I follow Shelley on social media and loved doing her paper collage challenge a couple of years ago. I liked the idea of working digitally. I don’t have photoshop or an equivalent software so I use Apps on my phone. I usually use Image Blender. Shelley suggested Freemix so I downloaded it.
Initially it wouldn’t work so I made the first few using Image Blender. I like it as an App it doesn’t crash and you can build up layers using the ‘flatten’ option when you save. It’s a bit clunky on my IPhone6 using the masking tool because my fingers feel huge on the screen, but you can zoom in and make the tool very fine.
I have been using my photographs and found images to make these and added my mandala drawings to add my ‘stamp’ on them – I like the individuality I can achieve working this way, but I wanted to learn how to use Freemix.
Freemix is also very easy to use. You work in layers and there is a vast database of images to use. I haven’t found out how to search it yet. So you have to trawl through looking for images. I have found this cuts down on the intuitive element a bit but I am feeling happier working with it after a couple of goes and I worked out how to add my own images too
Again working with it on my phone feels a little clunky, I need to see if working on my iPad would be more effective. Some of the ladies on the challenge are producing lovely collages with more depth and sensitivity. Though I think the middle one above it getting there. I discovered how to make the images more transparent – that helps
The last couple of weeks manipulations in my iphone apps, I’ve been experimenting digitally with ideas for paintings- I haven’t worked like this before. Usually the digital images are a end product in them selves.
Interesting window at my gym – Edinburgh , waste pipes , Georgian window , light through a room, shutters , trees out the other side ( it ticked lots of boxes …..)
I always sell a few pictures in my exhibitions that are Edinburgh based, so I like to manipulate what ever I am working on in that direction for a few pieces – shameless marketing? It pays for the framing and nibbles at the private view
Heisenberg filter applied – I could do a whole graphic novel just using that filter
Add a bit of dramatic colour – to see if it could work over the top of one of my mandalas – Nope
Well we could use the trees reflected in the door at the gym or some stairs on the way to the market?
Below I image bleneded the Heisenberg steps with the coloured gym window – which is a bit more interesting , but can I be bothered to draw all those railings? It’s always a problem wether to draw or whether just to leave it as a photo.
Earlier this week Edinburgh chimneys worked really well
They inspired me to add a sky and a silhouette to a canvas I keep adding layers to – but, wasn’t going anywhere. I like the blue against my red wall
Jon left his glasses at my sisters in Southampton – he had something to do in Chester today so we had to buy him some temporary reading glasses
I couldn’t find mine this morning – I had put them on-top of some objects on a windowsill – I can make a cup of tea – blind – but we had to turn all the lights on in the room and Jon found them eventually – what are we like?
When I was walking home down Hanover St in Edinburgh there was a huge moon – I took a series of photos of lights – looking at them this morning is giving me eyes train and unnerving me – this is almost what it is like for me without my glasses on ……
I couldn’t resist messing about with my iPhone Apps ( tell me something new? )