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Digital Playground

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I have so much fun playing with digital collage! It is like a virtual playground where I can create what I imagine. When I see other artist’s digital collages, sometimes I am inspired to try to create something in the same style just so that I can learn new techniques and push myself. It also helps me to use those new skills to then develop work in my own voice…whatever that winds up being.

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Recently I have been very inspired by the work of Maggie Taylor. I have been listening to interviews and watching as she shows Photoshop explanations of how she creates her work. I can use Photoshop, but lately I have been hooked on using my Procreate App on my iPad to create layers and other apps to add texture. I can achieve a similar look…though not as detailed as hers. She uses over 200 layers sometimes. Whew! I don’t think I have that much patience!

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The evenings seem to be the time when I am inspired to work on these compositions while I “watch” TV. It’s SO much more fun to work on art that to be entertained!

 

Combining Media Digitally

IMG_1136Someone asked me a couple of days ago where I get my ideas. I said that sometimes they just happen organically. I don’t always set out with a concrete idea of what I want a piece to look like. I just start with some elements and play around with them and at some point, after a few happy accidents, I decide that I like the way it looks.

IMG_1370I was playing around with dyeing some fabric and paper with natural dyes like beet juice and wine. It looked….okay. I wasn’t thrilled. I decided to stamp some shapes on it with my handmade stamps and ink. I’m liking it a little better. I photographed it and then started playing with it digitally in some Ipad apps like DistressedFX.

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I liked this look! Then I used a photo of a tree and it’s reflectinon as a custom texture on top of the fabric and paper. I’m liking it even better. I saved it and reopened it and added birds. Kind of dreamy.

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I had this vintage photo that I got from my family photos. I don’t know who this couple is, but they look so sweet together. I opened it in DistressedFX also and added a texture and then again and added the tree and birds.

Then I layered it on top of the fabric/paper photo in my Procreate App, that allows me to open a layer over a background and control the opacity and hue and size.

 

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It feels done! I saved it as it is and then I decided to try another photo on the top of it next. I love the result of the next one, but I like the one with the people better. It feels like it has a story. Maybe someday I will find out who they are.

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Family Mementos

This is a necklace that I made for a friend of mine with a photo of her mother when she was a young woman. The coins were from a bracelet that her father had made for her mother and the gemstones were from a pair of her earrings. If any of you would like a custom piece of jewelry made from photos of loved ones, please contact me and we can design it around whatever theme you would like. I can scan any photos, so no originals would be lost or damaged.