explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design

Thursday, August 6, 2015

My Guest Post for "Create Mixed Media"

My guest blog post for "Create Mixed Media" has been posted today! This blog is part of a website owned by F+W Media, Inc., publishers of North Light Books. The tutorial explains the type of technique I used in my journal page that was published in their book "Art Journal Kickstarter."

You can take a peek at my post here.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Three Muses: Blue and White


"Too Much?" 


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Image credits: lisa's altered art, deviant scrap, holliewood.

Take a Word: Mainly Black and White


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Image credits: lisa's altered art, mister whiskers

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sunday Postcard Art: Strong Women

I've been taking a little bit of a break, I guess. But this theme sounded interesting, and it's something new.



Image credits: magazineart.org, graphicsfairy

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Three Muses: Beatles Songs





Image credits: holliewood, pringle hill studio, artfreebies.com

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Take a Word: Hot Colors


Even though the skies here in Maryland have been quite gray lately, summer is usually a season of intensely bright colors: flowers, butterflies, ripe fruit, oceans, pools, fireworks. Here is my tribute to those colors.
Image credits: background and flowers are mine, woman is my alteration of an image from Library of Congress.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Three Muses: Apples

I believe this is the first time I've ever been challenged to create art with an apple theme! It sounded like fun. Some curious birds insistrd on flying into the picture, so I had to include them. They look like they're eyeing the apples on that poor lady's head. Image credits: harper designs, rubyblossom.


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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Take a Word: DANCE!

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Image credits: wikimedia commons, cemerony, beth rimmer, vintage images.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Three Muses: Fish

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Take a Word: Beauty



This digital collage blends several photos of natural formations that I took at Yellowstone National Part, and some of my own doodle designs. An overlay from Deviant Scrap was also used.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Male of the Species



I guess my mind was still in circus mode from last week's challenge! Image credits: holliewood, graphics fairy, divas d'este, beth rimmer, hidden vintage studios.



Saturday, June 6, 2015

Take a Word: Timepiece



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Image credits: SJD, wikimedia commons.

Sunday Postcard Art: Beach



For this piece, I digitally layered and blended three photos of beaches/oceans.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Three Muses: Circus



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Image credits: harper design, holliewood, plaisanter, eena's creations, mr. whiskers, graphics fairy.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Three Muses: Wedding




Image credits: dover designs, holliewood.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Take a Word: Home





My own mixed media collage, with border added in PSE 10.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Collage Obsession: Stamps



"Air Mail" (please click for larger view)

Image credits: artefacts, JSIM, deviant scrap

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Three Muses: Wheels



For this digital collage, I combined two wheel images from Google Images and added some other elements and effects. Doing this reminded me how much I love digital collage--always something new to try!


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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Take a Word: Turquoise

One of my absolute favorite colors! To wear, to decorate with, to make art with.
Image credits: dover designs, irene alexeeva, obsidian dawn.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Collage Obsession: Pink



"Portrait in Pink"


Image credits: wikimedia commons, holliewood; patterns are mine.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sunday Postcard Art: Unique




Image credits: magazineart.org, deviant scrap.

Three Muses: Chickens!


Can you see them? Image credits from last door down the hall and graphicsfairy.


"Spring Chickens"



Sunday, May 10, 2015

Take a Word: Mother and Child

Happy Mother's Day!

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Image credits: deviant scrap, last door down the hall

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Take a Word: Plants and Insects


There are only a few types of insects I can tolerate, such as butterflies and ladybugs. Here's my lady with hair made of flowers, and ladybugs on top! Flowers are from last door down the hall. Ladybugs from Google Images. All other elements my design.


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Collage Obsession: Paris

For this piece, I digitally layered a vintage Paris postcard image, a Paris map, and some French writing. Most of the images are from graphicsfairy. In playing around with different hues, I hit upon this combination, which I love.

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Sunday Postcard Art: Stencils

Our challenge this week was to use stencils in our design somehow. I used several stenciled art pieces
I had created by hand, and combined them digitally with a cute little bird I once drew. I wish a bird like this would land outside my kitchen window!




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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Three Muses: Postage Stamp People


I love this type of challenge--create an image of a person that incorporates a postage stamp. I used these two images to create my collage:

Painting, from Dover Pictura

A postage stamp honoring "Great British Fashion," from Google Images


And here's the result, after adding my own swirl pattern and some alteration and blending effects:



Saturday, April 25, 2015

Collage Obsession: Science






Image credits: magazine cover (slightly altered) from magazineart.org. Background (altered) from Hubble telescope photo I found online.

Take a Word: Family Album

I am not related to the couple in this photo, but thought it would be interesting to transport them to another time and place. Image credit for photo of couple: last door down the hall. Photo of NYC is my own. Please click on photo for larger view.


"Wish You Were Here"  

Sunday Postcard Art: Doodles

Doodling! One of my favorite pastimes. My collage incorporates two of my own doodles, combined and altered digitally to produce an interesting effect.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Three Muses: Book


"Beach Reading"


Image credits: graphicsfairy, artefacts, dover. The shells and the pattern on book cover are mine.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Take a Word: Black and White


Adding a color (in this case, red) to our collages is permissible this time. That's a good thing, because I have a hard time creating anything without color.



Image credits: magazineart.org, wikimedia commons.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Three Muses: Blackbird



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Image credits: wikimedia commons, artefacts, hero arts.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Take a Word: Letters of the Alphabet




Image credits: Dover, Graphics Fairy, my own border design.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Collage Obsession: Cycle



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Image credits: graphicsfairy (cyclist silhouette)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Next Gelli Printing Class--April 22, Howard County Center for the Arts

Happy Spring!  It's time again to create some beautifully patterned paper with Gelli plate printing. I'll be leading my next workshop ("Gel Monoprinting"), at the Howard County Center for the Arts on Wednesday afternoon, April 22. As always, please feel free to share this information with others who may be interested.

As in my previous workshops, I will introduce basic Gelli printing techniques, and we will create fun and colorful prints. This time I also plan to share a few techniques that I didn't cover in past classes.

You can register through the Center for the Arts.



Below are photos of some items (not necessarily to scale) that you can create with your finished prints. You can also simply frame them as your original art. I plan to lead a future workshop on how to create these pieces.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Three Muses: Stone Angel





Main image credit: last door down the hall (altered)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Take a Word: Numbers


"Ready for Takeoff"

Image credits: altered emporium, digital collage studio, harper designs.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sunday Postcard Art: Full Moon


While looking for full moon images on wikimedia commons, I found an image of a map of the moon made by Thomas Harriot in the early 1600's. It surprised me that someone was able to do this so long ago. I've incorporated it into my "Moon" digital collage, below.  The early world map shown in the collage is from Pepin Press.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Three Muses: Eggs



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Eggs in a bottle? Why not?
Image credits: google images, graphicsfairy, last door down the hall.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Take a Word: Tulips


Image credits: Lisa's altered art, artefacts (much altered by me).

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Image credits: Lisa's altered art, artefacts (much altered by me).

Sunday Postcard Art: Weather


The weather has been somewhat confused around here lately. Last week, as spring technically began, snow and sleet were falling all around us.



Monday, March 16, 2015

Three Muses: Stripes





Image credits: rubyblossom, dover designs.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Collage Obsession and Take a Word: GREEN


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Image credits: lisa's altered art, graphicsfairy, rubyblossom

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Three Muses: Turquoise and Red





Woman's face is my alteration of a vintage portrait. Flower design is mine.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Three Muses: The Sky's the Limit



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For this challenge, I layered a photo I took of the Grand Teton Mountains several years ago, with a NASA photo of the planets and a celestial map from Google Images.