Thursday, September 29, 2011

Playing with a new Technique

Using the Displace filter- one of the tools in the Distort filter drop down menu-- to create the look of an image painted onto a textured surface, like a wall. I found the technique in a Photoshop Elements Techniques magazine that I subscribe to, so I don't feel that I can freely share it, but the site for the magazine offers a lot of free tutorials and this may well be one.

The brick window is a freebie from Elizabeth Golden, the sign is from Dover and the apples were googled.

Three Muses Challenge- -Moon

I See the Moon

Moon from NASA photos, Children from the Graphics Fairy. The stars are a PS brush.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Take a word--Album

Am album page of my handsome hubby and some of his many "famous" friends.
Background made with paper from Songbird Avenue and PS brushes. The photos were cropped with clipping masks--my own and a few from Endlessdeep.

Gothic Arches--Autumn Glow

Arch from Google Images, leaves from Wikimedia, woman from Graphics Fairy. Background from Untamed Reflections and the leaf overlay is an original brush made from a botanical drawing.

SPA-Autumn leaves

Original photo from Wikimedia Commons, altered in Fotosketcher. Texture from Shadowhouse.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

a NewChallenge

Over at Kris Dickinson's blog, Nostalgic Collage there is a new Gothic Arch Challenge. I always loved looking at the Gothic arch challenges of old, although, while still in blogger infancy, I never could figure out how to join it.
anyway, I would like very much to play in this one so here's my attempt.

I made the arch from a custom shape--would you believe an acorn? The image is from Suzee Que; the bird and music from the Graphics Fairy; the poppies from Google images; the background from pieces by Cottage Arts, Textures for Layers and Peggy Gatto. And the rest is blending, filters and PS brushes.

Three Muses Challenge- -Doorway

Behind the Turquoise Gate

I often revisit the photos I took on my trips to New Mexico, and they never fail to delight me and evoke wonderful memories and deep feelings.

My photo and Kokopelli brush. The crow is also a brush and the overlay from Shadowhouse.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Take a Word-Male

Young Man with a Bow Tie

Image from Lizzie_Anne at Collage Images Flickr group; frame from FrodoBabbs at Frames and Borders Flickr group. Embellishments from Dover, Graphics Fairy and Trine Stecker.

4 by 4 Friday--Skeletons and skulls

Chairman of the Board

Ladies and Gentlemen--The One and Only--Frank Sinatra!

SPA- Pierrot

What an interesting theme! When I googled Pierrot for images there were so many--and all so different! Sad, happy, cute children in clown costumes, internationally famous actors, elegant dancers, tragic faces, and not just a few creepy ones.

I chose these , from Wikimedia Commons, both used with permission of the photographers and altered with Fotosketcher, my new favorite free toy.
The grungy diamond pattern is from Bittbox and the rest was done with brushes, filters and blending.

Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


I learned about a free digital painting site from one of my Yahoo groups. It's called Psykopaint and it's great fun! Here's the URL if you want to try it out. I can't seem to create the link.

Here's the original photo I started with.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

collage Obsession--Peace

A piece I did a while ago. The graffiti background was from a challenge and the Buddha was googled.

Three Muses Challenge- -Autumn

A little digital painting...

Background is my own photo, altered in Fotosketcher, the boy and horse is a challenge image from Dgitalnuts, a Yahoo group, also digitally altered. The frame is also my own overlay.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Take a word-Music

I made this piece for the DW 100 Themes challenge.
Photos from Google images, unknown cello player, and Jacqueline Du Pre, both greatly alterd with the Impressionist plug in for photoshop. The music in the overlay is a handwritten score by Puccini, and the text and frame are from Frames for Use Flickr Group.

This is a photo used with the permission of the photographer, Nir Landau and altered with filters, blending modes and gradient layers.


Just back from a week on Cape Cod. No computer, but there were sunny days, rainy days, beautiful sunsets, amazing fog, sandy beaches to walk, crashing waves on the ocean side, quaint villages and Provincetown. A lovely relaxing trip--rest, reading good books, eating good food, lots of photography...
...but, nice to be home again.

Here's my pink postcard. Thanks to Gaby Braun, the Graphics Fairy, Jerry Jones at Shadowhouse, and all the folks who create and share their fabulous Photoshop brushes.