24 October 2009

Bokeh and other textures

Over the last few weeks I've discovered bokeh. I'm trying to create bokeh effects with my point and shoot camera.  I'll let you know how it goes, according to the experts, it's a near impossibility.

In the meantime, I've had to 'pretend' and have been hunting down bokeh textures from all over the net.  I've been using those textures with my regular textures on my photos and here's one of the results (one of many, they are so much fun to make).   My daughter somewhere in Marrakesh.  We had been to the market the day before and she had wanted an outfit like the local kids.  Of course, she had to make it her own; so she added the sunhat (which was from our Italian leg of the same trip). 


9 October 2009

Audrey Dreamer - an Experiment in Texture

I like experimenting with textures and techniques and I do it all the time.  I'm also really getting into starting something in Photoshop, tweaking it in Illustrator and then returning it to Photoshop to add more details.

When I was still running challenges, I had one for photo makeovers, but not in the traditional sense (if there is a traditional sense for photo makeovers).  I wanted participants to change the clothes of the people/models in their photos, and preferably use vintage photos.

I created two images, today I'm sharing Audrey Hepburn (I'm such a fan of hers, she had such style, grace and poise; a true lady).  I didn't want to change Audrey too much, so I merely 'painted' her and gave her some new snazzy material and sparkles (she deserves sparkles!).
   

8 October 2009

Free ATC backgrounds

On one of the digital scrapbooking forums that I visit, I noticed a discussion on ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). One thing led to another, and now I'm offering some ATC backgrounds I made as samples for some 12 x 12 backgrounds I was selling; when I was designing.

Here's a preview (I know it's an awful preview) and here's the link for download.  Enjoy!  Let me know of you create anything with them by linking me up in the comments.  I would love to see what you have made.


The blog background, yet again

Okay, I think this is it. No more changes for a while. I'm quite pleased with this background and I hope it doesn't take too long too load.

Let me know if it causes any problems.

26 September 2009

Changes

Yes, I changed my background yet again. I prefer this one, I think :) I'm not too sure about the yellow, as it's not really my colour, hmm, we shall see ...

I'm thinking of restarting my cooking/menu/food blog. I've been cooking and doing a lot of new stuff food wise lately and it's holding my interest a little more than digi art etc. right now. I guess, though, that I will have to make a new blog background for the new blog right? It's all relative.

Not much else to say today. I just found out that one of my favourite TV celebrity chefs, Keith Floyd, died a week or two ago. So sad. He was such a character. They are running a tribute show to him on the Lifestyle network. I must remember to watch.

23 September 2009

Typography

I confess, I love clever use of typography (not surprising, as I love words and all things wordy). So much so, that when our family watched Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on blue ray the other night, I was far more intrigued with the layout and type used on images of the Daily Prophet, than in the movie (story line lost due to inclusion of special effects, although not as bad as Goblet of Fire, which was pure drivel as a movie).

Anyhow, using words and type to make portraits has been around since forever, and there are some really wonderful modern interpretations using graphic programs. I found this nice and easy tutorial on PSDTopBlog, which I changed a little, as I didn't quite like my end result following the tut verbatim. This is what I came up with, using digi scrap stuff as well.

14 September 2009

Spring Cleaning

It's Spring here in the Southern Hemisphere. I'm hoping that the weather of Friday and Saturday is not an indicator of the Summer to come, or I'm going to be a wreck! I loathe the heat and the hottest I'm willing to tolerate on a voluntary basis is around 25 degrees Celsius (that's around 77 Fahrenheit). Unfortunately, I don't have weather control and I have to put up with temperatures that exceed 30 (86) on a regular basis. Blah!

Anyway, as it's Spring, Father of the Moo and I did some spring cleaning the weekend before last. Feeling virtuous, I thought I'd update my blog as well. Let's see how it goes. I might have to change my profile photo too, it just doesn't fit in.

17 July 2009

Ramblings

If you looked at the blog, you'd think that I hadn't been very creative lately, which is usually the case. However, this time, it isn't. I've been busy crocheting hats for my daughter (as it's winter here) and exploring mixed media jewellery. I'm off to the hard ware store later to see what they have on offer, I can't wait!

Anyway, I found this nice blog yesterday and was inspired to make a new desktop, which I will share with you all :) Sorry about the watermark, but I'm tired of people stealing my stuff (it's pathetic, it really is, the time they spend surfing could be better spent learning how to do it themselves; don't you think? I know I do). It's a little different from my usual desktops, which are usually variations on my scrap pages, this could be one too, except that I made this at desktop size.



This was made using a bunch of free stuff, which I will link later, as I need to find them again. It's amazing how much good quality free product is out there.

17 May 2009

Moonlight and Roses

I made this a while ago and I'm not really sure what I was thinking at the time; probably not the same thing I'm thinking now, that's for sure!

16 May 2009

The Kiss

After making my last post, I checked my blog roll and saw the theme to this week's Make A Moo Or Two was "A Kiss". I tried using one of the photos from our wedding two years ago, but it wouldn't work, so instead, I used this one. I took this in a hotel in Florence, Italy.

As the whole of Florence is steeped in history, I antiqued my photo. However, as my visit there was in this modern age, I added funky modern details like the paper and the swirly flight path of the bird. The bird itself transcends both the old and the new. Clever, huh? Especially as I just thought of this, yes, I'm making it up as I go along, but it works, hee hee. I originally made this as a 12 x 12 for another of my Altered Art Challenges. I moved this and changed that, but interestingly, it mostly remains the same.

Secret Thoughts

When I was still a CT member over at Scrap Artist, I was half in charge of the Altered Art Challenges. They were a lot of fun. I just wish that more people had participated and stepped out of their boxes. I tried to make my challenges interesting yet easy. Anyhow, one week I came up with the idea of silhouettes, as they are wonderful and versatile. This is what I came up with. It's interesting that even when I'm not trying to deliberately create an 'art journal' page, one still comes into existence.

14 May 2009

Remember This



Just a little something today. It's one of my favourite photos from our trip to Paris. My husband took it and he's not always the best photographer, but every now and again, he manages to capture the most perfect shot and this is one of them. I used the Moo mini card format as it can really stretch one's creative ability. I know this isn't much of a stretch, but sometimes simple is better.

12 May 2009

Yikes!

So once again I have neglected the blog. However, to be fair, I must admit to having neglected almost anything digital related for April and what has passed for May. I just haven't felt like it. The most computer related things I have done are to play Fairway Solitaire and looking things up, like movies etc.

I've been a bit more hands on, which I miss with digital creations; which has a distinct lack of tacticity (is there such a word?). I bought a Bind-it-All sometime in April and have been having a blast making and binding books. I've also made a bunch of meander books, which is an accordion folded book made out of a single sheet of paper, cut cleverly. I've found three ways of cutting the paper and I'm working on finding more. So far, no luck and my experiments have failed.

30 March 2009

Vectors and Illustrator and Photoshop, Oh My

I've been playing around with converting photos to vectors. It's a lot harder than I thought it would, even with the Live Trace option in Illustrator. Anyhow, I finally converted a photo to a simple black and white line drawing, imported it into Photoshop, and had a play around there. I'm mostly happy with it, the only thing that annoys me no end is the hair! I added a funky background (courtesy of Illustrator) and turned it into a newsprint image. Looks even more newsy at a low resolution, I knew it was good for something.

Anyhow, here it, for what it's worth. I call her Snow White, mostly because of the fair skin, red lips and black hair (and because we watched Happily Never After 2 over the weekend).

24 March 2009

Blog Background Part 304 or something

Okay, I'm going to stop fiddling with the background! I don't know why I started. The original background I kept for a year and a half, this lot of backgrounds I can't seem to keep for a day and a half! Erk! I need to put my energy into something more constructive.

20 March 2009

Blog Background

I've been playing around with the background for two days now. I have a really wide monitor, so all of the ready made blog backgrounds are too narrow. I know they aren't narrow for everyone else, but they are for me :) So, I made this. I'm still not sure about it. I like it and all, but ...

18 March 2009

Seeking Clarity

This started out as something completely different. I wanted a dress maker form, so I created my own in Photoshop, and then I vectorized it in Illustrator. So now I have the form. This had so many looks and then I randomly chose one of my acrylic styles and I thought, hey, that looks pretty cool actually. It evolved from there.

16 March 2009

Tree of Dreams

Before I was downsized, I got to play with a nice new digital kit so I could create a page for the purposes of promotion. The kit was really me and I'm glad I got to play with it. As it has now been released for sale, I can share my creation. I really liked it, and it's in the preview package, so I guess someone else liked it too :)

6 March 2009

Think like a Tree

Over at Digital Art Quirks, they have a weekly Quirkle challenge. The host lists three things that you need to incorporate into your piece - this week it was a door, water and a tree. I haven't played along before, but decided that I would, and here's what I made:

5 March 2009

A work in progress

I'm not sure where this is going yet, it needs a little something, but what? I like it enough to post though.

I love the whole concept of the "Flitter Sweet" (Christine Honsigner's designs) in the jar and her almost smug look and the other Flitter Sweet with the "what are you doing the jar when it's open, why don't you fly free" face; getting hooked.

EDITED: I added some swirly flowers to the FlitterSweet in flight. The title of the piece is The Illusion of Freedom.


4 March 2009

And so

At the beginning of the year, I had this crazy idea of making a new blog (yes!) and making an ATC a day. Needless to say, this fizzled out fairly quickly due to this, that and the other.

However, I didn't want to lose what I had already created for that blog, so I imported all my posts and art from there to here.

I hope to be more of a presence on this blog. I know, I know, I've said it before, but you never know, this time ... LOL. One of the reasons I might be around a bit more is because I'm a bit over the whole digi scrapping world at the moment. It seems that every time I think I'm getting somewhere, someone pulls the mouse mat, so to speak, from out under. Hmm, enough about me. More tomorrow, I'm feeling arty!

27 January 2009

Attitude

Just playing around with vectors in Illustrator and styles and stuff in Photoshop.

26 January 2009

Marilyn

Something I made a long time ago (October 2006), which I have always liked. It was one of those pieces that just came together.

23 January 2009

The Guardian

I can't remember where I picked up this vintage photo of the children, but I was instantly drawn to the protective stance the brother has over his little sister. That's why I call this "The Guardian".

22 January 2009

Can you see me?

This is an ATC version of a traditional scrapbook page size (12 x 12) that I made today. I like both versions.

19 January 2009

Through my Window

A bit of whimsy today. Everything by other people :) The wonderful Tracy Ann, plus Madame Mim and Holly Designs.

17 January 2009

Hope is the thing with feathers

From the moment I read my first Emily Dickinson poem, I've had an affinity with them. I adore the way she describes things. Anyhow, this is my little tribute to her. I used stuff from Tracy Ann Digital Art and Scrap Artist, which have been previously linked.

16 January 2009

Twinkle Little Star

A very young and most adorable model. She has so much charm and character in her face. She looks a most determined young lady.

The background is made by me and the rest of the gorgeous stuff is from Tracy Ann Digital Art. I just adore the pearl beads on the glitter strings.

15 January 2009

Free to Fly

I made the background and the rest of the stuff is from various designers who sell their goodies at Scrap Artist