I saw this tutorial on Melissa Gallo's site and I fell in love with the look. I was so ready to buy every
painted texture she had. I stopped for a breath and realized I could do something like
her examples using my own paintings. If you don't have your own paintings, do consider buying her
outstanding textures. I may still buy them. And by all means watch her tutorials. Here's what I did. I
used this original painting
over the image
and played with filters, blend modes, levels to get this
I then converted the painting to black/white and upped the contrast.
I added my image which I had converted to B/W as well. Then I played with filters and blend
modes. Also added layer mask and removed a bit of the "texture".
I like the stark graphic look of this.
And here's one more where I used a texture from Karen of Vintage Findings.
and the texture for the image below I made from taking one of my photos and using
the impressionist brush on it.
It keeps the colors and washes them around to give an impressionistic effect. On both of these I
removed a bit of the texture but left some because I like the effect against her skin.
I plan to do this with more of my paintings. Do I hear the call of my "real" brush???