Friday, July 27, 2012
Don't Mind If I Do!
Eventually I discovered for myself the utterly simple prescription for creativity: Be intensely yourself. Don’t try to be outstanding; don’t try to be a success; don’t try to do pictures for others to look at - just please yourself. ~Ralph Steiner
Heart shaped bokeh and floral patterns on leaves? Why, yes, don't mind if I do! This week's theme for Bonnie's Photo Art Friday was "improbable pairings". At first I was stumped because I was trying to find an actual photo I had that contained an improbably pairing...I was getting frustrated. It finally dawned on me to create the improbable pairings. With the magic of PSE, nothing lets me create art more easily - it's instantly accessible and mess-free!
For this image, I used a heart bokeh layer for the background and then a public domain image of an old floral print for the leaves, using layer masks for both. (If you go to Flickr Creative Commons, you can find many heart bokeh textures that are free for personal use.) Once I had these layers on my image, I used Gradient Map, but instead of using black to white, I used the one that is "blue to gold". I set it at Screen Mode/41%. It looked so pretty! I then added Bonnie's "dusty rose bokeh" texture at Multiply/58%. A swipe through Radlab to warm and brighten it a little, and I was done. Magical! Play time in PSE is truly one of my favorite things to do...love, love, love.