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Month: January 2020

January’s Color

It’s cold outside here; in fact about three or four inches of snow cover the ground. Our driveway hasn’t even been cleared yet. When the weather is snowy outside, a good place to make photographs is my favorite garden nursery, Mulhall’s. Outside, snow covered the ground, but inside the area that is covered with annuals in the spring, today was filled with hundreds of houseplants.

Aside from my favorite ferns, Maidenhair and Boston ferns, I found something new to me: Tillandsia or airplants, their more common name. This is a perennial flowering plant in the family Bromeliaceae.

The green species live mostly more in the shade. In contrast, most gray species live in precipitation-poor areas with high humidity. They prefer the full sun and can therefore be found growing on trees, rocks and even telephone poles.

I thought about taking home some Tillandsia. They looked so pretty in the white tear drop shaped vases. It didn’t look like I’d have to pamper them. But then I remembered how many house plants I’ve lost. So I just came home with some photographs and the feeling of how much I enjoyed myself.

Below is the template that I used to display the photos I captured. It is part of a set available in Anna’s store MonthReview Template Album No. 4. I did turn off the labels on my page. I especially like that they are laid out as two page spreads.

I can see a lot of uses for this series of templates besides just displaying photos taken during the month. Evaluating and deciding which photos to use on a template like this supported my learning about making photographs and how I use my camera. It’s always good when I spend time focusing on my photography.

Painting with Brushes and Transfers

Lauritzen Gardens is one of my favorite places to go at Christmas. The displays are always so creative. This year, along with gingerbread houses, large enough for kids to go inside, big red mushrooms were nestled among the poinsettias.

I began this page with solid paper 4 from ArtPlay Palette Tinselry. At the top of the layout I placed the layers from transfer 4 of Artsy Transfers Tinselry. Then I framed one of the photos I captured in the garden with a file from Distressed Frames No. 5.

In this post, I am going to share how I painted two photo sketches with brushes and transfers.

Paint a Sketch with Transfers and Brushes.
  • Create a sketch from a photo using the photocopy filter in Photoshop.
  • Stamp with Distress ToolSet No. 1 and AnnaBlendz Artsy brushes on new blank layers above the mushrooms in red to fill in the mushroom shapes. Change the blend mode of the red layers to Linear Burn.
  • Press E to access the Erase Tool. Use a hard round brush to stamp the round spots directly on the red painted layers. Adjust the shape as needed in the Brush Panel while stamping to fit the sketch dots.
Continue Painting with Brushes and Transfers
  • Duplicate the red transfer layer from file 4 of Artsy Transfers Tinselry. Reduce the size and warp as needed to fit the mushroom stems.
  • Arrange pieces of the holly and pine from Evergreen FotoBlendz No. 3 to fill in the area around the mushrooms. Recolor each layer a green to blend with the Artsy Transfer at the top of the layout.
  • Place stains from the Artsy Transfers below the holly.
  • Stamp splatters in black on new blank layers.
Repeat the Process
  • Repeat the process on the right side: stamping brushes on new blank layers and coloring stains, evergreens and mushrooms.
  • Reduce the size of the poinsettia from MultiMedia Holiday No. 2. Duplicate and arrange on the left.
  • Create a brush from the dimensional flower from MultiMedia Holiday No. 2. Stamp with your new brush on a new blank layer below the dimensional poinsettias

I enjoyed using a photo from a delightful display at Lauritzen Gardens to create this page. Painting with brushes and transfers was definitely a fun project.

Christmas Magic

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope you find some time to create a little art with your holiday photos. After publishing two photo story books while on sabbatical the last three months, I am looking forward to simply creating some artsy pages with my photos and sharing them with you on this blog.

Do you have any photo traditions? I call this particular photo my favorite. I have handed off my camera for the last six years just to get this shot. Aren’t those pajamas adorable, I loved their matching outfits. Mom’s pajamas said “Mama Elf” and Dad’s “Papa Elf.” If you look at the small photo on the left, taken in 2013, there is a lot more space for everyone to sit. The two older ones were perched on the outer edges of the fireplace this year.

There really isn’t a lot of space in this room to photograph even a small group. That meant there wasn’t a lot of edge space around us in the photo for masking on a layout. In this post, I’m going to share what I did to solve that problem.

Use an Inverted Mask
  • Attach an inverted mask to the photo.
  • With AnnaBlendz Artsy Brushes, stamp on the black mask with white to reveal the photo.
Ground the Photo
  • Place paper texture 9 from PaperTextures No. 10 below the masked photo.
  • Place photo of carpet above the paper texture, add an inverted layer mask and reveal enough to cover the texture shape.
  • Place stains from Evergreen FotoBlendz No. 3 and recolor green.
Build Background

I rarely hand off my camera, but for this bit of magic, I am more than willing.

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