I spent yesterday making inchies for the tree inchies swap organized by Joanne. Never having made inchies before I found it quite challenging. An inch x inch is not a whole lot of surface to design on!
I took two different approaches. For the first one I carved a rubber stamp. I prepared a background on a page from a literary magazine from 1956 and printed my trees on top. Turns out I hadn't measured carefully and my inch was more like an inch and a quarter... which of course means the picture had to be cropped. I added some detail by stamping and hand coloring. Sorry, the quality of photos is poor due to lack of sunlight yesterday. All pics click for bigger.
The second set was digital. My goodness, I sat like three hours manipulating this little fella.
I started with an old engraving, zoomed onto a nice scenery, created what seemed like a gazillion of layers - in reality only six! I had in mind a delicate, hand-tinted look like they did in early 1800's, very pastelly and serene. I like the look, but I am not sure whether a digital inchie of this sort would be acceptable. I mean, it is not great artistry or original collaging. OTOH I am not happy with my stamped trees either. They are a bit, shall we say, rustic...
Anyone who reads this would you please comment, pretty please! You'all are likely to be more experienced in inchies than I am, and your input, any input, is greatly appreciated.