Wednesday, March 3, 2010

when the bug bites…

I intended to sew tonight. It’s supposed to get warmer this weekend so pretty boy may need a new spring outfit for church, but instead I was inspired to play with a photo I recently took. I’m bad about that – jumping from one thing to the next, but don’t you think if the creative bug bites you should bite back? I do too! In my case, it might not bite again for a while. Hopefully, I’ll get to the outfit before Sunday and he won’t have to go to church in his birthday suit; although, he’d be a cutie pie that way. J

I was inspired by Kate at Chronicles of a Country Girl to try some textures from ShadowHouse Creations. And I also added some enhancements from Scrapgirls. I love their digital papers and embellishments!

I started with this photo that you first saw in the post below.

fence 2- w watermark

In the next photo, I simply changed it to sepia with Photoshop Elements.

fence 2 sepia w watermark copy

I liked that, but I just had to experiment a little further so the next photo is in chalk and charcoal.

fence 2-chalk and charcoal copy w watermark

hmmm..back to the sepia, but this time with ShadowHouse Creations’ “Crunched Old Paper” (50% opacity).

fence 2 sepia w crunched old paper w watermark copy

And then finally, I combined some textures from ShadowHouse Creations and Scrapgirls and this is the result.

a house is not a home copy

When I was a little girl, I loved to play paper dolls. I would cut figures out of the Sears and Roebuck catalog, spread them all over my bed and play all day long. Well, now I’m just a little older, but I still like to play. Don’t you?

Okay, I think I have it out of my system now. Where’s that fabric?

Sharing this post today with Sepia Scenes.

16 comments:

D said...

Wow! Great picture. It's amazing what you can do with photographs these days. Great effects. :)

D

podso said...

I get you. I also like to play that way. And have some similar fence pictures. But you did a great job! Hope you get your sewing done eventually.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This is beautiful Marsha!

I have a pencil sketch print of a Charleston gate/fence, at Michael's right now, being framed. I have 4 small sketch prints of gates in Charleston,also. I'm working to put together an arrangement using all those, plus some of my fence/gate photos, hopefully. I love what you did with your photo!!

Really Rainey said...

I do too Marsha... I love to play once in a while, and sometimes I forget to stop and play... or just smell the roses. Thanks for such a beautiful reminder...
~Rainey~

Sewconsult said...

My best times of stopping to play usually includes fabric. It is my go-to comfort. My earliest memories of fabric including dumping out my mom's stash which was more scraps then pieces to be made. The budget back then didn't allow for building a stash. I am spoiled with the fabric that surrounds me now. Last week, 3 different orders from online arrived. It was almost like a child's Christmas.

Mary said...

What a wonderful photo you ended up with. Kudos

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I love what you did with the pics Marsha! And boy did I love paper dolls! My fave were the Betsy McCall ones that came in my Mom'[s magazine. Oh, I could play with them for hours! Hugs, Cindy

Country Girl said...

Ok. May I just say WOW? Your finished result is fantastic. And thanks for the linkback, too.
I happen to love pictures of fences. I need that to be a photo expedition some day. That would be cool.

Erica said...

You ended up with a beautiful photo, I too like to play sometimes. Thanks for sharing.

Erica :-)

Johnny Nutcase said...

what a cool fence, like the different variations!

Ralph said...

The sepia ages the photo to almost bring it back in time to when it was new. The sepia lets the defined shapes of the elements stand out even more - the pointed tops of the fence posts and the columns on the house. And of course, the rust on the wrought iron fence is softer in sepia, too. Never apologize for your creative outlets, a picture doesn't take a lot of time!

Ralph said...

The sepia ages the photo to almost bring it back in time to when it was new. The sepia lets the defined shapes of the elements stand out even more - the pointed tops of the fence posts and the columns on the house. And of course, the rust on the wrought iron fence is softer in sepia, too. Never apologize for your creative outlets, a picture doesn't take a lot of time!

Marice said...

love all the editing and how it was shot. so creative :)

u may view mine here

sniehans said...

Just fantastic!!!

awarewriter said...

A fun experiment. The last is the best and a success!

kaye said...

I love the whole process--how creative

Kaye-the road goes ever ever on