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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

nancy donaldson textures



nancy sent along new textures to play with...

Monday, November 28, 2011

texture tuesday: gratitude

heart-felt gratitude for TT...

with 3 textures from kim: grunged and magic (from texture bundle) and just stitched; font: viner hand ITC

Sunday, November 27, 2011

the moon series: buck moon

next one in the moon series - in july the full moon is called "buck moon":
"new antlers of buck deer, coated with velvety fur, began to form"

Friday, November 25, 2011

PAF - nov 25th - nov 27th




this week at PAF the suggestion is: "to link up a piece of photo art sitting in your archives that never received the 'attention' it deserved"

so these two are variations on previously shown photos with different blending modes...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

freddie mercury

new nancy donaldson textures in my email account (*rejoicing*)... couldn´t resist to play immediately...
i thought the perfect theme would be to make an homage for freddie mercury, who died 20 years ago. what a voice - what a man!!! listened to teo torriatte several times (wonderful ballade, not heard as often as the biggest hits), while looking for pics in the net and also found the queen font to fit the collage.

blended the photos together and added nancy´s "garage 2" texture (will be published on her flickr these days...). brushed out (layer mask) the texture from the faces and gave it a little twist with the color balance adjustment into red. *hey, freddie, hope you rest in peace... but could you please rehearse some new songs for welcoming us in heaven one day;)*

neue texturen von nancy heute in meinem email-account... musste sofort eine ausprobieren. und da es sich anbot, hab ich eben mal eine homage zum 20. todestag von freddie mercury gemacht. hab immer wieder teo torriatte laufen lassen (eine wunderschöne ballade, nicht gar so ausgelutscht wie die bekanntesten hits), während ich nach bildern gegoogelt und auch den queen font entdeckt habe.

*hey freddie, ich gönn dir ja deinen frieden, aber du könntest doch fürs wiedersehen leicht noch ein paar neue songs für uns einüben... tätest bestimmt auch den engerln einen gefallen;)*

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

the 3 muses - entertainment

music, movies.... everything "entertainment" is the theme at the 3 muses this week...
i took the chance to make a little homage to klaus kinski, who really walked the line between genius and insanity... he died 20 years ago.

Monday, November 21, 2011

texture tuesday

the only request for this week was to use one texture of kim klassens´. so i took "warm grunge" from her texture bundle.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

take a word: umbrella

the photo with the umbrella seeds of a dandelion was the starting point for this layout. all elements (background, ticket, circles) are from jessica sprague, brushes (tapes, halftone pattern) are free downloads found in the internet.

the moon series: pink moon

in the month of april the full moon is called "pink moon" (an early spring flower called "moss pink" started to bloom). i googled the flower and found out that we have a similar postage stamp which really fits this bloom very well. on friday (after an odyssey of 7 seven weeks) i got wonderful mail from patty (thank you so much!!), including a magazine with this wonderful photo of a young native american girl - which was perfect for this layout.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

wonderful november morning

seit wochen haben wir konstantes, eigentlich schönes spätherbstwetter. eigentlich, weil wir hier in einem "nebelloch" wohnen - oft ist es ein paar kilometer weiter bereits total sonnig, aber hier kämpfen die lichtstrahlen oft vergeblich... heute habe ich schon beim frühstück die schönen raureifnetze und -überzüge erspäht und musste sofort raus... hier eine kleine impression...
a small impression of our wonderful late fall... we had no rain for weeks, but a lot of fog. today i spied the gorgeous hoar frost in the morning and had to go for a little walk...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

new digital editions...

again i played with the new textures from nancy donaldson (i really was challenged with the first one... found it hard to find a picture fitting the "knitted & drawn" texture...). and with these i can also show my "go-to" technique (for PAF) i use on almost every photo: i am switching through all blending modes and searching the one that appeals to me most, AND: i often use a layer mask to brush a part of the pic free from texture. so here: the flower and the ladybug are "brushed free" several times.

the ladybug photo is a homage at our domestic species of these insects (the red ones with the seven black spots). currently we have an invasion really with the asian species (harmonias), which are a little bigger (and colored in some variations) and probably will become a problem for our native ones. i found this one on my walk last week, the whole sunny edge of the forest densely populated with the harmonias.

took twice the text layer from nancy donaldson for this one plus another one from flickr, and brushed free the beetle from each texture.
dieser einheimische siebenpunkt ist eine homage an unsere marienkäfer, die gerade heftig verdrängt werden von der etwas größeren asiatischen art. zwar sind diese auch nützlich hinsichtlich blattlausvertilgung, aber "unsere" find ich viel schöner... vielleicht nostalgie, denn schon aus unseren kinderbilderbüchern waren sie nicht wegzudenken... letzte woche war ich auf meinem spaziergang am sonnigen waldrand wieder eingekreist (ja nicht den mund aufmachen! super lästig!!) von den "zugezogenen" und umso erfreuter, doch auch noch einen "eingeborenen" zu finden...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

the 3 muses - "mailart"

as promised: my second file folder in the moon-months´ names series... december full moon is called "cold moon" - "the cold of winter sets in"
according to the new theme of the 3 muses i made this one with postage stamps (created with pictures of edward s. curtis again). all mailart related stamps are from ma vinci.

Monday, November 14, 2011

texture tuesday: phoebe

for this TT challenge we should use the "phoebe" texture from kim.

the second one i chose was nancy donaldson´s w3bottleb

and blended in a poison label...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

take a word: moon

anything related with the moon is asked for at the new challenge at take a word.
i found this site which told me that there are special names for the full moon during each month of the year:
"The names for the Full Moon were made up by the Algonquian tribes of Native Americans. Most of the Algonquian people hunted and fished to get food, but some also grew crops. The names they had for the Moon are related to nature & the seasons, hunting & fishing, and farming. The Algonquian people lived all over the northern and eastern parts of North America. When settlers from Europe met up with them, some of the settlers started using most of the same names for the Full Moon."

so for the full moon of last week the name is "beaver moon"...
"Time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to make sure of a supply of warm winter furs"
spraypainted background, digital work for preparing some photos (merged the moon with a beaver, edited the native american girl from edward s. curtis, typed the tapes from jessica sprague...) - printed and glued... tree stamp from flamingo artstamps germany
my plan is to make a file-folder page for every full moon name... stay tuned...

Friday, November 11, 2011

PAF - nov 11th - nov 13th

showcasing two pictures for photo art friday:

the first one shows a larch and is edited with: nancy donaldson´s w3 (blending mode exclusion) + 2x bonnie´s new texture wicked (blending modes hue and soft light), shadowhouse creations box 4 (b.m. substract, opacity 70%)


second photo: textures are nancy donaldson´s w3rust and shadowbox creations box 4

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

texture tuesday: take on "two"

i photographed these two trees and edited the photo with kim klassen´s texture autumn burst at blending mode "difference" (plus another one from nancy donaldson - encaustic with graphics).

Saturday, November 05, 2011

buddha quotes - sewing project

i wanted to make a little something for the girlfriend of my son... she´s such a wonderful young woman, a very creative soul and always appreciating my works. so i made this fabric scroll around a wooden bobbin, as she is a quotes lover like i am. this way i could combine some of my favorite media: i printed out some of the photos i made and edited recently (onto fabric), searched for some quotes (typed them onto scanned spraypainted backgrounds, also printed them on fabric) and sewed these alternating onto a long yellow piece of fabric.
(i´m a bit early, but as the theme of take-a-word on monday will be "sewing", i offer this one for my contribution)



the last part of the fabric is glued to the bobbin, the rest is wound around the spool and can be held together with a ribbon i fixed in an eyelet



at the end i glued matching pictures at the top and bottom of the bobbin...


für die freundin meines sohnes wollte ich ein geburtstagsgeschenk machen - sie ist so eine liebe und kreative und immer ganz angetan von meinen sachen... deswegen war klar: sie kriegt etwas selbstgemachtes.

wie ich liebt sie sprüche, deswegen hab ich mal ein paar zusammengetragen (als oberbegriff kristallisierte sich "buddha" heraus...). hab die sprüche auf ausschnitte meiner gesprayten & gescannten hintergründe getippt und auf stoff ausgedruckt. ebenso auf stoff gedruckt sind die miniaturen meiner kürzlich fotografierten und bearbeiteten fotos... so konnte ich mal wieder prima meine verschiedenen leidenschaften kombinieren... habe die bilder und sprüche abwechselnd auf ein langes gelbes stoffband genäht, dieses an eine hölzerne garnspule geklebt. dann lässt es sich aufwickeln wie eine spruchrolle. am schluss sorgt ein eyelet mit einem bändel dafür, dass die rolle zusammengehalten wird. oben und unten noch ein passendes bild drauf geklebt, fertig.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

PAF - nov 4th - 6th



i often work quite cumbersome in achieving a certain result (to tell the truth: too lazy to read or explore instructions...). same here. i found the grid background somewhere online and thought that looks awesome. couldn´t figure out how to get my photos into the rounded edges. so i gave my pics a black ttv-frame first, then i could fiddle them into the black placeholder. sure there are better methods;) but as i said: cumbersome. that´s what i am sometimes. but i get my results;)

the colored splashes are brushes, easy to make.

when i shot the blossom photos in spring i had no idea that i would dig into photo-editing this year. and i enjoy it so much!

find more altered photos at the showcase "friday photo art".

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

creavil challenge: art journaling

ich bin wieder zurück aus bad aibling (dort befindet sich karolas oase, der schmelmer hof) - es war wie immer wunderschön... mit ca. 15 gleichgesinnten und viel platz zum ausbreiten ist es der traum jedes stemplers:)
ich habe dort ein paar scrapsquares gemacht, die in der nächsten zeit auf meinem anderen blog erscheinen werden, und ein paar file folder bearbeitet, aus denen ich ein journal binden möchte.

die neue creavil-challenge für die nächsten 2 wochen heißt art journaling... das passt dann ja:))
obwohl ich meine artjournals nicht eigentlich als "persönliches tagebuch" (im sinne von "diary") sehen würde, denn die ganz privaten sachen (mache ich zwar auch) stelle ich nicht hier öffentlich aus. ich betrachte die artjournals eher als eine art "magazin", aber im wesentlichen ist es wohl einzuordnen unter dem, was in der blogwelt so als artjournal geläufig ist. häufig benutze ich sprüche (mag ich einfach sehr gern) und bilder (in letzter zeit v.a. selbst bearbeitete), so kann ich prima verschiedene leidenschaften kombinieren. der hintergrund ist bei einer sprühorgie im sommer entstanden und mit ein paar stempeln aufgepeppt worden. ich liebe diese file folder, mal ein größeres format (din-a-4), auf dem ich mich austoben kann...