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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Adobe Elements 11 Filters (2)


A little while ago I did a course with Krystal Norton which really helped get back to drawing and painting again.  The other day she hosted a Play Date with crayons.  It was a small disaster for me because my printer ran out of ink and I was unable to print out the 4 sheets provided to join in.  This was because I am having a new printer so decided not to buy any more ink for my current one!  By the time I had searched - just in case - I had a spare ink anywhere, I was behind and try to play catch up.  Since the whole point of the session was to have fun, I decided to "do my own thing" whilst still watching.  I did enjoy myself once I had relaxed and thought that this was a great poster to have in my art room!

Here is another set of the same vintage images done with different filters in Elements 11.  I have added two filters this week.  Mosaic Tiles and Burlap Texture.  Mosaic Tiles makes me think of the tiled pictures I have seen in Spain, whilst the Burlap makes the picture look like an old fabric.  Feel free to take one or more of them.



Coloured Pencil

Burlap Texture

Mosaic Tiles 

Palette Knife

Do let me know what you think, see you soon!


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Quirky Challenge - Wine!


The theme for the latest challenge at Quirky's Challenge blog is Wine.  The song inspiration was Cracklin' Rosie by Neil Diamond.  I just love that song!  I came up with this card, which is for my husbands birthday in a couple months time.


Thursday - using Elements 11

In Adobe Elements there are lots of filters to play around with.  The following image is the original image edited for brightness, contrast and saturation and turned into 300 ppi.

Now if you apply the filters you get different effects.
This effect is dry brush:
And this effect is coloured pencil:

Now the whole idea is to make improvements to the original, in case you were wondering these are the original originals!



This post has been rushed slightly because of internet connection problems, so feel free to ask for further explanations and I will see you next time (or sooner if you ask a question!!)

Actually I rushed it so much I forgot to say the above images are free if you would like them1



Thursday, 4 September 2014

Thursday and it's September

Thursday and it's September already - have you started thinking about Christmas yet?  Anyone want to buy me a horse for Christmas? Also a field, stable, tack ......   Seriously though, I have always been horse mad.  This is my latest piece, not finished yet, but I thought I would take a leaf out of a friend's book and show you this far.  I have actually started another one which hopefully I can show you next week.




Here is another quirky Japanese boat and a Japanese crest for you.



Hope you have a great weekend, see you soon.




Thursday, 28 August 2014

Horse with Steampunk

This is a horse I was trying to create with a steam punk etc.  This is the first version and I liked it so much I didn't want to spoil it, but I carried on and stamped over it.  I'm not quite sure I achieved the look I was going for, but I quite liked the effect.




Here is a vintage fuchsia for you and below that a quirky Japanese boat that I liked.


 See you next time.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Last Of First World War pictures

I have been doing a series of pictures in my art journal to commemorate the First World War.   I have looked through lots of old photographs,  I doubt and hope I will never go through what those men and women went through, but this series has been a series of gratitude.


This second one I am entering in the challenge at Quirky Challenge. The challenge was to use a stamp in the image.   The stamp at the bottom was from Wiki and is from the First World War period, as are the postmarks and the photographs,



I came third in the challenge at Quirky Challenges a few weeks ago with my Oriental Crane.

This image was from an old book at Gutenberg and I have cleaned it up for you.  This does involve a little work on my part, so personal use only please.


Till next time, take care.












Thursday, 14 August 2014

They also serve .......


This is the second in my First World War Series.   After reading a tip from another mixed media artist, I tried using oil pastels for the first time, they were a lovely creamy consistency.  I just used them for the poppies.  Below are some more flower freebies for you.  




Until next time, take care,