Hi ho friends.

I’m a big fan of the Stampington & Co. publications.  Digital Inspirations has been particularly, well, inspirational, but I’ve been having trouble getting my digital collages to manifest the way I see them in my brain.

I recently saw an ad somewhere on the Stampington website about Sebastian Michael’s Photoshop Artistry course.  I’d checked it out once before but the price was a tad too steep for me (about $500), but the day I checked it out (3/5/18), there was a special deal: the class, with lifetime access, for $127.  Sweet! Here’s the link, in case you’re interested – I didn’t see an expiration date, but I’m sure it won’t last.

As you may know from previous posts, I’m using the Gimp for my photo manipulation. I know there is some overlap between the two programs but I don’t really know how much. However, I figured the bonus material alone (and there is so much!) are worth the price of the class.

I’ve only watched 3 videos, about 1 hour’s worth but oh man!  I learned so much about the layer filters and using layer masks.

Rather than continue through the coursework, I spent some time tonight applying a handful of concepts. I made 5 digital collages.

These 2 are my favorites:



Ginger, the featured doll, is an Elfdoll Soah, with company standard faceup.  It was recently the anniversary of when I adopted Ging, in 2009. Ging was made in 2005 and I’m her 3rd owner.  As for the street samurai, that is her character in an illustrated story I’m working on.


The second piece is part of an art journal page. I liked the way the figure turned out, but the text and doodles on the page detracted from the gal. I’d like her to be more saturated. Her layer is set to normal but the other layers are somehow softening her.  There’s plenty to learn about working with layers; I expect to come back to this piece and work on it until I get the gal just the way I want her.

This class is going to really help me create this project.

Stay tuned for more about this class and the story.

Happy creating!