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Month: July 2020

Superman Needed

A small spaceship with a baby inside landed in a fictional town in the American countryside. Named Clark Kent by the couple who found him, the child developed superhuman abilities: incredible strength and impervious skin. His foster parents advised him to use his abilities for the benefit of humanity, and he decided to fight crime as a vigilante. I think that’s just what we need now in this land, a superhero, like Superman, to repair this American mess.

Often I experiment and a page just evolves. That’s the case with this layout. Initially, I was practicing with a sketch technique that I learned from Zwyck, another team member, a technique that she shared several years ago on Anna’s old blog

MultiMedia
Artsy Transfers
  • Below the shadow box, place layers of Artsy Transfers Salute 2 and 5.
  • Adjust the color of the blue layers of file 2 with a Hue and Saturation Adjustment layer.
  • Arrange layers as desired to fill in the background around the shadow box.
Extraction
  • Extract Superman using the Object Selection Tool
  • Add a custom shadow.
  • Below the extraction place the layers of file 1 from Artsy Transfers Salute.
  • Delete the color transfer layer from file 1.

Note: I extracted the Superman emblem from another photo of my grandson’s shirt and placed it inside the shadow box.

Flag Sketch

I am close to memorizing Zwyck’s technique. I labeled the layers in the Layers Panel as I worked with a jpeg photo. Once I finished, I created a composite. After I moved the layers to my layout, I extracted the flag from the sky. I changed the shadows to match the direction the flag was blowing.

Light Up the Sky

With the pandemic, I’m not getting out to photograph as much as I have previously. I miss it. So I wrote about a favorite photo of my granddaughter: I remember the joy of seeing you all dressed up, marching across the yard with a little flag in hand. I missed our normal July 4 this year, but I’m hopeful to see you will light up the sky again next year.

Extraction
  • With Object Selection Tool, outline subject from background.
  • With the ants marching around the subject, click layer mask icon.
  • Adjust mask in properties panel and refine directly on the mask with a small round hard brush.
  • Place extraction above framed mask layer from file 2 of MultiMedia Salute No. 1.
Make Changes
Background
  • Place Transfer 6 from ArtPlay Palette Salute above solid paper 1. Blend mode Normal
  • Place Overlay 2. Blend mode Normal.
  • Place Lace from ArtPlay Palette Salute to left of frame.
  • Place Transfer 3 and change the blend mode to Linear Burn. Adjust color of blue with a Hue and Saturation adjustment layer.
  • Add layer mask to Transfer 6 to mask out overlapping parts to keep color as desired.
  • Place text from Salute WordART Mix No. 1 just above the paper. Change to Linear Burn Blend mode at 50% opacity.
Title and Splatters

Etching

My father was color blind, but he collected art: some in color and others like this etching in black and white. The artist, Rodger Stone, etched scenes of Northern California into a brass plate, made numbered prints from the plate and then punched a hole in the brass plate when he finished so that it couldn’t be used again. I have a grouping of framed etchings, including this one, hanging on the wall above the punched brass plate for this etching.I have a grouping of framed etchings, including this one, hanging on the wall above the punched brass plate for this etching.

The new charcoal brushes reminded me of the etching that my dad had given me. I needed to scan the etching to use it on a layout, but I didn’t want to remove the etching from it’s custom framing. I saw a Persnickety blog post recently about scanning with your mobile phone. I followed the instructions. The hard part was finding a place to take the photo without seeing the glare of the glass or a reflection. I took this shot under a table. Try not to laugh. I’m definitely going to try this scanning technique again but on an unframed photo..

Scan and Mask

Note: I masked and sized it to leave just one of the mats around the etching.

Stamp Brushes
Overlay

Place Edge Overlay 2 from ArtPlay Palette Bravura on the right side just above the paper.

Cluster

Note: I adjusted the size of the elements in my cluster.

My dad would be so pleased.

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