Do. What do I do with do?
This is what Kim Klassen gave us for guidance for this episode of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen.
I thought and thought. Not much came to mind. So, the next thing was to Google the word "do." A lot of things come up that I never would have thought about. But, I needed the word as a verb. I had recently watched a video by Mark S. Johnson on Masking a Photo with Words. I thought this technique could be applied using textures and the word "do." That is what I finally decided on doing. I would use the indicative conjugation of the verb do.Tuesday, September 13th TT Challenge Details are:How bout a verb? Let's go with the verb 'do'.....
What do you say? I think it'll be cool to see the different interpretations.
I needed to make some brushes for the words I was going to use. I needed a brush for each of:
- I DO
- I DID
- I WILL DO
- I HAVE DONE
- I HAD DONE
- I WILL HAVE DONE
You do not have to have them on separate layers. They can all be on one layer. I did it on separate layers since I like to be able to move or modify my text when I want to without changing any of the other text in the document. I want to make a brush out of each of these lines of text. Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool, I made a selection around I DO.
Then I went to Edit/Define Brush Preset. I gave it a name and clicked OK. I DO was now a brush in my Brush Preset Picker. I did the same thing for the other five lines of text. I now have all six lines of text as separate brushes. I do not need this document any longer, so I just closed it without saving.
I opened a new document that is 11 x 8.5-inches. 300 ppi, white background.
Layer 1. This is my white background layer.
Layer 2. I do a lot of things with my chrysanthemum images, so I thought a mum would be good for this challenge.
Layer 3. For this layer, I used Kim's kk_autumnBurst texture. The texture is at 12 x 12-inches, so I Free Transformed the layer so that the edges of the texture were at my 11 x 8.5-inch edges. At this point, the Blending Mode of the layer is Normal with 100% Opacity.
With a little experimentation with the blending modes for this layer, I decided I liked the Lighten Blending mode at 100% Opacity. This gave me this image.
Layer 4. I used Kim's kk_dream texture for this layer. This is the layer at Normal Blend Mode and 100% Opacity.
Then I reduced the Opacity of this layer to 80% to let a little of layers below to show.
And, then I changed the layer Blending Mode to Difference. I really like this mode; it gives me interesting results.
Now I want to use the text brushes that I created on this layer. So, I will add a layer mask to the layer by clicking on the Add Layer Mask button at the bottom of the Layers Panel. This gives me a white layer mask that allows me to see all of the layer. If I now use one of my brushes with black color on the layer mask, the words will hide the part of this layer that is beneath the text and allow Layer 3 to show through. But, before I use the text brushes, I want to adjust some of the brush parameters in the Brush Panel. Open the Brush Panel.
In the Brush Tip Shape section, I selected my I DO brush, and set the Spacing to around 200%. What spacing you use will depend on the words you are using. Look in the box at the bottom to get an idea of what is happening with your settings. In the Shape Dynamics section, I set the Size Jitter to 100% and I set the Control to Off. I set Control to Off since I am using a mouse. If you are using a pen and tablet, you would set the Control to Pen Pressure. In the Scattering section, I checked Both Axes and set Scatter to 200%. Again, what value you use for Scatter depends on the words you are using. In the Transfer section, I set Opacity Jitter to 100%. This allows the words to vary in opacity from being invisible to completely black with shades of gray in between.
Now I make sure that my layer mask is selected on Layer 4 by clicking on the mask thumbnail in the Layer 4 layer in the Layers Panel. I make sure my Brush Tool is selected and that my brush of I DO is still selected and the Foreground color is Black so that I will be painting black on my white layer mask. I now make a few swipes around the page with I DO. Remember you can resize the brush before you begin if you want to. And I get this result.
You may remember that if you hold down the Shift key and click on the layer mask thumbnail that it turns off the mask so that you see the image as if the mask were not there. If you hold down the Option/Alt key and click on the mask thumbnail, you see what is on the mask. Here is what the mask looks like at this point where I have used the I DO brush.
Again hold down the Option/Alt key and click on the mask thumbnail to bring back the regular image.
I used all six of the word brushes on the layer mask and painting with black with similar brush settings in the Brush Panel. This is what I now have.
And, by holding down the Option/Alt key and clicking on the mask thumbnail I see that the mask looks like this.
I held down the Option/Alt key and clicked on the mask thumbnail to return to the regular image.
Layer 3A. This is a copy of Layer 2, the image of the chrysanthemum, which is placed between Layer 3, the kk_autumnBurst texture, and Layer 4, the kk_dream texture layer. I left the Blend Mode at Normal, but reduced the Opacity to 80%.
I played around a little with the various layer blending modes for the two texture layers. But this was the way it was created and I liked it best.
Layer 5. The next thing I did was create a new layer and use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to create a selection and then went to Edit/Stroke and made a 10 pixel black stroke. I then click on the Fx button at the bottom of the Layers Panel and selected Color Overlay. I sampled an orange color from the image of the mum that was showing in the document and used that to color the 10 pixel stroke.
Layers 6, 7 and 8. These are the layers for the signature, date, and title.
And, that is my effort for this week's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. I hope you enjoyed the tour through how my mind works when creating a layout. I hope that maybe you may have seen a few things that may have been new to you and may be useful to you in your scrapbooking.
Kim Klassen tossed in a change after I had finished my layout. This is what she said:
Which brings me to this week's Texture Tuesday theme.
I have decided to make a slight change. I can do that, right? :)
For tomorrow's TT, I'd like to add an and/or to the 'DO' THEME.
So tomorrow's TT theme is as follows:
- As always, your image must contain one layer of any of my textures.
- Your image must contain one layer of Autumn Burst and/or center around the verb DO.
This change did not bother me at all. I had already used Autumn Burst and centered around the verb DO and also had used Dream. So all was fine with me with this change.
Enjoy what you do and keep on scraping.