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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Digital flowers

I've been having so much fun making and playing with custom brushes in Photoshop.

The green, red and white image started with a photo I took of a Canna Lily blossom at my folks place last summer. After many layers of brushes and adjustments I got the image you see.

The white flowers and smudges on the surface are a brush I made from this image.

The pink background flower image below started as a macro shot of a poinsettia. Again lots of brushes, layers and adjustments made it look like this.

The top grey image may look vaguely familiar. I made a brush from a photo of the mixed-media painting I did last summer.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New background

I've been doing a lot of digital work lately since most of my supplies are inaccessible. I made new backgrounds for both of my blogs.

I learned how to make my own brushes in Photoshop through a wonderful tutorial that Michele Ward shared on her blog. It has been so much fun making and playing with these new brushes!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fabric ATC's

These are for an Anything but Paper ATC swap.

I took a scrap of old table cloth and started randomly sewing fabric scraps on using different colors of thread and stitches. It was fun playing with the different settings on my machine.

I took a ATC template and traced the proper sizes on the back then cut on the lines. I did a zigzag stitch around each to hold everything together.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

What could it be?

You'll see in a few days.

Beautiful day...

With warm sunny weather finally upon us, my daughter and I joined our neighbor for a nice afternoon walk around the Arboretum.

Most everything is still brown, there were very few flowers blooming, the fountains were still dry but it was enjoyable anyway.
Just being outside, wandering down the trails, seeing deer tracks, hearing the birds and watching squirrels run crazy through the woods.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


I just noticed that I missed my Blogoversary!!!!

It was 3 days ago!!!!

Hopefully our wedding anniversary won't go by as unnoticed my me... 15 years on Sunday. :)

Color Wheel assignment

One of the assignments from the online altered book class I'm taking was to create a color wheel from magazine images.

I wasn't sure how I was going to make a color wheel fit into my Nature's Majesty theme but then I noticed how well Mother Nature uses the color wheel on her own I knew I'd make it work.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Another tribute to Grandma

This is my very favorite photo of my Grandma.

I've used it many times in my art. As I age, I see myself reflected in her photo.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Before life interuptus....

I had begun an online altered book class. Why you ask? I thought it would be fun to learn some new techniques and it would also get my creative juices flowing. It also helped that my good friend Elizabeth was teaching the class.

These are photos from my 1st two weeks of homework assignments.

The first was to choose a book and remove pages while leaving a block of pages to cut a niche at the end in the next lesson.

The next was to reinforce the book end pages and cut the niche.

Of course, now I'm two weeks behind on my assignments and virtually all of my stuff is boxed up since my craft zone is covered in boxes of my parents stuff I'm sorting through for them.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Family emergency...

Since my last post almost all my time and energy has been taken up dealing with my folks and their health issues.

My life feels a bit chaotic right now. I felt this kaleidoscope I made a while back summed up what my mind has been doing for the past week.

I hope to get back on track soon by doing at least a little bit of art now and again. As well as keeping up with the altered book blog class I am taking.
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