Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Study in Perspective - Again

My project for this month's A Vintage Journey is called "City on a Square". Well, I found the idea behind it kind of interesting so I thought I would make a similar project playing around with dimension and color to improve the depth. This is a photo heavy post, but I think it makes sense to show it this way.

Rather that making a square project, I used a rectangle as the basic shape of the project and the Sizzix Cityscape dies from Tim Holtz. Here is the finished piece.

I tried numerous things trying to increase the illusion of depth - black gesso at the center for the start. Darker buildings in the back, yellow illumination of the some windows in the back, gradually using lighter and lighter colors on the borders and the buildings as they get closer to the viewer and the edge of the frame - all help with depth.  Also, the I layered more buildings and increased the height as the buildings get nearer. I did not erase my pencil lines from making the frames because it's obvious that this is a study in perspective so the lines are ok to my way of thinking. 

Distress oxides from Ranger were used to color almost everything except the very deep black in the back, even there I put a smattering of Black Soot to just vary the color a little. 

Here are a few progress photos so you can see how it came together. Each photo shows the successive layer that was added. I used cardboard for the frames holding the buildings. I didn't add anything behind the cardboard for depth because I was pleased with the perspective as it was. Each frame was one inch larger than the previous one. That gave me 1/2 inch on each side for the buildings (assuming I centered and cut the frame perfectly which is not really my skill).

Layer 1

Layers 1 and 2

Layer 3

Layer 4

Layer 5 - more detailed, more buildings

Layer 6 - increasing the height, more overhangs

Layer 7 - last layer, increasing detail, height and overhangs

I realized that if I extended the building or balcony or tree past the inner edge of the frame that gave more interest to the picture. I tried to remember to distress the angled cut edges of the buildings as well.

That is this week's non-little cardboard house project. Really fun and interesting to make. I am very pleased with it. 

I had 2 challenges in mind when I made this piece. The first one is the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "You've Got the Edge". This project is all about edges since it is edged frame layered over edged frame. That's how these challenges help you - they make you think of things that wouldn't ordinarily come to mind. They stretch your artistic thinking. 

The other challenge is PaperArtsy "Dark to Light and Contrasts" which is really the basic idea behind "A Study in Perspective". I love, love the samples they show in the introduction. They are so beautiful. This is a wonderful blog for artistic inspiration. They have great designers who design the most interesting stamps.

I hope you are doing well this summer. Will it be cooler in a month? Maybe. 


  1. Wow, stunning! What a great idea to layer like this.

  2. Lucy this is wonderful. The colour gradient is so clever and I just love how you get a feeling of going down very shallow steps to the dark and beyond. X

  3. This really turned out fantastic! That perspective is so wonderful and I think one of my favorite parts is how you accomplished it without having to use dimensional tape between the layers, that simply these layers alone worked so well! The color graduation looks great with those oxides too!

  4. Ooh, I think maybe I like this one even better! The colours on the buildings are right up my street, and I love the elegant shaping of the taller rectangular frames.
    Alison x

  5. Wow, wonderful depth with a unique design. So clever! Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Cathie ♥

  6. Very impressive! Love the perspective

  7. Great project Lucy. So clever and so effective!

  8. Lucy - this is beautiful! And so masterfully done. I love how you used color to increase the feeling of depth and perspective. Love the layering. This is an amazing piece.

  9. This is amazing, I love how you've layered the houses xx

  10. Wow! This is very impressive and you've nailed the perspective. Creating a sense of space and depth is an advanced concept that few
    papercrafters pursue but I'm not surprised that you've tried it given your love for the three-dimensional houses. Nicely done!