Texture

Texture Tuesday

How cool is this little book?

My superduper friend Mindy made it, using techniques from Stephanie Lee’s Handbook of Elements class.  

And she gave it to me!!!!

When I opened the package, I was just speechless.  It’s just so lovely.

Here’s the spine –

Vintage mother of pearl buttons.

The book is soldered, with plaster pages.  When I first saw the book in her Flickr stream, I admired it, but poo pooed the soldering.  No fire for me.  Silly, she said, it’s easy.  Of course you can solder!

And when the little book came in the mail, and I turned it over and over in my hands, admiring it so, Joe said, you could do that – I have a soldering gun.

I can do that?

Fire, me?

I don’t know – but I know I’m intrigued . . .

Thanks Mindy! For the book, for the inspiration, for just everything!

And, for anyone stopping by for Texture Tuesday – the first photo has Kim’s Mixed Media Texture.  And the bottom photo has her Art and Joy Texture, and another – but I forget which one it is – one of the grungy ones.

 

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Texture Tuesday – Quotes

Do you subscribe to 3rdWard?  You might want to, so that you can begin every day with daily inspiration like this:

 

Well, the mess is mine, the quote is today’s Daily Insight.

Today’s Texture Tuesday challenge was to use a quote, and one of Kim’s Textures.  I used ArtJoyTexture and Distress2, then I used one of my own – it’s under the Freebies tab if you’d like it – it’s called Light Blue Painted Texture, but for this, I turned it Black and White.

 

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And now I’m going to rejoin my mess, already in progress!

Texture Tuesday

 

Let’s see, this has a gradient fill layer (in a blush pink), a gradient map layer (black to white, at 31%), and then an oldie but goodie Kim texture, Grey Day, on soft light 100%.

And the white rose is from our very own rose bush.

 

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Texture Tuesday – Sheep & Wool Junk Score

Sheep & Wool was hard for me this year.  I made a promise that I wouldn’t buy any yarn (at least not for me – Mother’s Day didn’t count), and I kept it.   But, it was hard – I was like a crack addict under the El at Kensington and Allegheny.  Sigh.

But, I didn’t say I wouldn’t buy anything.

And, I told my husband right up front I was going to hit the junk vendor.  And for under $20, I brought back quite a haul –

 

So what do we have here – first, a printer’s drawer – someday to be a super cool shadow box.  Then, a Mason’s jar, filled with vintage stamps.   Several spinning wheel bobbins, and a couple of spinning wheel whorls.  Then, I have a tall thing you can’t see, that’s going to be the base of a doll.  Then, there are two long, thin things that I think are for spinning cotton, and then two more wooden tubes, with drips of paint running down the sides – awesome!  

And, here is the Mason Jar, textured up for Texture Tuesday:

This week’s challenge was to use two of Kim’s textures.  Both images have an oldie but goodie – Wet Tile, and both have her new watercolor texture, Oh My.  The first one even has a third texture – a real oldie but goodie – her Antiques Overlay.

 

 

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So, that’s the junk.

But where are the sheep.

Coming my friends!

Baaa!

Texture Tuesday

 

Happy Texture Tuesday!

As anyone who reads the blog knows (all 32 of you!), I haven’t been as passionate about photography as I once was.

And, I don’t know why.

I do know the drop off started when I broke my 50 mm.  I like my zoom ok, but I loved the speed, the bokeh, the beauty of the prime lens.

So . . . the mantra  . . . when we sell the house . . . I’ll replace the 50mm.

In the meantime, I’m going to try to participate more in online photo challenges – again.

If I can get the knitting mojo back, I can get anything back, yes?!?!

Anyway, this image has a few layers of the challenge texture, “the little things”, Kim’s lovely brush “Enjoy the little things” (yes, the text is a brush – nice!) that can be downloaded at the same link as the texture, and a few layers of her water color texture, “Let Go.”

So go check out the other Texture Tuesday challenges – they’re better than mine.

Boy am I rusty!!

 

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And, just thought I’d throw this one in – no texture, just tulip.

Texture Tuesday – The Movie Edition

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Today’s Texture Tuesday Theme is  . . . movies.

So . . .

Buehler? Buehler? Anyone? Anyone?

This would be The Quiet Man.

Although my husband has never seen The Quiet Man, and would have preferred if I had somehow managed Ferris Buehler’s Day Off.

Oh well.

Check out this week’s Texture Tuesday – really – everyone is so clever!

{160/365} – Tentative Textures

So, after my first attempt at making a texture, this time, I really spent more time thinking about what I wanted to do, and the look I wanted to achieve.  Then, I rewatched Kim’s video lessons that are part of the Art of Texture ecourse, and plotted my photos of the day based on what I thought I might create. 

First, I made another set of custom brushes for Photoshop.  Just in case you have no idea what I’m talking about, in Photoshop, as you know, you have a brush tool.  The brush tool is really basically a stamp.  It comes loaded with many shapes and sizes, but you can also buy, or find for free, custom brush sets that can be loaded into your palette.  So, your custom brush could be a butterfly, or a grungy edge, or text, or anything you want.  So, that’s what I mean when I say I made a custom brush set – a set of brush tips that can be loaded into your brush tool in Photoshop.  Anyway, here they are –

marblebrushessamples 

I made these from a photograph of my marble front step.  And then, using these brushes, my leaf brushes from the other day, as well as the photo of my front step and a photo of my linen shade, I made this:

Marble Linen Texture 

And I used it here –

oldbookswithmarblelinentexture 

When I was pulling books of my shelf to set up this little still life, I fell in love with my 1888 copy of Robin Hood.  So, I scanned the cover, some of the text and illustrations inside, and created this brush collection and this texture:

RobinHoodBrushesSample And then this texture:

Robin Hood Texture 

And this image uses both of my creations today –

Old Books 

And now, I’m quite exhausted.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll conquer my vintage edition of Swann’s Way.  Or maybe I should actually read it first.

{158/365} – My First Texture (and boy is it UGLY)

I don’t know if I really have any interest in making my own textures, but when Kim throws a party, ya gotta go, right?  So, I’m taking her Art of Texture class, and learning her secrets, and there are plenty, let me tell you. 

Anyway, first I attempted making my own Photoshop brush set.  I gathered some leaves from my doorstep, and scanned them into Photoshop.  Then, I made brushes –

Fallleafbrushset 

Yep, here they are – and I’d share them with you, but I don’t know how to make a zip file, and I don’t know where to store them – and I really don’t think anyone would want them, they’re not so good.  So, maybe as I get better, I’ll figure out the technical aspect of sharing, and when I move to the new blog, I’ll have a sharing area.  But for now, it’s all just practice.

And it’s a good thing it’s practice, because again, it’s not so good.

As in down right, bad, as in ugly.

Here’s my first texture (and, part of the reason why it is so terrible is because I waited too long to start this project, and there is no light in my house.  So, I photographed (see I got my photo of the day in!) my brick wall, and it was all fugged up with camera shake):

leaftexture 

See my leaf brush – at least I go that right.

And here’s the texture on a butterfly – because nothing looks horrendous on a butterfly:

Here’s the before:

butterflywithtexture 

I actually like what it did to the color, but you can’t really see any texture.  But, because the texture itself is out of focus, I didn’t get to involved with it, or invest too much time finding an image that would be perfect for it – I just tried it out. 

It’s all a process, like anything else, and I’ll probably get better.

Or I won’t.

{158/365} – My First Texture (and boy is it UGLY)

I don’t know if I really have any interest in making my own textures, but when Kim throws a party, ya gotta go, right?  So, I’m taking her Art of Texture class, and learning her secrets, and there are plenty, let me tell you. 

Anyway, first I attempted making my own Photoshop brush set.  I gathered some leaves from my doorstep, and scanned them into Photoshop.  Then, I made brushes –

Fallleafbrushset 

Yep, here they are – and I’d share them with you, but I don’t know how to make a zip file, and I don’t know where to store them – and I really don’t think anyone would want them, they’re not so good.  So, maybe as I get better, I’ll figure out the technical aspect of sharing, and when I move to the new blog, I’ll have a sharing area.  But for now, it’s all just practice.

And it’s a good thing it’s practice, because again, it’s not so good.

As in down right, bad, as in ugly.

Here’s my first texture (and, part of the reason why it is so terrible is because I waited too long to start this project, and there is no light in my house.  So, I photographed (see I got my photo of the day in!) my brick wall, and it was all fugged up with camera shake):

leaftexture 

See my leaf brush – at least I go that right.

And here’s the texture on a butterfly – because nothing looks horrendous on a butterfly:

Here’s the before:

butterflywithtexture 

I actually like what it did to the color, but you can’t really see any texture.  But, because the texture itself is out of focus, I didn’t get to involved with it, or invest too much time finding an image that would be perfect for it – I just tried it out. 

It’s all a process, like anything else, and I’ll probably get better.

Or I won’t.

{153/365} – Tea with Lemons

In preparation for the new site (coming soon!), I photographed, what else, tea with lemons.  I photographed my Lemon as well, but I’m going to use that in the new blog, so you’ll just have to wait for that one!

lemons 

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And, as an aside, I had fresh lemons in the house because I roasted a chicken for dinner.  Did you know that if you put lemon rinds in the chicken’s cavity, the bird stays sweet and moist?  Perfect bird every time.  Thanks Oprah! 

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