Sunday, October 04, 2015


Adding textures and overlays on top of your photo produces interesting results ...


This was simply using blending modes to blend the texture over the photo. Very little mucking around ... yielded interesting results. Photographs should never be allowed as "evidence" in court :-).

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

End of September

Here are two more digi art pieces ...

Roses in September, digi photo and collage

Texture, digi photo and collage
Still enjoying creating these. They will get printed in a photo book at the end of the year. September is coming to a close and hopefully will take the hot weather with it. I'm ready for that autumnal crispy air!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I'm taking an online "live" class with Anna Aspnes where she is teaching a variety of photo blending tools and methods. Really enjoying the class and the practice.

For this, I used one full photo and sections of two others, blending them to create an artsy piece.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

My journey on the digi art trail

OK, so I've become an official "hoarder" of digital supplies. Just as I have acquired lots of "real" paints and papers and fabric and beads and embellishments, I've also acquired a LOT of digital materials. Unlike "real" stuff that can get "used up", digi stuff never does. No, it actually grows, multiplies. One piece of paper can yield numerous results, Change color, warp it, distort it, doodle on it, blend it, filter it ... endless possibilities.

 add doodles to this one piece of paper and you'll get more possibilities ...

 Take one painted paper ...
scan it in and play with it ...

endless possibilities!
Then there are buttons and paper flowers ... the "real" ones get used up (if we actually use them rather than hoard them). The digital one just keep on giving ...

It's an amazing way of arting. Yes, I do enjoy making digi art. A lot. And I get pleasure looking at the printed piece. But not as much pleasure as looking at my "real" art. No texture. No stitching. No beading or buttons or stuff to touch. Being a visual/tactile person, there is only so much pleasure I can get from the printed products.

So I cannot give up "real" art, working with "real" supplies - paint, paper, fabric, beads, stitching, buttons, epherema.

The most pleasure is the digi scrapping. Artsy documentation of life. I've never been a scrapbooker in the traditional sense. My scrappy journals have served to satisfy my desire to capture and record life and do so in a funky style. Even with digi scrapping, I find the artsy pieces so much more interesting than the traditional pieces. More fun to create. More interesting to view.

"traditional" scrapbook page
artsy scrapbook page
The other area that has attracted me is art journaling. I've never quite found a style that speaks to me. But I do find myself able to relay thoughts or feelings through this medium.

digital painting and collaged clip art
This has been and remains a very interesting journey. Each day I play with my digi supplies. I don't do that with my "real" ones that have to be gotten out, used and put away. Each day I learn something new, which for a technique junkie, is highly motivating and satisfying. Definitely keeps me on the trail.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

still hot here ...

and I'm still playing with photoshop ...

city love, digital photo manipulation and art

shall we dance, photo and digital art

what lies ahead, digital art journal page (without journaling)
I hope my postings inspire you to go make art!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Photoshop Elements Play

These HOT days, are great for sitting quietly at the computer and playing with photo altering. With the fan directly on me, no need to move for hours on end.

This shot of the ceiling at Sams Club ...

became this ...
Wheels Keep Turning, digital photo manipulation
the wheels in my head really do keep turning as I click away.
Here are a few more ...

September Sunset, digital photo manipulation

Rose, digital photo manipulation

and this blurry closeup of my paint brushes ...

became this ...
Art Makes Life More Colorful, digital photo manipulation and collage
That's it for now.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

new journal listing on etsy

I've just listed a small journal on Etsy.

This journal is 6 x 6 inches and has 36 pages, creating 72 surfaces to use. The pages are a variety of scrapbook papers. ; There are 10 pockets, 6 glassine envelopes, and several tags. Use this spiral coil bound book for whatever you wish: photographs, quotes, journaling, lists, daily ephemera. I see this as a “smash book” of sorts.


Gelli Print Book #2

The other day I posted Gelli Print Book #1 here. Here is a slideshow of the 2nd book. 

It's a small size 4.25 x 5.25 with a 3/4" spine. There are 35 papers (70 pages), which are taped together to create one signature block and then glued into a cereal box covered with one of the gelli prints. The pages don't lay flat which will make working in it cumbersome. But it was fun trying a new binding method, inspired by The Frugal Crafter.

I'm thinking these prints will take paint, pastels, gelatos, collage and some markers well. I'm hoping to be inspired by the combinations that create the spread. We'll see ...

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Digi Play

It's hot here ... so I'm playing in Photoshop ... 
documenting life
appreciating flowers

dreaming of travel

trying to stay cool. I hope wherever you are ... you are having a creative day!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


This got cut up ...

and became this ...

with the aid of markers and paint pens ... a page in my new book.