Is it spring yet, I am longing for my flower gardens

By on 3-31-2012 in Backgrounds for mixed media, Digital Images + Collage, Mixed Media, Original photos

Not sure what these are but they were my mother’s day present from my youngest son and his wife last year. So pretty.

flowers

Is there anything better than lilacs … the perfume, the colour and they are one of the longest lasting spring flowers.

lilacs

These are apple blossoms from the crab apple tree at the old country house. Those apples made the best apple jelly in the fall.

apple blossoms

How pretty are these apple blossoms. They grow on an apple tree beside our little rental house. What a beautiful surprise that first spring.

apple blossoms

Doodle This challenge on the Just Art site

By on 3-31-2012 in Backgrounds for mixed media, Digital Images + Collage, Mixed Media, Original photos

The Doodle This challenge is one I hosted. The blog posting from the Creative Market with the cartoons worked into the images immediately made me think this is something different that would look great on a digital scrapbook site. This is one of two entries I made. The photo is of the Ottawa River. I have always loved this photo but never knew what to do with it. It was waiting for this challenge. The elements belong to Gabbi’s Wonderful Water World. Nessi came from an online colouring book site which I reduced and altered. Poor Nessi, she is sooo lost.

Nessi has to get her act together

A winter dawn, pick a season challenge

By on 3-31-2012 in Backgrounds for mixed media, Digital Images + Collage, Mixed Media, Original photos

The last challenge for June at the Just Art site was pick a season. We had several parameters we had to meet. I have some beautiful photos of dawn breaking over the trees in the fields behind our old house. I am so glad I had the honour of seeing these sunrises and being able to keep them forever to look back on now that we have moved into the city.

A winter dawn

Mosaic Mask for Photoshop Elements

By on 3-31-2012 in Backgrounds for mixed media, Digital Images + Collage, Mixed Media, Original photos

At the new Just Art, a digital art and scrapbooking site we were discussing mosaic filters but in Photoshop Elements the technique for using this filter on a layers mask is not possible without creating the mask first. I have created this one to test out how well it would work using a black and white image, putting it through the mosaic filter and using that as your mask. This is how it turned out. I changed the mask colour to one of the sky colours and used the multiply filter on it as well. I am including the mask if you would like to try it yourself, just right click and save to download it. The photo I used is of our Canadian Parliament Buildings taken from the back, across the Ottawa River at the Museum. It is an interesting effect. The link for the new site is: Just Art . Come on over if you want to share and learn with the rest of us, you will be welcomed.

Ottawa Parliament Buildings with mosaic mask

Mosaic mask 1

Clay horses have dreams too, created for the Just Art Challenge on Facebook

By on 3-31-2012 in Backgrounds for mixed media, Digital Images + Collage, Mixed Media, Original photos

The first month for the Just Art Challenge on Facebook brought us a challenge to use a coloured image along with outlines of that same image. There have been some wonderful pieces done. This is my piece along with a sample of different filters and effects done in PSE 11. The terra cotta horse was one on display at our museum several years ago. I fell in love with the fellow which is approximately the size of a pony. An amazing piece of art. I used a filter from the sketch series, a background, two horse shapes along with some effects and transparencies and the brushes in eraser mode to first bring out the clay horse and then to take away some of the background of the horse image.

Clay horses have dreams too

This is a sample I did using several different filters and effects before working on the piece itself. I did not however, use brushes on this piece. The original image without filters is in the middle.

Part photo-partsketch examples