Photo Editing Programs- New Tool For Designing Art Quilts?

 

This is the photo I used as a basis for the currently unfinished art quilt

 

If you visit my blog very often, you might have noticed that I haven’t posted as frequently as I usually do. I’ve had a few things going on, so I’ll try to catch you up in the next few posts on anything that might be interesting.
My Etsy shop is looking a little depleted lately. My last sale was four quilts that will be going into Oregon’s new state hospital, I felt pretty proud to be included  in the art choices for it  So that’s a nice thing to share.
My Etsy shop is looking a little depleted lately. So what that means is I need to get busy and make quilts! That is just what I’m doing, making quilts and loving it.
I’m currently experimenting with what may prove to be a useful tool to generate a little creative inspirations.
I’ve been playing around with Photoshop using some of the special effects edits and have had a few results that I liked enough to put into my future projects folder. One that looked like an old photo negative. The colors-seem reversed. It looked like good art quilt material. So I tried it out, made one. I thought the result was interesting, I’m going to try a few-others.

BarbaraHarmsFiberArtDogwood abstract#2

Impressions Of Spring

Above Top-Here’s the art quilt, it isn’t capturing the photo effect.I found it hard to duplicate the thousands of tiny drops of colored ink that made up the photo.

Reminds me of Neo-Impressionist Seurat lots and lots of colored dots make up the picture. In this photo edited dogwoods, printed with zillions of tiny drops of-colored ink.  I’m intrigued with the idea, easy to do with paint, but thread?

Here’s another which gives a clearer view of the tiny drops of colored ink that create the image. I’m thinking about this idea, how to achieve this effect on an art quilt.

 

 Reminds me of Noe-Impressionist Seurat lots and lots of colored dots
Notice how many different tiny drops of color here?

To iPhone or not to iPhone, do I jump into the fray?

When I heard that people were going to stand in line for hours, to be allowed to order one. Then they would be waiting a month or two to receive it. I had the attitude Oh I would never stoop to that level, wrong, wrong, wrong. I had far too much dignity for that sort of thing. But I did want that iPhone 6 plus, it had bigger print . screen and bigger keys. The keys on my old phone have a particular problem.Tex-ting was a nightmare. my fingers would hit 2 keys at once, unless I typed more or less with the side of my gigantic fingers. Does anyone else have this problem, besides me? I never knew what it was writing, and naturally I always bumped the send button too early,  those freakishly large fingers again. On re-reading whatever garbled, misspelled text I had just accidentally sent, I would be mortified. Well let’s just say you haven’t felt the true sting of embarrassment and humiliation until you have sent numerous texts like this til the person is sure to think, “She’s finally gone round the bend”. I manged to do this on a regular basis. The voice dictation was worse. So let’s face it, I NEEDED that phone. I never realized just how fat my fingers were before this. They look normal to me, but I suppose a phone that was made with the capacity for texting, would take into account the average size of those using their phone and build them accordingly.

The following week, I heard from a phone carrier sales guy that a small amount of the phones were trickling in and  they had a very small shipment of phones coming in on that very Friday. He mentioned that if you were in that line, you might be ablxe to get one of those phones. I immediately began making plans to get one of those phones. The mob frenzy mentality had set in, and my imagined “dignity”flew right out of  the door. I wasn’t going to just be in that line. I was going to be the first in that line.

I would need to be there at 4:30 AM, meaning getting up at about 3:45 AM. I flew out of bed when that alarm went off. Threw on some clothes, no coffee-gasp, not a drop of makeup, bedhead hair, don’t know if I even ran a comb through it, I must have surley. I just got in that car and flew. I arrived about  4:30 AM, and what did I find? Some other old geezer like myself, this guy had been there since 3:30. Just us two for an hour or so, when one or two started slowly trickling in. Yes, I was one of the crazies who braved the cold, the dark, the lack of sleep, stood in line for hours without coffee, a stitch of makeup and bed head hair, all to purchase one.

Having sunk to this level, no one  was going to get  in my way. ‘Let’s Rumble, I ‘ll fight anyone of you guys if you try to horn in on my iPhone plus. I’ll take ya, I can do it. I’m a black belt, so back off”. I’m second, in line, got here at 4:30.The man in front of the line was here at 3:30am.. He’s vacillating, “Do I want the 6 or the 6 plus?” He says. I start to size him up, he’s an older guy, looks a little weak, I can take him for sure.

That phone is mine!. Fortunately, I didn’t have to whoop on any interlopers, I got the phone, with one little catch, it’s only a 16 GB, not the 64GB or the 128GB. Too little gigs. So a few days later I ended up returning it and ordering the 64 gb. So like everyone else, I’m waiting for my iPhone 6 plus to come in.

Change is Good, Growth and New Beginnings.

I’m a bit obsessive about making my fiber art, it can cause me to be a tad unobservant of what’s happening around me.

In spite of the fact that I’m a rather concentrated but unobservant fiber artist,  I did manage to observe something the other day. It was  a commercial for school clothes. School clothes. Didn’t summer just start? Apparently not, according to the TV commercials it’s time to start thinking about school clothes.

Fall will be upon us in no time and with it, change. That is the theme behind my latest landscape art quilt, “Change, New Beginnings”.

Change is inevitable. I have to admit I can be slow to adjust at times. Rather than resist it, I’m trying think of it as an opportunity. We’ve been given a fresh start, of sorts. “I didn’t get to that last fall, but this year I’m going to….”. The great thing is that the slate is clean, we can do whatever things that nagged away at us the past year. This new season offers an opportunity for change. It’s a good time for it. My advise to all, including myself is, use it wisely, because time really does fly!

I started this landscape art quilt a couple of months ago. I’ve just finished and have listed it on Etsy this morning. I’ve started my nest project, the thread painting for flowers that will be appliqued on  has begun. I want to work full throttle, it is waiting for me and I’m eager to dive in with both feet [please excuse my 3rd or 4th cliche, I’m challenging my post editor with this post. A foolish thing to do, because me, of all people require my posts to be edited. It is correct, four cliches in one post is just plain  excessive!]

I love the feeling of satisfaction when I’ve completed an art quilt and like the results. And I love the anticipation of starting the next one.

I guess I’m just a person who loves beginnings and endings.

Here’s that landscape art quilt; “Change, New Beginnings”.

Whole view landscape art quilt Autumn scene copy

 A meadow with the few stragglers of summer, soon to be replaced

with the growth of a new season.

New Beginnings and Change

New Beginnings and Change

One small note, I’m experiencing a change in my life these days. I have a new website, http://barbaraharmsfiberart.com

I haven’t had even one bad experience, which is strange because I require a great, great deal of patience to help. I have not sensed one single sign of irritation, no impatience or exasperation detectable in their voices. Nada. Just nice polite and patient people with a  desire to help you.

One more change, I’m going e-commerce. Which means for anyone unacquainted with the term [I feel it’s important to explain terms, I appreciate it when others do that for me. Just kidding, you all know what eCommerce is.] I’ll have a store right on my site, with the ability to purchase my work directly from there. Big change for me, you may have already heard about this.  I might have mentioned it, oh just a few times perhaps. Stage one completed, the store and tie in to this blog is in progress. So just to take a look at the bare bones of it http://BarbaraHarmsFiberArt.com.

I’m slow, but eventually I’ll get the store up.