I've been working on getting some images uploaded in my flickr account, but it has taken me forever it seems. I was waiting to add the link to my blog and site when I had it finished, but that will probably never happen since there will always be more to add, so I'm posting it today. Check back often... I'll be adding more as I get time.
I have so many scans and photos of textures that I decided to create a set of high res, free textures that you can use for whatever you want (except the obvious like using them to create image sheets to sell, etc). I thought it would be a nice way to give back. I have tons more to add! The ones that you can download and use are in a set called, Free Texture You Can Use.
You could print them and use them in traditional collage, use them in digital collage, alter them, create projects to sell, anything you want. No strings attached. Of course I would love to see what you do and welcome email and scans any time. You could also post them in the comments section of my flickr account if you felt like it.
Have fun, and enjoy!
Finished! I'm very happy with the way this turned out. Each signature wrap can actually be a cover if desired, and could have been bound as an individual book. The vintage pink beads didn't make it on... they'll have to wait for the next book. I opted for buttons instead. I also ended up removing a couple signatures. I love big, heavy books, but this one outgrew the spine, so I removed two, and have a head start on the next book.
Here's where I'm at on the book that I'm creating for my online book class coming this fall. I've been moving slowly due to some health issues, but am on an elevated dose of thyroid now, along with lots of herbs and supplements for adrenal fatigue, so I should be moving faster soon. I'm not able to set a date for the class until I'm feeling better, but will keep you updated.
I'm loving this little book! It's about 6 X 6 X 3.5 deep, and almost 3 pounds! A hefty little thing with 9 signatures. It will be sporting cute little pink, vintage beads next time you see it.
Can I just say.... Take * This * Class!!
I've taught a collaboration with Deryn, so I know first hand what a great teacher she is, and I'm positive this will be a fabulous online class!
Deryn and Sharon are both amazing artists, and together, they've come up with a fabulous combination of their talents. Check it out here!
I brought a couple grand daughters home to stay a few days after my family reunion. We had such fun going out on photo shoots. I loved seeing their excitement as they pressed the shutter and then looked at their photos! When I purchased my new camera, I saved my old point and shoot for grand kids to use when they come visit.
After returning them to their mom, I stopped on the way home and snapped several shots while standing on a bridge over the Umpqua river. The plan was to later create multi-shot panoramas in Photoshop. This one includes 6 different shots:
I hadn't done this before and loved it. I hope to create a lot more of them in the future.
Below is a revamped shot of the covered bridge that I uploaded the other day. I cropped it and corrected the colors to create a single-shot panorama. With the kids here, I didn't have the time to do much with the colors in Wednesday's post, other than fiddle a bit with the pink barn (how do young mothers get anything done? :-)
Annie mentioned that she would photoshop the signs on the bridge out of the picture. I totally agree, but was rushing and didn't take the time to do it. After she mentioned it in her comment, they bugged me even more... so I took them out. Thanks Annie!
Last weekend, I went to my family reunion at Loon Lake, Oregon. I had never been to Loon Lake before, and along with family fun, I enjoyed taking photos on the drive to and from the lake, and photographing all the critters running free on the caretakers property at the campground.
On the drive to the lake, I saw a black horse standing proudly in his pink barn and I had to turn my car around and snap a couple shots. If I were a horse.... I would definitely want to live in a pink barn! I boosted the pink a bit while processing... it wasn't quite this pink, but it was still a fabulous pink barn!
The Rochester bridge has unique windows with curved tops.
I explored under the bridge and found fabulous textures and shapes.
When I arrived at the camp, a couple of the kids told me there was a fabulous place behind the cabins where there were bunnies and all kinds of animals to photograph. The caretakers have created a whimsical wonderland for wild and domestic animals, and welcome campers to wander and take photos, swing in the tree swing,
There were many chicken/peacock/bird houses and nesting boxes. One was even built like an ark.
The peacocks took my breath away. Unfortunately I think the males were molting since none of them had the long, train feathers. But they were still beautiful!
Isn't this cool? It's my reflection in eye of a bunny as I photographed it:
more cute little bunnies...
and the chickens were spectacular!
Is this the cutest face ever? He melted my heart.
On the way home, I found a butterfly pavilion in Elkton, Oregon. What a thrill that was! Unfortunately, all the butterflies except one Monarch with torn wings were up too high to photograph, but it was still a fun time. And there were so many flowers ... it smelled heavenly.
I wanted to remind everyone interested in the online book class (or future online classes) to be sure you are signed up on my mailing list for updates and details. There's a link on the right. If you can't remember whether you have signed up or not, you can sign up again... you won't get duplicate newsletters.
I appreciate the enthusiasm and can't wait to get started! It looks like it will be October before I can get everything ready. I was hoping for September, but I want to make sure I have time to tend all the details as well as make sure I'm not battling technology like I did in the last class. I'll begin taking sign-ups around the end of August and will let you know exact details in a newsletter, blog posts, and on my site.
I'm having so much fun creating pages for the online class. I'm also figuring out and loving iMovie. I've been trying to film Tulla for practice, but she's scared of the beeps that the camera makes. Poor thing still has her fearful moments, but there are less as time passes, so hopefully it won't be long till I can post some video of her adorable antics.