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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mixed Media Mayhem - Fishes in the Sea - Digital Journal

Techniques from Sebastian at Photoshop Artistry and images from Graphics Fairy combine with my collection of textures, brushes, papers, and backgrounds by itKuPiLLi_ShabbyCrackedPack. Blending modes and layer masks key to assembly.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Mixed Media Mayhem-Digital Journal

For this composition I drew on my own photo, textures, torn paper and ephemera to create the old grungy look.

Mixed Media Mayhem - Transform - Digital Journal

What happens if I don't have access to physical materials, turn to the digital magic of Photoshop.  I just finished taking an online course, Photoshop Artistry, to learn how to better use layer blends, masks, textures, and text.  I have access to Graphics Fairy with all the wonderful images to choose.  It seems like an endless source but I finally chose birds.

It's always hard to decide when I am finished.  Luckily with Photoshop, I can always go back or undo.  I'm sure these journal pages need something, so I welcome any feedback.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Digital Journal - Mixed Media Mayhem - IPhonography

Old Porto

I love flea markets...I always head to booths that sell old books, papers, postcards, stamps, and other vintage printed materials.  With photo apps and Photoshop, I can create these images in the virtual world of digital imaging.  In this exercise I used a slightly out of focus picture of the riverfront in Porto, Portugal.

I added a layer of watercolor to bring out the blocks of color.

When these layers are blended and overlaid with some texture, the image begins to take on a vintage, painted look.

Sorting through my brushes, I find several with old postage and cancellations, burned edges, and grunging marks.  Playing with brushes and blending modes is to me like video gaming is to kids.  I have to make myself stop, save the layers, and look forward to future experiments.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Digital Journal - Mixed Media Mayhem -IPhonography

On my recent trip to Spain and Portugal, I did not take my usual assortment of cameras, lenses, image cards, and accessories.  Instead, I relied on my new IPhone 6s and apps for photo editing.  For example, I took a classic photo of the riverfront in Porto...a photo that everyone who visits this city has probably made.  I experimented with a number of apps including Distressed FX, PS Express, and Photo Lab to get my own interpretation. I like the way the apps brought out the blues in the small boat in the foreground and gave the bridge a luminosity.  Additionally with the application of the apps, the lines of the boat's rigging are more visible.  The overall effect I hoped for was to put the photo in a historical context.

The original

Digital Journal - Mixed Media Mayhem

Having been away from my studio for some time, I have turned to digital image making to fill that void of art withdrawal.  I have always loved Photoshop for my photo editing providing that replacement for the darkroom, multiple lenses, and filters.  I used these traditional tools to prepare the images "Seeking Light" and "Self Reflection" that were juried into the Indian River County Photo Club show at the Vero Beach Museum of Art.  I was delighted to receive Second Place Award in the People category.

Seeking Light 

Self Reflections

After going through back issues of Digital Studio magazine, I was inspired to create images combining my own photographs with digitally made elements.  Two examples used the same background to feature very different focal images.  Pinterest and Graphics Fairy are great sources for images, brushes, and other png. files.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Mixed Media Mayhem - DLP August Challenge - Faces and Characters

I am sure I am not alone in the world of art journaling in my reluctance to share my work with drawing faces.  The focus of this month's challenge in the Documented Life Project is faces, creating characters.  Starting with drawing eyes in "I Can See Clearly" through the month, I was liberal with my interpretation of the art tasks and journal prompts to keep it fun and experimental.

Art Challenge: Expressive Faces
Journal Prompt:  What I see clearly now

Art Challenge: Characters
Journal Prompt:  "If you're going to be weird, be confident about it!" 

Art Challenge: Painted
Journal Prompt:  How do I face my biggest challenge?