Sunday, September 30, 2012

Take a Word--Manuscripts

Sacred Words

Background from Shadowhouse, images from Google, Quote from the book of Job

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Just for the Halloween-ness of it

Downloaded some new Halloween brush sets today, and have happlily been playng with them this afternoon.  I made the scarecrow brush from an image I found.


Background image, 4 layers, each much altered, from Google Images.Text pieces from Graphics Fairy.  Beautiful lady from Art-e-ology

Photo Art Friday-Abstract from Nature

A morning glory vine, growing on a fencepost, reaching for the sun.
I used Bonnie's textures, Vintage Craquelure, Heavenly and Etched in Stone.
And I applied Smart Blur and Glowing Edges filters and used watercolor brushes,

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

More Photoshop watercolors

The link to the free tutorial is here

I did play with some of the other preset brushes as well, and will continue to experiment.  I hope you will try it and let mw see what you created!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Halloween is coming!!!!!!

Three Muses--Birds

The bird image is a wallpaper background texture from The Sum of All Crafts. 
Embellished with PS brushes and blending modes.

Crazy Amigos--Not a card

A journal page

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Take a Word--Blue

Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. painted with photoshop brushes.

Mandarin Orange Monday--Cable Cars

Took this photo several years ago in San Fransisco.
The car really was orange and yellow.  I used a -new to me- tool on this one,
Smart Blur , in the Blur Filters menu.  I set it to Overlay edge and played
with the threshold and radius sliders until I liked it. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012


Done in Photoshop, with Impressionist filters plug-in, gradient maps, other filters and blending
modes.  The model waas found on Google Images

playing with Photoshop tutorials in PSElements

sometimes you have to hunt for the workarounds.

started with this


Several hours and lots of keystrokes later.

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Bride

'Love, Love!' I said, 'the day was long'--'Oh, long indeed,' she sighing said.
'I grow so jealous of the sun, since I am dead.'

(How sweet the air is in the night, how sweet, sweet, sweet the flowers seem--
But oh, the emptiness of dawn that breaks the dream!)
                                                                                                          ~Isabel Ecclestone Mackay

Photo Art Friday--Aging Gracefully

This week's theme on PAF is Aging Gracefully.  This is a photo I took at the Carousel Museum in Bristol, CT.  Bonnie's textures Gratitude and Cinnamon were added.
The quote is from The Velveteen Rabbit.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Exploring with a Camera--Allowing Space

One of the many church steeples in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Some collage play

A couple of collages created by following a "recipe."  Face of a Madonna, crumpled or old paper texture, vintage birds and plants or flowers, gold leaf texture, a halo extracted from a Medieval painting and a grungy black edge.  I added the manuscript page--I'm a sucker for text textures.

Three Muses--Autumn Colors

Reflections of Autumn
My photo, altered with saturation, artistic filters and blending modes, and an image
of the beautiful Maude Fealy.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Collage Obsession--Owls

Background painted with Photoshop  brushes, Owls from Collage Images Flickr Group
and frame by Shadowhouse.

Saturday, September 15, 2012


Been playing with a new watercolor ps tutorial I found (there's a link on the brevious post).
I really love the effect.
Image from Google Images and postcard background from Textures for Layers Flickr Group.

Noodling around in Photoshop again

Both of these were made using the same tutorial.
it can be found here.

Moo Mania--Book Pages

Another Watercolor Tutorial

original photo
After the watercolor effect.  It became orange because I didn't notice that I had my brush color set to a red-orange shade ( the tutorial didn't mention color, so I didn't think about it.)
I do like the lovely autumn feel of it though.

Linking to Mandarin Orange Monday--yes, I know it's Saturday!

Friday, September 14, 2012

closer to heaven

In the style of Brandie Butcher-Isley

Playing in Photoshop--Watercolor effects

I've been exploring Photoshop technique tutorials lately.  I 've always wanted to paint in watercolor, but have no talent for handling actual paint and brushes.
But, I'm quite pleased with this one.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Three Muses--Turquoise Vision

Background made with a piece from Elizabeth Golden and a piece from Textures for Layers Flickr Group.  Butterfly from Google Images and the children from  Collage Images Flickr Group.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Take a Word--Hearts and Flowers

The Lady of the Camelias, sketch for the poster by Mucha, found on Google,
camelias from a garden catalogue and heart brushes

Monday, September 10, 2012

Collage Obsession--Anthropomorphic

Do you ever see tree spirits?  I do, all the time.  Look closely at the next ancient tree you come across and maybe you will see one too.
The tree was found on Google Images; the tree spirit and background are from my own photos.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Collage Obsession--Gray

Failing eyesight--the world slowly turns gray...

Take a word--Numbers

A simple calendar page

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Mandarin Orange Monday


French Doors
This started as a line drawing of a Paris street scene that I found as a free sample at Dover. I played with overpainting and gradients and blending modes until I made myself stop.
Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Collage Obsession--Mushrooms

These mushrooms are a photo I took of thr rainforest in Washinton State several years ago.  They were maybe little fingernail size.  Altered with fiters and the dragonfly is a brush.

Designing Album Covers

This week's theme at Digital Mania Flickr group is to design album covers.  Here are the ones I made.

Image is Lovers, by Picasso, Sun overlay from Michelle Shefveland and Rachel Shefveland at Cottage Arts, textures by the fabulously generous Elizabeth Golden at Last Door Down the Hall.

One of my very favorite songs, both the Martha Ray and Bowie/Jagger versions. Image found on Google Images, altered with Cutout filter and brushes.

Image from a painting by Paul Gauguin, enhanced with Gradient map, posterize filter and brushes.