Well – here we go again and, before we all disappear into a pile of wrapping paper, we‘d like to send good wishes for a very Happy Christmas from all at d4daisy. Here is our Christmas scene – it’s made with a similar technique to the gesso and ink video on the WOWbook members’ page. I laid a thin base layer of gesso on very heavy watercolour paper, sprayed it with very dilute Quink ink and let it dry. Then layers of gesso were applied with a palette knife to make mountains. A little salt was sprinkled here and there and more ink was sprayed on the lower half. The salt pulled the ink and made darker areas. No stitching but I was pleased with it.
I paid a visit to my old blog magstitch.blogspot.com. Someone remembered the mad time we had putting catalogues out to weather and then using them for art – such fun. While I was there, I happened upon this little design exercise for anyone using an image program with a layer function. It is quite easy. I use an old version of Paint Shop Pro but it worked well on my up to date Photoshop Elements, too. It’s another one that is good for Christmas images. In the pic below, I have printed it on ordinary printer paper, crumpled it up to soften it and then pinned it onto felt, ready to stitch.
This started off as a simple quick photo of a birch tree.
We have been discussing stitching with birch bark on the members’ Facebook page so this seems very appropriate.
There need to be some good contrast in the pic for this to work.
Find your Layers menu, usually at the top, and click Duplicate twice.
On the Layers Palette select the middle layer. See below.
Then , in the image menu, click Negative. See below. This affects the middle layer, as you can see in the palette in the pic below. Your image won’t show it yet.
Click on the TOP LAYER. This is important.
Somewhere in your Layer Palette there will be an option called Modes, often next to the fade option. See below.
This brings up a menu with lots of things to try. When you have a spare year in your life, play with these but for now just choose the one marked Difference
The result can be seen at the bottom.