I have officially begun my tenure as “Guest Creative Team Member” at Digital Designers. For the next two months, I will be creating and posting layouts using the wonderful products from this site. Katie Pertiet is the primary designer, and she is amazingly prolific! I am especially fond of her templates – I tend to “scavenge” from them, using a bit here and a bit there to create a new look.
This layout came from a challenge on the blog – the Storybook Challenge. Once of the longtime creative team members at Designer Digitals passed away, and there were a lot of tribute and memory pages uploaded. One team member posted the challenge to write a tribute to someone who is in our lives right now to let them know how much they mean to you. I chose my Senior Rabbi.
It’s been a while since I posted, mainly because I’ve had an artist’s block. I always wondered how an artist could, all of a sudden, not be able to create. Now I know. In my case, it was because I was overwhelmed with new information and techniques. My brain had to have time to process and absorb all the new things I have learned over the past three months. Then, things got busy at work, so it seemed like a good time to just let things mesh. My friends in the Year of ArtPlay class were so supportive and said, “Just sit back and let the flavors blend for a while.”
This layout is the first one to come out of my “simmering.” I love water and this little pond is a favorite of mine at the Botanic Gardens. I thought it was the appropriate photo to use for this layout.
This layout was done for an Oscraps challenge. I think that this may be the direction in which my style is developing – combining artsy blending with the traditional scrapbook look. Time will tell, but I feel particularly happy when I look at this one.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful Holiday over the next week – whichever one you celebrate!
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.
i’ve been taking so many photos of birds, lately. i 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.
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.
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!
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.
These 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!
This 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!
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!
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.