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Walk in the Fog

Early one morning on a walk for hot chocolate with my sister, Glenda, I captured this photograph with my iPhone as she approached the lights illuminating the sidewalk. This is probably one of the best shots I’ve ever made with my iPhone. I did not change the blue in the photo while creating this page, instead, I made changes in the color of the palette that I used.

I thought the background paper in the Mini ArtPlay Palette Conserve, currently available free with the purchase of Anna’s products during the sale at Oscraps this week, gave the appearance of the fog in my photo. I knew that I could adjust the color. With that in mind, I started my page by clipping the photo to three layers of file 3 from Scenic FotoBlendz No. 1. I also clipped a levels adjustment layer to the photo and changed the blend mode to soft light at 100%.

Next, I place brush 4, brush 5, the gold paint and overlay 3 from Mini ArtPlay Palette Conserve.

Then I placed solid paper 1 and adjusted the color based on the hue of the masked photo by reducing the saturation and adjusting the hue. I duplicated of the paper, desaturated it and changed the blend mode to linear burn at 75%. I placed that above the original paper layer.

I created a cluster along the bottom of the photo, layering the word strip and paper leaf from the mini artplay palette with a button from ArtPlay Palette Savor and thread 6 from ButtonThreadz No. 3. To darken the yellow button I clipped a levels adjustment layer to it and changed the blend mode to linear burn at 70%.

Finally, I added a title from Scenic WordART Mix No. 2 and journaling.

Perfect Birthday

I’ve finally finished the layout with the photos I captured on our birthday. Glenda and I have had a birthday tradition for more than 20 years, having tea at the Huntington Library. This year instead of tea, we had salads under a lovely canopy at a new place on the library grounds.

We spent some time during our walk making photographs. Glenda has a new camera, but not a lot of experience using it. Personally, I’m glad that she has taken up this hobby that I love so much. Photography is a wonderful complement to her painting.

For the first time that I remember, there were geese floating in the waters of the Chinese Garden. We see them all year here at a large pond at Lakeside Park, huddling together on the frozen ice during the winter. I’m wondering if the garden staff will let them stay.

One thing that I appreciate about Anna’s templates as I create pages is how easy it is to switch masks and frames to create a new look. For this layout,I used only the frames, textboxes, stitching and a few stains from templates templates 5 and 12 of WaterColor Template Album No. 5. Below, I explain my process.

Place file 3 and the psd version of file 4 from Scenic FotoBlendz No. 1 on a new blank 24×12 document. Open the templates, drag over only the textboxes, stitching, frames and stains below the frames. Place above the large fotoblendz masks. Note: I adjusted the position of one frame on the left side to accommodate a photo.

Clip photos to fotoblendz masks. Clip a levels adjustment layer to each photo and change the blend mode to overlay at 50%. Duplicate the photo on the right and clip it to the psd layers. Note: I deleted the splatter and tape layers.

Clip photos to small masks and add adjustment layers as needed. Stamp brush 6 from ArtsyCameras No. 1 below one frame on the right. Note: I often clip photos to the stains below the frames so that I can extend the framed photo. I clipped another photo to the camera brush on the right and clipped a photo to it (lowered saturation) just to repeat the pink on the left side.

To expand or intensify the sky, place transfer 6 from ArtPlay Palette Scenic on the right below the fotoblendz mask layers. Add a layer mask to hide any part bleeding through the focal photo. On the left, place transfer 3 from Sky Transfers No. 1 below the mask. Place transfer 5 from ArtPlay Palette Scenic and png file 3 from Sky Transfers No. 1 across the gutter of the page and mask as needed. Note: I lined it up with the bridge on the right.

To finish, add the camera charm from ArtPlay Palette Traveler; add a mask to place part of the charm under the threads and create a title. In this case I combined two fonts to say what I wanted but in a format similar to a file in Scenic WordART Mix No. 2.

Creative Genealogy

My grandparents, Mose and Irene Kennamer, built their home in 1910 on the James Allen Kennamer farm near Quitman, Texas. They lived there until 1939 when they moved to Dallas, Texas. Mose studied music, farmed and became an efficient piano tuner. My grandmother ran the farm and supervised eleven children while my grandfather traveled throughout Texas to tune pianos.

I didn’t live near my grandparents as a child. My grandmother died when I was 4, but I have a wealth of information because my grandfather contributed significantly to publishing of a genealogy book on his ancestors. I thought the look of book would be perfect for this layout.

I placed solid paper 4 from ArtPlay Palette Archive on a new blank document.

Place the psd layers of file 2 from MultiMedia Documents No. 3. Just below the fastener shadow, place the photo. Give the photo a custom shadow, pulling it in with the warp tool below the fastener.

Below the multimedia layers, add transfer 1 from ArtPlay Palette Archive and change the blend mode to darken to blend it into the background paper.

Add edge overlays 1 and 2 below and recolor both. Flip overlay 1 vertically and erase anything overlapping the newsprint edge in the paper.

To create an informal family tree stamp brush 8 from NoteBook No. 3 in black. Below, stamp brush 6 from Trees No. 2. Note: I added the names of my great grandparents.

Add word art 3 from Family WordART Mix No. 1 for a tile and journaling.

Having a copy of the book my grandfather helped compile and publish, I wonder what he would think of this page. I know my dad would have liked it.





Pokemon Go

As part of my birthday celebration in February, I flew up to San Francisco to play Pokemon Go on Pier 39 with Adryane and Don. Besides finding enough Wailmer candies to evolve a Wailord, I captured the Dragonite in the screenshot and fought level 5 raids. We played, stopping only for photographs, lunch and dark chocolate, until I had to catch my flight back late that afternoon.

When I caught the screenshot of the Ferry Arch from inside the app and the photo of the Ferry Arch with my FujiX-T2, I was already thinking about making a page remembering the day. This was one of the easiest pages I’ve ever created. It involved combining two photos and some iPhone screenshots using artsy brushes on inverted masks. Directions for creating this page follow.

Create a sketch of the photo, change the blend mode to linear burn and duplicate. Add an inverted mask and use brushes from ArtsyPaint No. 14 and AnnaBlendz Artsy No. 10 to bring back the sketch.

Note: I used Topaz Simplify to create my sketch. You can also create a sketch with Photocopy in the Filter gallery.

Use the same brush sets on inverted masks to add color from the photo copies to the sketch. Place the top color layer on color burn at 100% and the layer below on linear burn at 100%. Use the same technique on the extension of the track.

Place textures 2 and 3 from PaperTextures No. 6 above the photo layers.

Stamp brushes from ArtsyPaint No. 14 on new blank layers in a light blue below the photo.

Place iPhone screenshots on the page, resize and give each a custom shadow. Add thread 9 from UrbanThreadz No. 15 above the cards. Add a Poke ball above the screenshots and give it a shadow.

Note: I found the Poke ball on the internet.

Place photo just below the Pokemon screen shots. Extract and give it a shadow.

Add title and journaling to finish the page.

I want to thank Adryane and her husband, Don for a fabulous day: talking, walking and playing Pokemon Go.






Photograph Art

After a wonderful visit with my sister last week, I’m just now beginning to work with some of the photographs that I created while in California. Although my art primarily emanates from my photography, at times, a page is inspired by both the photograph and the designs with which I work. In this case, the greens in Anna’s palette inspired me to use this photograph.

I began by placing artsy paper 1 from ArtPlay Palette Heath, but soon switched it out for solid paper 2 in order to eliminate the sky. I placed transfer 1 in the same position as on the artsy paper.

Next, I created a sketch of the photo and clipped it to mask 1 from FotoBlendz Overlays No. 11. I changed the color of the mask to white to accommodate a blend mode of linear burn on my sketch.

Above the sketch, I clipped the photo, added an inverted layer mask and revealed the color photo by stamping on the mask with brushes from ArtsyPaint No. 7 and ArtsyPaint No. 8. The photo layer is on normal blend mode at 100%. I added a levels adjustment layer above the photo on overlay blend mode to brighten the photo.

Next, I roughly extracted the pagoda from a second copy of the sketch and placed it above the other photo layers. I changed the blend mode to linear burn at 100% but I did not clip it to the mask. That allowed the pagoda to dominate the scene since it wasn’t clipped to the mask. I also place art stroke 1 above the group of photo layers.

With the addition of a title and text from Inspire WordART Mix No. 1, a button and leaf from ArtPlay Palette Heath, a thread 14 from ButtonThreadz No. 1 and some journaling, I finished my page.

Initially I struggled with where to place the journaling, but after I extracted the pagoda so that it rose above the masking, I though it provided enough balance to place the little cluster, text and word art on the right side. I like that the photo still dominates the page.





Huntington Library

My twin and I had a wonderful first day of celebration of our birthday. Today we walked the Huntington Gardens and had lunch on a patio; the weather was that fantastic. It was also an opportunity for me to help my sister learn to use her camera. She’s learning quickly.

I tried using the shrub to frame the Asian art.

This was shot with my 35mm, 50mm equivalent on my crop camera, so it’s not macro quality. However, I liked the bokeh behind the flower. Although I had brought my macro lens with me, I used only my normal lens on this walk.

Another favorite was this small nook in the Japanese garden.

White is really hard to capture, but it helped that I shot in raw. Moving the highlights to the left in Lightroom made a big difference.

I was surprised to see geese in the Chinese garden. It’s hard to see but there is one sitting on the bridge.

I liked the light coming through the openings of the bridge from the other side.

Of course it’s always a good idea to try a vertical perspective.

The glare from the ceiling lights made it difficult to capture Pinkie and Blue Boy, but working with ISO and aperture was a good experience for my sister. I shot these in raw with my Fuji X-T2 for a friend. No flash is allowed in the galleries at the Huntington Library.






On a Flight

On my flight to California, I created this page with Anna’s new ArtPlay Palette Lavaliere. I’m in California celebrating a birthday with my twin sister, so you are more likely to see photos rather than pages on my blog this week.

I began this page by placing solid paper 4 from ArtPlay Palette Lavaliere as well as the layers of file 4 from MultiMedia Lock and Key No. 1.

Note: I adjusted the color of the lock by clipping a Hue and Saturation adjustment layer to the group of file 4 layers. I also later added a layer mask to erase a part of the image so that it wouldn’t interfere with my photo.

Below the multimedia file layers, I stamped two copies of brush 4 in Lock and Key N0. 1 in a warm pink and changed the blend mode to linear burn at 100%. I added glow 2 from LoveGlows No. 2 and changed the blend mode to color at 100%.

I then placed a photo of my granddaughter between the lock and the brush layers and blended the photo into the background paper. I duplicated the photo and I extracted her with the Magic Wand tool before giving her image a custom drop shadow.

Next, I placed the layers of file 4 from Artsy Transfers Lavaliere. I adjusted the color of the transfer layer with a Hue and Saturation adjustment layer. I placed glow 1 from ArtPlay Palette Sun Fun on color burn at 100% to brighten the right corner.

Note: I added a Levels adjustment layer to the solid paper at 50% on screen blend mode. I also went back to adjust the blending of photo layers.

Finally, I added a title and journaling to finish my layout.

While working on this layout, I thought about what Anna shared in her AnnaNews email this week regarding changes she’s making in order to make more progress on the things she wants to accomplish. I think my art play was a great use of my time on the flight to Los Angeles even if I forgot to put on my AirPods so I could listen to some of my unfinished coursework while I played. That’s what I intended to do. Maybe on the flight home I will.






Winter Walk

Hundreds of geese strutted in the fresh snow coverng the ground as we walked around Lakeside Park. There were even a few ducks. And my granddaughter, Kate, did everything a girl normally does in the snow: footprints, snowballs, snow angels and chased the geese. I’m going to make a two page spread with some of the other photos that I captured Thursday afternoon, but in the meantime, a new brush set by Anna Aspnes inspired my artplay this morning.

I began this page by stamping brush 6 from Trees No. 3 in a dark green in normal blend mode at 100%.

Next, I extracted Kate with the Quick Selection Tool. I added a black and white adjustment layer to erase the photo’s blue tones in her shadow across the snow. I gave her body a custom shadow and created two sketches of the photo to reconstruct her shadow from the original photo. I then added a levels adjustment layer and changed the blend mode to soft light at 50%.

To bring in the geese that Kate chased, I placed a photo below, resized it and changed the blend mode to linear burn at 100%. I added an inverted layer mask and brought back in just the geese with a brush.

Note: With linear burn blend mode, the white background disappeared, making it easy to bring back in only the geese, but it necessitated the use of two adjustment layers to lighten the geese.

To create the snow effect, I stamped several brushes from SnowSpray No. 4 in black. I then used an old Gesso style that I had. That turned the brushes white and added  dimension to the snow.

Next I placed the layers of psd file 5 from Artsy Transfers Brumal. I deleted two layers and recolored the stains a pink to match Kate’s jacket. I also stamped stain 6 from ArtsyStains No. 5 in the same pink on the left side of the page. I changed the blend mode to hard light just as the stain in the artsy transfer was.

To finish my scene, I placed glow 2 from FotoGlow Mix No. 1 and changed the blend mode to luminosity at 100%. I also placed a pink button from ArtPlay Palette Love Story, color adjusted with a hue and saturation layer, to balance my granddaughter and add a little dimension. I tacked it down with thread 5 from ButtonThreadz No. 3.

With a title and journaling, I finished my page.

I enjoyed every minute of my artplay this morning.

One Photo and an Artsy Paper

We were out playing Pokemon Go yesterday when I saw these geese, most sitting on the ice surrounding a few swimming in an unfrozen circle of water. That geese even winter here surprises me considering how long our cold winters are, but they do. Bill stopped the car and I jumped out with my iPhone in hand. The scene was beautiful as the sun was setting, although I don’t think my snapshot did justice to the view.

In this post, I share how I enhanced the color of one iPhone snapshot before clipping it to masks in order to blend it into an artsy paper from Anna’s new ArtPlay Palette Brumal.

Enhance Photo

Drag the photo onto a new blank 12×12 document. Resize to fit the page. To enhance the photo, duplicate the original and change the blend mode to Darker Color at 100%. Then reduce the opacity of the original to 75%. Add a Levels adjustment layer, blend mode Linear Light at 30%. Add another Levels adjustment layer, blend mode Linear Burn at 50%. Place a sketch layer above all the photo layers and change the blend mode to Multiply. Mask each layer as needed to emphasize and blend the color in the photo. Note: I created a composite of the layers to clip to a second mask.

Place Masks and Recolor

Place png masks 1 and 5 from Brumal FotoBlendz No. 1 just below the original photo. Note: I recolored the masks white so that I could use darkening blend modes on my photo, i.e. Color Burn, Multiply, Linear Burn.

Clip Layers to Masks

Clip the layers of photo to mask 1 and the composite to mask 5.

Place Artsy Paper

Place artsy paper 1 on Normal blend mode below the the photo layers. To intensify the color add a duplicate copy above on Multiply blend mode at 50%. Note: The design of the artsy paper creates a natural ending transition for the masks.

Add Glows

Above the photo layers, add the FotoGlow from file 7 of MultiMedia Branches No. 7 and glow 3 of WarmGlows No. 7 to enhance the setting sun in the photo.

Journaling, Button and Threadz

Add word art from Winter WordART Mix No 2, button from ArtPlay Palette Brumal, thread 5 from ButtonThreadz No. 2, thread 4 from HandStitchez No. 1. Complete journaling.

Not every page needs to be complicated to be effective. Sometimes one photo, a couple of glows and an artsy paper are enough.
















Christmas Colors?

It’s a tradition for me to hand my camera off and to sit with grandchildren on the fireplace for a quick snapshot at Christmas. This is my present to myself. Our Christmas isn’t fancy, just a meal together and watching the kids open gifts. From my perspective nothing more is needed to celebrate the birth of Christ than everyone being together again.

Having both Jeff and Jen together for Christmas this year brought back sweet memories of them as little kids. Hard to believe the black and white photo on the layout above was taken forty years ago. I miss those moments; maybe that’s why this Christmas with them both was so precious.

However, I struggled with this layout, specifically the colors. To begin, I moved two templates from Project Template Album No. 3 on to a new blank 24×12 document, I had already selected the photos I wanted to include on the page. I switched out the frames on the bottom left to accommodate the orientation of those photos.

Then I clipped my photos to the masks and frames. I wondered how I would create a Christmas page with the intense colors in our clothes. I tried changing the photos to black and white to help calm the page, but that didn’t look right either.

I finally settled on desaturating the color in each photo to soften the look a little. However, I was frustrated and walked away from this page for two days.

Returning to my page, I began experimenting with brushes to try to bring in more Christmas colors in an effort to tie the page together. I stamped a brush from Christmas Trees No. 1 on a new layer in a muted green in the gutter of the layout.

However, it wasn’t until a friend sent me a wreath that I knew how to solve my color problem. A bow from ArtPlay Palette Gentle Morning had been recolored a rusty red. That helped pull in the salmon pink of Kate’s outfit.

I sampled that color with the color picker and stamped brushes from ArtsyPaint No. 7 and ArtsyPaint No. 8 to fill in the background behind the photos. I adjusted the opacity and blend modes. I also added a button from ArtPlay Palette Merry Tree (color adjusted with hue and saturation layer) and ArtPlay Palette Joyeux and tacked them down with two threads from ButtonThreadz No. 2.

As much as I love these snapshots, the color scheme proved especially difficult for creating a Christmas layout. I have to admit that part of me wondered whether I should have reminded them to wear Christmas colors when I saw what I uploaded to Lightroom. I mean, it would have made for a prettier page if the colors were more harmonious. In the end, I can tell the snapshots on this layout were taken at Christmas. That’s enough for the individuals in my family!







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