Friday, November 28, 2008
I think I prefer to be like these little guys and sit in a branch on Black Friday. LOL Enjoy your free TGIF image, have a WONDERFUL weekend, whether you've shopped or not and I'll be back in a few days. Right now I have a serious case of the sleepies.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
If you're using your Photoshop or Photoshop Elements program just to crop and resize pictures then this workshop is for you! Not only will you learn how to create and apply your own custom brushes (aka digital stamps) but what you learn in this workshop should then enable you to apply more creativity to your own images. This workshop is video and will allow you to actually see me working the desktop area and explaining everything as I work.
This will be a 3 week workshop with a new video posted once a week. In our last session we will actually make a grungy background and then learn to make a tag and apply what we've learned in the workshop to the tag.
I keep my explanations easy to understand and will be available for questions and I approach teaching from that of a working artist who can sometimes be computer challenged, rather than a techie expert. ;-)
So, if you are like I used to be, and spend more time complaining about lack of Photoshop/Elements knowledge, than time spent using it...then this workshop is a great way to start putting this powerful editing program to work for you and your art!
Workshop begins January 6, 2009.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Liz and I finished the weekend with some art time in her beautiful studio. You can tell we were having a good time by the mess. :-) And see the collaged papers there? I was working on a background and liked the finished piece so much it has become a new Decorative Paper in the store.
It is called (what else?) Collaged
It started snowing here about midnight last night. Here are some images from my computer room outside my windows. It is still snowing and we can no longer see the road. Looks like a good day to stay inside don'tchathink?
And here is your free TGIF image. Now SHE has the right idea of how to spend a snowy day!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
and girly time with my BFF extraordinaire Liz
Friday, November 7, 2008
But a short while ago as I came up out of my computer fog I realized I no longer smelled the bread baking. AHA! My brain engaged and led me to the kitchen where sure enough two huge crusty loaves of still warm bread sat perched on the counter. I grabbed the butter and a knife and sat here in heaven after devouring two pieces. And I thought, now this is true goodness.
Both these pieces are done 12x12 canvas with lots of layers and texture going on in the backgrounds that the camera may not have caught very well.
I wanted to play with beeswax when I started these the end of this summer.
I call this one Night in Paris. At first it had been my intention to use beeswax over the background but I liked the color as it turned out and knew that beeswax would change it so I decided to be satisfied with just the bodice finished in beeswax.
This one is self titled Trust Your Dream. Again I wanted to do the whole thing in beeswax as a finish but once more loved the color happening in the background and didn't want it to change. So the little girl and the box she is standing on & the ticket are the only elements with beeswax on them. Hard to tell in a photo but the heart and the star have been flocked.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I think there are a lot of good paper designs in the store that lend themselves well to Christmas projects if you''re looking for something slightly un-traditional maybe in color or design. But the Christmas Papers category has definite Christmas related designs. If you're like me and prefer something in the holiday vein but a little less traditional in color you will find those papers in this category.
As usual, the designs will grow as I have time to create the papers. I added the latest collection of today. I call the design Celebrate Damask and there are 4 slightly different colorways available as you see below and I think they are quite elegant looking.
I have also added two new Collage Sheet Designs:
I have things to get caught up with in the photo department so I can share with you. I'm not sure why but for about two months now I seem to conveniently find something else to do whenever I start thinking about picking up the camera and taking pictures. Sound like avoidance to you? It does to me! ;-) But I'm sure it will pass. A vacation might be in order and I do have a short spell out of town coming up next week that I'm SO looking forward to. A real "only fun allowed" type of get away. More on that later and I will get some project pictures up ASAP. I promise, except, gee I think I really have a lot to do this week........ ;-)