Digital Art Shop

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I’ve been making art digitally lately and have (finally) settled into what I like to think of as a “style.” Making art digitally is art like any other – the same principles of design, color and composition apply. But, so does the learning curve for the materials!

Not so long ago, my response to using Photoshop was something along the lines of “No, I don’t work digitally,” and I knew almost nothing about that particular art supply. Well, curiosity finally got the better of me and I tip-toed in with Photoshop Elements. If you’re not up on the digital world, PE is a simper version of Adobe’s Photoshop with some of the functions semi-automated and others either hidden or stripped out. It’s aimed at the hobbyist and photo-editing market and is a great product in its own right.

After making some pretty bad art with this new fangled supply – because, you know you have to make bad, truly atrocious, things before you can make good work – I got the hang of it and saw how I could expand the reach of my creativity in ways that physical art can’t do. It didn’t take long to hone my skills to be ready to move up to the full Photoshop CS6 to gain access to the full feature set. It’s a lot like wanting to move up to the BIG box of crayons!

Corner DetailFor now, I find myself drawn to digitally creating, of all things, paper. Specifically, old paper edges. I love the texture and complexity in making a digital piece of paper appear worn and old. I’ve compared my digital versions with actual old paper and the funny thing is that they evoke old paper without being identical to it. My versions are often more dramatic or exaggerated.

Combining these raggedy old papers with vintage images seemed like the logical next step. Since I have a fondness for the Regency through Victorian periods, these three Regency ladies are the result. They’re available as print-yourself downloads on Etsy or cards and prints at RedBubble.

I’m still exploring the possibilities of my new art supply so who knows what’s next. In the physical art world, I’m working on a watercolor painting video lesson – look for more on that soon!

So, what’s on your work table? I’d love to hear about you’re doing – digital, paint, crayons, whatever – so drop me a note!

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Last Stop to Crazytown

Party Time in Crazytown

Burn Crazytown

I thought you might like to see a sample of (very) personal digital art created from stock images and collaged into digital papercraft cards. They are the result of my trip to Crazytown with some family matters over the holiday (better now, thanks!)  I’ve posted a more detailed description of how they’re made over on DigitalPapercrafts.com.

These started with a collection of images, over 35, that I found expressive. Then, I used the basic art principles of color, balance, harmony and composition to create a cohesive set of images except in the digital world.

From here, I could print these out and use them as large artist cards, frame them, or mount them on chipboard to display on small easels. Or, they could stay safely locked away in the digital world!

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into the digital side of art. I’d love to hear from you if you have question or thought. Leave a comment or drop me a note – I’d love to hear from you!

DigitalPapercrafts.com Paper Sticker

A warm hello and I hope you’re finding time to rest and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

First, I want to say a big “Thank You” to everyone for your support and encouragement of the newest offerings of Digital and Altered Art. The response has been hugely positive and gave me the idea to give it the space it needs. So, I made the decision to start a new site devoted to the combination of digital and traditional paper arts. Say hello to DigitalPapercrafts.com!

While there will still be overlap between the two site (after all, art is art) I’ll be updating here on more traditional work and the digital work will be over at DigitalPapercrafts.com

Here’s a little sample of what it’s about and what you’ll find:

I don’t believe you have to choose traditional or digital – DigitalPapercrafts.com is about the intersection of those two worlds and how to live happily in both spaces.

Why not paint with pixels and images- then print it out to finish with your favorite real world paper and techniques. Or, start with paper and bring it into the digital world to embellish in the way that you can only do with digital.

There’s no one “right” way!

Come along into the space between paper and pixels and find the ideas, help and inspiration you need to make your own creative collision.

Where to start?

  • You can check out the Shop – newly expanded with more features and products,
  • Find out more with our How To sections – learn about getting started in digital art,
  • Learn about the nuts and bolts of Digital at the FAQ page,
  • Read about the latest news and updates and don’t forget to sign up to be the first to know about new posts,
  • and, send us a note, ask a question, or let us know what you think- we’d love to hear from you!

 

 

Thank Notes – Printable Sheet Digtal Altered Art

Say Thank You in Style

Say thank you in style! Just print, make two straight cuts and sign your name. Make sending thank you notes fast, easy and beautiful. These cards are standard A2 size and will fit right into an invitation/announcement envelope.

This is a standard size 8.5 x 11 digital sheet that you can print and use in your paper crafting as well as digital scrapbooking. You’ll receive a high resolution 300 dpi jpg printable sheet along with jpg and png files of the individual cards (all without watermark) so you’ve got maximum flexibility and you don’t have to choose!

Each card measures approximately 4.25 inches x 5.5 inches.

Find it here on Etsy!

 

 

 

For paper and digital layouts!

Sticker your paper and digital pages with happy haunts. You get 15 assorted stickers that play well with the Happy Haunting Ghost Moon Printable Tags. They’re perfect for printing on cardstock, sticker paper or in digital layouts. Click for More

The Alice Files Contact Sheet

Here’s Alice in a whole new light! Use this digital altered art kit to put Alice in your own wonderland. You’ll get nine carefully chosen backgrounds and textures that are both bright and distressed at the same time along with the classic “Alice” illustrations. The combination of traditional and modern is electric! Click for More

Altered Art Frog Digital Kit Contact Sheet

Hop to It! Use this digital altered art kit to create your own personal artwork and digital scrapbook layout. You get a carefully chosen and edited collection of distressed and swampy backgrounds that work beautifully with the sharp graphic elements. You’ll be in frog heaven! Click for More

Happy Haunting Tags

Get Haunting! Get six happy Halloween tags artfully composed of original watercolor elements, carefully created word art, textures and colors and scare up some holiday creativity.

This is a standard size 8.5 x 11 digital sheet that you can print and use in your paper crafting as well as digital scrapbooking. You’ll receive BOTH a high resolution 300 dpi jpg (on white ground for printing) and a transparent background png file of the sheet (both without the watermark) so you’ve got maximum flexibility and you don’t have to choose! Click for More