Creative Thinker
Image Size: 8" w X 11" H 
Matted Size: 11" w X 14" h

This is one of my entries for the 2006 Calgary Stampede contest. Sorry but, the framed image on the right is darker than it should be, but it shows the purple mulberry mat and lavender metal frame.

I used Arches 140lb HP watercolor paper. I dry embossed outline style capital letters and put decorative marks on the top and bottom. I used colored pencils in purple and grey for the main text section and red, yellow, orange, blue & green for the decorative section. By using the pencils on the horizontal rather than the point of the pencil I was able to skim over the valleys of the embossed lettering. I highlighted a few areas to make the letters pop. I thermal embossed the word "Creative" with purple embossing powder then used Twinkles H2o's to color them in. I used a purple toned mulberry paper to cover my mat and painted a metal frame in the lavender color (the framers didn't have my color in stock and I couldn't wait for them to get it). 

Detail pics below

My thoughts behind the design were to do the opposite of what the quote implied. Rather than be flexible and adaptable, I put the words within a rigid framework without any room for change.

Words: The creative thinker is flexible and adaptable and prepared to rearrange his thinking. A.J. Copley