Monday, July 25, 2011

Dreamy Action

Our Theme for this week's Texture Tuesday is "Dream".  My interpretation includes my garden Buddha and leaves from my Ginko tree.  I used Kim's "She Loves You" and two layers of "February Magic" here.  Kim just posted a brand new texture called 
"dream".  Can't wait to try it -- maybe next week.....
Have a dreamy day!!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

More Photoshop Madness

The image I used for this post is of a store display at my local ZGallery.  I love wandering through this store and looking at all the glitzy glamorous displays.  They are great at merchandising.

This was done using Nelly Nero's Strawberry Delight action, gaussian blur and poster edges, followed by Kim Klassen's Life's Good texture.



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Skinny Mini - Week 5

I processed these images for week 5 homework for Kim Klassen's Skinny Mini Photoshop class.  
The instructions were to use what we have learned on two images -- one darker and one lighter and more open.
I practiced using various blending modes and textures plus text.  
Happy Wednesday everyone.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Roses and Mums

I played quite a lot with this image.  I used Nelly Nero's "Hint of Vintage" action.  Adjusted saturation, Used Kim's "Aurora" texture on multiply at 71% and again at 100%.  I added my texture of droplets on leaves and "brushed" it off parts of the image.  I used blend mode of Multiply on the next two layers at 70% and 100% Then I added Kim's "Not Too Shabby" on soft light at 50% plus "February Magic Edges" on screen at 100%.

I think I'm starting to get the hang of textures, so I can play and be a little more creative with them
Why don't you join us for some fun with Kim's textures every week.  Almost all of her textures are free, so get on board.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Shell Sketch

This week's homework.  Hopefully I'll be able to do a couple more sketches this week.  I do like the way Alisa teaches us to shade around the object to make it pop.
I changed the placement of the shells slightly for a little different angle.  With the image on the right I added a bit more watercolor detail as she is teaching us.

Monday, July 11, 2011


This week's theme for Texture Tuesdays is "Pink".  I've desaturated the original and painted back in the pink of the camellias.  I added Kim's "February Magic" soft light at 100% and her latest "Aurora" multiply at 100%.
I really love the pink camellias floating in the fountain.  They remind me of a very special day when my husband and I were married in our backyard.


A Day with Grand #2

I love spending a day with one or both of my granddaughters.  I wish they would not grow up so fast!  Or I wish I could keep a copy of them at various ages so I could take them out and play with them.
There's never enough time.....

Friday, July 08, 2011

Watercolor Class

I'm taking an online watercolor class from Alisa Burke.  If you haven't been to her blog, run, don't walk to see all her spectacular art.  She's huge on color and since I am as well, I really like what she does.  I've never really done any watercolor.  I've always felt it was rather unforgiving, but I decided to try it. Her classes are certainly reasonable enough. Here are my first crude attempts to "loosen up" and "create shapes".

Online classes are the way to go.  I like that I can be in my "jams" at midnight, I can always see the instructor (videos). I don't have someone in front of me blocking my view. Also most classes allow me to go at my own pace.  I like it when they give me continued access to videos, so that I can return at any time and refresh my memory.  Some wonderful watercolorists to visit:  Lin at View from the Oak and Karen from A Scrapbook of Inspiration .   There's also Jane LaFazio of Janeville .  So go and be inspired by these wonderful artist/bloggers.  Have a full of wonder day! 

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The Theme is 3 (Three)

This week the theme is "three".  
I used one of my paintings as a background and then a layer of Kim's texture called "Sweettart". I applied a brush I made with my ginko drawing. Then I added the number 3 with a drop shadow and bevel to represent a playing card. The font is called "Monbijoux".  I finished with a stroke selection around the whole thing.  
Be sure to look at all the other interpretations of "three" by visiting Kim's website - just click on the "Texture Tuesday" badge below.
Have a marvelous week!