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WIP Spacey Digital Art

Hi ho my lovelies,

I’ve been mucking about with the GIMP lately and was inspired tonight to use my own photographs to create a spacey landscape.  This is the first draft of an as-yet-unnamed digital work. There is more work to do on it, but it’s a start.

For the landscape, I used a photo of Eastern Washington. For the large planet, I used a photograph of pebbles. I smudged the pebbles to make them less distinct. There is a plasma layer. I fiddled around with the layer opacity. I plan at least 1 more smaller planet or moon.

Stay tuned for updates on the progress of this piece.

Fly, be free!


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Pebble Girl




The Gimp-speriments continue. I have a pebbly obsession. I like them. Fortunately, I can now virtually pick them up with my camera. And merge them with one of my journal pages. I like the pebble texture. It almost looks like it’s the paper.

What are your experiments? Leave me a comment and tell me what you’re working on.

Fly, be free, my lovelies.


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Another Digital Buddha


I’m still learning about all the Gimp tools and what they do.  To be honest, I’m not making a scientific study of photography, the physics, or stuff like that. I’m just interested in composition and what I like.  I approach photography more like painting, kinda silly, but there it is.

I merged a couple of my favorite, though flawed photos.  The actual Buddha photo is kinda icky. The Buddha is overexposed and has a deep shadow on the left. The paper lantern photo shows the stage ceiling and all the unattractive stage light equipment. Fixing the exposure on both photos has proven problematic in the past. I made this image by duplicating layers, cutting out parts of the image and then adjusting each layer before merging them into a single layer jpg.

I’d say it’s the closest I’ve gotten to creating something digitally that looks like one of my mixed media paintings. I’m happy to have finally made use of this photo and that I now have enough photo editing skill to salvage some of my other favorite, flawed photos.

Fly, be free, my pretties.

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Digital Dreams Week 3 Homework

The assignment for Week 3 of Tam’s Digital Dreams was to create a simple whimsy page with a positive slogan.  I thought about drawing something new, possibly one of my quirky animals, but what came to mind was Bunny Girl, who I drew in one my journals a couple months ago.  I liked her so much that I stopped after the drawing was finished and scanned her.

Last night, I worked along with Tam to create a page like hers.  Her video is 1 hour 10 minutes.  She works so fast I had to pause the video several times in order to catch up.  In the end, I spent about 2 hours to her 1.1 hour.  This video is not edited, either.  She made her page from start to finish in that time.  And she talks a lot….How she talks and draws at the same time, I’ll never know.  After I finished a page like hers, I started on the homework, to make my own page.  I spent about 30 minutes making the background and the text layer.

I spent today working on my main image. It took me many hours to edit Bunny Girl’s image to extract her from the background, clean up the lines, erase others, fix a couple mix-placed features. I saved the blank Bunny Girl and started in on a color version.  That took another couple of hours.  Altogether, I spent about 6 hours on this page.  I think it’s adorbs.  The title is: “You’ll wake up my inner critic: Zatoichi.”  I wanted to layer in an image of the blind swordsman, but I didn’t want to get into any copyright issues, so I left him in the title.



This was not a simple whimsy, but it does prepare me for the next lesson, which has more layers and shading. I’m not sure I could have drawn an image from scratch in less time because of my newness with the tablet.  I’m off to spend time digital drawing.  I also need to work on this week’s Life Book lesson, which is a nifty inner eye image.

Overall, I’m loving my Wacom tablet and see a lot more mixing of my various images into new works of art. My progress on the tablet is much quicker than I thought it would be.

Happy creating!

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I’ve gone mad with GIMP power!

I’ve been struggling with the GIMP for years.  Last week, I signed up for Tam’s Digital Dreams class.  Even though she uses Photoshop, I have used PS in the past and know that the GIMP is very similar.  I’m on Week 2 and have already learned so much that is worth far more than the $40 I paid for the class.

You may have noticed the new banner.  I just checked and you can see it at the top of each post page.  All thanks to Weeks 1 & 2 of the class. Done with layers, the clone stamps, text, and a little virtual grunging done behind the text layer.

I’ve even learned how to made a cute brush!  All on my IBM Thinkpad T42. You read that right. This machine is so old that it was made by IBM.  Thanks to my smart hubby, I access GIMP from the downstairs desktop.

It is a little tedious to draw and such on the computer’s tiny track mouse, so I’ve ordered a Wacom tablet. I really want to spend time re-working the Digital Buddha collage, now that I know what the heck I’m doing.

I highly recommend Tam’s classes. If you like whimsical art, even if you’ve never drawn before, go now and sign up for a class! Any class!

Thanks and much love to Tam!


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Digital Buddha

I have been toying with photo manipulation for a while, originally in the GIMP. Here is one of my first attempts, the merging of three of my photos:  one of our Buddha statues and two images from a visit to the Portland Chinese Garden.  I kind of like it, but don’t think it’s quite there and I want to re-visit this collage one day and bring the Buddha more clearly to the foreground.


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Double Exposure


I found a phone app called photo blender that, you guessed it, allows you to merge 2 photos. This was my first attempt using  2 of my gals drawn by me for Jane Davenport’s Express Yourself class, edited with Photo Blender, Pixlr-o-matic, and Aviary. 

I am enjoying exploring ways to recycle my various creations.

Edited with #aviary >

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I Hope You Dance

I have one themed journal, which started its life back in my direct sales days. It was an affirmation journal, filled with positive quotes, mostly from my O Magazine reading days, my favorite stamps, quotes, and the like. At the time, I glued my magazine pages down with whatever glue stick was handy. Many of the original pieces did not adhere well.

It has been many years since I was in direct sales and the book sat locked away until recently. In keeping with my happy theme, I have been removing some of the previous elements and re-working pages, embellishing with paint and doodles. Tonight, I printed one of my scanned drawings, of my inner critic for Awesome Art Journal, glued the Critic Monster down and went to town on the page. One of the leftover elements on the page is some piece of advice, probably from Oprah, advising  to sieze the day. I  did a little editing with a silver Montana acrylic marker to hone the advice into a sort of found poem. Some acrtylic paints and various papers. Blue is my favorite color and my color for Life Book 2014. You might say I’m in my Blue Period.

I stopped to take a photo, like I do. It consider the page  a work in progress, but liked it enough to post. In keeping with my digital art/photo manipulation machinations, I added my dragonfly girl using pics art. Did some filtering and embellishing with pixlomatic, and finishing with a couple layers in Aviary. I like the digital verion so much, I may use the digital version to finish the actual piece.

Although unexpected, I am enjoying how the digital version of my pieces are beginning to influence my art journals and will continue this experiment.

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Playing with Layers

I’m still trying to figure out layers and layer masks in the GIMP. A process that is a tad trickier than sticking layers on in the phone/tablet apps I have.  Today’s attempt is a pretty boring photo taken from the loft of a nice foggy day a couple of weekends ago.  Taken with my Rebel.  I layered it with one of my favorite tangle tiles.  It is, in fact, an unaltered color image.  That is just how grey the day was.

I’m not totally happy with it. I tried to fully mask the bottom of the image so the doodles appear only in the sky, but did not get all the dark spots in the building selected.  Still, not a bad effort.


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The Girl Who Liked Catching Mice


I thought I would finally try a little digital whimsy editing of two mixed media images. I have to say that I got quite good at making the edits on my tablet using various apps. Tonight, I used the GIMP.   It was pretty time-consuming trimming cat girl.  I’m still not very adept at this program.

I saved the original GIMP file with all the layers so I can keep playing with this image. I really like cat girl, holding her little mouse.  I’m curious how much I can mimic the mixed media look digitally and how far I can build up layers.

There is much more to learn but, as a first go, she’s pretty cute. The actual, meat-space version of cat girl looks quite different, but it is a gift for someone, so I won’t be posting that version for a while.