Hi all! I wasn't sure if I would make it back around to the ole blog. I hadn't realized how much time has went by. I've been living into summer as much as possible with a few mini vacations and one big one to Aruba! That was pretty exciting! Upon returning I was certainly not in scrap mode which seems to happen over the summer for some strange reason! Lol. But I hope to kick it back in gear soon. I'm still without a good computer to work with so posting is a little hit or miss.
I wanted to share a few of my recents crafty endeavors. The cards above are made with a few watercolor florals of mine along with some neutral collection papers. You can see more over at Maggie Holmes blog!
I played around with my gelatos after it had been awhile. I just love this fun bright color.
I've learned that change is an inevitable thing. And it was once something I wouldn't let in, I just couldn't come to appreciate losing things and closing doors even though new ones always opened. The newness was always good. I think that's something that art has taught me along my journey. Change will happen and you will become something else at some point... Something better. My art is always changing, first suddenly and then all of the sudden I see things changing!
I've incorporated watercolor and painting into my scrap booking just as easily these days as breathing. I just can't help it, the fun of it brings me back every time.
I created this page first with a light brush watercolor texture in lavender colors. Then a layering of watercolor cut flowers. The lace florals are from a previous Heidi swapp collection. I am officially on the hunt for more. I really need a entire box of those!
I have stacks of pages to share and I hope to get around a few days this week! Crossing my fingers I can stay on track!
Every now and then I get pulled in different directions. I'll paint for awhile, lots of florals and such and then something will jerk me out of that zone into something else. I've just learned to let it happen and go with the flow. What did it this time was a painting I saw on Instagram. They were quite simple black brush paintings, very deliberate in nature but so interestingly beautiful! So what did I do? Pull out my chalkboard paint and splattered some old magazine papers!
I love when inspiration hits like that! You just have to go where it takes you! Don't ask any questions!
One day I will try to get photos of my process but most of the time it's very late or very early.
Hope you all are finding inspiration in common and strange places...
More and more I find myself loving to style pretty photos! It's fun to paint pretty patterns but sometimes I want to do more with them. I feel like those images have more breathe and stories to tell. Stories can be read and re-read in different ways. When I lay the pieces down I try to create a story. Today it was a story of spring!
I wanted to stop in a share a few photo tips, some things that I use almost all the time when taking photos for my blog or social media. It’s a small list but if you’re like me your time is limited and getting the best out of your short periods of time is essential. I usually have 30 min to an hour of time most days, some days I have more, but if I can do things quicker I will take it. This was originally intended to be short but looks like I had a lot to say! Hee hee. I really did keep it short with hopes of adding more content and maybe creating an ebook with tips and more how-tos in the future. So here goes..
1. Making the best use of afternoon light.
This is the time when I take photographs the most. You have to play around with your surroundings to figure out the best time for you. Morning photos are not really the best for me whether I’m using my phone or DSLR because I get a bluish tint on my photos. The sun is at a pretty low point so you don’t get that warm light that it gives off. If I do take morning photos I usually have to edit them by bringing up the warmth a bit and the cast down in my iphone edit feature. You will find that there is a perfect time in the afternoon where your photos are just perfect.
The sun gives off just the right amount of warmth and the light is just bright enough where your camera doesn’t have to work too hard to get the white balance right. I’ve tried using different artificial lighting sources and the photos don’t have that fresh look that I’m going for.I’ve spent lots of time in photoshop editing photos and trying to get everything just right. But after trying a few new apps it’s really hard to go back to a more time consuming chore. Don’t get me wrong I really love photoshop and I have only dabbled in light room but its good to know your way around just a tiny bit.
Right now I usually have lots of things going on so I have to limit my time on the computer. Oh and there’s the one little thing preventing me from spending too much time…my computer sucks right now…it’s running on an older syster! Boo! Soo other alternatives have to be found.
2. Use your phone apps!
Some apps that will change the life of your photos.
Afterlight : this was one of the first photos apps that I started using when all I need was to make my photographs brighter and use shapes every now and then. It’s very simple and easy to use and has lots of filters to try out. I love the shapes feature because every now and then I want to post a heart or silhouette.
Another app that I just love recently is Colorstory! I haven’t begun to touch the surface of using the editing features in this app but it can help just about any photograph look good!
Phonto is a fave of mine as well. I swear you can do almost anything with this app. I might have used this one even before Afterlight, I’m not sure! Sometimes you just want that magazine quality look and you can really play around and get that look with this app. You can add images on top of images, creating fun effects using the same image and add text in all different style. Whoa! I just discovered that you can even curve your text to fit your design!
I’m not an expert on any of this but I do love to play around in these apps and see what they can do.
3. Buy a few pieces of foam board.
Ok so this might have needed to be #1 but it’s something I use so often that I almost forgot it really is the most essential part of creating bright pretty photos for your blog or Instagram. It cost all of 2-3$ and no matter what you’re taking your photos with, DSLR, cell photo, or point and shoot camera, it will help tremendously. It balances the light nicely around your props or projects that you’re taking photos of.
I keep mine right near the window in my living room behind a bookshelf. One to lay your projects and one to slightly cut in half and stand near your project. When I say halfway but mean take an xacto or knife and but just halfway through the board just so you can bend it without it splitting in half. I get a nice v shape to bounce light from 2 angles. Like I said I’m really no expert I’ve just found what works for me and I love taking and editing photos so that is where my passion and exploration begins. I’ll pop in to share from time to time and hope to work on more helpful content in the future. Yay 2016!
Once or twice a month I try my best to finish up all the projects that I've started. I have 5-6 layouts stacked up at any given time and lately haven't been able to finish anything because of printer issues. But soon I'll be back up and running again with new photos and pages to share! Woo-hoo!
Finding that balance between really messy pages and really neat pulled together pages has always been my goal and I've felt pretty good about the amount of fun and painterly pages I've completed. Painting everyday is a big part of it all because while I'm painting and idea will hit me and I'll need to try a few techniques for scrapbook pages.
This page was fun because I used stencils to create the floral watercolor effects on the edges. Then I added some fun flowers that I painted and cut out with my exacto knife!
What scrappy fun are you getting into lately! Do you complete layouts at one sitting or over a period of time! Either way it's all fun right!
This year one of the things I said I wanted to do was take ordinary things and learn to take awesome still life photos. I love photography, I love creating a unique vibe with ordinary things and I love the process of learning. Believe it or not Instagram has helped. So much inspiration can be found just scrolling through all the goodness it has to offer. I find that just learning a tidbit or two everyday helps me stay inspired and not feel too overwhelmed. I’ve strayed a bit from using my DSLR because my iphone and all its wonderful apps have take over.
Editing photos on the many apps that I have has begun to be a completely fun and fast process for me and with how fast my life moves most days it’s exactly what I need. My plan is to share some easy photo tips and ideas I’ve come across while playing around in these apps soon. Crossing my fingers because getting my ideas into some viewable format is going to be quite the feat but I think I’m up for it!
In the midst of creating some new creative content to share I began to think of all the things that stop me from doing the things I want to do to move forward. It can be draining when you think about the things you don’t have but I’m hoping to push past that as much as possible. One of the biggest things I’ve had to learn along with discovering that I am capable as an artist is that you have to work with what you have. I just wanted to share some encouraging words that can be hard to hear especially with all the levels of success that we tend to see on the internet. If you are trying to get somewhere, and you may not even know where that is yet, then just start with what you have and keep going...
It's been quite awhile since I've made such
an image heavy post but I just had to share. Although there are still a few things to add like journaling and photos it's basically finished. I could make these over and over in different color ways. All you need are a few things: paints and watercolors, paper plates, white cardstock, and a few scrapbook papers and embellishments! Oh yeah and a willingness to get just a little bit messy!
I started this mini with the idea of playing with some plain white cardstock. I just really wanted to mix colors the night best go along with the scrapbook papers I chose. For this project I used some older Maggie Holmes collection papers.
Using a square brush to mix colors in a paper plate and then painted around the edges of all my papers. I used a few sheets of 12x12 papers and cut them into 4 pieces each.
This was such a fun study of colors, mixing greens, blues, and browns. Also such a good way to use extra stickers and just try out different techniques! I'll share more of the inside soon once I add photos and a little writing.
Hoping to share more of my art and soul in the next week! Take care!
I've fully embraced the fact that paint will always be a part of my process. Art and craft have always been a part of my life even though it wasn't the path that I chose early on. Over the past few years I've realized that it should have been! So I'm off and running attempting to make up for lost time! I didn't go to art school so I'm trying to learn all I can. There's always time to be what you should have been is what I like to believe!
Just popping in to say hello! Working on lots of things! One being hunting down printer ink and supplies to get my cameo up and running! Hope your 2016 is off to an awesome start!
Hi, I'm Kim an Artist and scrapbooker living in sunny Florida! I'm a lover of paper and art, photography and sunny days. I started this blog to share my projects and artistic journey. I hope you will find just a little bit of inspiration here!