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Advanced Brushwork

My brain is going to explode!  That’s how I feel right now, between Anna’s ArtPlay class and her Advanced Brushwork class.  So many new things – and I love all of them!


This layout was done after viewing Anna’s week 3 lesson.  She gave us a project to use the many techniques we had learned in a layout.  There was no way for to use them all, but I did use the following:

1. Artsy and seamless blending using shape dynamics, scattering, texture and dual brushes;
2. Using the underlying paper pattern to help place photos and elements;
3. Distressing with mixer brushes;
4. Colorizing with brushes – this turned out to add so much to the B&W photo – I was really amazed;
5. Enhancing with light (brushes to add mottled light – LOVE).
6. I also played around with clipping photos to brushes and using paper that was out of my comfort zone.

I will try another layout tomorrow (maybe), and use some of the other techniques she taught us.  I know that I will incorporate all these new techniques into my future layouts.  And I should be able to make a lot soon – I spent the morning doing a photo shoot at the Botanic Gardens!  So many photos – so little time.


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i’ve been taking so many photos of birds, lately.  Scenic-Routei really love the shape, and gracefulness of birds.  i did this layout for anna aspnes’ year of art play – this pond is right across from my townhome, and i go there a lot to take photos.  anna just released a new mini artpalette, and i love the colors.


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Today is the beginning of week 2 of Anna Aspnes’ Advanced Brushes class.  I’ve learned so much already, and yet there is so much more to learn.

One of my favorite artists is Linda Davis.  She is a member of Anna’s creative team (something I would love to do one day), and her blog is full of ideas, instruction and inspiration.  She posted a layout in the group with instructions and I decided to try it out myself.  Here is the result.  Lots of brushwork, blending and experimentation.



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I am so very excited!  I have been invited to join the Pinkadoo Designs Creative Team.  This means that I’ll be creating layouts showcasing the work of this talented designer.  I love working on creative teams!  One gets to create layouts for the sheer pleasure of creating art.  Just what I love.  I hope that everyone will enjoy seeing these wonderful designs.

Here is my first layout!


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Blending & Brushes

Goodness! I can’t believe how busy I’ve been over the past week!  I have hardly had time to breathe, let alone create.  But today I was able to sit down and do some experimenting.

perfect-right-hereThese photos were taken at Clearwater Beach a couple of weeks ago by a good friend, Hanna Weiss.  I don’t often get photos of me because I’m usually the one with the camera!

I am taking two classes by Anna Aspnes:  A Year of ArtPlay and Advanced Brushwork.  This layout was created for the advanced brushwork class.  I played around with adding texture to brushes.  I used a textured blending brush to blend the bottom left photo into the page, then added a texture to the title brush.  Baby steps!



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reinvent-2This layout is all about playing around with blending modes and color! I have been wanting to experiment with the more unusual blending modes, like hard mix, vivid light, etc. I used different color/style filters on the photos, then blended them with usual blending modes. What a wonderful way to create texture and interest! These are photos of water lilies that I took at the Florida Botanic Gardens.   Gorgeous!


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Yesterday, I finally had a chance to join in with the Florida Center for Creative Photography.  This group was started by a man who loves photography and teaching.  Saturday, we met up at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.  There is a HUGE garden and park there that is kept up mainly by volunteers. It is gorgeous.  We all had fun looking for butterflies, bees, flowers and other assorted creatures.


I fell in love with this hibiscus, and turned it into the layout below.


I used a lot of blending techniques that I have been learning in Anna Aspnes’ A Year of ArtPlay class.  The techniques worked beautifully for this photo, and I expect for many of the other photos I took yesterday.  We were there for two hours, and I only saw a fraction of the garden!  It will yield beautiful photos for many months to come.

Have a great week!


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My sister waited a long time to have children.  When she finally had a child, she was ready to devote herself to that child.


I found this photo tonight and was immediately struck by the love shown.  This was taken about a year after Kristie was born, when she and Kitty came to visit us in Ohio.  I remember that visit because Kitty was so happy.

I created this page using a Template from Digital Designers.  I wasn’t fond of the color, so I blended another paper on top of the original to give it a yellow tint to match the color in Kristie’s clothing.  I thought it would bring the green and blue of the template together.


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As you know, I signed up for A Year of ArtPlay from Anna Aspnes.  There is a closed FaceBook group where we can display our layouts and receive ideas, critiques and just fun responses.  Anna is always there and chimes in with her opinions and suggestions.


16640591_10155089712350086_6603613047176655869_nThis layout is my last for our first lesson.  The photo came from June, 2010, when James and I took a drive through Northern Ohio.  It really is a beautiful state!  James has a thing for barns and bridges, so we stopped a lot to take photos.  I’m going to have to have to take the boys and drive through Northern Florida sometime.


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Being Me

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’ve been crazy busy at work.  I know I’m tired when I get home, sit down to create and end up just staring at the screen.  Also, I’m a bit behind on taking photos.

be-youThis photo of me was taken while I was at a Board meeting in Ft. Lauderdale a couple of weeks ago.  I loved it the moment I saw it.  He really captured me at that moment.  I tried several different “looks” for the layout (artsy, traditional) and finally settled on Anna Aspnes blended look.  Oscraps was running a color challenge and I decided to use this photo for it.  I think it came out beautifully!

Anna Aspnes Artsy Template No. 203
Paper: ArtPlay SunFun SolidPaper and ArtPlayPalette Joyful SolidPaper Blended
ArtPlayPalette Simplicity Word Transfers
Repeat Word ART Mix
ArtPlayPalette Vitality FotoGlow
ArtPlayPalette Joyful Splatter
WordArt: NBK BePink
Assorted NBK Styles