Monday, November 09, 2015

Dirty Job

This has turned into a postcard mailed today to an artist friend. Hope she enjoys it!

"Dirty Job", photos digitally blended

Sunday, November 08, 2015

comfort food for the brain

"Comfort"; digital collage
I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

focus on gratitude

Here is a flip through of my journal for November and December using the papers described here. The focus will be on gratitude and thankfulness. I'm so pleased with the way it turned out. Colorful pages that will be fun to write on and add photos and things to, collage, maybe even a little doodling! While I don't love spiral binding, I do prefer working on pages that lay flat.


Monday, October 26, 2015

Creating papers

If you've been following along here, you know that I've become totally immersed into playing in photoshop. I decided to make my own "scrapbook papers" and use them for a new journal. Here are some examples, with a collage at the bottom. 

Next post will be photos of the journal I've created. Hope you have a wonderfully creative week!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

no autumn here!

It's still HOT in Southern California. I went to Central Park yesterday in search of autumn. No fall colors there. So I created my own.

Don't drink the water. Digital photo manipulation.

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.