Monday, February 13, 2017

Mobile Art Monday No. 55

Today is a Procreate day! Once you learn what this app is capable of, you can do just about anything with it. (I'm hoping to do some video recording to explain parts of it in the future.)

This week I did a little art journaling piece. I had written this in my 'journal' (Notes App) last week and was trying to figure out what I would do for a ballerina to turn it it some art.
I have always wanted to turn some flowers into skirts so when I saw the dill in my camera roll I figured it might work.
You can find my Procreate video here on Vimeo. You'll be able to see the photos used, a paper I stenciled and progression of my 'painting'.
Originally I did all the writing in Procreate and was so proud of myself. (You can see in the video that I used a grid to help keep the writing straight and uniformly spaced. Then later deleted the grid layer.)
But I just wasn't happy with it.

I knew Snapseed had added text in a recent update so why not try it.
I exported a version from Procreate without the writing.
I felt this looked much better. I liked the font, the only thing I didn't like was that I had to do each line separate because it would not do a return. Since you can go back and edit each 'edit' in Snapseed, it made a long list of text 'layers'. This is good if you need to reposition something or change it's size or color. I also added a touch of Image Tuning to the final piece.

Does it bother me that she has no arms? 
No. She's probably still working on that restraint issue.

Have a great Mobile Art Monday!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Mobile Art Monday No. 54

This week's Mobile Art Monday brought to you on Wednesday.
Apps used: Procreate and iColorama.
This was supposed to be a simple test to see how my last tutorial would work on a building.
I got carried away and couldn't give it up. I had to try and make something of it.

In the first part of this edit, I followed the steps in the last tutorial here using these images in iColorama.

The only thing I did different was the blend mode was set to Color Burn when I imported the 'sketch'.

*I saved this to camera roll and eventually used it later in my workflow. 

At this point I went on to play... (be sure to click Apply to save your changes.)
In Form>Mirror Preset 17. I saved this edit to camera roll to use later. (You never know what you might need.) Did NOT click Apply.

Still in Form>Mirror but with Preset 11. I applied this edit and moved on.

In this step I did 2 things.
A. Effects>Blend.  I imported my original cropped photo because I wanted more of the windows brought back. Masked out the other areas. Clicked Apply.
B. Effects >Blend. I imported the sketch again to give more definition to the roof. Blend mode was set to Multiply and masked out most of the lower area. Clicked Apply.

The sky was too blank so I imported the other 'mirror' photo that was saved previously. Effects>Blend>Multiply. Rotated it and masked out all but the corner. Clicked Apply.

I went back to Style>Tensor but used Preset 4. I imported the sketch photo and got this streaky effect.

One more photo import... Effects>Blend. This time I imported the first saved edit.*
I saved one version with a Color Blend Mode and another with Hard Light.

Switching gears, I started importing images into layers in Procreate.
I started with the last two, reducing the opacity on the Hard Light layer.
Next came the sketch image at Color Burn.
A new blank layer to add sketch lines of my own.
A previously edited image for texture in the sky area.
Tiny evergreen trees.
A large leafless tree.
And a paint layer for enhancements and dodging and burning.
All it seems to be missing is a few birds so I added them today.

Hope you're having some fun with mobile art no matter what day it is.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

I was thrilled and honored to have a photo chosen for the MPA Awards for 2016.
It's a world wide mobile photography completion in it's 6th year. So far my track record has been good. I've gotten a piece in the last 4 years and in 2014 two actually made it.

"As always we (I speak as a member of the Jury) were succumbed by the wealth of talent displayed across our screens. We’ve had more entries to this competition than ever before and the quality of submissions has been totally outstanding across all the categories." -Joanne Carter, theappwhisperer.  

I will confess that I entered 20 images. I just couldn't narrow it down and figured my chances would increase. I keep winning in the still life category though. That's not the subject that thrills me the most although I do love it. It just doesn't fascinate me like other things. I am surprised what some people would categorize as still life.

The grand prize winner is actually a professional photo journalist and of course his work is amazing.
If you want to see easily the first place winners in all the categories check out this post on
If you want to cruise through all the honorable mentions and see all of Giles Clarke (the Grand Prize winner's) images (fabulous work) go to MPA. There are truly some fabulous pieces.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

On A Roll

I've been on a roll lately. I've gotten so much done around the house it's crazy.

What's got me totally confused is that I got off my hormones 6 weeks ago and frankly I haven't felt this good in a long time. I did go through a couple weeks of insomnia and extra hot flashes but this past week I feel like a million bucks. I'm supposed to get a hormone implant next week and I'm thinking about cancelling it......

This is one of my latest projects. An old dresser I use for storing treasures in the 'art' room. (My grand daughter calls it the girl's room, no boys allowed.) It's about 40 years old and fell out of the back of the pickup during one move. The top piece split in two and it has road rash on a top corner. (So it stays covered) You'll have to imagine it as a totally stained finish for the 'before' photo.

I've done some 'real' chalk paint before and it's just quite a hassle. When I found out that Rustoleum made a clear matte finish coat that was a spray my ears perked up. Then I saw they had spray chalk paint too. I only bought the top coat that day. (I'm in heaven! Look out furniture in my house!)

We just happened to have a day with no wind (miracle). I took the drawers outside, contents and all, covered them with a cardboard and towels and sprayed away. I had this finished in no time and it dried fast. I did go on a hunt for new pulls for the bottom 3 drawers and viola! Super fast update.  I think the grey looks a touch dark in the photo than in real life.

These are the products I used. Hobby Lobby had the Krylon and HomeDepot the Rustoleum. (Although Rustoleum does make the colored chalk spray I was at Hobbly Lobby when the idea hit me.)

Since I'm still on my organizing binge, these drawers are the current target. One down, four to go. One drawer is full of beading supplies. I have tons of seed beads. Wish I could figure out something fun and 'current' to do with them. Most have sewing stuff that's never used so it'll get packed and moved out to make room for currently used goodies.

I have an old sofa table that I just happened to leave a pumpkin sitting on too long this winter. It ate the finish. AUUUUGH! Oh well, I'll be painting the top of that at least but perhaps the whole thing. It's going to be hard to decide on a color for it. Do I dare do turquoise?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Mobile Art Monday No. 53

While playing around in iColorama this week I discovered an interesting thing and just have to share!
Here is my workflow for this piece.

Like most of my edits I start in Snapseed for initial adjustments like Exposure, Ambiance and Tonal Contrast.
At this point I had only made the crop to use on it's own (which I did) but ended up using it in this edit later.

I imported the portrait format image into iColorama.
Style>Coherence>Preset 1 with opacity reduced about 50%. Check Apply.

Style>Tensor 5/5. This is what it looked like before changing any settings.

I chose the photo option at the bottom right To import the square Snapseed edit.
I adjusted the Amount slider all the way to the right which created an interesting offset mask. Saved to camera roll.

I then opened it in Stackables to get some color and texture in the image. (Download link for this formula is below.)

I felt like it was calling for some sketchy line drawing effects. Since I used the the square crop for the 'mask' I decided to use it also for the sketch. Back to iColorama.
Style>Edges Preset 1, reduced size for finer lines. Saved to camera roll.

I imported the Stackables edit and the sketch into Procreate to add in the sketch effect. The sketch layer was set to darken at 50%. It was chopped up into the separate flowers to get things lined up the way I wanted. A new layer was created to add more pencil lines to the piece. I saved this image to camera roll then imported it back in and set the blend mode to hard light and reduced the opacity to 61% for a more dramatic look.

Then in Snapseed I made a little tonal contrast. I have to decide if that tweak was worth it because I went from a 10MB png file from Procreate to a 2MB jpg from Snapseed. I'll have to consider this when I do some future printing.

Here is the link to the Coneflowers2017 Stackables formula. Check out the instructions at the end of Mobile Art Monday No.47 for adding formulas to your Stackables app.

Wishing everyone a great Mobile Art Monday!