Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spot the 25 graphic images

Can you spot the 25 different graphic elements I used in this digital collage challenge I titled "The Best Things in Life Are Not Things."

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Did you spot the caterpillars and the angel? The 25 graphic elements can be found HERE.

Checklist of 140 essential words you need to know

With my degree major in English Literature, I've been a bit of a stickler about correct usage of the English language. Most annoying are those lazy people who bash off emails, texts or simple notes and pay no attention to the content of their writing.

Some mistakes are subtle and things your spell check won't help you with. Your incorrect use of words can make you look naive and careless in your written communication.

The fascinating aspect of language is it is ever evolving. We often need new words to describe advances in technology or simply words that have become common usage.

In part one of Creative Boom's Pragmatists' Guide to Grammer and Punctuation, here's an Essential checklist of 140 words you could be getting wrong and that spellcheck might miss.

Tip of the hat to The Presurfer

Nothing cleans better than a Hoover

While I'm on a roll updating the recent digital collage layouts I've done, here's on that was done for a challenge to create a 3.5" X 3.5" round digital collage.

It's harder than it looks to work in such a small format limited to a circular shape. In homage to the 50th Anniversary of "The Sound of Music", here's my round titled Carpe(t) Diem.

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My Patron Saint

Over at my favourite digital collage website Mischief Circus, they held a week-long 5th Birthday Bash.

One of the challenges was to create your own "Patron Saint." If you check  out my previous post Why I've been missing posting on this blog, it may help you understand why I created my Patron Saint Umble.

Why I've been MIA lately

Yikes! It's been awhile since I've posted on my blog. Unfortunately, I've had some issues with low blood pressure especially when I get up too quickly from a horizontal (aka snoozing and or napping) position.

I fell and didn't want to get up last month. I hit my forehead square on my shower stall lip when I conked out unexpectedly. A trip to the hospital emergency room, four hour wait, then seven stitches later, home I went with what looked like the nastiest stitch job I'd ever seen.

The after effects lasted for over three weeks with lots of vertigo and lack of appetite (needed to lose those ten pounds anyway.)

Best of all, the next day I was bruised and had such black eyes that I couldn't even open them. Poor me. My doctor's advice: don't get out of bed so quickly. And for that he went all those years to medical school?

Here's a quick snap of my head two weeks after my fall but you'll have to continue reading to see the photo. If you dare, continue on . . .

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Green pears and yellow ribbons

Second in a series of semi-Renaissance digital collages. The first collage is Psyche and Eros at play.
This digital collage uses elements and backgrounds from the fabulous designer itKuPilli Imagenarium whose kits can be found at Mischief Circus.

CREDITS: itKuPiLLi Imagenarium Kits from Mischief Circus

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Psyche and Eros at Play

CREDITS: itKuPiLLi Imagenarium Powder Blue kit and Sky's the Limit kit;
Mr. Whisker's glass collection kit (magnifying glass).
Kits available at the Mischief Circus website.
It's not as easy as it looks! Psyche and Eros may be having a playful time but I'm just so darned obsessive in getting the detail right.
The face has been adjusted and saturated. Then layers were used for the colourful lips, nails and eyeshadow.
And that's not Psyche's hand under the magnifying glass. I cut and cropped another hand to give the illusion of magnification. And the blue clouds are formed from about six different layers and opacities.
Overall though, while it took some time to finish, I'm pleased with the "dream-like" quality it has.
Take a close look at the lower left hand corner of the layout. My dear friend Marie has made me my very own Japanese Kanji character "chop" to identify my layouts. I'm keeping the meaning private for the time being but needless to say, Marie caught my inner self very well!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

More issues than Vogue

I recently read this quote but for the life of me, can't remember where I saw it. Whatever, here's my piece about having more issues than Vogue.

(CREDITS: Holliewood Studios: Altered Reality 2 Kit; Believe Kit; and Wish Upon A Star Kit
Kits can be found on the Mischief Circus website.