Monthly Archives: July 2012

Path Practice

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I’ve decided that this summer with some free time (since I am living in never-ending rain-season Växjö and won’t see the sun) I will improve my Photoshop abilities. One thing that I have never been comfortable with is the pen tool. So I went through some of my photos to find a pattern to path, since I always take pictures of interesting shapes and designs. I took on an ambitious project to start, and I pathed the top of this gate at the entrance to the Belvedere Palace in Vienna:

 

I got into a rhythm quickly, and it was even fun! I finished it after about a day’s time.

Here is the completed path:

 

The first photo shows it after some styling. Here is another variation:

 

Next I did a smaller piece:

 

Based on a ceiling in Vienna:

 

Now I can create my own motifs to replicate, put in designs, or use how I wish! I’m really glad I picked up this skill, and it inspires me to improve my Photoshopping even further. Next goal: channels.

 

Quilled Map

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I’ve finally finished my big quilling project and I am so proud of it! I started in January and I finished in June. The raised pieces are mountain peaks, with relative heights. The green swirls are representational of the ocean currents. Here is some detail:

Here are some images of the process:

I started by drawing out the outline onto thin cardboard

Then I placed the mountain peaks:

And more land…

When the land was finished I made general sweeping currents before filling them in.

It was really fun and meditative! The hardest part though was getting through the end of it by just placing white circle on the border. It didn’t take much creativity and was pure monotony. I actually put it away for about a month because I was so bored with placing the border. but finally I gained the motivation and completed it!