explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Three Muses: Altered Photo




Image credits: last door down the hall, harper designs, dover designs, graphicsfairy.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all have a healthy, safe, and fulfilling year.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Three Muses: Mail Art




Please click for a larger view, and enjoy the holidays!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Take a Word: Red and Green




Women (altered) are from Tumblefish Studios. All patterns are mine.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Three Muses: Lighthouse





Black and white lighthouse image from graphics fairy. Background adapted from my photo of sunrise at the beach in North Carolina.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Collage Obsession: Black Dress

 Fun challenge! The original dress form image (altered by me) is from Graphics Fairy.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Take a Word: Angel

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I was on my iPad when I saw this week's challenge theme, which prompted me to use a drawing app to try to create a piece for the theme. After I drew the angel, I embellished her in Photoshop Elements with more color and my own drawn/painted patterns, and added a background adapted from my own design. Time-consuming, but such fun on a gray and rainy Saturday!

(Sorry for the multiple postings for this piece.Operator error!)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Collage Obsession: Smile


I love the soft smile on this woman's face. Her image is adapted from a Moonlight Magic Studio image.  The flowers are from a photo of mine.




Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Three Muses: Whirls, Twirls, and Splatters





Dancer image: Lisa's Altered Art. Frame: Holliewood studios.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Take a Word: Doors




 These houses were digitally collaged with my own patterns and patterns from other sources.  The doors are scanned chipboard doors from Maya Road, altered by me.




Friday, November 28, 2014

Collage Obsession: Fascination





Image credits: last door down the hall, dover designs, holliewood.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Three Muses: Silhouette





Stork image adapted from joessistah. Background consists of two photos that I took at Yellowstone, blended together. I love the way the water in the background peeks through the silhouette and suggests feathers! Another happy accident :).

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Take a Word: Organic



In this digital collage, I layered and blended a botanical tulip drawing from vintage moth with an original leafy doodle of my own. The original botanical print was in sepia tones with a little yellow; my leafy sketch was in shades of green on a red background. I like the way the colors of my sketch peek through the flowers, and the way my vines provide a delicate, neutral background for the piece. A fun experiment!



Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sunday Postcard Art: Mustaches





Statue image (altered): holliewood.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Collage Obsession: Headdress

Quite a challenge this week! We were to incorporate a "headdress" into our collages, taking inspiration from hairdo's of the past. I love these unusual themes, though they tend to keep me up late at night, fooling around with Photoshop Elements. Image of the woman below from magazineart.org. Beehive image from Google images. Bees from Graphics Fairy. Alterations by me :).



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Three Muses: Time Quote



I couldn't resist using a circus-related quote for this challenge, since I haven't done a circus themed piece in quite awhile (and, as you know, I love them).



Image credits: vintage-images.com, last door down the hall.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Take a Word: Mona Lisa


This is always one of my favorite themes. Each time I have to think harder to come up with a "new" Mona.

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Sunday Postcard Art: Shoes




Sometimes even a rabbit needs a little help. Image credits: graphicsfairy, google images, holliewood.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Collage Obsession: Transportation


"Training Wheels"


Storks from joessistah, background from deviant scrap.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Three Muses: White Space


This week we were asked to leave some "white space" in our collage (doesn't have to be white, but an open area of one color). This was a real challenge for me! (I like pattern and colors and embellishments). So I stepped a tiny bit outside my comfort zone. Here's my "blue-gray  space" collage. Image credits: holliewood designs.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Take a Word: Pink





Image credits: dover designs, lisa's altered art, hero arts

Sunday Postcard Art: Games




This was fun!!! Image credits: Google images.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Collage Obsession: Long Hair


An unusual and fun theme for Collage Obsession this week: Long Hair. My collage features a mermaid stamp that I carved (I gave her some temporary hair extensions to fit the theme), and digitally layered Gelli print backgrounds.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Three Muses: Freestyle/ Art


This week the Three Muses have challenged us to create a freestyle collage, using the word "art" in some way. My contribution is shown below. Background is my design.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sunday Postcard Art: Labels



Sunday Postcard Art has an original theme this week: Labels. Here's my digital collage.


Farewell to Soartful: Owl Challenge


After five inspiring years, the Soartful Challenge is ending. I loved being part of the design team with Patti, Peggy, and Sheila, but it was time for us to move on to other creative endeavors. The final theme is "Owls."  Below is my collage. Owl drawing is mine.



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Collage Obsession: Bride



I'm glad Halloween is tomorrow, because I'm ready to move on from the dark, creepy collages I've been creating! Here's the last one, for Collage Obsession's theme of "Bride."
Main image (altered) from Flickr Creative Commons (WinterStephan).




Sunday, October 26, 2014

Digital Whisper: Web


This is for the Digital Whisper challenge, a new one I'm participating in. The web image was from Google search, the patterns are mine. I applied many filters/effects/blending modes, some by accident :)


Sunday Postcard Art: Orange and Black



"The Fashionable Pumpkin"



(Inspired by a great TV show, "Orange is the New Black.")

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Three Muses: Shades of Blue





Image credits: finecrafted designs

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sunday Postcard Art: "Monster Mash!"

I remember this song well! And there was a dance to go along with it. Here are my monster-y ladies doing their version of it. Image credits: magazineart.org (altered).



Friday, October 17, 2014

Collage Obsession: Raven




Silhouette image of raven provided by Collage Obsession; patterns are mine.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Three Muses: The Printed Word



"Well Read"



Image credits: graphicsfairy

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Collage Obsession: Shades of Orange


Image credits: mediamilitia, graphicsfairy, kim klassen texture

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Postcard Art: Spooky

I can hardly believe it's October already! Sunday Postcard Art has challenged us to make "spooky" art. Here's my attempt.


"Order of the Opus Gluei" challenge: Time

During my break, I started creating mini-collages with some of my Gelli prints (they were taking over my house!). So I thought I'd enter a couple of "hands-on" art challenges in addition to digital ones. This one is for the "Opus Gluei" challenge theme of "Time."
The collage was hand-created with altered map and clock images, Gelli print strips, and altered chipboard for the dimensional clock. I added the word "Time" digitally.





Friday, October 3, 2014

I'm Back! Presenting Collage Obsession: Diva

I'm finally back after my long break. I missed my online friends so much that I just had to jump back into the challenges after my busy summer. I decided, however, not to continue on the design teams for Collage Obsession and Soartful. This will give me more time to devote to the hands-on art I've been doing lately, in addition to participating in some of the digital challenges again. Thanks to all my blogging friends who kept in touch with me!

Here's my collage for this week's Diva challenge at the newly revived Collage Obsession site. Thank you, Kirsi, for keeping this challenge going. We were given the image of the woman, and I added the animals (divas themselves, apparently) and other touches.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Soartful Challenge: Eyeglasses/Spectacles

It's my turn again to host the Soartful challenge. Here's my creation for the month of August--see if you can spot all of the eyeglasses!  Please stop by Soartful and participate, or just browse the creative art that people are posting.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Taking a Break

To my faithful readers:

It just occurred to me that I haven't posted anything on this blog for a while. Hopefully this hiatus will be temporary. This is quite a busy summer for me. Among other things, I've been preparing to lead another Gelli workshop this Friday; getting ready for our son's August wedding in Austin (designing rehearsal party invitations and photo displays); and doing lots of fun homework for Joanne Sharpe's latest online lettering class (see below). So, digital art has taken a lower priority than usual. Hopefully I'll be back to blogging in the fall, maybe with a somewhat broader focus.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!




Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Soartful Challenge: Feathers!

A new monthly challenge at Soartful starts today! Please join in, and check the challenge blog to see the beautiful art that will be created!




Image credits: harper designs, lisa's altered art, graphicsfairy, joessistah, my ocean photo.



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Three Muses: Vintage Family


I think I'm glad I'm not related to these people...

"Extended Family"

Image credits: last door down the hall.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Take a Word: Altering Mona

Our challenge this week is to alter the Mona Lisa in some way. I've transported her into Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss," where she seems quite blissful.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sunday Postcard Art: Put a Hat on It!




Image credits: dover designs, graphicsfairy, deviant scrap

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Three Muses: Dancers


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Image credits: lisa's altered art, joessistah, my flower photo.





Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sunday Postcard Art: Frida Kahlo




Image credits: Window image by Irene Alexeeva. Sketch and patterns are mine.