Thursday, March 29, 2012

sketchbook challenge

this months theme flowers

with the warmer temperatures , my garden is ahead of schedule

which lead me to look through last years photos, which inspired me

to get some sketching done.......

after scanning the sketches i really wanted to add some color

once i started playing with some brushes in ps i couldn't stop!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

texture challenge

another great texture challenge

thanks for playing along

Sunday, March 25, 2012

encaustic class

the thought of being inside in such at beautiful day was a bit distracting

but once the wax was warm it got a little easier

i've been trying to change up my colour palette

this week i started with grey and pink

adding some of the blue and yellow from the map i used as my background
and the vw bug from a science book was a bonus

cheesecloth always adds some yummy texture

so does a little umber oil paint
all in all it was a great class

Saturday, March 24, 2012

every moment is a fresh beginning

(photo of the pond at lisa's new farm)

i will spend lots of time here

Thursday, March 22, 2012

catching up

i'm a little behind on my homework for

susan tuttle's on-line photoshop class

toy camera effects

below--- weeks 1 and 2--- before and after



silver gelatin


i'm working on week three right now and can't wait for week 4

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

post no bill! texture challenge

no matter where you go in the city

you can always find a construction wall that says


layers and layers of paper weathered and torn

i usually take hundreds of photos

just one small section can create an interesting texture layer in ps

a little graffiti makes it fun

for this weeks texture challenge i have 8 new textures

created from billboards found on my flickr

if you want to play along please email me your work using my textures
and i will post results next tuesday

Monday, March 19, 2012

my new toy

i love power tools, but sometimes when i'm trying to make

a very small hole it gets a little tricky

on my outing to john bead with carmi

she pointed out the metal complex gadget

it works great!! a couple of turns and

i was ready for assemblage

a little wire wrapping and my necklace was finished!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

on my last visit to john bead i picked up several packets of

metal complex shapes in silver and copper

along with some aluminum wire

it didn't take long before i had several projects done

this is just the start of a new obsession!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

texture challenge

above my work
another inspiring texture challenge

everyone has done some fantastic work

p.s. thanks for playing along!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

what to do with this??

my friend marie has launched her new site love to photoshop

and is offering this texture for free download
it's from her latest trip to venice and she is also offering 24 of her high res

textures for 40%off (see promo here)

above my project using marie's texture

with a few of her venetian textures and a mask from shadowhouse

a few variations using mosaic tiles, invert and posterize filters

Thursday, March 8, 2012

copper pendent

a few weeks ago i visited john bead and bought some copper wire

i usually work with silver but for some reason the copper appealed to me

in one day i made 10 necklaces

above one of the pendents i gave to my friend carmi

who decided to make a kumihimo cord to match (see below)

and then posted it on the john bead blog

now the wheels are turning again!!!!
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