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Tulips and a Simple Template

 

Photography is important to me, especially capturing family and flowers. I enjoy working on improving my camera skills. In fact, my photographs are the reason I create scrapbook pages. Without them, I don’t think I would create any pages. There are lots of other reasons for creating scrapbook pages, but for me, I primarily create pages so that I can share my photos whether just as they come out of the camera or altered as a piece of art.

I know that I prefer simple designs that showcase most of my photos. So if this page looks similar to others I have completed, it is because I am collating them to create a book that I hope to eventually publish.

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Although this post is a review of my process using Anna’s FotoInspired Templates, I would like to share a few things that I am experimenting with as I work with the templates.

For this two page spread I began with template 9 from Anna’s new release FotoInspired Template Pack No. 2F. After dragging the template’s layers to a new 24×12 inch document, I reduced the size of all the layers to about 85%.

Next, I placed solid paper 1 from ArtPlay Palette Autumn Soul. Below the paper, I tucked a photo on the left and adjusted it’s position to fill a 12×12 space. Note: I have selected 3-4 solid whites that I am alternating in this book.

Then I clipped photos to the smaller masks, trying to balance the different photo perspectives. Note: I photograph in both jpeg and raw. For this book, I am processing the raw files. However, even after clipping them to the masks, I often add a levels adjustment layer on blending mode soft light and adjust the opacity.

To create a background for the textbox, I clipped solid paper 3 and two transfers from ArtPlay Palette Spring Due to the mask. Above that, I placed file 3 from MultiMedia Spring No. 1 and file 4 from MultiMedia Spring No. 4. I used the psd files so that I could recolor the flowers. I adjusted the text box and wrote a little journaling. Note: I created a video using this process which you can view here.

I have been experimenting with different products for the background behind the template’s small frames. On this page, I placed the same psd layers of file 4 from MultiMedia Spring No. 4 on the right edge. I recolored the flower, the leaves and an artstroke.

Previously, I’ve used lace, fotoinspired edge templates and stains below the template. For this page, I stamped on new layers with brushes from ArtsyPaint No. 10 in a green to match the tulip leaves.

I finished my page with a button from ArtPlay Palette Whimsy, thread 11 from ButtonThreadz No. 2, a title and the date. Note: So far I have used the same font, Molly Script for the page titles.

I’m enjoying creating these pages, the consistency of template format and the experimentation they allow. Now I need to get out again with my camera to see if I can find some more flowers to capture.

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ArtPlay Homework

I have gotten a little behind with the lessons from A Year of ArtPlay 2017, but I found some time over the holiday weekend to tackle the June class that Anna released a week ago. I like to call my pages following classes my homework assignments, as I have found that when I apply the concepts soon after watching the class videos, I am much more likely to consistently incorporate Anna’s techniques into my own artily.

As a retired teacher, I also know the value of applying new information in my own unique way. I literally practice applying what is presented in a class, but I try to change or adapt the lesson content to my own prior learning. Simply put, practice the skills taught and then try to use them in a different way.

After viewing June’s lesson, which entails three videos each just over 20 minutes long, I went in search of a photo that I could use. Although Anna provided her layout and photo, I chose not to use those tools because I prefer to practice with my own photos. So my layout does not look like Anna’s. Using a different photo pushes me to adapt and apply what I viewed in class videos.

I’m not going to explain in depth specifically what I did on this page as Anna does a far better job in the three videos. Rather I hope these screen shots will encourage you to take a look at A Year of ArtPlay 2017.

First I blended a photo and sketch together.

Second, I worked with an artsy paper and transfers. I tried at least a half dozen papers before making my decision to blend an artsy paper with a solid from ArtPlay Palette Parasio and transfers from Artsy Transfers Parasio. Note: the idea for the glow in the background was taken from a completely different ArtPlay artsy paper.

The last steps involved something Anna calls “puzzle blending”, working with several brush techniques, embellishing and creating a title.

I am always pleased after finishing one of Anna’s lessons from A Year of ArtPlay 2017, pleased with my art homework and pleased with the new ideas I learn from class.

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Serious About Play

Kate is very serious about her play. When she says “talk about it” or directs saying “play with me”, that means let’s pretend play now! Every time we repeat the lines of a story we’ve read together or stop to examine something interesting, she is learning as she plays. It has been quite a while since we’ve walked out to the little bridge on the creek among the trees beyond the pond. The area was covered with dandelion seed heads on Thursday.

Every time we go out on an adventure together, I’m playing and learning too. I play with Kate and learn a little more about how to work more quickly with my camera to capture our moments together. I’m very grateful for the time with Kate and for a process that allows me to bring together some photos to create another story page. We are both very serious about our play. Today, I share part of my Photoshop play with some photos that I captured on an adventure Thursday afternoon.

I began this page with a composite of a photo and the psd layers of file 3 from MultiLayered FotoBlendz No. 7 and AnnaBlendz Artsy Brushes No. 8. I made adjustments to the large mask and clipped the composite to that layer. I duplicated the composite and clipped it to the other fotoblendz layers.

Note: Near the bottom of the layer’s panel is the folder that contains the original layers I used to create this composite. They are all linked. I sent a copy of the original photo to Topaz Simplify to get the painterly look for the background and attached a layer mask to that copy and masked out my granddaughter to allow the original photo of just her to show through. There is also another layer on soft light above the Simplify and original layers.

I used the same process using file 4 from Multilayered FotoBlendz No. 7 for the second photo. This time, I turned off two of the layers that didn’t work with my photo’s placement. I again made some adjustments directly on the mask as well as an attached layer mask with AnnaBlendz Artsy No. 8.

Next, I placed the layers of templates 4 and 5 from WaterColor Template Album No 4. While I used primarily the frames, I also used a texture and recolored the stains on template 4. I used the same photo treatment on all the framed photos. To create the out of bounds effect, I duplicated the photo layer and moved it above the frame. I stamped with brushes from ArtsyStains No. 3 to fill in the area.

For more depth I added png files from Spackle Textured No. 6. I stamped a paper texture from Paper Textures No. 3 on a new blank layer. I used brush files from MiniDots No. 1 to create the look of dandelion seeds blowing in the wind.

Finally, I incorporated my title with the layers of MultiMedia Suns No. 1, added another dandelion and wrote my journaling.

I think one could say that I have definitely been seriously playing this weekend.

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A Little More Practice

After I have attended a class or video event, like Sunday’s NSD ArtPlay Un3dited, I like to practice with the concepts shared so that they become part of my repertoire for creating art within Photoshop. It’s especially fun to experiment with the ideas in a different way, to see what variations are possible. I began this page with a photo I captured early in April and the layers of transfer 5 from Artsy Transfers Pierian.

After placing my photo on a new blank 12×12 inch document, I exported it from Photoshop into Topaz Simplify and worked with the plug-in’s adjustments to add a more painted look to my photo. I duplicated the original twice and used the Find Edges filter on each copy with a one on color burn at 20% and another on multiply at 60%.

Next, I created a composite. I added a layer mask and applied a layer from artsy transfer 5 to the mask. For a painted texture, I added solid paper 5 from ArtPlay Palette Moorlands on multiply at 50%.

After creating another composite, I reduced the size 50% and placed it to the left using the texture in the solid paper to guide me. Then I attached a layer mask and used brushes from ArtPlay Palette Moorlands, Clouds No. 1, an edge from Easy Torn Edges Layered Templates No. 2, applying two different techniques that Adryane shared on Sunday during NSD ArtPlay Un3dited Event.

After finishing my composite, I added bird layers from MultiMedia Birds No. 1 and brushes from Take Flight No. 2 behind the cutout openings. I also created a cluster with elements from ArtPlay Palette Pierian and ArtPlay Palette Moorlands for interest and to create a spot for a title.

What I enjoy about my experimenting is learning some new techniques for working with layer masks. This new learning fits so well with Anna’s Advanced Brushes Class. I think that I’m ready to use this information in a new way now.

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More On a Painterly Look

While I haven’t finished viewing all the videos from class, Creating Painterly Images, I thought I would share what I did with these white orchids using Topaz Lab’s plug-in Simplify as well another technique the instructor demonstrated in class. I have another six videos to view, all of which demonstrate how to add a painterly look within Photoshop or with a plug-in like Simplify from Topaz Labs. I haven’t viewed the class video on Topaz Labs yet, so what I share today is based on my current understanding of how the plug-in works.

Aside from the original extracted copy and custom drop shadow at the bottom of the orchid group, I created a sketch within Topaz Labs’ Simplify with one copy and a digital painting with another copy. On both of those copies I applied the inverted masks before taking them into Simplify. To the painterly copy, I clipped a lightened copy of solid paper 2 from ArtPlay Palette Tres Bon. There are two more orchid copies: one for which I used the find edges filter and another copy of the painted version on color burn at 30%.

Note: I have been experimenting with Topaz Labs’ Simplify plug-in for more than two years. This link, Create a Digital Painting, is my favorite tutorial for using Topaz’s Simplify. It’s from 2014, but I still think this tutorial explains best how the Simplify plug-in works so that I can make my own adjustments on the presets provided in the software. Once you’ve done this a few times, you will not need to have the instructions on your computer screen while you work in the plug-in. This plug-in works in both Photoshop and PSE.

To soften the look of the orchids, I next created a composite of just the orchid group. I duplicated it three times. Then I rotated each copy maybe 4 or 5° both clockwise and counter clockwise and changed the blend mode of each to color burn at 25%.

Below the orchids, I placed two copies of transfer 5, copies of transfers 3 and 6 as well as the gold paint from ArtPlay Palette Tres Bon. I stamped brush 2 and brush 6 from Tres Bon No. 1 with a dark brown on new layers and changed the blend mode to linear burn. I changed the blend mode of transfer 3 to color burn and transfer 6 to linear burn.

For dimension, I placed file 6 from UrbanStitched Leaves No. 3 along with threads from UrbanThreadz No. 9 and UrbanThreadz No. 11. I should try to use the .abr files for stamping the threads, but I have an old habit involving searching and then dragging over the file that I need to break. I recolored the button and added a thread from ButtonThreadz No. 2. I stamped my title on a new blank layer just under the orchids in the same dark brown I used for the brushes.

I will let you know soon what I learn in the last six class videos.

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List of Brush Strategies

If you’re taking Anna’s Advanced Brushes class, then you know that the assignment this week is to try one or more of the techniques that Anna demonstrated in a layout. Next week, we’re going to be looking at more brush techniques in a new DigitalART project. Incorporating some of the techniques that Anna shared has been quite a challenge for me. I tried to choose those strategies that I am more likely to use on a regular basis as part of my process.

First, I loaded WallTextures No. 2 into Photoshop and selected brush 2 to stamp on a new blank layer. I changed the blend mode to linear burn and masked out part of the brush with a layer mask. For this page, I used only .abr brush files rather than png brushes.

I clipped a copy of a photo to the brush.

Next, I selected a few brushes from the AnnaBlendz Artsy brush series to begin compiling an .abr file of my favorite brushes. I also added some stains I’d incorporated into another .abr file to my brush panel. I used those brushes to reveal parts of two copies of the photo of the cyclamen lining the path by stamping on inverted masks. The first copy is on normal blend mode at 100% and the one above on overlay at 100%.

Before beginning this page, I experimented making my own brush from the cyclamen petals in a photo. I distressed my new brush. I used my new brush by rotating the brush tip as I stamped on an inverted mask as well as two AnnaBlendz Artsy brushes that I changed in the shape dynamics part of the brush panel.

I dragged those layers to my new layout and placed them below the wall texture brush in order to fill in the flower bed. Two lower layers are on normal blend mode, another layer is on overlay and the top layer is on soft light. I duplicated one more copy of the photo that I had clipped to the wall texture brush and used brushes to contain my blending. That’s a concept that Anna explained last month in aAYear of ArtPlay.

To create a background, I created another brush from a photo of a door and brick wall using the strategies Anna demonstrated in class. I chose a color from the color picker and stamped my new brush on a new blank layer. Then I erased parts using a brush with the eraser tool. I’m divided on whether I prefer a layer mask or simply using the eraser tool to delete parts of brush layers. A layer mask makes it easy to make changes. However, the eraser tool is quick, especially for distressing. I can see benefits to using both strategies. Above my door and new brush, I stamped brush 4 from WallTextures No. 2. I used the eraser tool to modify the brush layers.

Below my door, I stamped brush 7 from WallTextures No. 1. I erased parts with the eraser tool. I added gold paint 2 from ArtPlay Palette For the Record to the edge of the door. Between my door layers, I added glow 2 from ButterflyGlows No. 1. I changed the blend mode to color burn at 45%. I think using the glows for adding color is easiest for me at the moment.

To finish my page, I placed a butterfly from ArtPlay Palette Studious and adjusted the levels of the butterfly to increase the contrast. Then I clipped two copies of a photo and adjusted it’s position. I tacked the butterfly down with a thread from UrbanThreadz No. 4. Next, I added a title to my page and splatters from Artsy Transfers For the Record to create a visual triangle of black.

Finally, I added solid paper 4 from ArtPlay Palette Sugar and lightened it with a levels layer on screen blend mode at 45%.

What strategies did I use on this page?

  • used .abr files rather than png brush files
  • clipped a photo to a brush
  • stamped brushes on inverted masks
  • made adjustments to brush tips in the brush panel, i.e. shape dynamics, scattering
  • blended photos with brushes on layer masks, i.e. contain image to improve the blending
  • created my own brush presets from photos
  • distressed a brush layer with the eraser tool

These are all techniques with which I want to develop more expertise. I’ll watch the upcoming lesson next week and decide what else I want to add to my list of strategies.

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More Brush Practice

While I was walking around the lake a couple of weeks ago, I came upon a man tossing sticks into the water for his dogs to retrieve. I wouldn’t want to be those dogs. The water was cold, but the dogs seemed to love the play. He was so pleased when I emailed him some prints of the photos I captured, telling me he didn’t have photos of his dogs.

To create this page, I began playing with the transfers and overlays from MiniArtPlay Palette Gelid, stacking several along the right edge above a solid paper.

Then I continued to practice with brushes in Photoshop. As part of my participation in Anna’s class, I have decided that I will upload the brushes included with each artplay palette rather than use the png files. The more I practice with the brush panel, the easier it will be to use brushes as part of my process. (Note: this isn’t a complicated page, I’m more interested in developing new habits at the moment.)

I placed my photo above a solid paper, overlays and transfers. Then I clipped an inverted mask to the photo by pressing the option (alt) key and clicking on the add layer mask icon at the bottom of the layers panel. My photo disappeared. Next, I stamped brush 6 from Countryside Brushes No. 2 with white as my foreground color twice at 100%. Yes, I love this brush set! I changed the blend mode of the brush layer to multiply. Where needed, I stamped brush 2 from AnnaBlendz Artsy No. 4.

In aA Year of ArtPlay’s February class, Anna talked about the idea of containing an image. With a brush from MiniPalette Gelid, I stamped below the dogs with a blue sampled from the water. I don’t think I would have done this using just png files. This is another reason for having the brushes preloaded in the brush panel. I also added a fotoglow from WarmGlows No. 3 below the photo to simulate the sun’s direction.

Finally, I placed a wood word art from Scenic WordART No. 1, tacked it down with a stitch from MiniArtPlay Palette Gelid and added a few sentences for context about this photo. Yes, I could have done more with elements, but I’m more interested in learning to work with brushes, i.e. what’s going to be most convenient. So I’m happy with the simple look of this page.

MiniArtPlay Palette Gelid will be available beginning Friday with a $20 purchase for the birthday sale at Oscraps.

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Photo Art

These are some of the other orchids that I captured with my 60mm f/2.4 macro and 35mm f/2.0 lenses. Both create a nice bokeh background when shot at f/2.8. One idea that I’ve been considering is making a book with the photographs of flowers that I create. If I did, this is a page design that I would use, a full page photo on one side and smaller detail shots on the other.

Anna’s FotoInspired DoubleTemplates are great for emphasizing the details of a photo series, in this case some orchids. For this page, I used FotoInspired DoubleTemplate No. 69. I reduced the size of the template to create a little more white space as a separation from the full page photo side.

To add a bit more color, I placed two transfers from ArtPlay Palette Radiant below the frames and masks. I also blended one transfer with the middle photo. I placed the psd layers from FotoInspired EdgeTemplates No. 2. I recolored the stains or clipped another paper and changed the blend mode to linear burn.

With a few threads, some branches and a title, I finished my page.

To make it easy, I simply created a composite of the template side and dropped it on top of the full page photo on a 24×12 inch file.

This is the kind of page that I would create for a book on Flowers, a future book project idea I’m considering.

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The Art of Collaboration

I have been making photographs this month, more than I can possibly scrap. The photos are all in Lightroom, labeled and tagged. That’s good. troll_screenshotaYet, I have that overwhelmed feeling as the year draws to a close because I feel the pressure of needing to finish this book project. It’s so easy to procrastinate when I’m feeling uninspired. So I sent a friend, Adryane Driscoll, this photo along with a dozen others on a blank 24×12 inch document via Dropbox and asked if she would be willing to collaborate again on a two page spread using Anna’s new template set, Project Template Album No. 2.  I could end this post with the statement that Adryane and I both enjoyed ourselves immensely as we collaborated to get this page finished. However, I thought you might like to read a bit of our informal Messenger exchanges after Adryane opened the psd file with all those photos as well as some final thoughts on collaboration.

Messenger Excerpts and Screenshots

Adryane: I will send you my thinking on one side. It’s just an idea. And it needs a lot more twigs. I still need to mask behind Kate and figure out a good way to get the bridge to the other side.

Linda: I have some other shots that show the entire bridge at the same angle; I think you could paste them together to blend it across the page.

Adryane: No worries. I have some of the other photos on the second page. I will send it to you later today. My extractions are nowhere near as good as yours. This is just idea.

Linda: I’ll look at the extraction. Extractions depend on the background, especially hair. I can blend in the whispy part of Kate’s depending on the background, especially those difficult curls.

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Adryane: I still need to work on moving the bridge from the right to left side. Nor have I finished adding elements or completed all the shadows. I do like the snip snap part as a visual with the other journaling.

Adryane: If my computer could laugh out loud it would have when I tried to email you a 742 mb file. Don will send you a link. Be sure to change, modify and delete at will! I used templates 4 and 8 from the new album, Project Template Album No. 2. I also added more twigs.

 

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Linda: I will extend that bridge and add journaling in one textbox. Will you write something for Kate too?

Adryane: Yes. Take your time. I will think of something to write. You’ll do the title work, correct? Why is the file size so big?

Linda: I can’t see anything that looks like it might be adding significantly to the file size. I often clip photos to stains and brushes. That shouldn’t make that much difference. Love the way you did the troll and ground coming from the bridge in the photo on the left.

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Linda: I think it still needs a little something although I don’t know exactly what. I used an alpha of Anna’s to create part of the title and combined it with a font group. I used a color overlay in the styles panel to adjust the color. Re-adjust it if you want. I put some of the title in pink to pick up the pink in Kate’s outfit.

Linda: You might want to work with my shadow on the left bridge. I had to use a layer mask to get it off her skirt. It is on a separate layer. There is now a double drop shadow on separate layers for the right bridge.

Linda: Do you think we should add a bit of texture to Mr. Troll?

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Adryane: I like the wood alpha. I will try it to one of those fancy uppercase letters that you often see in old books when you read “Once upon a time…” and determine if it’s too much. The bridge blending is fantastic! Did you get the file size down?

Linda: Not a lot, 866 mb. However, it uploads to dropbox. Just takes time. I guess I could have zipped it before uploading. It says only 5 minutes left.

 

Adryane: I had to take off the title because it seemed like too much with my troll redo. What do you think? When you said the troll needed texture and my kids said it was a fail, my idea for the threadz and leaves came to mind almost immediately.

 

Linda: He looks wicked with the green and brown leaves!! I like the troll better now. He looks much more than Paul Galdone’s drawing, I like the added depth. Yes, I love the leaves, threads and bees! Maybe I can put a smaller title on the right side?

 

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Adryane: It may not need a title. Your previous title looks great. Why don’t you remove my journaling and run the title across the top. The right side is too heavy for a split title. With the added leaves, threads and new grass, I think the right side is done. I recolored the leaves to go with those Kate is holding.

 

Linda: The weight with the branches moves across both pages and the troll goes across the gutter nicely with the leaves!! I love the way you used the threads, what a great idea for his hair. Don’t stress about time. I love the back and forth between us, the exchange of thinking! I wouldn’t have thought to work that way with the troll; he looks great!

 

Adryane: My kids are happy with the troll now. They thought I didn’t try hard enough with the first version. You also may have a better way of extending the grass on the right. I used one of your photos but the grass had to be enlarged quite a bit to fit the mask so it doesn’t quite match the original photo. I think it would looked better without the white space to the left of Kate.

 

Adryane: I’ve been playing with the title work. I like the idea of keeping the font the same throughout in order to avoid a too busy feeling. The font for the O is Preciosa. It’s a free at dafont.com. It looks very fairytale-ish

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Linda: I like the title, but your journaling isn’t there, nor your signature!!

Adryane: You will have to make the mask on the left larger so that it comes up more toward the title. That will take away that floating feeling of the title. I moved the title under the branches in the layers panel.

Linda: Did you use the warp tool to reshape the make of the vertical masked photo on the left?

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Adryane: Yes, I warped the mask. Try extending that green grass with the bridge to the next page. I think I would try joining them right above the bridge before extending  the mask upward. The grass area is too large and too far up on the page. I know you have the idea. Piecing is not my strong suit.

Linda: Just a little, something light. Since the bridge goes across the gutter, the grass can go across as well. I know what to do to fix the masking of the grass. I’m going to see what I can do to get the text with your journaling on the right to work, especially since your journaling fits the picture story so well. Let me see when I do with it.

 

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Linda: I re-imported and merged masks from template 4 and 22 together.  The original mask of 4 has a flourish and edge, so that’s why there is more white space now. I placed the mask, stains and flourishes of template 22 toward the left. I think the flourishes work well with the flourish looking letter O. The dots in the title lead right into the journaling on the right. I may add a little light on the right with a glow.

Adryane: Looks great. Thank you for doing this with me. It’s not easy giving someone else license with your photos :). Your genius has made it all work. You got the mask just right so the grass is the same and light enough so the journaling works. I like the lighter look in the top right corner. It looks so much better now that you’ve remasked the right side. The flourishes are just right with the title.

Final Thoughts on Collaborating

Adryane and I worked on this layout on and off for three days. We’d like to share a few tips if you decide that you would like to collaborate with a friend.

  1. Exchange psd files only once or twice so that you are working with the same original file. After that, we learned that it is easier to share thinking and suggest changes using screen shots in messages rather than uploading large psd files through Dropbox.
  2. Collaboration is a different relationship than the teacher/student relationship of teaching. As Adryane said, “It’s about having a shared vision that two people create instead of one person. Collaboration involves sharing ideas, techniques, and relying on and learning from each other’s strengths.”
  3. People have time constraints, dinner to make, appointments to keep so collaborating as Adryane and I did won’t work for everyone. Collaboration even with a friend requires extra time.
  4. Have a clear goal. In this case, Adryane and I worked on one layout that will be part of a book I’m creating this year. Her advice: “When you are working on something that may end up in someone’s book, it’s nice to consider that person’s style and to add some of your own style.” That this page reflects both Adryane and I makes it very special to me.
  5. Collaborating with a friend is also a good way to overcome stagnation and get support when you are feeling overwhelmed and uninspired. It’s a good way to try something different.

As a digital scrapbooker, I love having a friend with whom I can collaborate. However, online classes also help me develop my skills in Photoshop. If you are looking for another way to make connections with others interested in digital scrapbooking with Anna Aspnes’ Designs, I encourage you to look at Anna’s new class, aA Project. I’m looking forward to the learning and support I need to finish up this year’s book project.

Heart Art

Sometimes, I make photographs without any thought about creating a scrapbook page. 2016-02-21 131136I captured these glass figures in February at an exhibit of 32 glass sculptures by Craig Mitchell Smith in the conservatory at Lauritzen Gardens. I don’t always initially see the possibility in a photograph for creating a piece of art. However, I remembered this photo when I opened Anna’s new palette, ArtPlay Palette Plumeria. A friend suggested that the figures looked like ghosts. I think wraiths might be more apropos for this page since they appear to be dancing above the water. The artist called this sculpture “Gravity Landscape”, but I don’t quite understand that title. I also wonder what the artist intended by placing a heart inside each figure. At any rate, this is one of those artsy photo pages created without a story in mind, but simply for the joy of experimenting.

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I began by placing solid paper 3 from ArtPlay Palette Plumera on a new blank document. I rotated it clockwise in anticipation that by using a fotoblendz mask the texture above it the paper would show through my photo.

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Next, I placed mask 2 from FotoBlendz Overlays No. 9 and clipped a copy of my photo to the mask. I added a levels adjustment layer on color burn at 20% above the photo. I love that the transparency of the mask reveals part of the paper below.

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In order to get the figures to show more on my page, I extracted them from another copy of the photo using an inverted mask. I added a vibrance adjustment layer at 45% and a levels adjustment on soft light at 50%. I gave my extraction a small drop shadow. In this case, the extractions also created depth by making the figures pop from the background.

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I placed one transfer and an art stroke from the new palette above the original photo. I masked out a part of the art stroke. To recreate the look of water, I added stains from Artsy Layered Template No. 233, two additional transfers from ArtPlay Palette Plumera and an overlay from ArtPlay Palette Heart No. 1. I changed the blend modes of three, one stain to darken, one transfer to multiply at 40% and the heart transfer just above the paper to overlay.

(Note: templates are a great source for not only stains, but journaling boxes and frames as well.)

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Finally, I placed artstroke 2 below the extractions to balance the black on the other side. With two more hearts, word art from Art WordArt Mix No. 1, a button (recolored slightly), a thread from ButtonThreadz No. 1 and journaling, my page was finished.

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Sometimes, I surprise myself with what I can create with a photo, an artplay palette and a little experimenting with blend modes in Photoshop. I will print this one just so my family will know that on occasion I deviate from my normal style simply for the sake of experimenting with art.

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