Welcome to EarlK Design!


The EarlK Design blog consists mainly of entries that show how to do things using Adobe Photoshop that I hope you will find helpful and give your creative mind more tools to work with.

I use Adobe Photoshop CS6, and sometimes Adobe Illustrator CS5, Lightroom 5, and Corel Painter X. However, I believe that much of what I show can be done using Photoshop Elements.



Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Collage Obsession Challenge . . . 1 May 2013

This is my first entry for the weekly challenge for Collage Obsession. Recently, I found  this site through Cathy's ma vie trouvée site. Collage Obsession has a weekly collage challenge. Every Monday they post a new challenge. You can use any kind of style or materials. There are no limits, let your creativity flow!

For this week's collage challenge the key word was Butterflies. 

Butterflies

When I think of Spring I think butterflies on their mission of visiting one flower after the next. So the challenge is to feature butterflies and flowers (if possible) in your work of art. 

Here is my entry for this week's Collage Challenge.


This is what I did to create the collage.

I used several of my watercolor papers for background. This are some of my FREEBIE watercolors that you can download from this blog. You can find several sets by checking the site archive on the side or by scrolling down the blog.




I used this photo of my mother. This is actually from her wedding portrait of 1918. I used only this portion of the portrait.


I used a photo of these tulips that I took at the Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska, in 2010, during a special exhibit called The Secret Garden.



I made a clipping mask for the flowers using the masks and brushes in a set that I made. If you wish, you can download this set by going here in my blog.


Then I added in my own hand-drawn flowers and colored them and even added some pattern for texture over some flowers. 

I added in the butterflies. I made the butterflies using mainly the Pen Tool. I colored in  the butterflies. Here are my two butterflies.




Then I added into certain areas more texture. I did this using a neat trick. Use a full size 12 x 12 - inch texture and make it into a pattern by Define Pattern. Then I used the Pattern Stamp Tool to paint the texture onto a new layer in the region that I wanted the texture.

Next the text was added. I used the font Academy Engraved LET. Then I clipped a noise gradient fill to the word Spring.

As a top layer, I added the texture of a brown painted cardboard that I had made. I changed the layer blend mode to Hue and 50% Opacity. This gave the overall layout a homogeneous coloring.

Putting it all together with little blend mode tweaks and opacity tweaks and arranging the items gave me my final collage layout, as shown at the top.

That's all for now.

Live life fully.


Earl


37 comments:

Prairie Jill said...

Oh, this is wonderful, Earl!! Great combination of images and masks and drawing. Well done! And now, I'm off to check out this challenge - sounds fun. And might push me to play more with digital collaging!

Yvonne said...

Gorgeous outcome, Earl! So interesting to see the process you used as well!

sirkkis said...

Lovely delicate work. Thank for the adwices you told. I'm jus beginner.

Heather Smith said...

I love, love your flowers! Did you make those in Photoshop too?

Lizbethem said...

Earl, thank you for showing us how y ou did this. Lovely work.

Tiffany said...

Earl, I appreciate the time you took to make this BEAUTIFUL collage, AND THEN writing this post telling us how to do it. How generous! Photoshop is a mystery to me, so I will definitely visit your blog again for some instruction! I TRULY enjoyed visiting your site today. Thank you so much!xo

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

What a beautiful spring creation with a lovely face, flowers and butterflies, really a work with spring feeling .

CATHY said...

A wonderful first entry Earl! Thanks for sharing how you did it - I always enjoy when people do this. Yu will really enjoy this group!

CATHY said...

and thanks for the shout-out for my blog : )

Tori Beveridge said...

Really beautifully done!

Cheryl Dossey said...

Thanks for sharing your techniques. It's a wonderful piece.

Selma said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and thanks for the comment.
It was interesting to see how your art was born, and what kind of elements you used. This really is a beautiful work.
Sorry for my bad English, Finnish is my native tongue.

Grannie Annie said...

Simply gorgeous Earl I like the stencil effect of your butterflies beautiful job!

Lizbethem said...

I love the way you have mixed the photo with the various stenciled and other elements. Great job, Earl.

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