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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Collage, Paper, Pixels

I was recently inspired by  collage artist Randel Plowman's blog wherein he tries to get a new collage posted for sale every day.  It doesn't seem like he quite hits his mark but he's pretty consistent.  While I don't want to take on such a challenge for myself, it did give me a little burst of energy to see what I could come up with in a short period of time (ie. the time when I was supposed to be doing my yoga exercises).

I had thought I might do some drawing or other sort of mark making on it, but I was curious to see what could be done with it on the computer in Photoshop.

I was particularly taken with a diagram of a garden plan that my husband had sketched on a scrap of paper.  That is a kind of mark making that I would never do myself so I asked him if I could use it in my art work.  He gladly loaned it to my cause.  See those circles and lines and writing in black?  That's his.  I also applied a pencil crayon effect to the whole thing and an almost transparent overlay of one of my paintings (see the turquoise cast?)  through the magic of Photoshop.

Party Hat

I still wanted a little more "punch" though, so I used a recent photo of my daughter, changing it to an ink outline in--you guessed it--Photoshop. The result looked rather like she was wearing some crazy kind of a hat, plus the lampshade element reminded me of the cliché of drunken revellers wearing lampshades on their heads at parties, thus the title for the finished piece.

This could make a nice little matted print, a greeting card to celebrate an event, or a party invitation.

Seems the best laid plans of exercising oftimes turn to making art.  But that's okay, too.


  1. I'm in awe when it comes to Photoshop...lovely results! I like your descriptions and additions!

  2. Hi Blue Sky,
    I'm pleased you like the results. It feels so good to get positive feedback. I'm struggling with a guilt complex about making digital art instead of the hands-on tactile stuff but I think we just have to follow wherever the creative spirit leads, as I'm sure you know.

  3. C
    Thanks, I made it myself! And I must say, you wear it well.