Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Trump Card

Today's Texture Tuesday theme is "orange".  I vacillated between an image of an orange object or....?  Finally I decided to use one of my collages and one of my paintings combined with Kim's "Old World" texture using hard light blend.   You can see more Texture Tuesday examples here. I think this texture really added to the orange of the originals, so put your sunglasses on everyone!
You can get in on the fun every week.  Just go to Kim's website to get the instructions and then link your image on Tuesday to the group of photos.  I've met some wonderful friends this way.



Sunday, August 28, 2011


I think it's fun to experiment, and I do so on a regular basis with PSE.  I've learned so much and yet I've barely scratched the surface.  I'm eternally grateful for all the online classes and the teachers who share their knowledge.
After spending a little time on Pixel Dust Photo Art's blog, I'm experimenting with some of Bonnie's "tutorials" and using some of her textures here.
On this one I used PDPA's "Je Me Souviens" ad "Goldust Wonder" and "Texture B" from Susan Tuttle in her Digital Expressions Book.
On this one I used PDPA's "Je Me Souviens" and also used the difference blend mode.
I just amazes me how many different looks one can get using PSE and textures!

On this next one, I really went all out for color  and used a hard light blend mode on my Asian collage.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is or could be affected by Hurricane Irene.  May they all be safe and get all the support they need.

         We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.

                                The Talmud


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Garden Sketches

We've been so fortunate to have our tiny garden, and I do mean tiny, give us a great harvest of tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, bell peppers and lettuce.  These sketches are of some of that harvest.

If anyone knows how to make these photos overlap on Blogger, I would love to hear from you.  Either email me or leave a comment.  

Friday, August 19, 2011

Days of Summer

As summer draws to a close I think of all the fun things we do, such as 
picnic at the beach,
go to a matinee movie,
soccer camp,
church camp,
hang out with friends,
sleep in
Ah, the possibilities are endless.  Too bad summer is not endless.
Enjoy the rest of summer!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Butterfly Collage

Still enamored with Nick's "Green #1,  I decided to apply it to one of my collaged journal pages.  It does wonderful things for images. Here is the original.  I love the gold mica flecks in it which don't show up very well on the computer monitor.
And here is the edited version 
I used two of Kim Klassen's brushes, one from her "affirmation" collection and one from her "touch of whimsey" collection. Then I added a frame for this look and Kim's Inspire brush.

  Thanks, Kim and Nick!  You make my images look all dressed up!!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

It's the Little Things - Texture Tuesday

Yep, that's our theme for this week - the little things.
I must have been stuck on little "animals" or creatures....
Take one tiny hummingbird baby in the nest, add 
a layer of bokeh and a layer of Kim Klassen's
"scripted", play around with some filters
and voila!! There you have it.  Kim is so generous, she gives 
many of her textures away.  And she teaches some
great classes on textures.  Be sure to visit her site!  There are many more examples of various artists' work there as well.
And for my next number, I used Kim's "por vous" and also Nick Fortune's gorgeous "green #1" texture which you can have for free.  Just hop on over to his site. The image is courtesy of 
Flickr Commons.

I played around with blending modes on this one too.  Have some fun getting some great looks with these textures.
It's the little things that make me happy like doing just that!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Ballet Practice

This image is a combo of my watercolor and a photo of ballet dancers on the floor. 

I used the  invert filter on the watercolor, added the image of the ballet dancers. adjusted brightness/contrast, merged visible layers, then did a hue saturation adjustment.  Next I added a Kim Klassen's Dusty Rose texture soft light at 100% and her Dream texture darken at 100% and last one of her cool, fun brushes in the lower right corner.  If you roll your mouse over the image you should see the original image.
Enjoy your day and dream your dreams.

Small Treasures

My entry for this week's Texture Tuesday shows a few of my favorite things including the starfish and sponge from my bathroom.  I made the little box wrapped in a vintage paper and covered with beautiful pearl buttons.  
I started with a really poor quality photo, removed the color cast, did a levels adjustment, added Kim Klassen's Canvasback texture soft light 100%, then Kim's Luminous texture soft light 100% and French Kiss' Paris Papers texture multiply 38%. Go check out the great textures she offers, many of which are free!  Finally, I added French Kiss' French Script brushes. 
Have a happy, prosperous day.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Hydrangeas in Glass Pitcher

Practicing my watercolor and sketching, this is the sequence of steps.  I'm trying to decide if I want to add a border.  Seems like it needs something to finish it off, but then again, sometimes it's difficult to know when to stop.
First, the sketch....
Then, the first go round of watercolor
Then another round to add more color and depth...
and then the finished (I think) product.
And finally after a little edit in Picnik

Have a happy day everyone!!!