Entering the World of Digital Collage

Since I have been restricted from my regular creative routine for the past 3 weeks I have been in  search of something I could do that would be creative and not require my right hand.   I came across Somerset’s Digital Studio magazine that profiles a number of digital artists who generously give instructions on how they use their own artwork and photography transform it into digital collage using layers, masks, etc.  Since I do have an older version of Photoshop CS3 I decided I would give this a try to see what I could create.  I haven’t taken Photoshop since 2000 and I had forgotten how to use a lot of  the tools, but with some trial and error and following some of the instructions from Digital Studios I have been experimenting and have created some pleasing digital collages. 

Before Picture

The one I have had the most fun with is a picture of my sister when she was a young girl, she just recently turned 80!  I played around with some of my scanned paintings and collages as backgrounds, photos, using masks, filters etc.and I love what the finished piece looks like.  Now I just have to figure out what I want to print it on and how I will frame or mount it.  If you have any suggestions I would be very grateful to hear from you. 

Here is the finished digital collage. 

Timeless memories of a young ballerina

I’ll post some more of my digital collage creations later….still doing some tweaking. 

 I have to say that I am really enjoying this process and it is helping me get through this rehab period from my surgery you could say it is saving my sanity….lol.
 
Until next time happy creating,
Michelle
 
 
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Nourishing Your Creative Spirit

“What in your life is calling you? When all the noise is silenced, the meetings adjourned, the lists laid aside…what still pulls on your soul?”  Terma collective, “The Box”

This quote really got me thinking – after having so many months of planning and preparing for my daughter’s wedding everything has become quite calm again which made me realize that I had put my creative spirit on the back burner.  Yes, I was creating decorations for the wedding and being creative in other aspects but I really hadn’t picked up a paint brush, or glued pieces to a collage in a while.  So this past week I have been trying to get the creative juices flowing and trying to find ways to nourish my creative spirit.  I realize that what still calls me after all the to do lists have been completed and I have free time it is multi-media, painting and collage.   I enjoy brushing paint onto canvas, blending colours and adding collage pieces and watch as it transforms – although I may have a long way to go before I discover my own style I must remind myself it is all about the journey and the joy that you get while being creative.  

To nourish my creative spirit I love to browse through my Somerset Magazines and now I have the latest issue of  Cloth, Paper and Scissors that I am thoroughly enjoying and I always return to my favorite book “Taking Flight – Inspirations & Techniques to give your Creative Spirit Wings” by Kelly Rae Roberts – it is a very inspirational source  for me.  I have now made a list of the projects that I want to try from this book during summer. 

Til next time  – try taking some time out to remind yourself what nourishes your creative spirit.

Michelle