Thursday, November 29, 2012

Beyond Layers Days 61-62 : Pieces of Me Scavenger Hunt

Favorite Chair
Coffee Shop Blog Golden Afternoon Action + Orton-ish Filter in Picassa

I skipped a few lessons so I could get to this one.   Kim gave us a 5-day Scavenger Hunt.   I tired to keep it simple--just things around the house, for the most part.  Every day Life.  And simple photo processing, too.  For the most part, these images use various PhotoShop Actions and other effects.

 On Your Feet
Old Photo Action - Soft Light 100%


Pioneer Woman's Soft Faded Action
Pioneer Woman's Warmer Action

 Kitchen Faucet
Old Paper Action - Normal 100%
Copy Last Layer - Multiply 69%

Of all the pictures in this set, this one was the biggest surprise.  The Old Paper Processing really makes this tired old faucet look elegant.  That -- and I am truly grateful for running and hot water!

Front Door
Old Photo Action
Coffee Shop Golden Afternoon Action
Ok--so it's not actually my front door.  It's a photo taken in LaCanourge, France.  ;-)

Currently Reading
Polaroid Treatment in Picassa
It's tough to demonstrate what I'm currently reading when it's on my Kindle.

Light Fixture
Another wonderful quote from Rumi, that 14th century mystic, 
and the greatest-selling poet of ALL time.

 Favorite Beverage
I've been drinking cranberry juice just about every day for more than 30 years.  A doctor once told my Dad it would be good for his prostate, so it was in the house.  I took to the Cranberry Juice ; my Dad didn't.   ;-)

Though Your Window
This is a Wisconsin barn in my "drive-by" series.   The window is the car windshield, where the bugs and smutz add character and texture!
Kim Klassen's Old Barn Recipe with the addition of several Rad Lab Filters.
I have to say what a miracle the spot-healing tool is.  There was a light pole right in the middle of this pic, and spot-healing cleaned it up, like magic!


Sunday, November 25, 2012

9 New Journals

 Commercial Fabric Journal.    $15

 These journals (and many more) will be for sale at the UU Art & Craft Sale next Saturday in Appleton, WI.     If you see something you like, let me know.  We can work out something through PayPal.  I'll mail them anywhere in the world!

*  All Journals are hand-made and contain 3 signatures of a creamy antique-laid paper (really nice stationary!) totaling 60 pages per journal.

Composed Fabric made of Recycled Scraps  $30
Rolled Polymer Clay Closure - also handmade by me

Detail of the Composed Fabric

Composed Fabric made of Recycled Scraps - $30

Commercial Fabric Journal   - $15

"Fall Harvest"   Commercial Fabric Journal - $15

Hand Dyed Paper Cover - 1/4-Size Journal        $15

Composed Fabric Journal in Blue - Made from Recycled Scraps   1/4-Size    $20
Back side

"Blue Moon"    -  Hand-Dyed Fabric    $20
Detail of the "Moon" Closure

Composed Fabric Journal in Blue - Made of Recycled Fabric and Paper Scraps and Threads     $30
Back Side
Detail with Closure

Detail of Composed Fabric

Hungry for Color : Hand-Dyed Silk Scarves

 I realized I've been "hungry for color" lately, so I decided to post some color nutrients for the soul!
These are more hand-dyed silk scarves.  They will be for sale at the UU Art & Craft Sale next Saturday in Appleton, WI.    $15 per scarf.    I'll also have my hand-made journals for sale.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Beyond Layers Day 56 : Instgram-ish

This week, we played with some Instagram-like Actions for PhotoShop Elements.  
There are a few out there, but more for PhotoShop CS. 

The background layers for the above collage are a Kerstin Frank Texture and 

This is the Nashville Action for PSE from Everyday Elements. 

Lot's of wonderful stuff there.  Have a look around!

Kim also gave us a recipe that seemed "Instagram-ish."  
I have to say that I was true to Kim's Recipe except for the Levels adjustments.  I went with the Auto settings in PSE.  My histogram differed enough from Kim's sample that her recommendations turned things very strange colors. That's the thing : Every photo is different!

This is my original photo (for comparison).  This was a heart hanging outside a house in Samoens, France.  Hearts seemed to be the symbol of the village. They were everywhere!