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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

texture tuesday: simplicity

i used kim´s texture "simplicity" twice (with blending modes divide and darken) and kim´s texture providence (at linear burn). find the other contributions of the showcase here.

Monday, January 30, 2012

nancy donaldson textures



i just love nancy´s brushes and played here with multiples of the new, colorful ones...

as time goes by...

hintergrund des atcs: gesprüht, mit schablonen von tim holtz; die antike säule passt zur vorgabe von tmta.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

the moon series: hunter´s moon

time for another folder in my moon series: "Hunters tracked and killed prey by moonlight, stockpiling food for the coming winter" - so october´s full moon is called hunter´s moon.

(click label "moon series" below to see all moon folders so far)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

nancy donaldson textures

nancy donaldson (link in my blogroll) provided some new textures, which i applied to the heracleum. and couldn´t resist to use brushes, too;)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

the 3 muses - "french"

anything french is theme at the 3 muses this week... my first thought when it comes to paris always are the gargoyles of notre dame.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

texture tuesday: story

above you see a "journaling card" telling the story (-> texture tuesday theme of the week) of my love to spindle tree fruits. i couldn´t stop taking pictures of this gorgeous seeds last fall & finally planted one into my garden.
below i embedded one of my photos in a square layout (also used a scan of an old botanical book and a bird brush from jessica sprague)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

SPA: dragons

playing with my spray painted backgrounds (scanned) for SPA

Saturday, January 21, 2012

nick bantock style atcs / 4th set

after having made all those atcs i decided i needed more "postal" stamps. now these are made after my own template and i´m happy to have these unique ones for myself:)
so i can start now to make some postcards (for another swap...)

Friday, January 20, 2012

nick bantock style atcs / 3rd set

one more to come tomorrow...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

nick bantock style atcs

recently i made quite some atcs "nick bantock style". today i want to show you the first set. more to follow the next days...

amphibians and reptiles...

in december we had a showcase of amphibians and reptiles at our school. i could take some pics and want to share a few of them here (for animal kingdom at the-3-muses challenge altered animals are asked for, but here i just altered the pics;))











these tortoises were the favorites when the pupils could take some of the reptiles on their hands... did you ever notice that this species has a bow in her neck??! i never realized until i went to edit theses photos, then i started a google research for pictures of this species, and obviously this one was not an exception...


im dezember hatten wir an unserer schule eine amphibien- und reptilienvorführung. diese griechischen landschildkröten-kinder waren die lieblinge der schüler, als sie reptilien auf die hand nehmen durften. ist euch schon mal aufgefallen, dass die eine schleife im nacken haben?? mir noch nie... erst beim bearbeiten der fotos. und als ich dann nach weiteren bildern gegoogelt habe, musste ich feststellen, dass das hier keine ausnahme war...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

TT - "open"

kim asked for this texture tuesday to think around the word "open"... i googled for quotes and found this one: "the only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open" - i edited it kim´s texture "autumn burst" (blending mode overlay) and twice nancy donaldson´s texture "pole3" (at soft light). brush at the bottom right is selfmade...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

pinakothek der moderne in münchen

heute in der pinakothek der moderne gewesen... und natürlich beschlossen, wieder öfter in ein museum zu gehen...






Thursday, January 12, 2012

the brushes thing...

if you follow my blog, you can see i´m addicted to textures and - more and more - to brushes... i think that comes from my other love, rubber stamping. brushes are like stamps, but can not only change their color (as with various inkpads), you can also alter the size, rotate their angle, distort them, define their opacity... which gives you lots of possibilities! today i want to give you an easy lesson how to make your own brushes for photo editing. above you see some samples i HAD made for myself (from sources i found in the internet, like registration labels etc) [side note: a few days ago i LOST all these brushes i stamped there because i somehow managed to set my photo editing program to default... arghhh!! i swear i had done NOTHING (as always;))... and i had NOT saved the brushes... now i must try to re-gain all these pictures!! so be warned and make frequent savings... i hear my husband repeating this on and on, but seems i must learn it the hard way;)]

actually i learned the important things by watching kim klassen´s free tutorial about making watermark brushes here: http://vimeo.com/26934262
first you open a > new blank white > file (not larger than 2500 x 2500) then you copy your label, cancellation stamp (or whatever you want to turn into a brush) onto this white file. make sure your picture is b/w and has good contrast (edit it this way before, if you have a colored source like a blue airmail label f.e.) take attention that your picture is not too small (you can enlarge it on your "new file" after rasterizing) --- you also could enlarge a brush that is too small, but it will become blurry... so i better enlarge the source for the brush before. crop your image. if you are happy with your source, the final step is making the brush: edit > define brush preset > name your brush and click ok. (if "define brush preset" does not show up clickable, i create a new layer and it will function) before you click the last ok, you can see the size of your brush by the small number on the left: i try to make them not smaller than 500. --- hope that makes sense for you. you will see, it is easy-peasy when you tried some. it is addictive, to say the least;) so much FUN!!


and here is a new brush i just made: i love muybridge´s photos and they come as copyright free images from dover company (booklets with cd). i turned a stripe with goats into a brush and took a photo of a sunset i recently made (not good quality). set the photo on blending mode exclusion, added nancy donaldson´s new texture "pole1" (90° turning) and decided to let the goats walk through the photo. i like it - and it was not much effort to make:)


PAF - jan 13th - 15th

the texture from bonnie i added is "faded fresco" (find the other PAF-contributions here), and i thought nancy donaldson´s new "pole 7" would intensify the snow on the quince.

Monday, January 09, 2012

TT - "embrace" texture

a new freebie from kim klassen for this week´s texture tuesday: "embrace"... i love the perforation on the top... and i also learned from kim how to make your own brushes (more on this on a later post, as soon as i find time...). she really is such an inspiration for getting started in photo editing! thanks so much, kim:)
we had almost no snow so far, so this photo shows our winter quite realistic for crazy amigos challenge "wintercolors".

Sunday, January 08, 2012

the moon series: wolf moon

tomorrow is full moon again, time for a new file folder page in my series - according to the algonquian indians it is "wolf moon" (hungry wolf packs howled at night) ... and a theme also fitting the take-a-word challenge "nature".
morgen ist mal wieder vollmond... wenn ihr meine bisherigen seiten dazu sehen wollt, welche namen die vollmonde der verschiedenen monate haben, klickt ihr hier.

Friday, January 06, 2012

6. januar - the three wise men...

i made this card from a photo i took (at low quality...) in the diocesan museum in freising last summer. a little bit of photo-editing helps a lot...

PAF - jan 6th - 8th

the PAF showcase is back from the holidays break and the first photo of this year comes from my garden - first snow a few weeks ago (actually we had almost no snow so far this winter. but then... i don´t really miss it...).

Thursday, January 05, 2012

moon series: sturgeon moon

trying to keep up with the moon series - here comes the month of august:
"Sturgeon, a large fish found in the Great Lakes, were easily caught at this time of year"
(fish rubber stamp from fred b. mullett)

Monday, January 02, 2012

tmta - "glückspilze"

bei diesem schönen thema musste ich einfach teilnehmen... wo doch unser christbaum heuer voller "glückspilze" hängt...
used kim klassen´s texture "scripted edges" twice - starting into a new year with TT.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

wishing you a sparkling 2012!!

bei uns war die silvesternacht nass... deshalb hab ich mich an die restbestände von bärenklau gehalten, die mit ihren spinnenförmigen dolden auch ein bisschen wie ein feuerwerk aussehen, zumindest nach der fotobearbeitung;) the night of silvester was rainy... so i took a photo of a withered heracleum, which also looks a bit like a firework after being edited;)

das foto wurde dann auch gleich noch ausgedruckt und auf einem file folder verarbeitet... und auf das "yourself" zeigt zur betonung noch eine hand (damit qualifiziert sich die seite auch noch für die aktuelle creavil challenge) printed the photo and incorporated in a new file folder page... with the best wishes for a great new year (take a word challenge)