Every time I get dragged along to the hardware store, I amuse myself by gathering various shapes and sizes of paint card samples. I recently put together a series of them, individual collages that would fit together as a set. My intention was to post one at a time here but I found, in scanning one today, that it didn't translate too well. So I started playing around with various effects in Photoshop. Here's how it went...
|Paint chip collage|
On the left is the original paint chip collage.
|Cushion cover close-up|
Let's tone her down
This is the "motherlode" where I pulled out all the stops, changing the hues, adding a background texture from Kim Klassen and paint splotches and lines from a Shadowhouse Creations "brush."
Next incarnation I cooled everything down with a canvas textured cream-coloured overlay which I switched up in Exclusion mode.. The writing at the top was balanced by cloning it to the bottom.
Using Hue/Saturation in Photoshop is almost like having a box of paints, changing colours at whim but without the messy clean-up.
This one has the most graphic feel to it. I added more text from a postcard I have in my digital files, downloaded from...somewhere.
I think these could make attractive prints, matted and simply framed.