouveau portraits. Art Nouveau style doodles would look great on portrait photos too. Actually, like in the best days of art nouveau, anything can be “beautified”!

Doodling on Photos

This was not the first time I used the technique of drawing on the photo.

In 2010, I combined doodles and a photo. This page was also very easy to do:
1) doodle with pens on the background paper
2) attach a photo and then doodle on the photo.

Art journal page by Peony and Parakeet. Doodling on Photos.

More projects with doodling on prints

These posts also combine printed images and doodling:
>> Subconscious Goals
>> Creating Wood

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Subconscious Goals

A Horse Tells a Story, an illustration by Peony and Parakeet

Here’s an illustration that came out without any pre-planning. I just added a layer after another and in the end was surprised about the animals, and the scene. What was I thinking about?

Creating Subconscious Art

Background paper, by Peony and Parakeet

First I created the background paper in Photoshop. I duplicated my old sticker designs there!

Subconscious art. Decorating a background, by Peony and Parakeet

After printing the background I made some random spots with alcohol inks and random lines with white correction pen. Then I added a lot of details with markers and gel pens.

Decorated background paper, by Peony and Parakeet

Yes, a lot of details.

A Horse Tells a Story, the illustration by Peony and Parakeet

Finally, I constructed the main elements from decorated papers. Then it came: the horse on the pedestal and the dogs. The horse tells a story for the dogs, and the dogs are captivated by listening to it. When finished, I realized that I want to be that white horse! I want to develop skills to tell visual stories.  I want to learn how to create images which not only appeal to the eye but the mind as well.

Isn’t it a wonderful thing that with creativity we can reveal our subconscious goals!

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Happy New Year 2014

2014 by Peony and Parakeet + a doodling idea using a scanner and a printer
With this overly doodled number, I wish you happy new year!

A detail of 2014 by Peony and Parakeet

Doodling Idea

I made this image by making a roughly doodled collage that I scanned to the computer. Then I adjusted the colors and printed the photo. I made the size bigger than in the original.

Then I began doodling again. After doodling I adjusted some areas by coloring them with color pencils. I also added some collage pieces.

Finally, I scanned the collage again and adjusted colors in some areas.

This way I was able to add detail after another. I could have continued these steps over and over! Crazy – I know!

A detail of 2014 by Peony and Parakeet

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Copying a Pattern on Hand Decorated Paper

Decorative Art Collage by Peony and ParakeetMy collage art is strongly based on my own handdecorated papers. Making my own papers changed a lot. I began to feel more happy and content with my art. Even if it’s imperfect, it’s all mine.

I feel sad when people tell they hate their handwriting and say that they can’t draw anything. Putting pen to paper is very important. I believe that it’s our connection to the subconscious. For me, drawing and painting has always been a part of self-discovery. Despite of that, I have felt bad with my drawing too. But I have got rid of that by drawing so much that I have found my own style and accepted it’s imperfections.

The little collage shown here consists of my own papers and doodles. But some of the papers are made with the help of a machine. I used ink jet printer to combine layers of doodling by photocopying. Here’s how I did it!

1) I took some of the papers that I had made using watercolors and color pens. (You can see the instructions at the blog post Frugal Crafter’s Guide to Hand Decorated Papers)


2) I put the paper to the printer’s tray. At my printer (Canon MP550) you have to put the paper backside up to get the printing to the right side.


3) Because I love doodling on white paper I have a small pile of these wildly doodled sheets. I opened the lid and put it upside down to use it as a photocopy.


4) Then I pressed the Copy button and here’s the result!


I could not help making more of these!


Some extra directions: Make sure your papers are completely dry before inserting them to the printer. Use fairly thin paper. When making the colorful papers, do not use very dark colours so that the copied doodles will show.

Have fun using those odd doodles again and again!

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