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.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Sunday Postcard Art - To Sleep Perchance to Dream

This week at SPA the theme is "to sleep perchance to dream".  This bit of silliness was digitally painted by me except for the sea gulls which were found on Google Images.

Take a Word Challenge - SPRING EQUINOX

This week at Take a Word the theme is SPRING EQUINOX.  The background is a free wallpaper downloaded via Google.  The image in foreground is from Itkupilli and the image in the background is from e-vint.com

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Cheeky Challenge - DOUBLE ACT

My version of a double act for this week's Cheeky Challenge.  Background from Sussi M.  Altered image from my stash.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Digital Whisper Challenge - St Patrick's Day

March 17 is St Patrick's Day and Patti has challenged us to create a picture to suit the theme.  I painted an Irish colleen and the overlay text is from Createwings Designs.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Sunday Postcard Art - Photograph

This week, Audrey would like us to use a photograph in our SPA design.  I have chosen a 94 year old photo of my parents who were married in January 1922.  They were both born in the 19th century.  I must have come as a shock when I arrived 18 years later, the sixth sibling, six years after the last. I have a wonderful treasury of family photos going back into the second half of the 1800's.  (Bits and pieces used to frame the photo are from Rosey Posey at Scrapbookgraphics.

Take a Word Challenge - GREEN



The song brings a tear to the eye of anyone who can claim Irish heritage (like me).  It is also a song which speaks for all the mothers who have sent their children off to war although it is said that it also referred to farewelling the mass emigration of the Irish to other countries, never to return.  The boy and background were Googled.  The song is known as "Danny Boy" and also "Londonderry Air". The lyrics were written by Frederic Weatherly.  The tune is from the traditional song "Londonderry Air".

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Three Muses Challenge - ANYTHING WITH WINGS

I took a mail art (with Zetti touches) approach to this week's challenge.  Outer frame from Lorie Davison, other bits and pieces from Irene Alexeeva.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Sunday Postcard Art - Mad March Hare

This week at SPA we are being challenged by the Mad March Hare.  The background is from Itkupilli and the rest was painted by me using ArtRage digital painting software.

Digital Whisper Challenge - Lavender



This week at Digital Whisper the challenge theme is LAVENDER.  The lavender was Googled, the paper doll is by Joanne Brisebois and the rest (background and paper butterflies) from Rosey Posey.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Take a Word Challenge - Celestial

This week at Take a Word the theme is CELESTIAL so it's anything to do with the sky, the universe, the moon, the stars, the planets.  My picture was inspired by the song "It's only a paper moon" which is all about a world where nothing is real.  The muslin tree is by me.  Everything else from bits and pieces I've had on file for a very long time and I don't have the sources.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Dezina World's Cheeky Challenge - Fantasy

Batwoman is obviously not a modern phenomenon!  Image from Graphics Fairy.  Background scanned from an old dictionary.  Logo Googled.  CLICK ON FOR BETTER VIEW.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Three Muses Challenge - Something Blue

This week at the Muses the theme is SOMETHING BLUE.  The image, flowers and background text are from Itkupilli.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Thanks to Patti for a sensitive challenge.  The image of a brave comes from Pinterest and the document was Googled and enhanced.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Take a Word Challenge - PREDOMINANTLY PURPLE

The background (altered) is from Lorie Davison, the image from Wikimedia Commons, made into a transparent brush in Photoshop.

Sunday Postcard Art - Coca Cola

Thanks to Mandy for this week's challenge.  My bathing beauty comes from Graphics Fairy (coloured).  The bottle and graphics were Googled.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Dezinaworld Cheeky Challenge - Chocolate and Lime

This week at Cheeky Challenge the theme is CHOCOLATE AND LIME.  The image is from e-vint.com (no longer trading) and everything else was Googled.

The Three Muses Challenge - Alphabet Soup

All my own work except the feet.  I painted a colorful background in ArtRage to which I added Photoshop brushes.  I then cut the dress and hat from the background and used my own painting of face and arms. Photoshop splatters were  applied to the black background.  Font filled with background.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Digital Whisper Challenge - Vogue

This week's theme "Vogue" made me think of Fifties Fashion and, of course, Grace Kelly, and of course the song from High Society - "Well, did you evah?" - Photo found on Google, background by Itkupilli.

Have you heard that Mimsie Starr
She got pinched in the Astor Bar
(Sloshed again, eh?) She was stoned
Well, did you evah?
What a swell party this is.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday Postcard Art - NUDITY

Thanks for an interesting challenge.  The bubble dancer is from Graphics Fairy and the background is a scanned dictionary page.  Click on picture to enlarge for better view.