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.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Take a Word Challenge - MOON

This week at Take a Word the theme is MOON.  The song lyrics are by Van Morrison, the moon and background by Lorie Davison and the ballerina from e-vint.com, coloured and altered.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Three Muses Challenge - APPLES

Our challenge theme this week at the Muses is APPLES.  My picture is an Ozstuffe Originale, digitally painted in ArtRage water colours.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Take a Word Challenge - Making Memories

It's a bit hard to accept that photos of me are now VINTAGE.  This one was taken on my 21st birthday when I was emerging into adulthood (we were late bloomers in those days).  My bouffant hairdo screams the Sixties. I didn't have a line on my face and now my ten year old grandson asks me "what are those pleats in your neck?" Over fifty years ago!  I can't believe it.  My choice of partner was a disaster, my marriage a joke.  There are pluses and minuses but I guess the pluses have won because my three children and four grandchildren are a joy to me.
The background, edge pieces and ferns are from Lorie Davison at Scrapbookgraphics - one of the first digital kits I bought years ago.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Three Muses Challenge - Shades of White

An Ozstuffe Originale, all my own work.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sunday Postcard Art - Sisters

This photo started off as a misty sepia.  I have worked on it, adding the colouring and improving the definition. The ladies are obviously sisters - my mother on the left and her sister on the right.

Take a Word Challenge - Shades of Blue

This week, at Take a Word, the challenge is to create a picture in shades of blue.  The image is a Renaissance painting from Wikimedia Commons. The bird is from Createwings Designs.  Swirl and background paper from my collection, origins unknown.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Three Muses Challenge - Autumn Leaves

This week at the Muses the theme is AUTUMN LEAVES.  I created the lady - painted face by me, background papers to style her clothes.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sunday Postcard Art - Pink and Yellow

This week at Sunday Postcard Art the challenge is to create a postcard featuring the colours of pink and yellow.  They really go well together!  The image is from Itkupilli and other elements and backgrounds are from G & T at E-scape-and-scrap.

Take a Word Challenge - School-Days

I'm not sure where this image came from, having had it on my computer for many years.  The backgrounds and flowers are from Phuong Ton and the vintage ephemera from Christina Renee.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Collage Obsession - Fan Dancer Taking a Break

The name of this piece is FAN DANCER TAKING A BREAK (It's tiring work).  The image was formerly a sepia photograph from e-vint.com.  I have coloured it and added the Googled fans.  The background is from Lorie Davison.  CLICK ON TO ENLARGE FOR BETTER VIEW.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Three Muses Challenge - Freestyle and quote

The secret quads of a famous mother perhaps. The face is a clue.  The names give a hint.  The quote is mine but the lady in question might have said it.
I took a black and white photo of four vintage bathing beauties, coloured them in metallic sparkles using ArtRage software and added the faces.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Take a Word Challenge - Vintage Photo

The lovely image is from Paper Whimsy and the background is made from earthy coloured papers in my collection.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Three Muses Challenge - Madame Snail-Slayer

We are in our last month of winter in the Southern Hemisphere.  Snails love this time of year because everything is green and moist and spring flowers are starting to bloom.  I would love to have the power to rid the world of SNAILS!!
The background is from Lorie Davison, the snail image Googled.  The lady is actually from two pictures (one upper, one lower) which I have had in my stash for many years.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Take a Word Challenge - Males/Men

This week at Take a Word the challenge is to create art around males/men.  This man is undergoing a midlife crisis.  I found him on Finecrafted Designs and altered him to add the pink stockings and ballet shoes. Other bits and pieces are from Tumblefish.

Sunday Postcard Art - Tattoo

This week at SPA the theme is TATTOO.  I found an (ahem) bare-skinned lady and covered her all over with a floral tattoo.  The background and effects are from Anna Aspnes. Shoes by me and altered face and body from e-vint.com