Learning New Ink and Encaustic Techniques

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A couple of weeks ago I attended a fabulous class taught by Elizabeth Schowachert at the Encaustic Center in Richardson, Texas. The class was on using inks and handmade brushes on beautiful asian papers, and some encaustic techniques. I came home and played with some encaustic monotypes, then adding the ink to the papers. Here are some of the results.

I am really just a beginner when it comes to encaustic monotypes, but I had a lot of fun playing  with these new techniques. 

 

I am working on framing a couple of them, and will share those when they are complete. Have a great week!

XO,

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Procreate 4: New Features

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iOS 11 is here, and so is Procreate 4! This is a huge update for Procreate, and there are many new wonderful features. I made a short video on some of these new features. I am sure there are more wonderful things to learn, but in the last 2 days since updating, this is what’s new:

 
 

The features I love the most: 

  • The ability to download and install brushes from the cloud effortlessly without jumping through hoops to install them.

  • The new way the brushes work! They are more sensitive and mimic real paintbrushes.

  • Layer masks! probably my favorite feature. The ability to mask in a non destructive way.

You can learn more here.

If you are interested in the new P3 wide color, I found an article here.

For the students in all my online classes I will have this video for you in the resource section.

I hope you enjoyed this video on some of the new features of Procreate 4! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

XO,

 
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Double Exposure Experiments with New iPhone Apps

Double exposures are one of my current favorite things. I love the look images transposed on top of other images, and now there are several apps that will allow for this. One of the newer ones I just got is Cortex Cam. While double exposures is not what this app was created for, it produces somevery cool effects. 

Cortex Cam is a camera-only app that produces crisp clean photos especially in low light conditions by combining dozens of frames. If you move your camera while the app is taking pictures, you can end up with a cool double exposure. 

Another app I was playing around with is called You Gotta See This!. This app will take pictures as you move your camera and stack them up in a variety of ways. You have 7 choices of combinations, and depending on which one you choose the app will save your image as either a png or jpg file. Cortex Cam will save your images as a tiff file.

I played around with just the items on my mantle and the wall next to it, my handmade polymer clay dolls, and some framed works of mine. In the two pieces featured above I took the first two images in the gallery and edited the with a few different apps to create a finished piece.  The other two images are examples of both Cortex Cam and You Gotta See This!. 

I will be playing around with these apps for a while, I am sure. 

 

I hope all of you have a wonderful Labor Day Holiday!

XO,

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App Review & Tutorial: Filters for iPhone and iPad

I am a serious app addict. I love finding new apps that I can incorporate into my work.  I thought I would share some of the apps I have discovered with all of you. I am not sponsored by any app company, just my own personal opinion. Today's app review is on the app Filters for iPhone and iPad by Tap Tap Tap LLC. It retails for $1.99. 

 

I bought Filters for iPhone and iPad a few months ago, and I am finding it quite useful. Filters is an app  that does exactly what it’s name implies-filters.  It has Film filters, color filters, texture layers, lighting and some adjustment tools.  The price isn’t bad either at only $1.99. In this short video I will go over how to use Filters for iPhone and iPad. 

I hope you enjoyed the video. All of the photos below photos with the exception of the flowers were edited ONLY with Filters. The flower image was edited with Snapseed, Brushstroke, and Repix before using Filters.
 

I hope everyone has a great week! 

XO,

 

Nature Inspires

Lately I have been working on a series of works revolving around botanicals, particularly leaves. We have two Bradford Pear trees whose leaves have very interesting patterns. I also look for fallen leaves that have strange shapes or spots on them.  Unfortunately, one of my Bradford Pear trees has a fungus, which we are treating. But the spots on the leaves are interesting, so I photographed them.

 

I love taking these leaf images into the iPad and/or Photoshop to change their colors. I will use app such as Tadda (iPhone app), Filterloop, iColorama, and PhotoStudio HD (an older app that still works). In Photoshop I use a third party plugin by Topaz Labs called Restyle. With Restyle, you can create your own custom presets, which I have many. I will then use these colorful versions in my work. I encourage all of you to photograph everything! Inspiration is all around us.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

XO,

 

New Ways To Create Multiple Versions of an Image

 

I have been experimenting with ways to turn previously created images into something new. Most times, this results in many different versions, all of them having a similar look to them. This could be a good thing, as this is a great way to start a series.

Most often when I work, there are versions of an image that aren’t exactly what I intended, and often get removed or deleted. I have started saving these steps and keep a few of them in a folder on my iPad to play with at another time.


I started out with these two images, both of them unfinished for one reason or another.  By working in numerous apps blending and layering, these different versions emerged. The apps I used included: Leonardo, Stackables, Fused, Snapseed, Photoshop Express, LightBrush, and BlendPic. 

The blending apps were Snapseed, BlendPic, Fused, and Leonardo’s Reflection effect. All of these blend a little differently, and you can spend hours just playing around. 


Working with these multiple versions is a great way to explore new apps, and discover new ways of blending.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful 4th of July Holiday!

Take Care,

XO,

 

 

 

 

Experimenting with LightBrush App

Hi Everyone!

I bought a new app the other day to play with-LightBrush. It works by brushing on certain effects and adjustments to your photos. If you want to lighten or darken an area, change it's color, and apply texture to just part of your image, this app will do it. I love experimenting, and I think this app will be useful in applying filters and adjustments to specific areas of your image. It is $3.99 in the app store. 

I took this black and white image into LightBrush and applied color effects. Below is a short video on the app.

I took this black and white image into LightBrush and applied color effects. Below is a short video on the app.

I hope you enjoyed the video! Have a great weekend!

XO,