Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Week 22 of 365 Days of Art Challenge

It's June!!! Where is the time going? I think it goes by faster every year! We need to be sure we are taking time to smell the roses along the way! This week has been a struggle for me. I've been sick most of the week, but have managed to get a bit of sewing done and played with more digital manipulation of photographs. 

Being sick, it was easier to lay in bed and play with my tablet, than to get out my sketchbook and draw. I went through several tutorials (again) for Photoshop Elements. With step-by-step instructions, one would think the images would end up like the tutorial.Not me - some I wasn't even close to the results the tutorial showed! Lol!! I did figure out enough to manipulate the following photos into something I thought was interesting. 

Rosebud overlaying century plant. It was difficult to control the fading of the rosebud to achieve
the affect I wanted. Too much of the rosebud disappeared when I tried make it more transparent.
I like the century plant leaves and debris in the center showing through the rosebud.

My original photos of the rosebud and century plant. 

Striped red/yellow rose on top of geranium leaves. I like the green geranium leaf showing through
the bottom of the faded rose. I can see using this photo as a place to start a mixed-media project. 

The original photos of the geranium leaves and the striped rose.

Vegetables rippled, warped and re-colored provides the base for the bunch of tiny purple flowers and a orange rose. This is my favorite photo. I definitely want to print this and use it for a mixed-media painting, or possibly on fabric for an art quilt. 

These are the original photos of the purple flowers, the orange rose, and a pot of vegetables that I used to create the above photo collage.

I learn more each time I use Photoshop Elements ( (or stumble my way through it). Maybe one of these days, it will actually start making sense! Lol! It's fun to play and manipulate photos to create new ideas, textures, and shapes.


  1. I hope you feel better Lynnita! I like the photos, especially the geranium!

  2. How fun these are. I've tried to play with photoshop but haven't had much luck. I need to take a class to learn it right, rather than stumble around with it. I especially love that center photo. Hope you are feeling better soon.

    1. I agree - a class would should be nice, as I definitely stumble around in it!! Sometimes I think I've fallen down a black hole! Lol!