Thursday, April 17, 2014

Liberate Your Art Post Cared Exchange 2014 Blog Hop



This is the second year I decided to participate in Kat Sloma's The Liberate Your Art Post Card Exchange.   The purpose was three-fold :
1) Get some of my own artwork professionally printed -- Wow! What a revelation this simple act is in this digital age!
2) Get my Art out into the world, and
3) Enjoy receiving postcards from other like-minded creatives.

The "Old Homestead" at the top of this post is what I sent out this year.  I took the original photo with my iPad, then processed it with some filters from SnapSeed   The actual building is on Hwy 10 outside of Stevens Point, WI.  This was my first try with SnapSeed.

I know that 1 of my cards landed in Seattle, WA, with Carol Hart at www.openhart.com
Where did the others land?  Please leave a comment if you got one of my postcards. ;-)

I had extra postcards printed (other pictures, too), so if you like what you see, contact me and I'll send one to you, too--wherever you are ...  Cheers!
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In April, 200+ artists worldwide sent postcards of their artwork (plus address labels and stamps) to Kat Sloma, who then fostered the exchange sending postcards around the world.  What fun to watch the mail every day!

Here are the cards I received this year :
[If you see you're postcard, please leave a comment. ;-)]

by Deb at Paper Turtle Blog in Arizona
It's been a long, cold winter, here in Wisconsin, so I appreciated this postcard.  
I am looking forward to the spring and the return of sunlight.

by Sue Williams in New Bern, NC

by Kat van Rooyen in Tazewell, VA

From mthoodmama in the Pacific Northwest

 Claire at Another Deep Day Blog  in the UK

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Kat's PHOTO
Everyone who participated in this year's exchange got one of these gorgeous postcards by Kat Sloma, the organizer.  
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Linking up with Kat's Liberate Your Art Postcard Exchange 2014 Blog Hop:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

2BD44 More Moody Magic


I wanted to try another round on Kim's Moody Magic Recipe.  This time, I started with an image that was more similar with the warm earth tones.  I really wanted to get the lovely browns in the bottle that she got here.

In LightRoom, I played with the sliders to darken shadows, blacks, added a tone curve to accentuate highlights and make moodier shadows.   Still don't quite understand what I'm doing with split tones.   I did add the Waterfront7 Magic Texture on Screen blend mode, masking out the bottle.     

I also used an additional Hue Adjustment Layer in PSE to tone down the aqua/blues in the bottle.  But I never did quite get the lovely browns from split toning that Kim did.  Somewhere I missed a step. 

Here's another try at it ...  Worked up in Light Room with no less than 54 tweaks and adjustments.
Then on over into PSE for a couple of Texture layers : Waterfront7 Magic on screen blend mode and then duplicated with soft light blend mode.  I think I'm getting the hang of this!


Here's the original photo I started with.  Even on this gray overcast April day, there seems to be too much light.   I think I prefer the moody version. ;-)


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Saturday, April 12, 2014

2BD44 Moody Magic

"Grace ... transforms an ordinary moment into something better."
        --Carolyn Myss

For this lesson, Kim encouraged us to pick a simple subject against a darker background to create a "moody magic" image.   Not sure I hit the mark or not ...   Kim's wonderful demo image was much more earthy and rustic with pears and delicious light.   It was truly magic to watch that transformation!     I put a vase of flowers in front of our tv with a nice dark flat screen with light coming in from above.    I got out my "big-girl" camera with the fancy lenses.   The main thing for me this lesson was to use LightRoom to do some of the editing ...  I can't even tell you what I did in LightRoom ... Cropped the original image down a bit, then just played with the sliders in Light Room.   Desaturated a bit.  

I did pull it into PSE to do some additional tweaking, but textures don't really work on this dark background.  There's nothing for them to "grab" onto.  I also tried adding the Grace quote above, but it seemed to take away from the flowers, so in the end, I went back to LightRoom and exported the image as you see it above. 

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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Soap



Pumpkin Pie Soap

This was by far the most ambitious soap I've ever made what with the colorants and the marbling.  And so worth it!

Watch the video at Soaping 101

Bastille Soap (4 pounds)
4 oz       Castor Oil
16 oz     Coconut Oil
44 oz     Olive Oil

8.82 oz.  Sodium Hydroxide (aka Lye)
21.12      Distilled Water

Add the following based on the Libby's famous Pumpkin Pie Recipe
1/2 oz Sodium Lactate (for a harder bar)
1/4 tsp powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried egg whites (I left this out since I didn't have any)
1 oz. milk (discount water content accordingly)
4 Tablespoons Pumpkin Puree
Fragrance / essential oil blend
       (I used the Pumpkin Pie Spice Fragrance Oil from Mystic Mountain Sage.
       Anything mix of  pumpkin, vanilla, clove and cinnamon would also work well.)
Whipped Cream - optional (I left this out since we didn't have any)

Add the lye to the water as you normally would in a swell-ventilated area.  Be safe.
     > Also mix in the sugar, salt, and sodium lactate until dissolved.  Let cool to 100 degrees (or so).

Add the lye water to the oils when they are both about the same temperature (100 degrees, or so).

Blend until a light trace.

Separate out some soap for accent colors.  

Colorants :
Although there are lots of sites on the web willing to tell you about using herbs, spices, and clays for coloring soap.  No one really gave any specifics of how much.  I guess it depends on the color your're after.   Here's what I used I kept adding a 1/4-cup of soap base until I thought I had enough :

1 tsp cocoa powder to 1/2-3/4 cup soap base - Cocoa Brown
1 tsp tumeric to 1/2-3/4 cup soap base - Yellow / Gold
1 tsp paprika to 3/4 cup soap base  (Could have used a less paprika.) - Red

I also had some cinnamon ready to go, but decided not to use it as it can be a skin irritant.  I was also afraid the color might be too similar to the other 3. 

Back to the soap base at trace, add the following :

4 Tablespoons of Libby's pumpkin pie in a can (or other pumpkin puree)
         (Soaping 101 recommends 1 T per pound of soap.)
1 oz Whole Milk
1/4 tsp powdered egg white
4 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice Fragrance Oil
         (1 tsp per pound of soap)
Whipping Cream

Mix well.  Pour the base into the prepared slab mold.

Pour on the accent colors (Watch the video for this part.)  Soaping 101 recommends pouring from on high so the colors penetrate to the bottom of the tray.
Add the remaining colors--scribbled an top of the soap in tray.  Scrape out the last bits and decorate the top of the soap in tray.  Swirl with a stick as if you are marbling - corner to corner and swirly.


Leave uncovered.  Unmold after 24 hours.  Cut into bars and let cure for 6-8 weeks.

Voi la!

Aloe Vera Soap

With the trip to France coming, up, I needed to make something to give people as gifts (people who host a dinner for us, or let us stay with them, or just long-time family friends).  I decided to try a few new recipes and scents this year.

I've been choosing recipes for which I can purchase oils at the grocery store.  This simple practice saves a bundle on shipping charges!




Aloe Vera Soap
Recipe from  Soap Recipes 101 (slightly amended by me)

14.9 oz Coconut Oil
13.4 oz. Olive Oil
10.5 oz  Palm Oil  (I did not use the recommended lard)
2.5 oz Shea Butter
9.6 oz  Aloe Vera Gel and water puree (add water to the aloe until you reach the 9.6 oz total)
6.04 oz Lye (aka Sodium Hydroxide)
         > The amount of lye is also amended slightly because I substituted palm oil for the original lard.
9.9 oz  Water

Fragrance : French Linden Blossom or Yling-Ylang Mrryh (1 tsp per pound of soap)


I have a monster Aloe plant that needed to be cut back.  The other day, I think I heard it say "Feed me, Seymour."  It took about a dozen "beefy" arms to scrape enough gel for this recipe.  The plant was happy to be of service. ;-)

Note :  Because the aloe gel was a bit lumpy, I pureed the aloe before adding it to the nearly traced soap.  The gel became kind of brown and watery--I thought I "broke" it, but soldiered on.   Traced happened VERY quickly after I added the aloe gel to the soap.  

Buttermilk Baby Soap


Buttermilk Baby Soap (made with real babies!)
Recipe from The Soap Queen

27 oz Olive Oil
5 oz Coconut Oil
8 oz Buttermilk
2.5 oz Carrot Baby Food (just carrots and water)
4.3 oz Lye (aka Sodium Hydroxide)

I wasn't quite sure how this one would turn out.  Even though I froze the buttermilk, it was more like slush when I added the lye.  The buttermilk appeared to curdle during the process.-- all those little bits of curdled milk--like cottage cheese.   Even after blending it,  I was worried it wouldn't hold together through the saponification process, but it seems to have come out fine.

For scent, I used a Sweet Olive Fragrance (Sweet Oleander) from Mystic Mountain Sage.  I probably should have used more, as most of the scent seems to have disappeared.

Next time, I will add the carrot puree for the color.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

2BD43 Faery Tale Book Marks

[Click on the image above for a clearer picture of the words.]

For this week's Beyond Beyond lesson, Kim had us working with a pdf template from Creative Label Concepts.  I had no idea you could pull in a pdf as a layer in Photoshop Elelments and work it to your heart's content.  That tip right there was worth the price of the class!  I just always thought PhotoShop dealt with image files, not pdfs.   In all, I counted 19 PSE layers to develop these 3 tags/bookmarks.  It was more like 3 assignments instead of just 1, so I spent a lot of time with it.  I'm really feeling comfortable with PSE these days --thanks to Kim's classes. 

We started with the templates, isolated them onto their own layers, then added texture, text, and other elements with brushes, etc.   Kim's lesson had us making hang tags--I suppose that's a great thing for scrapbookers and people working with mixed media.  I don't actually have the capability to print in color at home, nor am I likely to add special tags to a gift, either.  Hence, this was a theoretical exercise for me. 

In Kim's example, she used the dome top tag template above.  I kept thinking it looked like a tombstone ...   Another person in the class elongated the templates (or maybe she chose another template altogether) to make bookmarks.  I really liked that idea, so I borrowed it. ;-)

As for the quotes, I'm always looking for a way to pull in my love of fairy tales and how important they are to our every day lives and how we cope.   I have a book of essays by academic Kay Stone : Some Day Your Witch Will Come.    The sentiment is a tongue-in-cheek play on "some day your prince will come."  That title essay talks about how necessary these wicked witches are to the stories and our psyches.  Encountering  a Witch can bring it's own gifts.  In my own life, I had to come to terms with my own witch before I could meet my prince charming.  The Witches push us to do things we wouldn't otherwise do, or think we'd be capable of.  I had some self-development work to do before I could be in a good relationship.  The Witch taught me to deal with my anger, to stand up for myself, to value myself.  You don't get that kind of encouragement in a plush comfortable setting at home with a "good mother" -- That's why those good mothers always die off.  The Witches give us that nudge to do what we think is impossible, to grow in ultimately positive ways that we may not otherwise choose.    Now, looking back with hindsight, I am grateful for my encounters with real-life witches--although, I couldn't say that at the time.   

For the Spiderweb tag/bookmark, I used Kim Klassen's Chalk Magic Texture for the background,  Ruthie Font, and a spiderweb brush.  The cob webs give the idea that someone has been waiting for quite some time for her witch to come ... 

The next quote from my all-time favorite witch, Baba Yaga : Consider the uses of adversity.    I suspect the sentiments and the skull will be all too dark and Gothic for my fellow 2B classmates.  Truth be known, the flower pics and inspirational quotes are not really my style.  For this tag/bookmark, I used another texture from 2 Lil Owls, though I'm not sure what collection it's from.  I also used a couple of brushes typical of old tombstones.  These are also very important symbols for Baba Yaga.  In the Baba Yaga stories, she has a fence made of skulls-and-bones surrounding her property (Remember that house that dances around on chicken legs?  That was Baba Yaga. :-).  Once Vasalisa has accomplished the impossible tasks BY set for her, the Baba gives her the creative fire in a skull torch which lights her way home.   You see-- some people DO survive their encounters with the witches--but only if they learn the lessons they have to teach.

Of course, I couldn't leave out my beloved Rumplestilskin (from ABC's Once Upon a Time), so he gets his own bookmark/tag, too.    For this bookmark, I used Texture 13 from 2 Lil Owls Fairy Tales Collection.   Aquiline Two Font and an image of a spinning wheel charm as his memorable detail.   I am starting to think he's one of the 3 Fates in Once Upon a Time's rendition.  That puts him in a whole new light, doesn't it?


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Monday, March 31, 2014

Black White and Red String Quilt Top

 

I am so pleased with the way this came out!  In only about 2 weeks, I've been able to finish this quilt top.  It came together quickly.  I was able to concentrate on it at Quilt Camp last week, finished the blocks this weekend, laid them out and put it all together.   [It is pretty square in real life.  It's just hanging on a slumped mattress against the wall in this picture.]

Voila!


Here is one of the finished blocks.   It's a little hard to see the solitary block in the full layout because the layout makes the secondary red, black and white squares.   I purposely laid out the strings (2-1/2 in strip sets of black and white; 1 honey bun thrown in, too, for some narrower strips) so that there would be a white side and a black side with the intention of creating additional black and white blocks in the final layout.  I love it!



This is a block before it's trimmed.  The instructions have you start with a foundation square (I used muslin).  Then you lay down the color strip corner to corner, then lay down the second strip and sew it down through the foundation, then flip it and sew down the next string.  You keep building the blocks that way until it's done.  Heartstrings block guidelines / instructions are here.

 
Here's the back side of the untrimmed block.  You can see how sturdy the foundation square is; how it keeps things nice and tidy.   It also makes it quite a bit heavier than the usual 1-layered quilt top.  I'm wondering if I need to add a batting, or if the muslin will be enough?

Maybe a light batt?   It may take another 5 years to finish this quilt.  At least I can say I finished the top.

Missives from Quilt Camp Spring 2014

I made progress on several projects, but no spectacular finishes--yet.  Here are some sneak peaks ...



Tree of Life Wall Quilt

I made progress on The Tree of Life wall quilt that I worked on last year at Quilt Camp.  I stitched down the tree silhouette.  Then I sandwiched it with batting, and stitched around the tree to make it pop out.  It really added a nice relief to the piece.  Now I need to work out how I want to quilt the rest of the background.  I didn't feel I had the right thread with me to blend with the background so I decided to wait on finishing it.  



String Quilt in Red, Black and White

The test block from The Red String Quilt.  I completed 1 block and trimmed it up before starting any of the other blocks.  I laid it out as inspiration and guide--always visible as I sewed on the strips for the remaining blocks.  I spent most of the Quilt Camp weekend working on this one project.  By the end of the weekend, I only had 1 strip left to sew on the white side of the blocks.   Great progress!



Easy Origami Bag

This was my warm-up project Friday night.  I always bring a small-ish project that I can warm up with, and actually finish on Friday night.    I used 2 squares of fabric about 20 inches square.  Instructions here. 

Flying Geese Quilt

During my stay-cation, I spent most of the week quilting this Flying Geese quilt.  With my new sewing table (made by my sweet husband), it's easier to quilt at home than at camp.  That wasn't always the case.  I brought this along for show-and-share.  I didn't finish it, but I made serious progress during the week.  The whole center part is quilted now.




At the sewing expo at the local tech school the week before, one of the vendors was drawing / auditioning possible machine quilting patterns on a photo of the quilt top on her iPad.  I asked what app it was, and she told me.  So I played with Doodle Pro to do the same with this quilt.  Very helpful for getting familiar with the motifs, and developing a path over the quilt.  I had originally thought I wanted to do feathers in the channels (It's a flying geese quilt--feathers are called for!), but it seemed like it would be too heavy, too much quilting for this light-hearted quilt.  So I went with the more open undulations instead.

View from the back of the quilt -- so far.

View from the front

 

Afternoon Break

Quilt Camp took place at Silver Birch Ranch, a camp only about 20 minutes from where I grew up in Northern Wisconsin.  They were still in the throes of winter, but I did venture out to walk the roads Saturday afternoon.  Here's some of what I saw that afternoon [Here's what you missed, Ma!] :


Although there is little snow still on the ground in the horse pen, I was standing knee-deep in a snowbank to get this pony shot.  The horses had thick coats and good fat layers to keep them warm.

The chickens were really hard to photograph because they are always in motion.   There's a setting for that on my camera, but heck if I can find it in the moment!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

2BD39 Logo Challenge


This week, Kim challenged us to create a logo inspired by one she had seen in real life at a local cafe.  I spent an embarrassing amount of time on this, not because I had problems with PSE, but because I've been thinking about my logo since 1994 when I started my little production company.  I knew I wanted a simple green leaf and the words -- that's what it's been all this time.  I took so long because I was making it more complicated than the lesson needed to be.  Once I settled into design and Kim's given recipe with circles (not leaf shapes), it all went well.  I followed her recipe pretty faithfully. 

My tweaks were the chosen fonts :
Pea Miss Mariss for my name
Pea Aimee for Sweet Leaf Productions

Textures :
Green Leaf Texture from Stockvault
Kim Klassen's 1402 texture for the background


A few tweaks (for another day?)
I might make that outer ring not so dark, or change the color a bit.  It's kind of heavy next to everything else.   Maybe a blend mode will take care of that?

I'm going to let this settle a while ...  Someday, maybe I'll add it to the header of my blog. ;-)

Beyond Layers

Sunday, March 09, 2014

2BD38 : 3-Point Composition


For this week's lesson, Kim suggested we set up a 3-point composition.  This is such a simple idea with pleasing results!   I always struggle with the still-life  set-ups, working intuitively, or experimenting until I get something that feels right ...  well, this strategy takes the guess-work out of it.  3-point composition just FEELS right.

Thinking Out Loud :
For this image, I started out thinking about writers and creative people and the blank page.  I've always been very comfortable with the paper aisles in office supply stores--all that clean white paper--so much potential there!  So many blank pages to fill--It's exciting!  No fear of writer's block ...   Then I got to thinking : I wanted this image to tell a story.   Not the idea of someone writing easily and effortlessly.  I wanted to see the struggle ...  Maybe they were writing a letter, confessing something that was difficult to say,  not knowing how to say it.  Maybe it's being written to someone who will never read it, or could never reciprocate ... star-crossed lovers ...  Hence the struggle ...  the page crumbled and tossed, but then retrieved and smoothed out to be reconsidered ...  Doesn't that tell a more interesting story?  A more HUMAN story?  ["Yes, I think you might have something there, Mr Fennyman!"]  "Create" is perhaps not the right word for what I was after with this image ...  Catharsis.  Rumi has a quote ...  something like even if it's hard to say the words, if they come from the heart,  they will be received by the heart of the intended.  Even if the outcome is not what you had hoped.  Sometimes it helps to get the words out, to work through the feelings, even if no one else reads it. 

As for the props : I've been collecting feathers.  We have an influx of Canadian Geese every summer and they drop lots of feathers in the park ...  I actually made the walnut ink a few summers ago ... and the paper was an actual letter to my friend J--Yes, we're old school that way, still appreciating a hand-written letter on fine stationary. ;-)  In the letter, I'm explaining all this to her, but having a little trouble with the old-style pen and ink.  I wasn't actually writing with the feather--the shaft was cracked, so it wouldn't have worked.  I have a glass pen but it didn't have the flair of a feather.   I think the ink needs some gum Arabic to make it write smoother--hence the blotches on the page.

Here's the recipe :
Layer 1 ) Background image
Layer 2) Texture - Kim Klassen's Paper-Stained Light - Multiply Blend Mode; 58% opacity
Layer 3) Texture - Kim Klassen's Silence - Soft Light 30%
Layer 4) Texture - Kim Klassen's Paper & Paste - Multiple 59%
Layer 5) Text -  Create - Zapfino font
Layer 6) Text - Write what's in your heart - Windsong font

I think Paper-stained Light was one of the very first Kim Klassen Textures I ever got.  Still one of my favorites!
Beyond Layers

Sunday, March 02, 2014

New Threads : Polyester Pallette of Colors


I purchased this set of polyester embroidery thread from Thread Art during their Black Friday sale around Thanksgiving.  You can still purchase this set of 80 spools for a similar price (It amounts to about $1/spool).   I actually bought a 120 spool set, but I don't see that as an option now.  They even threw in a couple extra spools.

Since it's polyester embroidery thread, it's STRONG with a nice sheen to it.  I wanted to try it out before I blogged about it which is why you didn't see it last December.  It seems to work just fine in my sewing machine--for embroidery, and quilting.  I used it on the Birds & Bees Snowflake pillow.  I'm quite happy with it.  It feels good to be sewing again!  All for the want of of decent threads!

This is what I saw when I opened the box.  At first, I was a little daunted--I'm always a little daunted when I see so many styrofoam packing peanuts.  But that didn't last long.  Being December,  I was like a kid in a candy store!  Every new spool was a new color and felt like a new treat!

It was actually kind of fun to pull out each spool, put them on the stands, and arrange the colors.  As a Librarian, I like a good "order from chaos" exercise.  And this certainly qualified!

I realized one of the reasons I took a sabbatical from sewing and quilting 18 months ago was because I was so frustrated with my Madiera rayon embroidery thread constantly breaking.  I thought there was something wrong with my machine, and then I realized the thread was literally rotten--You can break it just by pulling on it.  I was so disgusted and disheartened -- To pay that much for a box of embroidery thread, and it doesn't last very long (less than 5 years).    I kept it covered, and out of direct sunlight, just like I was supposed to do for preservation.  And it still didn't last.   ;-(

Well--I made the switch to polyester embroidery thread.  It's come a long way ... and so have I. Maybe Thread Art doesn't make the best thread out there, but it's good enough, and the price is right.

You might ask, do I really need 120 spools of embroidery thread?  All in different colors?  YES!  This is the palette of thread colors which is just as important as a fabric stash.  If you don't have the right color, it can stop a project dead in it's tracks.  Fortunately, my husband does NOT ask this question.  He knows how important a creative life is for me

There's a little blue cap at the top of each spool that you can pop off to hold the thread end when you're finished with it.  I think they' re making improvements to that system.  It's not perfect (thread can still unspool slightly), but it's good enough.  Likewise, it's not the most expensive thread out there (Heck, I bought the fancy stuff last time around, and look where it got me), but it's good enough.

The spools are a little taller than the Sulky spools, which means they don't fit in the Slimline thread boxes.  I have the wooden racks to keep them in order and somewhat contained.  I am on the hunt for a box in which to keep them out of the light, and dust-free.  It would also improve their portability.



A little later ...
I stopped at Shopko today and picked up a couple of scrap-booking project boxes.  I was hoping that there would be room enough to keep the threads on the wooden June Taylor thread stand, but no dice.  These larger thread spools can stand up in the box on their own, and still allow you to adequately see the thread color.   And the lid closes down tight, keeping out dust, and making them much more portable.  That's an issue because I have quilt camp in a few weeks.  ;-)    I also added a layer of non-slip material and a layer of batting.  This raises them just enough so that they don't roll around and tip over in the box. 

Cheers!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Waterlogued

My Darling Maggie

The Beyond Beyond Lesson this week involved tips for using a Wacom Tablet.  Since I don't have one, I decided to pull out my iPad and play with some of the apps I haven't gotten around to ...  I decided that I should buy a stylus (This one or this one?) to make some of the sketchbook apps work better than with my finger. 

Waterlogued is a fun app-- a bargain at $2.99 offering hours of fun, running a dozen of my pictures through the various filters.   I even stayed up way past my bed time on a "school" night.  It turns a photo into a watercolor painting.  In less than minute, you see the app draw a sketch, choose colors, mix and apply watercolor paints.    Very satisfying -- and no mess to clean up!

In the picture at the top of this post, you see my darling Newfie, Maggie.  She is difficult to photograph 1) because she's shy and 2) she's so darn black.  In most pictures she looks like a puddle of black, so this shot was kind of a test to see what the Waterlogued App could do with it.  This is the "Rainy" filter.  I'm happy!


Most of the people pictures didn't work so well, but this one did.   I've had this picture since last summer at the Bristol Ren Faire.  This is the accordion player for the band Vana Mazi. (You didn't realize accordians were around in the Renaissance, did you? [Wink!]  I haven't quite figured out what to do with this photo--the usual texture treatments haven't quite worked on it.   But this is quite nice!  This is the "Travelogue" Filter.

Here are some more pictures from my play time with Waterlogued.  I think I still have an Instagram account.  Maybe I should post these?

Tulips with Travelogue  Filter  (with Yellow toned back a bit.)

Here's something I might actually be able to paint in real life!   Watching the process does give me some ideas for how to do it, if I ever wanted to do more watercolor painting.     This one could actually be put through a few more processes.  That open background in begging for additional treatments!  This one may come back again ...

Bumble Bee on a Thistle

For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you may recognize this phot of my friend Sandy one Fall day ...  I couldn't decide which version I liked better.  
Color Boom vs. Travelogue filters.  I'm leaning toward the Color Bloom ...

 
French Bike with Travelogue Filter
 
French Bike with "Rainy" Filter

Saucison in France with the Rainy Filter

One of the Oshkosh Public Library Lions.

Jump in! The water's fine!