Thursday, 1 May 2014

FLOWER, JUGGLING



Both "Art Journal Journey" and "Take a Word" are asking us to make artwork using the theme "Circles".
I'm also linking to "Paint Party Friday" .


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Here is a little flower, with two little helpers, practising its juggling skills.





I used to paint with newspaper underneath my paper until I noticed that the newspaper often ended up covered in pretty colours and patterns.
Now I keep a large sheet of cartridge paper underneath whatever I am painting and I use it to clean my brushes and stamps, or test a colour.

Here is a part of it so far - this has been going for about a month.




Not terribly interesting?

But put it into a Photo-editor and invert the colours and you get this.




Play about with the colours a bit more and the little flower has an exotic frame to juggle in.






I sometimes use Photo-editing, as here, as another way of applying colour.  The finished result can be printed as cards or as a picture for framing.

54 comments:

  1. Sheila this is fantastic, it's exploding with colors and life, your work with photo editing enhances your art so well, my boys and Alex also love it, they have just been peeking over my shoulder to check out your art too!

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  2. This is beautiful, love how you made it, and how it turned out - just great! Valerie

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  3. The adapted background has worked superbly. The jugglers better not drop those balls, or are they bees?
    Brilliant work, love it, Awesome !!

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  4. You've given me a great idea, Sheila! I always get such a lift from your art, and I learn something too!

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  5. It's great Sheila!! I love how you used the "used paper" And unbelievable how it came out in the end...
    Thats all for now :)
    ciao Beate

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  6. Such talent your beautiful flowers have! I keep a pad of testing and blotting paper next to me as well. They can yield some great inspiration. Yours is a gold mine! And using it to frame the juggling flowers is marvelous. I love your testing sheet before AND after!

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous, Sheila!. I Love how you combined the photo editing with your painting. Your work is always exelent.

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  8. Amazing page Sheila. And I like how you explain the process.
    TFS info abt photo editing, it looks fab

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  9. stunnung dear Sheila ... I love what you made here!Adorable!
    Happy Weekend!
    xoxoxo
    Susi

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  10. amazing pieces sheila,love your hearts circle,very beautiful colors and texture,love it so much-

    greetings jeannette

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  11. sheila, this turned out fantastic! i love the negative look, worth to keep it in my head for further playing... an interesting frame for your beautiful flower!

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  12. wow, love how it turned out. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. What an amazing frame for your little flower juggling, I loved the story of how it arrived, and agree with you that it would make a lovely card. You have such an imagination, and an eye for colour. Hugs!

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  14. Oh this is fabulous and I love the process and all the digital edits...I love doing that myself!! Very nicely done!

    Hugs Giggles

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  15. Beautiful whimsical artwork again. I love the colours. I also really like the original cartridge sheet with the all the patterns, it's fantastic. Your photo editing is also beautiful. Have a great weekend, Shirleyx

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  16. Ha!! What a fun way to make new art! I love it! Super cute little whimsical flowers :)

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  17. Exquisite, wonderful art, Sheila.
    Hugs!

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  18. Absolutely gorgeous! Great colours!
    I love your creative and imaginative style!

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  19. Such a terrific use of your cartridge sheet! Like several others, I thought the original looked pretty great, but you did pretty much take it over the moon when you did the digital inversion! Love it!

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  20. Super what you do with photo editing Sheila and it makes a perfect frame for your sweet flower!
    I like your paint catching paper in all stages including the unaltered version...much too good to throw away that is for certain!
    Happy May to you and yours
    oxo

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  21. Marvelous patterns everywhere. Isn't the workdesk paper the best. I use mine all the time and save them and sometimes monoprint over them....and save them and use them in collage. Love your circles piece. xox

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  22. Wonderful mix of color and form! Thank you for visiting and happy PPF!

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  23. Cool! It looks like you had a blast working on these pieces. Blessings!

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  24. What a great post -- it shows how differently things can look with different color schemes. Wonderful designs!

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  25. Great idea, nothing wrong with a bit of enhancing in a photo editor. I have to say, I liked the white piece just as much as it's negative. ;-)

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  26. I am absolutely in love with the inverted photo. It is so striking. Using it as a card is brilliant. Thanks or the visit. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  27. Now that is incredibly clever, Sheila!

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  28. Beautiful work. I love the mess that is made from leftover paint etc. You get effects that you couldn't make on purpose. Thanks for visiting.

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  29. I love hthe way you play with art!!

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  30. Funny thing I like the original version the best. But the inversion is really exotic. What fun!

    Happy paint party Friday!
    Tam http://cardmakingartists.com

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  31. When visiting my friend Marilyn's latest post I spied your comment, stating that you are from Scotland so I had to pop over and visit you.
    I love your art in the first instance, there is a wonderful sense of joy but then to see you covert your scrap paper photograph and the result of that combined with your art - it is incredible!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  32. Wow - I didn't see all the beautiful colors coming out just by editing it!
    Beautiful piece when putting it together with your flower!
    Thanks for sharing - this was very inspiring!

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  33. That juggling flower is wonderful and I so admire your colored frame. My digital skills are a bit on the poor side but I love what you do with them.

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  34. Your juggling flowers are brilliant, Sheila. You have such a whimsical imagination :-) And I like your cartridge paper background pre-photoshop - I would cut it up and use it as amazing backgrounds for cards or tags.

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  35. Great flowers, you had fun while creating!
    Groetjes Karin

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  36. Hello Sheila this is amazing I loved the first 2 flowers, think the colour combinations are fantastic and then I scroll down to the end wow wow wow simply stunning

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  37. Thanks for sharing an interesting technique!

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  38. I love the result. The changed background fits perfect to your beautiful painting!
    I wish you a nice new week tomorrow
    Big hugs Anja

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  39. Brilliant! It's interesting how anything and everything can become art.

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  40. Your pieces are always so interesting and creative, Sheila. Brilliant!

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  41. I love the flower painting, especially the colorcombination. And what a fantastic idea to convert the underground and to use it as background for the flower painting. Clever!
    Best wishes, Manuela

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  42. Bravo, bravo my dear you and your random art are amazing.

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  43. Wonderful art. I love the colors and designs. The photo edited abstract is amazing. Well done
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  44. How imaginative ... a juggling flower. Great colors and I like the frayed edge of the paper. Both versions of the cartridge paper are terrific. The first would be a nice cover for a self-bound notebook or ArtJournal.
    love, Gerda

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  45. Sheila this is fantastic, I love the flower painting, a beautiful color combination, also love how you have frame it.
    Anni

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  46. This is great, love the colors and positive energy it brings me. Ritva

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  47. Yahoo! I love the colors and the little circles popping up all over the place.

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  48. Ohh Sheila, you always have the best ideas...using the "I slap all my leftover bits and colors on - papers" to use as a frame, very cool :D I also are totally in love with the shape of your flower ✽ the red you use is so lovely and the pink looks so sassy beneath it ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling

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  49. Looks like I'm one of many that loves your whimsical art judging by the number of comments here, Sheila, you are certainly having fun experimenting - awesome work!!

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  50. I love your painting and I think they look like quilts.

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