I had so much fun with this series. I painted first, with acrylics and/or watercolor. The first two have pots that were collaged by hand. I continued in Photoshop, adding collage with digital patterns. Some of which are just copies of paper patterns I have.
You might ask, “why not just collage the paper by hand?”. And that is a fair question. In photoshop I can change the color, stretch or shrink the pattern, change the direction. I can try everything. I can also change my mind in the final stages and rework the individual pieces.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. We are in the final week of the gathering now, and I have started a new series. But I will be revisiting this style in months to come.
Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul. Linda Solegato
I’m having fun with these. The first four were painted in acrylic or watercolor. And the patterns were added digitally in Photoshop. Not as easy as it might sound. On the vase above it took three times longer to add the collage and effects, than it did to paint it.
For day 16, I shared a work in progress. I will be sharing the final pattern soon. Here I created a plaid, which will act as the background for the rest of the design. The theme is Fika, Swedish coffee break. But it is so much more than that. Fika is all about bonding with friends and family. It can take place several times a day.
I knew that many would use the colors of the Swedish flag, And I wanted to do something different. I tried adding a weave texture, but as you can see, it darkens the colors too much.
This landscape is watercolor, acrylics and collage. And splatter of course. 😆
Here in the valley we are enjoying a rainy, dark day. It’s been raining off and on since about 11 pm. It is cool, and the rain is not evaporating. This is a good long soak.
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. Mary Lou Cook
Lily of the Valley, in honor of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
Watercolor and acrylic on Arches 140 lb. Cold pressed paper. 30-Day Creative Gathering. This is now available in my Society6 shop.
I found myself behind, working on my Spoonflower challenge entry. These next four were done in one sitting. Painted, and then digitally collaged. I wasn’t very happy with them in the beginning, but they have grown on me. I did enjoy the process. They have received wonderful compliments within the gathering. It always helps to “see” through the eyes of others. 🙂
So hard to believe we are already at the halfway marker. I am thoroughly enjoying this round. I have finally reached the point, where I am not stressing myself over the outcome. I really tried to get ahead, because I knew I was going to be busy designing as well. But catching up from behind, that’s not so bad. 😉
Thanks so much for following along. Your interest is a blessing! 🙏