Last month I’d set myself the topic of ‘print’ for this, my next scandart post but as time went on I was somewhat baffled as to what I’d had in mind! My sister unwittingly came to the rescue when she sent the gift of a beautiful blue silk scarf. The aqueous print scanned very well, with all its inky detail, making an ideal textured background for an egret stencil I’d bought when deciding to sign up for a ‘stamping’ art and craft lesson. Whether using a mould or a cut out, the effect is a repetitive, identical print – especially useful for those of us who cannot draw.
Inversion: These two scanned images, put together, are a great combination because egrets dwell in the water margins but although the stencil scan was bold and clear, the dark surround did not combine easily with the scarf print background. The solution was to ‘invert’ the image (white exterior/dark egrets) in Smart Photo Editor. 1
- a composite overlay, with a vibrant opacity, gives grey texture and blue egrets
- overlaying and switching to its negative, the original blue/green texture turns terracotta
- the above becomes a lovely lilac and dark green with an ‘infrared’ SPE effect
Cut Out: I was carried away by the colour permutations until I realised that with all processing, the snow white beauty of egrets was lost. Thus, I started again by pulling the original stencil scan into Serif photo editor and with the magic wand, selected and removed the dark pixels, leaving just the white cutouts to overlay on the blue textured background. 2
Challenging the poet’s observations, I used a favourite SPE avant-garde 008 effect to blend the birds with their watery environs…
NEXT MONTHS THEME: flowering plants scanned together to create a BOUQUET
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- I’ve entitled this month’s theme ‘Print’ but this is a prompt rather than a requirement
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1. I subscribe to Smart Photo Editor for access to the library of artistic effects. Or the free Picasa3.9 for basic effects
2. I use Serif’s free digital photo editing software for image manipulation: download Photoplus Starter edition
3. Tanka by Wakayama Bokusui,