Posts Tagged ‘Digital Art’



Here’s a little digital Halloween ATC I made using Blagovesta Gosheva’s Something Wicked This Way Comes kit.

Have a great time trick or treating!


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So once again I have gotten completely off-track with posting on my blog. My goal was to post at least twice a month, so I suppose I can still achieve that for May…where has May gone anyway? Quite frankly, I feel like it’s still April. And it’s almost June. Time marches on, and I’m continually scrambling to keep up with it.

I recently purchased Tangie Baxter’s Photoshop for Mixed-Media & Art Journaling workshop from Scrapbookgraphics.com, in my continuing quest to learn Photoshop so I can create some decent digital art. As soon she introduced this workshop I knew I had to get it, and I’m so glad I did. I’ve almost completed the beginner’s workshop (I bought the bundled pack containing all three workshops – beginner, intermediate, and advanced), and I have learned so many helpful tips. I so enjoy working through the lessons – I really look forward to it, and once I start it’s hard to stop. I can’t wait to move on to the other two workshops. I consider myself an advanced beginner, so some of the stuff in the beginner workshop I already knew, but I wanted it anyway because there’s always more to learn.

I would love to try her Art Journal Caravan workshop. Since it runs for a year however I’m not sure I can make the commitment of time that would allow it to be reasonable to do. I may consider it for next year.

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I’ve been frustrated lately. I feel like I’ve accomplished little so far this year. I did finally finish my March page in my calendar journal at least (two days ago!). And I got my Mom’s necklace done.

Sometimes I just feel like giving up my arts and crafts. But I know I would be miserable. So I will just have to keep going, little by little.

Here is my March page…I think it turned out really pretty.

march calendar page

march calendar page

march calendar page

march calendar page

march calendar page

march calendar page

I have an idea for a digital art project, and I’ve been slowly going through my collection of vintage photographs of women, looking for suitable photos to use. This will definitely be a long-term project; I don’t expect to be done until next year!

I’ve also been gathering supplies to make some Christmas ornaments that I am planning to submit to Somerset Studio. I’ve been wanting to make something for the Christmas issue for a couple years now, and I’ve decided to actually do it this time. Unfortunately our printer is broken, and I can’t do much more until we get a new one. Which hopefully will be reasonably soon.

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photoshop friday.

I had some time this past Friday to work in Photoshop some more. Thought I would share some of my exercises…enjoy!

Here is the original photo.
my angel

Here I played with the transformation option…this was fun!
lily transformed

I used the ‘reduce noise’ filter on this photo. The changes are subtle compared to the original.
lily, noise reduced

This one was also fun to do – I used the lens distortion correction, but since my photo wasn’t distorted to begin with, I used the correction to make it distorted.
lily, lens corrected

I used the sponge tool which subtly changes the color saturation of an area of the photo. I made the grass background and her hair more saturated.
lily sponge

Enjoy your day!


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This past Friday I played around with color some more, applying different effects from the Image/Adjustments menu. I used the same photo as last time. Again, here is the original.

my angel

Here is the photo using the Desaturate option. This option changes a color image to grayscale.

desaturated lily

And the Posterize option, which allows you to choose the number of tonal levels. Quite frankly I have no clue what a tonal level is. But basically this option reduces the number of colors, and then maps each pixel to the closest color. I particularly like the posterize option – it makes the photo look like it’s from a comic book, which I find to be fun.

posterized lily

With a Gradient fill. A gradient fill is kind of like a spectrum of colors, or it could be black to gray and then white.

gradient lily

And using the Threshold option. This converts a photo to a more simplified, high-contrast black and white photo. I also like this one a lot.

threshold lily

And with that I am finished working through the section on color. yay! Next up is retouching and transforming. Sounds like a good time!

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let’s change directions.
I decided a little while ago to change directions in my digital art attempts. I thought, hey, maybe I should actually take the time to learn Photoshop before I start diving into tutorials. Perhaps then I might have some inkling of what I am doing!

So to that end I’ve been reading through the Help section and learning quite a bit. I haven’t gotten into the fun stuff yet (like the filters and tools) but I’m getting there.

I bought some kits from Scrapbookgraphics a little while ago too – how could I resist? I have to be ready when the day comes that I can finally play and create digital art.

And I just love Scrapbookgraphics. They have the coolest stuff!

I bought Fairy Tea Party, by Ellie Lash (this one is for playing with Lily – I’ll start teaching her Photoshop now, so she’ll be an expert by the time she’s eight!). Fragments and Inner Artiste, by Lorilei Murphy (Rosey Posey Studio), and Industrial Velvet by Tangie Baxter.

Perhaps someday I will be able to create my own digital kits.

beadfest here I come!
One of my goals, starting this year, is to take one class every year. And I’m excited to say that I have registered for a class at the upcoming Beadfest Bead and Jewelry Show in August. I will be attending Kim St. Jean’s class, Bezel Bootcamp. I get to learn how to solder with a torch and create my own bezel!

There are so many intriguing classes being offered; there were several I was interested in, and one in particular, creating a cuff from etched pieces of metal. It was so gorgeous! But I thought Bezel Bootcamp was a more appropiate fit with my other jewelry goals for the year (that being to learn how to solder, albeit with an iron). I’m eagerly looking forward to the class, and I hope I learn a lot.

In my last post I mentioned how I’ve recently had this strange urge/desire to draw, although I’ve never thought of myself as being talented in that area.

Well…I got the new (May/June) issue of Somerset Studio

somerset studio

…and inside was this article by Colette Copeland….

and you can too!

….in which she writes about how she never thought she could draw until, as she writes, “then one day, just like that, I woke up from this self-imposed and mystifying “I can’t draw” belief. I grabbed a pencil and started to draw. I became so hooked that I would have drawn on the walls if I didn’t have the self-control to curb the urge. The more I did it, the better I became at it. So, for those who think they can’t draw but who want to, I encourage you to try it! It’s the only way you’ll know if you can or can’t, and if you want to or don’t want to.”

I am taking this article as a sign that I may not be way off with this drawing thing. Maybe I can do it, maybe I can’t. As Ms. Copeland said, the only way to find out is to try.

And I just adore her artwork in this article – her birds are so charming!


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bits & pieces
I have been diligently (but slowly!) working on some Polyshrink pieces to send off. I have two bracelets almost completed – I just need the clasps, which I have to order because I am out of the one I want to use. (Why is it that every time I make a piece of jewelry I always discover that I am out of something I need?)

I started working on a necklace too.

Here is one bracelet….


…and here is the other.


This is the pendant for the necklace. It’s challenging to use the Polyshrink pieces as pendants – they are so small and light! So I thought adding some dangly things would help – it adds more interest, some more length, and a little more weight.


more slow but diligent attempts
I made a new digital vintage paper lace piece. For this you make the basic shape first, then use a scan of paper as an overlay. Some blending, brushwork, and layer styles finish it. I decided to get fancy and used some sheet music as an additional overlay.


I also made a piece of “toile” fabric. I don’t think it really looks like toile, but it was fun to do. And simple too! I added the dots for fun, and because I just really like dots.


I started with the picture and place it on a transparent background. Then all the white was deleted. A red overlay is placed on it and then I copied that layer, and added the background color and the dots.

Lest you think I am doing these things on my own – I have a bunch of tutorials on digital art. Otherwise I’d be lost! Since I have no clue what I’m doing with the digital art, I thought going through some tutorials would be helpful. That way I can learn more of the basics. The key is to consistently set time aside every week; if I don’t, then I forget what I’ve learned and the next time I work on a tutorial it’s like starting all over again.

It’s fun though. I don’t particularly have any ideas of my own yet. I’m not sure where I’m going with the digital art. Hopefully somewhere!


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