Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Texture Tuesdays

(Edited to add: I just started Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers e-class - a week or so late - and the first assignment is to write our creative story. I think this can be mine... there's more to it of course. Glass bead making, jewelry making, fits and starts with painting... trying different things at different times. Waiting for time and freedom to create until I about burst and just do it. Lots of that. Lots of waiting. Too many projects started and never finished... supplies, supplies, supplies. And of course mixed in with all of that is parenthood, and healing from illness, and life. It's probably not that much different than anyone else's story.)

The story:

Once upon a time, there was a girl who took lots and lots of pictures. First she filled shoe boxes up with prints and negatives... and as time went on she filled her computer up with them and plastered the internet with them, and she was happy. Then she started taking pictures of her beads, in order to sell them online, and photography became "work"... and she stopped taking pleasure in it and started only using her nice camera for that. Everything else was shot with the iPhone.

One day she saw that a bunch of her blogging friends were doing a year long iPhone photo challenge - one a day - and she thought "Oh, cool, I can do that!" but a few days into that she got bored. So she downloaded some fun photo editing apps and went to town. But then she thought, "how much better would it be if I had more control over this process?" and so she bought a book, which is what she always does when she wants to learn something new. The book was beautiful and amazing and turned her on to layers and textures.

One Tuesday, this Tuesday, she saw that Jen Worden posted about Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesdays. That sparked an interest! So, she got busy, downloading textures. Playing around. And made something.

This is really only the beginning of the story, because the girl is in love with photography again.

The End.

The original photo, a mermaid from Friday Harbor:

The textured photo, using Kim's 'Simplicity' and 'music lovin' textures:

A few more things I've been working on over the past couple of days:

Thanks for looking :)


  1. fabulous work! thanks for the visit.

  2. oh dear. you have fallen down the rabbit hole, alice! ;)

    nice work!

  3. WOW! What a journey. Isn't it good to be playing with your camera again??
    I absolutely am in LOVE with what you did with the mermaid!!! I would love to know how you processed it. The blossom is wonderful also but the mermaid...did I say how much I loved it??

  4. Thank you all for the nice words!

    Cathy, it's really just the photo with the two texture files, and different blending options - linear burn and overlay, and one of the textures is actually the background, like a canvas.

  5. very cool, love your images and your rekindled passion!