Due to the fact that I have started to concentrate more on digital and photo art more than traditional mediums, I won’t be posting to this blog as much anymore. I have started another wordpress blog called “Embracing Life Digitally“ to showcase all my things photographic, digital and haiku – a far cry from where I started out as a blogger in 2006!
I hope you’ll visit me there, but here is where journal pages, rubber stamping and mixed media belong, along with all the altered art that I am best known for! ♥
Posted by Rosie on January 4, 2012
Our photos are centred around the theme of celebration this week for Texture Tuesday, using at least one of Kim’s textures. I chose the latest one from her – “Look-up”.
I am celebrating how much I have learned from Kim, Nancy and Bonnie, about photos, photo art and textures – plus the joy of play in Photoshop. To anyone who doesn’t consider this an art form, have a go. You’ll be surprised just how easily you can lose yourself in a virtual palette of shades, tones, moods and atmosphere… I dare you!!
I took this photo with my mobile phone. The clematis sits on my front window sill behind a net curtain which is quite dense, to give us a little privacy! I tucked the curtain behind the plant to get a decent shot and when I started to process it, the magic of Kim’s linen-like texture was revealed.
I copied the image first and used screen @70% to make the flowers stand out. When I added ‘look-up’, it made the curtain fade away completely – wonderful! I copied this layer 3 more times and used overlay, colour burn and multiply all at 100%. I did use a mask on the final layer to ‘clean up’ the flowers a little.
To that I added a layer of Nancy’s texture with text – colour burn 100% – and erased it from the flower heads…
The font is “chiller”.
You can find lots of wonderfully textured photos over at TT – the Cafe.
Posted by Rosie on December 6, 2011
Bonnie has challenged us to post an image featuring a method, tool or style that we have been wanting to try. Now although I sometimes use brushes, I haven’t combined brushes with layers before as such, so I wanted to try that. I also wanted to see if I could work with the exclusion mode, so here are a couple of examples. If I had more time, I’d certainly experiment more!! I guess it’s just a busy time of year…
The stone angel is a great image, if a little spooky! Here she is treated differently:
I’m not very good at “subtle” layering, just as I don’t handle “traditional or elegant” themes very well, but I can work with grunge and contrast!
Thanks to Bonnie for the use of her fab textures, lovingly layered here… There’s some wonderful photo art over at PAF – why not pop over and see, but do take coffee and cookies, because you may be a while…!
Posted by Rosie on December 4, 2011
That sounds like some kind of sporting cupboard, doesn’t it? Well, it isn’t. It’s a genuine bat-box, like a bird’s nesting-box, in the woods behind where we used to live, in Sutcombe, Devon. I found this photo when I was looking for something else – as you do – and thought it’d make a great subject for Haiku my Heart on Friday.
“Sunlight filters through
dense green leaves and dark branches,
brightening the copse…
Home to bats and birds –
see their nesting-boxes hung
on the friendly trees.
Hear the screech owls cry,
hauntingly on summer eves –
This brought back some lovely memories of a not-so-pleasant place. Nice to have a positive to remember, I think.
Thanks to Johanna for sharing a link to Nancy Donaldson’s yummy blog and textures, (which I can’t seem to get enough of lately), giving me the crackled effect. Yummy!
This haiku is dedicated to Mr. Spadoman – a fellow haiku-er – who came close to death recently. Thinking of you and wishing you better soon. ♥
Posted by Rosie on November 3, 2011
This is a photo of a friend’s dog who roams the countryside all over the complex where we have fished in the past. She doesn’t normally have much to do with me but I guess back in January this year, we were both so cold, and there was so little happening, she decided to sit on my lap for a while… I give you Mooha:
Thanks to Kim Klassen’s mini e-course, I learnt how to convert photos to black and white, with some soft vintage tints about them…
For Take a Word – “black & white” – this week. See all the contributors HERE. ♥
Posted by Rosie on October 23, 2011