10 November 2010

Keeping it Simple

I've probably used that title before, but what the hey. 

Over the weekend, I bought some digital scrapping supplies as there were a lot of sales and it was my birthday present to myself.   I purchased a bunch of altered art stuff and even a bunch of 'normal' and 'everyday' things.  I played around and realised that I miss making a 'plain ole' scrap page.  Something simple, yet effective.  So here is one of those pages, I'll leave the rest for another day, I don't want to spoil anyone, hee hee.

I used a template by TaylorMade and some of her papers, as well as a paper and elements by Nina Scraps, both of which can be found over at Oscraps.  

21 September 2010

Getting too caught up

I don't know about you, but when I'm creating something in the digital medium, I get too caught up in making it perfect.  I spend days doing the same thing and, in the end, I've created very little.  When I was more hands on, any mistakes were dealt with immediately.  There was no undo when I smudged a stamp, or cut off something I shouldn't have.  Very rarely did I start over, that was far too time consuming.  So why do I do it now?  I have to admit, I honestly don't know.  It's still time consuming.  There is no reason for me to do so.  So I decided that I won't!  Well, I'll try not too.

Which brings me to this post.  I haven't used my camera in some time, that's because I couldn't find the battery charger (which has now been found, yippee!), and I missed it.  Today The Moo and I went out for a walk and I took my camera.  I just photographed random things.  I'll admit, when I uploaded them to Lightroom I did delete the extremely fuzzy photos.   I was about to delete all the photos I took of The Moo's eye in close up, but I didn't.  I applied one of my presets and imported it over to Photoshop.  I had a very short play, and this is what I came up with:

I'm quite pleased with it.  I didn't over think it and I didn't over work it.  I'm hoping this means that my creative muse has decided to return from her sabbatical.  She's certainly been away for far too long!

29 June 2010


I'm a texture fiend, I'll admit it!

I've started to make them for sharing and they can be found on my Flickr account, here.  More will be added as they are created.


Let me know what you think.

PS: Due to size restrictions or something, the textures are not showing up at full size.  If you would like  to have the 3000 x 2400 version of the textures, please leave a comment here or on Flickr. 

28 May 2010

Becoming tangled

I finished my zentangle postcards and then forgot to post them!  I must have packed my brain away the last time we put things into store. 

I scanned most of the cards before I sent them off, only one was missing.  I'll upload them as they arrive at their respective destinations, I don't want to spoil it for anyone. 

I ordered a book, Totally Tangled, from Amazon and it arrived on Wednesday.  I think I've read that book 10 times already.  I usually don't like ordering craft books sight unseen, but the author has a blog, Beez in the Belfry, so I was fairly certain that I would like her book.   I was right.  I see something new in it every time I look.   I highly recommend it.  

I'm still tangling away.  It's easy and fun to do.  I've got my little travel box now, so I can even do them when I'm waiting around for one reason or another.

It took me a little while to figure out how best to start.  I found that I couldn't work using the 'strings' method as recommended on the Zentangle website.  I also tried a 'griding' method, not a literal grid, but a sort of mapping out of areas.  That didn't work either.   I finally found that if I start with a single shape,  of any kind, even a figure 8, and just keep going, the designs just flow.

8 May 2010

The Chandeliers

The chandelier silhouettes are ready, just in time for Mother's Day.

I created the shapes in PSCS4.  I'm not sure if they will work in other versions, but I think they should.  Let me know if you have any problems.

Here's a preview, you'll note that there's only one chandelier (click on it for a bigger view).  Wanna know why?  Because it's a mystery bag of chandeliers!  I can tell you that seven out of the eight are traditional, pseudo Victorian to Art Deco.  One of them is slightly more modern, say, the 60s or even the 70s, maybe even later.  Anyway,  I liked it, so I included it. 

The download link can be found right here.  Have fun.

7 May 2010

Chandeliers and Spam

First, I'm working on some chandelier silhouettes in Illustrator, which I'm importing into Photoshop to turn them into custom shapes (I know, I know, talk about going backwards, hee hee).  There is a reason behind the madness.  When I've got a few done (four so far), I'm uploading the shapes to share!   Yay!  And just for the fun of it, trying saying chandelier silhouette shapes ten times fast.

Second, I've had to turn comment moderation on, which I loathe, but I got hit by a spam bot or something in my comments and just wasted 10 minutes of my life getting rid of the garbage!  Be warned fellow bloggers. I don't know why they bother, does anyone keep that stuff around?  Maybe they get paid by the number of comments or something. 

21 April 2010

Zentangle Postcard Swap

When I bought my Zutter binding machine, I joined a Yahoo group about mini books.  They host a lot of swaps, most of which I miss, as I'm generally dreadful when it comes to keeping deadlines.  However, one of the members came up with the idea of a zentangle postcard swap, which intrigued me enough to want to join, so I did.

I did a bunch of looking around on the web on zentangles (and cannot believe how much more information is out there compared to a few years ago) and come across some ideas that interested me.   One in particular was using a stamped face and zentangling around it.  Here's my take, using a partial vector face (the eyes, nose, mouth, chin, shoulder and basic hairline).   I chopped of two centimetres of art on the right hand side, as it didn't look right.  Not the best, but not the worst either.

20 April 2010

Dream Mandala

I'm still playing with the mandalas.  I find it fascinating that something can change so completely.  Here's another mandala that I made yesterday.  I call it Dream.

Here is the source image.

18 April 2010


While searching for zentangle patterns and ideas, I came across mandalas (natural, if you think about it).  However, what I didn't expect was digital mandalas.  Oh yes!  Thanks to Sacred Circle Mandalas and Earth Mandalas, I've discovered a whole new obsession (other than the recent zentangle one, but more about that later).   They are so much fun to make and the results are fascinating (and being me, I've sped up the process by creating an action which draws my shapes and does all the niggardly rotation work). 

I love how different the mandalas look, depending on whether you've used a three, four, five, six or eight part template and the same image.

Here's one I made yesterday, which I've called Peace (click for bigger and better view).  It's pink and I still like it, which says something, as I do not like pink!

For those interested, here is the source image.

13 January 2010

Art Journal Caravan

As anyone who has visited of late may have noticed, there has been zero art from me.  I totally lost my mojo.

Anyhow, to get back on track, I signed up for a year long art journal class.  Class is not the right word, but I  can't think of another word.  Check out the blinkie on the right hand side, at the top of the page, for more information. So, today, I'm checking out the blog and what do I see?  My cover page has been featured!  I'm blown away.  Here's the entry.   Mine is the first page. 

I hope it's one of more to come (we are already into week two of prompts and I have made nary a page!)