Hello Texture Tuesday. i’m so glad I took some blossom photos yesterday because today the weather forecast is not good. As photographers how often do you check the weather forecast before you grab your camera ? I’d love to know….
Over in The Studio Online Kim’s prompt is potting sheds, the greenhouse needs a good clean so many cobwebs ! So I took my potting shed into the garden.
Some of the flowers were taken from the grass, the lilac from the fence…
I have created a new soft preset called berrily blue, It’s one of Kim’s that I have tweaked…
The little jar is a tealight holder but it works well as a vase…
I love hearts and the paper was part of a little packet that contained a wedding invitation, more about that in June….
Finally a layout.
Supplies by Anna Aspnes, Breakaway and Spring Showers.
I hope the sun shines where you are today…..
I’ve been creating more layouts to add to my 60th year folder. It’s growing and I will have quite a collection to choose from.
This first one was inspired by the fantastic bobbins Caz sent me from America. I have been using Anna Aspnes supplies a lot, I find her style suits me, I love the water colour effect I can get using her masks and brushes. All her supplies come with shadows and I like the natural effect it creates.
I would advise starting off with one kit and use it until you learn what you like. Check out her website HERE.
Brushes can be altered by clipping and blending and by lowering the opacity. Then it’s just a matter of playing with the elements until you are happy.
Here are a few tips if you want to start digital scrapping. I used Anna Aspnes’ palette ‘Story’ see it HERE
I hope this helps, if you want some advice or help you can always contact me by sending me an email.
The unexpectedness of beauty around the corner. Sunflowers in a florist in the Seven Dials district of London.
Found this on Pinterest. I’m going to try it out…
Busking on the Southbank.What a voice.
I’m enjoying playing with my digital stash
Supplies by Sissy Sparrow
Don’t you just love this… Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden..
Have a great weekend…
Supplies Anna Aspnes, Katie Pertiet, Captivated Visions.
What I’m listening to…. The James Riley Band check them out HERE
This week thanks to my lovely husband and my birthday gift, I have rediscovered my love of playing with layers and digital scrapping. I have been feeling a bit meugh recently about my scrapping. I feel as if I haven’t progressed in learning new techniques. But with a larger and more beautiful screen I’m feeling enthusiastic again…. This was a page I created whilst thinking about Kim’s post in The Studio about photographing from above…
Supplies Anna Aspnes
my own design
Finally some Gerbera gorgeousness….
Supplies by Cathy Zielske and Kim K…
Have a great weekend….
As Autumn sets in with darker evenings , rainy days and brisk breezes we look for light . As a photographer I am alway looking out for the life giving rays that warm the soul.
I am returning more and more to my digital art I find it soothes me, playing with shapes and colours. So expect to see more.
Mask by me, thanks to a wonderful tip at captivated visions HERE, paper and transfer by Rosey Posey, brushes by Anna Aspnes
Update on the blog not good, two steps forward one back so I’m sticking with this for the time being and trying to not lose patience with the new site….
Find this week, this book which I so want for Christmas.
Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible…..
I’m taking a little blogging break whilst I catch up on all the other classes new and old that I haven’t finished. Plus this designing a website is obsessing me !
I’ll just leave you with one of my journal type scrapping pages.
A series of photos based around home
And I’m loving the new project life app by Becky Higgins such fun….
Until next time……
Sounds, smells, whirling dancers. Girls with flowers in their hair, children running and laughing. A man in a stripy poncho with a leather hat. Hot chocolate , buzzing from music, words and thoughts run through my head.
Continuing on from my Tuesday post, we travelled from Somerset to Shropshire stopping off in Gloucester and Berrington Hall before visiting the Shrewsbury Folk Festival.
Find One – The delightful Gloucester Docks, industrial heritage for the modern age…
Find Two – Berrington Hall in Shropshire. A Georgian delight with a Pride and Prejudice costume exhibition with THAT shirt.
Find Three – The sights and sounds of a festival I’d forgotten what fun they were.
Find Four – The joy of live music.
Finally – To see the joy on the faces of performers who love what they do.
Supplies by Anna Aspnes
Music listened to: The Dhol Foundation, John Jones, Molotov Jukebox, James Riley, Karine Polwart and Marin Simpson, and so much more….
Roll on next year !
“The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.”
― Susan Sontag, On Photography
As many of you know Mark and I try to visit National Trust properties as often as we can. We are members which saves us a considerable amount of money. This week we revisited Lacock Abbey and the Fox Talbot museum in Wiltshire. It has a very interesting history, not only is it 800 years old in places but also was the home of Henry Fox Talbot. It was founded as a medieval nunnery in 1232. For movie and TV buffs it was used as the setting for the first 2 Harry Potter films, and the village was used as a setting for Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth one) and Cranford. To me it is the almost perfect place to visit (all is missing is water), it has wonderful medieval architecture a botanic garden and a very interesting history.
But this visit was really to learn more about Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877). He was a mathematician, botanist and chemist. he is known for inventing photography, his process of creating a negative in the camera and from that making multiple positive prints was the dominant process throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His work was based on earlier experiments by others.
Talbot inherited Lacock when he was 5 months old but didn’t live there until he was 27. His disappointing attempts at drawing whilst on his honeymoon led him to think how science might help people with no artistic talent to make images.
If you would like to read more about this amazing man you will some more information HERE
I wonder what he would think of today’s instant photography and the ease of processing !
Photo taken using Hipstamatic.
As summer begins to fade there was a last show of beautiful flowers in the kitchen garden.
I created a scrapbook page. Supplies by Anna Aspnes and Agnes Biro.
I love this quote from Talbot
Textures used in the scrapbook page are kk waterfront1 and quiet.
A selection of my photography this week
After taking many, many shots I finally was happy with this edit. Adjusted in Lightroom using Kim’s lovely new LR preset ‘bare. ‘ Some light texturing in PS and one of my photographs from printed.com
I’ve always liked photographs of bottles with flowers in them and I created this using my painted wine box on a coffee table to give height.
Copying a still life in THIS magazine
I played around with type and created my own brush….
And finally two layouts, the first one showing my beautiful blue vase that my good blogging friend Helen gave me. She hosts a linky called weekend walk check it out HERE
Supplies by Anna Aspnes and Katie Pertiet
And continuing with my Be Still work….
Supplies by Anna Aspnes
Have a great weekend……