Weekly Photo Challenge: Layered Effects

Examples of some of the layered effects and collages I create with my photographs.

Layered flowers, border and text.

A couple of erased lilies from other shots in varied transparencies and sizes layered.

 

created a black background, layered part of butterfly bush and butterfly with designer effect on wings with text.

Cross layered onto a photo of a painted canvas, layered with other photos and text to reference when Jesus felt abandoned for a previous photo challenge.

Altered background with various paint spatters in PhotoDraw then began layering varied flower types & size in similar colors. Depending, I will vary the borders and transparencies as well til I get the desired effect.

 

This one I used a couple of graphics included with PhotoDraw and added text for my quote.

Cropped & erased to only show the leaves & bird on tree, positive & negative images, layered together.

Just layered bits & pieces from various fall photographs, cropped, parts erased & bordered.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Collage

One of my favorite things in the whole world is collage!  I love making them with canvas, papers, paints, stamps, ink, and whatever strikes my fancy.  I also love creating various photo collages.  It’s much less messy!

Creating a WordPress gallery collage with macro shots of old family jewelry.

Daily Prompt: So Paint Already!

Fear of failure?

Fear of Success?

Lazy?  Probably.  I always was one of those people that waited til the last minute to kick something out.  I was one of those kids that sat up all night before a report was due before I buckled down.  I admit to feeling very stifled living in this thin walled apartment.  I am easily distracted and if it’s too noisy, that’s my excust not to try.  It’s hard to turn out anything decent if your heart’s not in it and sadly I have lost my passion.

I began to feel this way after I got computer software that creates similar results with a push of a few buttons instead of hours with various art mediums.  Only fooled around the last few years experimenting and doing some collages but have not done anything Gallery or Show worthy.  Used to love oil painting but gave it up due to the turps and then tried the so called oils you can mix with water.  Better than acrylic, which I don’t care for in fine art painting, but still not the same.  I have never studied watercolor with anyone and I will do that soon for the heck of it.  I understand the basics of watercolor from taking it while still in high school but I will see if I can find an artist in the area who gives lessons if I like their style.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Still Blurry

As stated in my previous post, the last number of years have all been a blur.

I have never been so disorganized and out of touch and this is such a bad time to be this way.  I am now in the process of cleaning everything out and packing as I go along, expecting to be moving before the end of the year.  Certainly before winter sets in again.

I wanted to share some of the projects I have been working on sporadically since sometime last year as well as other odds and ends.  This blog may be a blur as well.


I have been working on multiple projects on canvas with various mediums, sewing with fabrics, actually made some bead jewelry with supplies purchased years ago and tried my hand with polymer clay.

 

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The following are various sewing projects.

1980’s silk pants being upcycled to scarf. Love the images on them!


Very pleased with my second attempt at polymer clay jewelry! This was after I burnt a batch in an old toaster oven with messed up thermostat.


A couple of craft type projects.

Not going to miss the frost on my windows, no matter how beautiful it is.

Not going to miss frost on my windows, no matter how beautiful it is.

I’m going to end this blur of a post with a question.

What color is this dress?

My mother made this back in the 1960's.

My mother made this back in the 1960’s.

Ghost in Garden Collage in Progress

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I still have much to do and will update after I feel there is something more to show.  I like to use photo transfers from my inkjet printer on all kinds of paper and cloth.  Computer software is great for making all kinds of special effects to customize your mixed media art.  I usually make a transfer off of construction paper or vellum due to the thickness of the paper.  I will just affix any pictures printed onto tracing paper with the paper, inkside down.  You have to be very careful when you are working with inkjet photos instead of laserjet, because they smear worse.  I always apply the medium to the canvas or the board and then affix the picture ink side down carefully in place so you don’t have to move it.  Then you are free to add additional medium to the top and edges to firm in place without any fear it will smear.

I know that I will be adding additional paint and perhaps stamping techniques, maybe even covering up some of the images that are already on the canvas.  I will sometimes work something over so much that it is no longer recognizable from the first creation.  Like any artist, I just keep working until I feel it is complete.  I do plan on adding more mixed media hardware and fabric as well.  

More to come.

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