Tuesday, 9 October 2012

MAJOR WIP

I ALWAYS have lots of WIP's and always manage to get them finished - eventually. At the moment though, I have the Mother of all WIP's on the go. I am trying to teach myself to use Adobe Photoshop!!!I have Photoshop Elements 8 - more than I will EVER need but I do want to learn it well enough to be able to do things with the photos I take to make some interesting quilts.

 I have a grand little book that inspired me initially- Artistic Photo Quilts by Charlotte Ziebarth. Ms Z writes well and her instructions are very clear- now that I know some bits of Photoshop. She does a lot of printng on fabric and then uses the fabris in her very interesting quilts. I did do one photo quilt- not sure I ever posted it here but will do so later today. I will have to find it and give it a little press .

I thought I would post some of the pictures I have created by layering several photos , making some layers transparent and enhancing the colour in some cases. Prepare to be amazed!
Dry grasses outside our daughter's home in TN last winter , colour altered and enhanced

Nice layers of a bicolour iris, Flamenco, and a magnolia soulangeana

Horses on the roadside cut from a photo and pasted onto a blank canvas  then the colours were dickered with. I like this. reminds me of cave paintings!

Simple one of two layers , top one transparent- peony centre and an iris

Those same TN grasses layered with local teasels from a nice day of picture taking last week

My lovely pale, powder blue irises with colours DRASTICALLY altered
Magnolia and Iris again

A bough of ripe apples layered with a nice iron fence- and then BIG colour alteration



One of my favourites. I may use it to make a little quilt if I feel I am up to the challenge.
I make most of my own greeting cards using my photos. I really think some of the things I have been doing with Photoshop would make lovely cards. I hope to try some more fabric painting and to use some of the prints for quilts. Stay tuned and watch this space!

I am posting this on the needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com  Go and have a look. There is always something interesting going on there. Enjoy!


9 comments:

  1. Whoa! Good for you. Share stuff that you learn please as I am not giving this the time it needs and I'm forgetting everything. Great stuff!!!

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  2. Wow really excellent results:)

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  3. Wow, they are beautiful! Photoshop is on my wish list.

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  4. Wow! Great work! Especially love the horses.

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  5. Love the layering, RT! My son has been learning that as part of his digital media studies...and I know I should experiment in my very basic PS Elements program...but I have trouble translating using a screen...I admire your work, especially the flowers!

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  6. fantastice!! I have no idea how to do any of this....lol But you make is stunning.

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  7. Wonderful! Love the magnolia and iris

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  8. you're right it is amazing how they turn out .... I have never scene this before.....
    in stithces

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