I was chatting with my delightful daughter yesterday about why I love digital and doing my digital doodles. I don't claim to be an artist and I don't play one on TV, but I love to try to express my thoughts with my own version of art.
My things are so simple that I know that if I can do them, you can too, and if you don't want to try, then you can use mine (if you see some you like). Just give me credit if you do so that other people can come and visit too. (ok?)
Let's start with something really simple and see what develops.
We've played with a circle before on this blog, but since I'm newly retired and starting a new era in my life, let's do it again.
Next, let's create this background paper from scratch using a few scratches made with a digital brush, a filter and some style.
Step one: I used a brush and made some squiggles on a transparent backbround: Then I used a filter you can download from Mehdi called Kaleideoscope and created this design. I liked this version of the filtered effect:
After settling on the version of the design I liked, resized it and trimmed away the extra pixels. I then went to define pattern and define brush. Now they will appear when I open brush or pattern. To keep them there I must remember to save them in those areas.
I created a new transparent background page and filled with pattern. I added it to a black background.
I can cut across the page and create a border or I can use the brush version to create a pattern.
Are you new to digital but already wish you could create your own supplies to use? Let me show you how easy it is to create a simple kit. Once you learn the basics you can add to it, change it, recolor it and transform it into something entirely different.
I'm using CS4 but you can do these things in most versions and in other programs they may be done just a bit differently but these are basic things.
The first step is to create a new page of the size you prefer. Let's create a 12 x 12 at 300 dpi.(File/ New) The simplest way to create a new background would be to use the fill tool and fill it with color using the paint bucket. Ok, do that but it will seem rather dull so you will want to add some pizazz through texture or noise.
Spiffying it up can be as simple as
Click on the layer to make it active, choosing layer styles, then pattern overlay. From the styles that come up on the pop out menu try some out and see which you like. It will give you some choices of blending modes and opacity levels. This one was very simply done. Ok, that's usuable but it doesn't have to stay this way. We can change it by using brushes, dodge and burn and other tools and effects. We can add dots, stripes, patterns noise or whatever we desire.
Let's create our own unique overlay for our kit. I call them accidental overlays.
Some simple things to create are flowers, ribbons, pins, clips and decorations.
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After working with specific committments for over 40 years, I am retired from everything! I ended my wonderful and enjoyable time as a staffer with www.scrapbooknewsandreview.com on the eighth and now intend to just be retired for awhile.
I have nothing but good to say for all of the places I've been priviledged to work and the people I've worked with during these past years since I retired from government work and "started my real life" . I was with PCCrafter for 9 years, Cottage Arts for several years and lastly, Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. I'm still with Bluegrass Publishing but have nothing new going on right now.
It's hard to admit to being a bit older and lacking the amount of steam that I always love to put into projects but it will be nice to sit back and be a fan and cheerleader for the talented staff that carries on with SNR.
I hope you will check out the May issue when it comes out. My last contributions as a staffer will be in that issue.
I doubt that I will be able to keep from sending in submissions as a devoted reader so you might still see me there.
Anyway, today is my first week as a retired person and what am I doing?: I'm thinking about SNR! I think I should go make some lemonade and sip it in the sunshine with my pups around me. Don't you?