I have a fun but a bit different challenge for you today... I am going to push you outside of your comfort zones okay?
Lately I have been drawing and sketching alot - as part of a an online class I am taking but also to push myself a bit with my art. To get away from using clipart for my creations and instead go to my imagination. It's been a bit daunting, somewhat terrifying but in the end I am creating things I never imagined. I also have found that drawing, or doodling, helps my mind and centers and calms me. I lose track of time and it's become like a meditation.
Now I know that most of us got into digital scrapbooking — and digital art journaling — to get away from pen and paper. However, what if we could marry the two - digi and traditional? Stay with me now....
What I would like to see this month is for you to
Now. You can simply take that prompt and run with it and go all digital. OR...
You can use the prompt to begin doodling.
doodled. I just isn't something I do. I even asked my sister if she doodled. No. She never did either. I even took a couple of on-line doodling classes. Nope. It did not work for me. HOWEVER . . . in a way I do doodle digitally. I love the Pen Tool. And, I make a lot of things with the Pen Tool that could be considered doodling. So that's what I will do for this challenge. And, I just use my wired mouse while using the Pen Tool.
The daydreaming part was relatively easy. I am originally from Southern California with a lot of ocean fishing as part of me. Being in Nebraska now, I frequently daydream about being fishing along the California coast.
I came up with this Art Journal layout for this month's challenge.
If you would like to know a little more about how I did this, click on the READ MORE>>>.
This actually took me a lot longer than I thought it would. But, it was a lot of fun. And the memories of fishing made it all the more enjoyable.
I wanted an underwater scene showing some of the sea life. I wanted a sand bottom with things on it. I wanted some fish and it had to have the kelp growing up from the bottom. And, it needed bubbles.
I few years ago I was doing quilts for enjoyment. I realized that I liked the design and piecing of the quilt, but not the actually quilting. The quilting shop that I used for help and for fabric is called, The Quilted Moose, in Gretna, Nebraska. That's where I started quilting with lessons from them. I had finished piecing together a king size Modern Mayhem quilt. I wanted a special quilting pattern done. I had designed an underwater seascape similar to the layout I made for this challenge. I was fortunate that one of The Quilted Moose employees said she would do my design for the quilting for me. She did a fantastic job and my quilt has this wonderful stitched seascape design for the quilting. I used the stingray, starfish, and shell from the quilting design for this layout.
The first thing was to create my sea floor and the water above it. I opened a new document that was12 x 12-inch x 300ppi. Above the white bottom layer I added a new layer that became my sea floor. I set my foreground and background colors to two shades of blue. I right clicked to the right of the layer thumbnail and converted the layer to a smart object. You can tell its a smart object by the square icon in the thumbnail bottom right corner. This allows me to use smart filters. You can adjust the smart filters if you later want to. I used the filter > render > clouds to create the blue clouds. I then transformed the clouds using the skew transform to make the clouds look more like ripples in the sea floor. I also added a gradient overlay to make the sea floor get darker toward the back.
Then I added in the new layer for the water. I used the cloud filter with lighter blues. I added a Gaussian blur to the clouds to make it look more like variations in the water. This is what I have now.
Next, I brought in my shell and starfish. I have used Groups in my layers panel to help organize my layers and not have it so cluttered with many, many layers. I have opened the groups so you can see what is in there. My shell and starfish were in outline form. I used the magic wand tool to select their parts that I wanted to color. Then I used the Pattern Stamp Tool to color them in with patterns created from my freebie watercolor papers. I used the dry brush that comes with Photoshop to create some sand on the sea floor.
I want to have some fish in the water. I remembered some of my fishing days off shore from Southern California. Sometimes we would catch barracuda. I thought that a school of barracuda would be nice. I downloaded from the Internet an image of a barracuda. Then, using the Pen Tool, I created this outline for a barracuda.
I used this barracuda outline to create my school of barracuda. Each of the four barracuda are in a separate group and has three layers to color them in. Then the four groups are combined into a group holding the four fish. I just duplicated the fish to create the school of four fish.
Then, I wanted to add in some kelp into my seascape. Using the Pen Tool I created this outline of kelp.
I brought in the kelp. I used this one outline for all the kelp. I copied the image to new layers. used the free transform and the skew transform to change each strand of kelp a little. Using the Magic Wand, I selected the fronds to be colored. I used the Pattern Stamp Tool to color them in with patterns from my watercolor papers.
Then I brought in more layers of kelp and transformed and colored them for kelp in the background.
Next I brought in my outline of the stingray. It is in its own group with three layers to color it.
Then I needed some more sand to cover the sea floor and to have it look like the kelp is growing out of the sand. I used the same brush as before for the sand.
The next thing I wanted was more fish. I decided on a school of Pacific Mackerel. I downloaded from the Internet an image of a mackerel. Using the Pen Tool I made a line drawing of the fish. Then I colored it in.
Using this image, I created a school of mackerel. There are a lot of them in the school. I put each on its own layer so I could move them where needed. Having all them in one group really help keep the layer panel less cluttered.
Then, I added a layer of Kim Klassen's texture kk_coolgrunge and set the layer blend mode to Hue. I thought this gave it a nice underwater look.
Then I noticed that something was missing. There were no bubbles. I needed bubbles. I used the method of creating bubbles that Steve Patterson shows (click here to see his method). This is the bubble I made and then made the brush from it.
Using the brush I made I added several layers of bubbles in the layout. I used different layers at different locations so that the bubbles were in front or behind certain items.
This basically what I wanted. But,I wanted to use the Lens Correction filter to make a dark vignette around the layout to move the eye toward the center of the image. To do this and still have the lens correction filter modifiable . . . first I made a composite layer of all the visible layers below with the keyboard shortcut command / control + option / alt + shift + E . . . then I right clicked on the composite layer and selected convert to smart object . . . then used the filter > lens correction > custom tab > vignette . . . and created the vignette.
All that was left to do was to add my title, DAYDREAMING. To the title I added a drop shadow and a bevel and emboss. I also reduced the layer Fill (not Opacity) to 20% so that the text was partially see through and still kept the layer effects.
And,that is what I came up with with my daydreaming of fishing off the Southern California coast and doing my doodling with the Pen Tool in Photoshop. I used Photoshop CS6.
Here is my final result.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I did this. I had a lot of fun creating all the pieces that went into it.
That's it for now.
Live life fully and enjoy.