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Thursday, April 22, 2010
"...in every lovely summer's day I'll always think of you - Sarah"
2.5" x 3.5"
Mixed-media - hybrid digital collage, glass, gel pen
'I'll be seeing you in all the familiar places
that this heart of mine embraces...
in a chestnut tree or a wishing well...
in every lovely summer's day
I'll always think of you...
I'll find you...'
- lyrics of a Sarah Vaughn song
Kimberly's digital sketch, my scanned original photos,
my scanned vintage ephemera,
my scanned custom flower embellishment,
glitter glue, gel pen, digital software products.
Howdy and welcome.
This is my entry into Kimberly's Summer Breeze challenge. The original line drawing of the lovely lass is done by Kimberly. Then I altered the drawing with my custom digital artwork and scrapbooking embellishments. Altering this image was fun - and challenging!
All the patterns and background are my original creations from my original digital scans of vintage ephemera and from my original photos. (I prefer to work with my own art and not have to worry about copyright issues. Using my own work is so much more fun, too.) I worked back and forth between Microsoft Digital Image Editor and Photoshop Elements (PSE). Many layers, lighting effects, contrast, saturation, gradients and levels of transparency were used.
After I got all the frames, patterns and backgrounds the way I liked, a heart was added. Then lyrics were added from a Sarah Vaughn song I'd been listing to on my iPod while waiting at the car repair shop. Her gaze seemed to echo the song's mood perfectly. That was serendipity.
After printing the digital image on photo paper, I sealed it with soft gel medium gloss (Golden) and let dry overnight. Next day, I added glitter glue (Stickles) to her hair, to her bangles and 3 dots on the left, then added dots of red gel pen to the heart and strands of hair. Then let dry overnight.
Following day, I scanned the embellished image and changed the image size to standard ATC dimensions. Next I created a digital flower brush in PSE using a scan of a flower embellishment I'd constructed ages ago for scrapbooking. I applied the digital flower brush three times on the right, applying a shadow to each of the 3 digital flowers, and applied gradients on each flower, too!
Signed it and submitted to the challenge. Then I went on vacation!
Later, I may post some step-by-step images of my process.
Don't you just love the pattern in her dress? It's made from a Photoshop brush I whipped up. Have you tried to create any digital brushes? Have you used any store-bought brushes from digital kits? What do you think of these patterns and backgrounds?
Thanks for stopping by - and I'd love for you to come back again!