explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design
"Book Lover" collage

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Three Muses: Timepiece

I honestly don't know what my muse was telling me when she guided me in making this digital collage. If anyone has an interpretation to suggest, please share it with us! The main images are from Graphics Fairy.

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Collage Obsession: Dreams/Goals

The basis of this digital collage is the bird image, which I created some time ago for an online art challenge. I altered it and combined it with my own image of the woman, to represent the dream of freedom. The woman's wings are from joessistah.


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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Take a Word: Wings


This piece is a hybrid of digital and hands-on art. I created the basic sketch of the woman on my new iPad (yay!) in Sketchbook Express, as well as the abstract pattern for the wings. I then combined, altered and embellished the images in Photoshop Elements. The curtains are from holliewood studios, the background lettering behind the curtain from graphicsfairy, and the handwriting image overlaying the curtains is an obsidian dawn digital brush.

Doesn't she look like she's wondering where to fly today? Far away from the approaching storm, I would imagine. Take care, everyone in the U.S. who might be affected. Here in Maryland we're getting ready and hoping for the best...

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sunday Postcard Art: Black, Purple, Orange, Green--Halloween!

Another Halloween-themed challenge this week from Sunday Postcard Art. Credits for digital collage below: animals by me; masks by deviant scrap, pumpkin from google images. Have a happy Halloween!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Three Muses: Something Wicked This Way Comes


Image credits: last door down the hall, pareerica, joessistah.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Collage Obsession: NIGHT

It's my turn again to host the CO weekly challenge. The theme I've chosen is "Night." Please stop by the challenge blog to visit or participate; you'll see some amazing art in a wide variety of styles.

Image credits for my own digital collage, below, are: hero arts, tumblefish studio, altered emporium, holliewood, flickr creative commons.




Take a Word: Roses

Marie, also known as "Ozstuff," is the woman behind the "Take a Word" weekly challenge. In her part of the world, Australia, roses are in full bloom right now. Thus, this week's theme of "Roses."

The woman's face in my digital collage below was created by me, using my graphics tablet and mouse in PSE 10. The roses and frame are from holliewood studios.




Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sunday Postcard Art: Retro Halloween

I can't think of anything more retro than a photo of my kindergarten (or first grade?) class in the 1950's, all dressed up for Halloween. It was at Mordecai Gist Elementary School in Baltimore. I'm the bunny.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Collage Obsession: Witch

Image credits: Dover, Holliewood.






Sunday, October 14, 2012

Take a Word: Crime Film Poster

The word for this week's challenge is "Poster," and it was suggested that we design a poster for a crime movie or TV series. Here's my digital poster design for a very good, but very creepy movie. (I read the book and then saw the Swedish version of the film, but not the Hollywood interpretation. Once is enough!) The drawing of the woman is mine (a combination of hands-on and digital);  the dragon image is from Wikimedia Commons; and the grungy texture overlay is from Obsidian Dawn.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sunday Postcard Art: Raven

The raven image in this digital collage is from Theresa Martin. The background is one that I created by hand, scanned, and digitally altered.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Three Muses: The Sea

Image credits for this "under the sea" scene: obsidian dawn, deviant scrap, dover, vintage images, vintage clipart.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Collage Obsession: Brown

Our challenge this week was to use shades of brown in our art. Here is a flower image from Last Door Down the Hall, blended with various backgrounds (some of which were created by me).  I love the mix of fall colors captured here.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Take a Word: Balloons

For this digital collage, I used digital "balloon" brushes by Media Militia, and a gorgeous background by Elizabeth Golden. Simple...but effective.

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Soartful and Sunday Postcard Art Challenges

I created this digital collage for the new Soartful challenge (Harvest Moon) and this week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge (By the Light of the Full Moon). Image credits: flickr creative commons (Stefan AC) and Obsidian Dawn.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Three Muses: Journal a Quote

Our challenge this week was to create an art journal page using a quote. Here's my digitally created page, below. All elements in the design are mine.


Monday, October 1, 2012

Watercolor and Hand-Carved Stamps

And Inktense pencils and Distress Inks and a few little digital touches

Collage Obsession: Island

I had such a good time creating and landscaping my own island in this digital collage. I felt truly transported! Image credits: holliewood, milla, graphicsfairy, flickr creative commons (r duran), rubyblossom, shadowhouse. Watercolor ocean sketch is mine.

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