Sunday, February 7, 2016

Take a Word Challenge - Hearts/Digital Whisper Challenge - Violin.

My "hearts and violins" picture is for Take a Word and Digital Whisper, a case of piercing two hearts with one sharp bow.  Much better than killing two innocent birds with one stone.  The musical lady is my own creation, painted in ArtRage digital painting program.  I'm particularly proud of the bustier.  The background is a collage of various bits of old ephemera.  The violin and bow were googled.

Dezina's Cheeky Challenge

This week at Dezina's Cheeky Challenge is TIME MACHINE.  This one may not have been successful but he tried.  Picture of man Googled.  Other elements from Marta van Eck.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Three Muses Challenge

This week Bev has chosen the theme of the Romany people.  The image is from e-vint.com (no longer selling photos).  I have coloured the photo from its original black and white.  The frame and background and bird are from Lorie Davison.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Take a Word Challenge - Turquoise

This week at TAW the theme word is TURQUOISE.  The dancers are from e-vint.com (no longer offering photos for sale).  The pics have been coloured from the original black and white by me.  The background is from Lorie Davison.

Digital Whisper Challenge - SHIPS

This week at DW the challenge theme is SHIPS.  Mine is a sailing ship - or a small model of one.  The image is from Itkupilli and the background and sailing ship from Kubivet (no longer designing).

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Three Muses Challenge - Doors/Doorways

This week at the Muses the challenge is doors (or doorways).  Background papers (I think there are four altogether) and the lady and boy are from Itkupilli.  The little girl is from Hidden Vintage Studio.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Take a Word Challenge - Frames

This week at Take a Word the theme is FRAMES - any frame will do.  My sample picture is called "Selfie Gone Mad" with the iPad doubling as a frame.  The background is by Hollie wood, the iPads and image Googled.

Digital Whisper Challenge - Roller Skates

This week at Digital Whisper the theme is ROLLER SKATES.  The image is from Paper Whimsy (altered), the balloons, brush and frame from Anna Aspnes and the roller skates from Google Images.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Take a Word Challenge - ART

This week at Take a Word the theme is ART.  I've chosen to illustrate digital art which depends on a combination of a variety of elements, images and backgrounds that will go together to produce an interesting picture.  My picture is an assemblage in a shadow box.  The image is from Wikimedia Commons.  Most of the elements are from Lorie Davison, others from Finecrafted Designs and Marta van Eck.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Digital Whisper Challenge - Bunnies

This week at Digital Whisper the theme is "bunnies".  I'm not usually known for putting animal heads on humans but why not some Rabbit Gothic?  The original picture, is, of course, "American Gothic".  Collage made from ephemera I've collected over the years.  Excuse my French!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Digital Whisper Challenge - Window Sill

This week at Digital Whisper the challenge theme is WINDOW SILL.  The Renaissance lady was Googled.  Background, window, ink bottle and pen are from Lorie Davison.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Take a Word Challenge - Beauty



This week at Take a Word the theme is BEAUTY.  I found this photo on Google Images and thought it beautiful.  The background was also Googled and the flowers and leaves are from my ArtRage software.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Three Muses Challenge - Hearts

This week at the Muses the theme is HEARTS.  My attempt is a collaged Queen of Hearts.  I used a paper doll template by Joanne Brisebois and I painted the heart in ArtRage. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Digital Whisper Challenge - Piano

This week at Digital Whisper the theme is PIANO.  My version comes from a collection of Googled images, greatly altered.  Thanks to Patti for a fun challenge.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Take a Word Challenge - Black and White

This week at Take a Word the theme is BLACK AND WHITE.  I have chosen a Googled photo of Buster Keaton (altered) and used a scanned dictionary page.  The film strip frame comes from my software.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Three Muses Challenge - It's Time

The lady is from e-vint.com.  I have coloured her and cut a modest skirt skirt from her sleeve to hide the fact that she was showing her knickers.  The clockparts are from JenU Designs.  Happy New Year to all our friends in Blogland and at Flickr.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Looking forward to a New Year - 2016

This week's theme at Take a Word and Digital Whisper is 2016.  A happy New Year to all our great  friends who have kept the challenges going for so many years.
I inadvertently chose the same theme as Patti's at Digital Whisper but everyone can post to both websites - the more the merrier!
The image is from e-vint.com, coloured and altered.  The quote comes from Carl Bard according to Brainy Quotes.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Three Muses Challenge - Altering famous portraits

This week Ann has invited us to alter famous portraits.  I decided to update Queen Elizabeth I by taking a body from a Modigliani painting and adding her head to it.  I'm sure she feels more comfortable, having thrown away the huge and heavy dresses she had to wear.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Take a Word Challenge - RED AND GREEN

This week at Take a Word the theme is RED AND GREEN.  The image was formerly an old black and white vintage photo (source unknown) which I have coloured.  Other pieces including backgrounds, mushrooms, balloon and doorway are from Createwings Designs.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Take a Word Challenge - Winter

This week at Take a Word the theme is WINTER.  Even though it's summer in my world I can still enter into the spirit of things. Snow is completely alien to me but I managed to fashion Mr and Mrs Snowman, vintage style, in my ArtRage digital painting program.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Cheeky Challenge Tuesday - Rich (Man/Woman) - Moneybags

Thanks to June for this fun challenge.  I started off taking a more outrageous approach but this is a kinder version, one for which I hope I can't be sued.  The original image (minus head) was a black and white picture from Finecrafted Designs.  I have painted it and removed said head. The trump portrait was Googled, the background is from Itkupilli and the moneybags were painted by me.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Three Muses Challenge - The Games We Play

This week at the Muses the theme is "The games we play".  I Googled the photograph and crossword puzzle template and added some Photoshop brushes and a rose from Graphics Fairy.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Take a Word Challenge - Sepia/Brown

This week at Take a Word the challenge is to create some art using sepia/brown tones.  The dress shape is from Kubivet (an old website no longer operating).  The wings are from Irene Alexeeva and the background from Lorie Davison with word overlay from Createwings Designs.  The head was painted by me.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Dezina World - Cheeky Challenge - Musical Theatre

Thanks to June for a great challenge.  The actress is from e-vint.com.  I have coloured and altered her and given her polka dot stockings.  The curtain and hat were painted by me (digitally in ArtRage software).

Dezina World - Cheeky Challenge - Friends

This week June has posted the theme "Friends".  Thankyou June.  The little girls have been on my computer for many years and I don't know the source.  The background sunflower stamp and script are from Katie Pertiet.  Images coloured and sharpened.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Take a Word Challenge - CONTAINERS


This week at TAW the theme is CONTAINERS.  The jar and background are from Holliewood, the blue pattern from Cryztal  Rain, the images from Hidden Vintage Studios.  The quote is by C. Hightower.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Three Muses Challenge - Flying

This week's theme at the Muses is "flying".  Why not a Mary Poppins look alike, using an umbrella to become airborne.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Digital Whisper Challenge - Tommy Turkey

The Arbothnots took their Thanksgiving celebrations very seriously.  Algernon insisted that his wife Agatha wear their pet turkey, Tommy, as a hat.
The turkey was Googled (and possibly roasted).  The fun-loving couple are from Hidden Vintage Studios and the background is from Holliewood.

Take a Word Challenge - Silhouettes

This week at Take a Word the theme is SILHOUETTES.  I made the background from a scanned dictionary page (altered).  The heart is from Createwings Designs.  Silhouette and other touches - Photoshop brushes.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Three Muses Challenge - Transportation

The boy is my father - a faded sepia picture from a family album, coloured and enhanced.  The street scene and tram car is from Itkupilli.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Digital Whisper Challenge - Shoes

This week at Digital Whisper the theme is SHOES.  Some of you may recognise my Uncle Paul (by marriage),  The original photo is from a family album.  The background is from Itkupilli, the shoes and legs Googled.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Take a Word Challenge - Best China - Still life

This week at Take a Word the challenge is to bring out our best china/porcelain and feature it in our artwork.  The background and books are from Lorie Davison.  The tea cup and saucer were Googled. They are from the Twining Tea Company.  The knitted pair were also Googled.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Cheeky Challenge Tuesday - SISTER ACT

This week at Cheeky Challenge Tuesday the theme is SISTERS.  My picture is "Sister Act".  It's an original digital abstract painting using ArtRage software.  !00% Ozstuffe Originale.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Three Muses Challenge - Quirky Me.

In case the "blurb" above can't be seen properly, here it is again:

I admit it!  I wear aprons.  I make them myself because I need a voluminous pocket.  I carry around things that might be useful such as a length of string, a tube of glue, a pen, scissors, clothes pegs (pins), a pocket knife.  I use my pocket when cleaning.  It becomes a receptacle for balls of fluff, dried leaves, bottle tops, torn envelopes, other people's trash.  I sometimes keep a small radio in my pocket to keep up with the news.  I always carry my portable phone which is old-fashioned and weighs a ton.

My pocket has other uses.  It is a source of entertainment for my small grandson who loves to examine its contents, especially as I have been known to hide chocolate frogs (wrapped) in there.  I love my voluminous pockets.

An Ozstuffe Original.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Take a Word Challenge - WINGS

This week at Take a Word the theme is wings.  I have chosen to create a quirky abstract about different forms of communication.  The sail and background are from Lorie Davison and the arms and legs, telephone and typewriter are from Marta van Eck.  Wings from Graphics Fairy.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Digital Whisper Challenge - Ballerina

This week at Digital Whisper the theme is BALLERINA.  My little ballerina is from Graphics Fairy (coloured and altered from original sepia).  The overlays are from Rosey Posey at Scrapbookgraphics.

The Three Muses Challenge - Windmills

This week at the Muses the theme is WINDMILLS.  Thanks to Bev for an interesting challenge.  Background and windmills from Lorie Davison.  Image of woman from my own collection.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

DezinaWorld Cheeky Challenge Tuesdays - Vintage Image - Mother and Son

There's a new challenge for us to enjoy - DEZINA WORLD CHEEKY CHALLENGE TUESDAYS.  Click HERE to go to the challenge.
The image of the woman has been supplied by Dezina World (thankyou).  The image of the boy comes from e-vint.com

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Take a Word Challenge - BALLOONS

This week at Take a Word the challenge theme is BALLOONS.  Some of us might think that some men are so full of hot air they should probably be floating, not walking. Apologies to those men to whom this does not apply.  The images are from my own stash collected over the years.  I have overpainted their costumes. The balloon was made by my software and the background is from Createwings Designs.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Three Muses Challenge - Haute Couture (High Fashion).

This week at the Muses the theme is HAUTE COUTURE.  I have chosen the early Victorian period - the times described so beautifully by Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. The background is from Itkupilli and the images are from "2 crazy headed monsters" from Mischief Circus.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Digital Whisper Challenge - Parrots

Australia has hundreds of species of parrots and cockatoos many of which can still be seen in suburban backyards.  This is an Australian ring-necked parrot known to all as a "Twenty-eight" so called because one of its calls sounds like the words "twenty-eight".  I have a family of Twenty-eights living in a very large eucalyptus tree in my garden.  Sadly, the loss of their habitat and the need for them to compete with other bird species for nesting areas means that they are becoming fewer in number. My picture refers to the fact that time is against them and they are dying out.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Take a Word Challenge - Nature

This week at Take a Word the challenge is to feature the world of nature in your own special way.  The image here is from e-vint.com (coloured and altered).  The background is from Lorie Davison.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Three Muses Challenge - Favourite artist or style

One of my favourite artists is GUSTAV KLIMT.  This is an original digital painting referring to his style but not copying it, using metallic paints with face from a collection of mine and Googled hands.  (ArtRage softwear).

Monday, October 19, 2015

Digital Whisper Challenge - HAT

Thanks to Patti for her HAT challenge at Digital Whisper.  Mona looks good in anything but especially her cloche hats.  Googled hat and Mona (altered).  Background and pin by Irene Alexeeva (no longer designing).

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Take a Word Challenge - Orange and Black

This week at Take a Word the theme is ORANGE AND BLACK.  The girl (daring to be different) is from e-vint.com.  She has been coloured from the original black and white and her dress altered.  The box is made from a fabric pattern on Google.  Background from Irene Alexeeva.  Photoshop splatter brush.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Three Muses Challenge - CASTLES


This week Bev has asked us to include a castle in our artwork.  The background is a free-to-use from the internet (textures and colouring added).  The castle is from Lorie Davison, the artist from Itkupilli and the girl from Paper Whimsy.  Enlarge for better view.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Take a Word Challenge - BE-WITCHED

This week at Take a Word the theme is BE-WITCHED.  I scanned the dictionary page and tinted it.  I also painted the witch with clothes from Joanne Brisebois and broom from Irene Alexeeva.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Three Muses Challenge - Postage Stamp People


This week at the Muses we are challenged to create postage stamp people.  Mine includes a Googled, altered and coloured image of Charlie Chaplin, an old dictionary page, grunged up and coloured by me, and an old movie camera, film reel and clapper board from Kubivet Designs (no longer working in design).

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Take a Word Challenge - "We've Got Mail"

It's a mail theme at this week's Take a Word Challenge.  I have chosen to create an envelope with a French (and Belgian) flavour.  The image is from e-vint.com - altered and coloured.  Other elements and papers from Lauren Bavin.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Three Muses Challenge - MUSIC

This week at the Muses the theme is MUSIC.  My musician is from e-vint.com, altered and coloured.  The background is from Rosey Posey at Scrapbookgraphics.