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Portrait of a Girl | Amy Sorensen

Portrait of a Girl | Amy Sorensen

12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Basic Grey, Bo Bunny) + decorative tape (Basic Grey) + journaling square (Bo Bunny) + letter stickers (Doodlebug, Cosmo Cricket) + shapes (My Minds Eye) + underlays (Rusty Pickle) + journaling stickers (Making Memories) + alphabet stamps (a whole bunch of random ones I pulled from my stamp drawers) + font (CK Chemistry)

A Note from Amy
One of the oft-mentioned perks of using black and white photos is that they allow you to use color combinations you might not be able to otherwise. I find that, with photos that are strongly thematic, a black-and-white processing also lets you use a design theme you might not otherwise. Developing this picture in black and white, with just a hint of orange left in the jack-o-lantern, let me skip the Halloween embellishments and focus on the girl-power theme I wanted to play with.

Because you don’t eat candy and you couldn’t think of a costume you loved and it was raining; because there was friendship drama of the worst sort, and tears, and talking, and unsureness; because you, brave and courageous and fearless, decided to go to the party anyway, this is the only photo I got of “you” on Halloween. And sure: it’s hardly symbolic. But it also is, somehow. I’m proud of you and your ability to pick up and push forward and be true to your own vision. To go out into the world as yourself, unafraid, no matter what.