Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Amazing Texture with Synthetics

Synthetics fabrics and surfaces are interesting additions to mixed media artwork and journals.  After a recent trip to Joann's Fabrics, I added a few of these surfaces to layers in some of my works in progress.  This all came about during my "Extreme Textural Surfaces" workshop in Alaska last month. We played with many different synthetic fabrics, with interesting results.  One of the exercises for the textural workshop started with a piece of heat distressed felt.  Each student then interpreted the exercise using the felt in their own way.  The results were incredibly creative.

After returning to my studio, I composed this min-workshop to digitally print and heat distress synthetics and combine the surfaces in a composition.  My work often uses tyvek and lutradur, so I worked with polyester, nylon and organdy.

This workshop is free to KathyAnne Art Members.  A monthly member benefit is the mini- workshops.  To date the mini workshops free to members include: Dying Watercolor Paper, Creating a Background and Frame from an Image, Garbage Journals, Printing with Epson PM 360, Putting it all Together:Assembling Digitally Printed Surfaces, Enhance Surfaces before Printing and then this months Amazing Texture with Synthetics.  You can download these and other tutorials from  KathyAnne Art> Collections>Tutorials

Non Member price for the workshop is $9.95

Monday, April 26, 2010

Photoshop Elements 8- Making Puzzle Texture

Here is a quick tutorial on making a puzzle from an image.  This will work on other versions of Photoshop Elements, but I did this one in Photoshop Elements 8.

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