Monday, 31 October 2016


At  "Art Journal Journey"  Susi has chosen the intriguing theme "Collage with no faces, no wings, no leaves".

I made an abstract digital collage.
It is a fairly straight forward process using the Photoshop brushes and colours as you would use Real Life ones, and I thought you might like to see the steps.

I started by drawing a free-hand checked background (and the lines are meant to be shoogly),

coloured in a few squares,

made four blurry shapes with the blurry brush, (blurry - why? - just because),

made an arrangement with the shapes

and put this arrangement on to the checked background.

Next, inverted the colours, changing each colour to its complementary colour,

altered the colours again and gave it some uplifting words

and added a little frame.

I'm quite pleased with it, both with the design and the colours, because I think it is really odd, something a bit different, and I like the way the colours in the front glow like fluorescent lights.

Hope you like it too even if you don't use Photo-editing yourself.


  1. Wonderful Sheila, you had fun playing, that's evident. Thanks for joining us at AJJ, Hugs, Valerie

  2. What an interesting process Sheila!
    You came up with a fabulous design - I like the end product --
    Thank you for giving us the chance to see how you are playing and making art in one single unit!
    And thank you for the new colour theory aspect that grey is a friend of all colours-lol!
    for linking to AJJ!
    Happy day to you!
    oxo Susi

  3. Terrific colours and effects

    Love Chrissie xx

  4. Love the overall effects! Those bold colors are great and I really love the quote! Happy new month. Hugs-Erika

  5. Interesting. Thanks for sowing the process.
    Have a happy day xx

  6. This is fabulous Sheila and so interesting to see
    all the steps - love the fluorescent effect - very cool!
    Gill xx

  7. Super. Love the blurry letters, very clever. Fits the theme of colour and light brilliantly, including the friendly gray!! Love it, Awesome !!

  8. Look how amazingly different it looks when you spin it. So fascinating. Of course my eyes want to get those blurry pieces into focus, but there's no need once they are mixed into the scheme of things. The appearance of flourescent colors is so cool. I like this mix of colors. Put them on fabric and make me a blouse please.

  9. Love your fantastic collage with those fun shapes. Great background too!
    Mar x

  10. Your creativity is so unique Sheila.
    Quite different from anything I would ever dream of.
    Shoogly and blurry certainly did work out really well for you.
    I am not surprised that AJJ's new theme called you.
    For me it will prove to be a BIG challenge I think LOL
    Happy November to you oxo

  11. I stopped by yesterday and the post was not available. I even clicked to take me to your home page, and even though it showed on my blog sidebar, it was nowhere on YOUR blog. Now it's here and I'm LATE!

    This is so different and unique. I still am not sure what brushes are, even thought I've owned a full blown version of Photoshop since 2000. Sad, but true. However, I adore how you manipulated the colors, the lines, and the images and turned them into a masterpiece. So glad you are enjoying this challenge. I'm finding it difficult!

  12. As I saw the first collage I wonder how you did it - it looks very professional! Thank you for showing the steps, and now it looks easy to make ... but I would be not able to choose the right colors to fit, so as you did it! The fluorescent effect is great!

  13. Fabulous and interesting digital art, I have no idea how you created this but it's wonderful to look at :) Have a great day, Shirleyxx

  14. Oh yes this is different and very unusual. You definitely experimented and had fun with this, it flashes and pops, super cool!

  15. Very unique,and I love how you added the quote. Great colours! Our family room was recently painted silver and yes it does go with every colour!! I love working digitally for this can get great combinations you may not have otherwise thought of!! Well done!

    Hugs Giggles

  16. yes, the forward pieces do glow, i guess the colors and the dark outline, interesting and good to remember for other pieces.
    Sounds like a fun piece to make. A big wild.

  17. I do love this! Those colours are perfect for the rainy day we have here! Hugs, Chrisx

  18. Your digital piece is fabulous! It's facinating seeing the steps you took, I have never created art digitally and it looks great fun - I especially like the shoogly lines and blurry brush :-). Thanks for sharing, it made me smile and reminds me of a Neon art exhibition that we went to a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments on my blog too and wishing you a happy week! Jo :-)

  19. I really like grey and I love your pieces. I particularly like the one where you have inverted the colours. I love the word 'shoogly' too! Jx

  20. oh my, how fun to see the process! Love it!

  21. Totally cool digi-collage. I like the wiggly grid too. Xox

  22. An interesting working process to use the brush is a great idea!

  23. And another style to add to your expanding portfolio of stunning artwork

  24. Oh, I love this coloring game, it looks fantastic plastic, dear Sheila!
    Back again - Ulrike

  25. i have missed this post in my Absence... so glad i found it today! i love your "odd" Play, and i think it was a good idea to use the blurry brush "just because". great and unique!!


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