Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday Postcard Art - Altered Postcard


Albany, Western Australia, is 200 miles south of where I live.  It is noted for its pristine beaches which face the Southern Ocean.  I have altered the postcard by overpainting using ArtRage digital painting software.  The kangaroos were Googled. ENLARGE FOR A BETTER VIEW - IT'S WORTH IT!

Take a Word - BOTANICAL





This week at Take a Word the theme is BOTANICAL.  I started with a black and white unclothed lady from e-vint.com, coloured her  and added a botanical flavoured costume using leaves and flowers from Itkupilli. I painted the background using ArtRage digital painting software. The quote or a version thereof comes from the Madonna song, "Material Girl".  E-vint.com, a great supplier of vintage photos, has disappeared without a trace.  Fortunately, I have a large collection.

Digital Whisper Challenge - RACCOONS.



Had some fun with raccoons.  Both were Googled, I made the wanted sign and gave Pepe a new disguise.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cheeky Challenge - Alice in Wonderland

This isn't really Alice in Wonderland.  It's a photo of my aunt, Eileen, aged 12, born in 1900.  I extracted her and added colour and a new pair of boots (Googled).  Other Alice style elements and background are from Irene Alexeeva (no longer designing).  Unfortunately Eileen drank from the bottle and is now large enough to fill a room.

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Three Muses Challenge - UMBRELLA

This week at the Muses the theme is UMBRELLA.  The little umbrella lady was found at Wikimedia Commons, the umbrella and hand Googled and the backgrounds are from Itkupilli.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Take a Word Challenge - Twosome/pair/duo

I think the girls are feeling blue.  The older one is from Paper Whimsy (altered with new dress added) and the younger one is from Hidden Vintage designs, also altered.  The backgrounds, frames and corners are from Ztampf at Scrapbookgraphics.

Sunday Postcard Art Challenge - Anatomy



This week at SPA the theme is ANATOMY.  The image was Googled and the background is made from a scanned dictionary page, aged and coloured. Butterflies from the archives of my stash, collected over the years.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Digital Whisper Challenge - BOOKS



This week at Digital Whisper the theme is BOOKS.  I found the lovely black and white image at Google and coloured it.  Other bits and pieces are from Rosey Posey at Scrapbookgraphics.  The quote is by Garrison Keillor.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Three Muses Challenge - Transport

This week at the Muses Ann is asking us to tackle the theme of TRANSPORT.  My cyclist was Googled and the background is from Lorie Davison.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cheeky Challenge - MASCULINE

This week the Cheeky Challenge theme is MASCULINE.  This man collects strange pets.  Image Googled and altered.  Top hat, background and cabinet frame from Lorie Davison at SBG and the snail is from Google Images and has been coloured to match the palette.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Take a Word Challenge - Fly

This week at Take a Word the theme is FLY.  Bits and pieces from Sherrie JD, Ztampf and Creative Wings Designs.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Digital Whisper Challenge - Mother and Child

This week at Digital Whisper the theme is MOTHER AND CHILD.  I have taken a Googled picture and altered it considerably, using papers and flowers from Lauren Bavin  Designs.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Sunday Postcard Art - Baroque



I chose to look at the Baroque period in art and found this lovely painting of "girl in red hat" which was created by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675).  I have given her a different background, added a bird and, yes, I enlarged the hat somewhat.  The background is from Itkupilli.  See below for original painting.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Three Muses Challenge - Bathing Beauties

This week at the Muses the theme is BATHING BEAUTIES.  My bathing beauty is from Tangie Baxter (from a very old kit I've had for years).  The various papers and sun are from Fiddlette.  Stockings and going-out shoes on the beach?  I don't think so.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Digital Whisper - Prince

This week at Digital Whisper the theme is PRINCE.  I'm not sure if this is supposed to be THE PRINCE or if any prince or would-be prince will do!  Background pieces from Lorie Davison and Lauren Bavin.  Princess and Frog Prince painted by me in ArtRage digital painting software.

Take a Word Challenge - Monochrome




This week at Take a Word the theme is MONOCHROME.  I have chosen shades of pink (for a change) and this is an Ozstuffe Originale, painted in ArtRage digital painting software.

Sunday Postcard Art - Black and White

This week at SPA the challenge is BLACK AND WHITE.  I think I've spent my whole life as a square peg in a round hole! Background paper, pearl bangle, butterfly from Irene Alexeeva (no longer designing).  The square peg is my own creation.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Three Muses Challenge - Vintage Cabinet Photos


This week at Three Muses Bev is asking us to alter old cabinet photos.  I've included the before and after.  The photo was Googled and the paper flowers are by Birgit Kerr.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Cheeky Challenge - Mosaics

June has challenged us to create a mosaic which is a tough task.  The picture is from my archives - a background painted by me using ArtRage digital painting software, a transparent "brush" of Mona Lisa which I made from the famous portrait, a collection of interesting Photoshop brushes and finally a tile pattern overlay which I found in PhotoImpact software, one of the many digital art programs I have in my stash.  It's a bit "faux" but I hope it's near enough to being a mosaic.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Digital Whisper Challenge - Cleopatra Collage

A Cleopatra collage for Digital Whisper.  Main image of faux Cleopatra is from e-vint.com (no longer selling images).  Everything else was Googled.

Take a Word Challenge - MAKEOVER

I have taken this image from a painting by El Greco and altered it by adding a paper costume and crown.  The background pieces are all from Irene Alexeeva (no longer designing).

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sunday Postcard Art - ALPHABET


This week at Sunday Postcard Art the theme is ALPHABET.  My "ad"  includes an image from e-vint.com (no longer selling), the optical chart was Googled and the background is my own.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Three Muses Challenge - BIRD

This week at the Muses the theme is BIRDS.  I painted my bird in ArtRage and the background bits and pieces are from Anna Aspnes.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Take a Word Challenge - SILHOUETTES

This week at Take a Word the theme is SILHOUETTES.  Tree by Birgit Kerr, elements from Createwings Designs.

Digital Whisper Challenge - CIRCUS

"Tears of a Clown" - Clown painted by me, curtain from Lorie Davison.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sunday Postcard Art - Fortune Teller



This week at SPA the theme is FORTUNE TELLER.  I painted the fortune teller and the curtain.  Signs were Googled.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Cheeky Challenge - FREESTYLE

Background painted by me in ArtRage digital painting software program.  Added a transparent brush of John Lennon and then some spatters and splotches from Photoshop Elements.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Three Muses Challenge - CROCKERY

This week at the Muses the theme is CROCKERY.  My storm in a teacup includes little man painted by me, Googled cup and saucer and background by Anna Aspnes.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Take a Word Challenge - COLOUR BURST



This week at Take a Word the theme is COLOUR BURST.  I painted a background of random splotches and splatters but I'm sure everyone will have their own ways of experimenting with bright colours.  I found a beautiful line drawing of two ladies which I converted into a Photoshop brush (transparency) and laid it over the background. The frilly skirts give a pleasing effect.  The drawing is a freebie from Graphics Fairy.  If you haven't been there, check it out, making sure to click on all the headings under  "Categories".

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sunday Postcard Art Challenge - HAWAII



This week the SPA challenge theme is HAWAII. The face is by me, the "wardrobe" fashioned from Googled fabric and a grass skirt.  The hibiscus also Googled.  Paper doll body by Joanne Brisebois.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Digital Whisper Challenge - Mouse

This week at Digital Whisper the challenge is to feature a mouse.  I'm here to tell you all that I have a huge phobia when it comes to rodents.  Dead or alive I can't deal with them.  Perhaps that's why I've humanised Dame Marsha van Rodent-Pring who thinks she is mouse royalty.
The mouse comes from a Googled template of a line drawing.  I overpainted it using ArtRage digital painting software.  I made the box from a metallic background painted in ArtRage,

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Three Muses Challenge - ABSTRACT

Thanks to Bev for an abstract challenge.  I love messing about using my ArtRage digital painting software.  Abstract lends itself to this type of artwork.  Everything painted by me.  The fish are meant to be in stained glass form.  Metallic paints used here to give some texture and depth.  Swirly background by Lorie Davison, Scrapbookgraphics.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Digital Whisper - HAIR

This week at Digital Whisper Challenge the theme is HAIR.  The background is by Katie Pertiet, the crown from Createwings Designs and the image from a vintage perfume ad via Google Images.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Sunday Postcard Art - Famous Artist - Vincent van Gogh (Starry Night).

This week at Sunday Postcard the challenge theme is FAMOUS ARTISTS.  I have chosen Vincent van Gogh.  The background was painted by me and the buildings are an overlay by Christina Renee.

Take a Word Challenge - Black and White

It's nice to go back to black and white once in a while.  It's this week's theme at Take a Word.  The lady is from e-vint.com (a great source of vintage images, sadly no longer operating). The flowers are from Birgit Kerr.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Cheeky Challenge - Childhood

It's a little bit hard to accept that this is a vintage photo and it's of me!  I'm vintage.  I think I am 18 months or so.  Smocking was very big in those days.  Don't know why I needed a bib.  I gave myself a new background and some colour.  The bird is from Lauren Bavin and the flowers and backing are from Phu Tong.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Three Muses Challenge - STEAMPUNK HAT

This week at the Muses the theme is "steampunk hat".  The image is from Wikimedia Commons and the steampunkery from Rucola, Finecrafted Designs, JenU Designs and Marta Van Eck.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Take a Word Challenge - SEWING

This week at Take a Word the theme is SEWING.  The background pattern was Googled.  The lady sewing is from Graphics Fairy.  I converted it into a Photoshop Elements semi-transparent brush and then coloured it.
If you read the small print you will see mention of a "mantua maker" which is the old fashioned description of a dress maker.  This is not an actual pattern created for Marie Antoinette.  Apparently, it has been designed for mothers to make a fancy dress costume for their daughters.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Sunday Postcard Art - Architecture

This week at SPA the theme is ARCHITECTURE.  The "architecture" above comes from Lily Pad.  The rest is by me (image and background both painted using ArtRage digital painting software).  Quote by Christian Morgenstern.

Digital Whisper Challenge - Ladybug


This week at Digital Whisper the challenge theme is "ladybug".  My Ladybug has been created from a Googled ladybug, a Joanne Brisebois paper doll, the head of Louise Brooks, early film star, and a shadowed backing from Anna Aspnes.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Three Muses Challenge - FRIENDS

Ann has returned from her epic trip to the farthest corner of the earth and back at the Muses where she has chosen "Friends" as her theme for this week's challenge.  I created this double journal page piece with a Googled photo of childhood friends and a large collection of ephemera I have been building over the years - far too many pieces to remember where they came from!  ENLARGE FOR BETTER VIEW.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Digital Whisper Challenge - BASKET

This week at Digital Whisper the theme is BASKET. I used five freebies from the wonderful Graphics Fairy to make this Easter card.  Thanks to Patti for a lovely challenge and Easter Greetings to all.

Take a Word Challenge - BUTTERFLIES


This week at Take a Word the theme is BUTTERFLIES.  My butterfly girl is from Paper Whimsy, dog Googled, background Graphics Fairy. Collection of butterflies from my own collection.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Sunday Postcard Art - Springtime




This week at SPA the challenge theme is SPRINGTIME.  Old image from my stash.  Googled poppies.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Three Muses Challenge - DANCE

This week at the Muses the theme is DANCE and who better to feature than the artist, Degas, who specialised in dancers.  The Degas portrait was Googled.  The dancers are from e-vint.com (no longer selling) and the background is from Lorie Davison at Scrapbookgraphics.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Digital Whisper Challenge - GUITAR

This week at Digital Whisper, the theme is GUITAR.  The background is from Itkupilli (slightly coloured).  I found the image on Google Images and coloured her from the original sepia.