Tuesday, May 31, 2011


This week's Texture Tuesday challenge - to use an image that represents garden and edit with one of Kim's textures.  
Layer 1 - I used an image of my garden Buddha with his puka shell necklace.
Layer 2 - Stained linen texture saturation 100% and remove texture from bkgrnd.  Use poster edge filter and remove from subject.
Layer 3 - text
Layer 4 - another layer of stained linen texture - normal 28% 
Layer 5 - apply linen brush
Layer 6 - watermark
Have a wonderful week.  Thanks to Kim for her terrific textures.  Click on the Texture Tuesday icon in the sidebar and have fun looking at all the participants' photo edits.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

These images were taken at a park in Newport Beach.  Every year they place 1776 flags along this walk.  It is called the Walk of Flags.  It is an homage to our fallen heroes who have given their lives in service to our country.  For these heroes I shall be eternally grateful.    

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

pink geranium

pink geranium by hrt2art
pink geranium, a photo by hrt2art on Flickr.
My first editing with Picnik. Thank you, Karen of  A Scrapbook of Inspiration

geranium splash

geranium splash by hrt2art
geranium splash, a photo by hrt2art on Flickr.
Another version of the geranium edited in Picnik


This week's Texture Tuesday challenge was to use at least one layer of Kim's "Yesteryear" texture.  I used two layers and a layer of "Porvous".  I really like the text/writing on "Porvous".    I love doors and photograph whenever I have a chance.  This one is a few streets over from where I live.  They wouldn't recognize it here.
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Create Mixed Media Retreat

I took two great classes at this art retreat.  Jeannie Palmer Moore taught "Sketch and Stitch".  We first sketched on canvas, then painted with water soluble crayons.  We added a section of text which was adhered to a thermofax film.  I also added two more eggplant which were sketched on deli paper and then painted also with water soluble crayons.  Christine Adolph was in the class, and she used Twinkling H2O's which gave the canvas a bit of sparkle.  I want to add some more finishing touches to mine.   
I took the "Free Motion Graffiti" class from Alisa Burke.   In the morning we watched her demo a bit and then painted our fabric using brushes, stencils, stamps, markers etc.  In the afternoon we cut up our fabric and sewed onto fleece or batting.  
I'm just beginning to sew, so getting the hang of the free motion foot was quite interesting.  I didn't need to worry about it though because the idea was to make lines and use the sewing machine as a "paint brush".  This was quite fun and I came away with an almost finished product that I really like.
Both classes were good for me because I learned to use the free motion foot and because both instructors were marvelous, giving of their time and talent!
I believe Cloth Paper and Scissors will be sponsoring the retreat here again next year.  I hope so.  There were so many classes I wanted to take.  Maybe next year.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Desaturated Tulip - Texture Tuesday

Ok, I placed the wrong photo in this post.  The vintage post is the next post down.  If you click at the top of my blog you will get to see that post as well as this one.  Thanks!
To get this look I followed Kim Klassen's Textured Daisy tutorial from May 6.  Thank you, Kim!!  I really like being able to lose the background and give it the lighter look.
I used Kim's  "February Magic Edges" texture and a couple of my own textures.  
I wish I could do the "mouse over technique" but for now I'll have to show the original image separately.
Happy Texture Tuesday

Rolling Pasture

This reminds me of some of the paintings by old masters - the bucolic farmland paintings darkened by age.

I added the following textures: "Alchemy 53" by Shadowhouse Creations overlay @ 26%,  "Grunge Badge" by Erica Paree hard light @ 71%, duplicated "Grunge Badge" hard light@ 51%, Kim Klassen's "Nutmeg" overlay @ 47% and "Explored #4" by Kandee  (Flickr) overlay @75%.  A great big thank you to all of you who create these great textures.  They add so much to our photos. 

Monday, May 09, 2011

Textures, Textures...

It's Texture Tuesday again.  I played around with several textures and with Coffeeshop's "Pink Glow" action.  The results were so different.  On this first image I used Kim's "Burnt Edges" texture.
and on the image below I used a texture from "Ben's Collection" and "Soft Palette".  The action was fun to work with because I could turn off a layer or manipulate a layer if I wanted a different look. I just loaded Nelly Nero's actions - 25 of them.  So I'm looking forward to playing more with those. 

Wishing you all a wonderful textured week.  Be sure to click on the Texture Tuesdays badge to see many more artistic displays of textured images.  You will be very busy!!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Pretty Flower Pot

My subject today is a pot of anthurium my husband gave me.  It sits on the kitchen windowsill and greets me each time I'm at the sink.  
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.

Cuppa Latte?

This week's challenge was to use Kim's "Serendipity" texture on an image of a cup.  I took this shot at a local Javatini's.

Happy Texture Tuesday everyone!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Yellow Bird

It's a beautiful 75 degrees here in Southern Calif.  Yesterday I went to Birds Unlimited to get a bird feeder and left with a lot more than I had anticipated.  That is so typical for me.  When I get on a mission, I don't know when to stop.  I really want to encourage more wildlife in our backyard.  I now have a mealworm feeder, a tube feeder, a house wren birdhouse and "best quality" bird seed.  Oh, and a guide to Southern Calif. birds.  Can't wait to get it all installed.  I think I will get a hummer feeder too.
I'm paying homage to all the beautiful wild birds today with this sketch.
This is a warbler which I don't think we'll see in our backyard.    It will, however, be fun to see what we do attract.
I'm also going to put in some butterfly-friendly plants.  We have lots of butterflies now but we can always use more.