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.
My name is Earl. This photo was taken by my granddaughter Julianna on Christmas Day 2012. This is the real me! If you were to meet me on the street, you would know me right away. I would be in my L L Bean 100% cotton shirt, long sleeve during the cold part of the year, and my glasses case would be in my pocket. In warmer weather, the shirt becomes short sleeved. I would be in my L L Bean 100% cotton chinos. This is what you see and this is what you get. I am a retired meteorologist. I spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and then 23 years with NASA as a research meteorologist. I have taught many different topics over the years. I taught math for the University of Maryland for their Adult Education classes. I taught calligraphy and related topics for about 20 years for Adult Education. I do photography, paper marbling, book binding, paper embossing, quilting, and a few other things, too. My latest is digital scrapbooking. In my header, I have the comment.....If you make a mistake, make it big and sign it.....and, date it. The part before the dots I owe to Ken Harris, who is a calligraphy teacher that I had at a calligraphy retreat at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico, in the 1980s. I have added the part after the dots. It is easy to forget when you made the mistake. I have remembered that comment ever since then. So much of my art really comes from mistakes along the way. Something happens that I wasn't expecting, so it could be called a mistake. However, I like to call it Serendipity.....that sounds better than mistake. But, we all know what it really is. So, if you make a mistake, make it big and sign it.....and, date it.
The Long, Long Version
Why do I want to blog/scrap?
Let's start a few years ago when I was in High School. Actually, it was quite a few years ago. Probably most of you reading this were not yet born. Let's just say it was sometime in the mid-1940's. I loved math and science. I decided I wanted to be a High School Math and Science teacher when I was out in the work force. I liked to learn new things and to show others how to do it. I remember that Ruth was in my math and science classes. We used to compare our work and see who could do it first and then show each other how we did it. In our tests, Ruth usually got better grades than I did. However, once and a while I would do better than she did. The competition was fun.
When I went to college I still wanted to become a High School math and science teacher. Unfortunately, at this time the latest rage in Education was Progressive Education. By the time I had taken all the required Education classes I had decided that what the university was teaching me as the way to teach was not the way I believed was the way to teach. So, instead of getting a General Secondary Credential, I decided not to take any more of the Education classes and go for an advanced degree.
It was all decided for me by Uncle Sam. I was already a graduate student at UCLA when Uncle Sam said he wanted me to be drafted into the United States Army. The draft was on at this time. My Draft Board did not know what a graduate student was. They said I graduated and therefore I was to be drafted. I knew I was in trouble. I checked with the Air Force and they said they would give me a commission in the Air Force since I had a degree in Mathematics. This sounded a lot better to me. So I was able to get into the Air Force before being drafted by the Army.
This started me in a completely different direction than I ever thought about how my life would go. My Air Force assignment was to a civilian university for a year to study Meteorology. I had never thought about Meteorology before. But, it turned out to be exactly the perfect thing for me. Teaching was still something that I liked to do. And, I was able to keep my hand in it a little all throughout my career in the Air Force. I would teach the pilots about meteorology for their annual requirement to be updated every year. Also, when I was overseas, I taught Math for the University of Maryland overseas division. I also taught the Air Force astronauts classes in what to expect to see from space as far as weather phenomenon.
Upon retirement from the Air Force I worked for NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland. While there, I was able to continue teaching Math in the evening for the University of Maryland, Adult Education. So, you can see that I kept my hand in teaching.
Somewhere around the early 1970's I discovered Calligraphy. I was very fortunate to be in the Washington, DC, area, in that here was a large group of calligraphers in the area. And, it was the home of the Washington Calligraphers Guild. Through the Guild I was able to get into some very good classes to learn how to do calligraphy. After several years, I felt like I was able to start showing others how to do calligraphy. I was asked by the local school board if I wanted to teach in their Evening Adult Program. I ended up teaching calligraphy for about 20 years in the evening program. During this time I was taking many calligraphy workshops to increase my skills. I enjoyed the interaction with the students and their desire to learn what I could show them. And, each "Ah, ha" moment really made it all worthwhile.
Upon retirement from NASA, I moved to the Central Plains of the United States near Omaha, Nebraska. All my life I have been interested in photography. And I started to do more in that line. I used to make photo books by hand. They were 6 x 6-inch square, with a strip of photos that was 6 x 38-inch photography paper and accordion folded. I made them hard cover and covered the covers with fabric or decorative paper. Then one day I was in a book store and saw a magazine on scrapbooking. In it was an ad for online scrapbooking classes by Jessica Sprague. I started taking classes with Jessica Sprague in October 2008 and became hooked on digital scrapbooking. But, I guess that I was already doing digital scrapbooking before I knew there was such a thing.
In early 2009 Jessica Sprague asked me if I would like to contribute to her web site by writing a weekly article about doing something related to scrapbooking and related items. I was very honored and was greatly pleased to do so. And this started the series called "Thursdays with Earl." The first Episode was on April 30, 2009. There were eight Episodes during the series. The last one was on June 18, 2009. These episodes are available for download from jessicasprague.com. (Actually, I don't think they are still available from jessicasprague.com. However, you can download them from this blog. At the top menu, click on the Thursdays with Earl tab to go to them and download.)
Not writing these articles for Jessica sort of left an empty space in my need to show others some of the exciting things I was learning to do with my scrapbooking. Blogging was really taking off on the Internet. I had never expected to create my own blog. However, I thought that a blog would open up a new path to my helping others with their scrapbooking. In July 2010, I posted my first entry to my blog, EarlK Design. And that was the start. And my desire to become a High School Math and Science teacher still comes through and becomes satisfied. Since there was already a series of articles called Thursdays with Earl, I needed a different name for my new series. Being a highly creative person, I selected the name Other Days with Earl. Clever! My blog consists of entries that mainly show how to do things using Adobe Photoshop that I hope others will find helpful in their scrapbooking.
So, that is why I want to blog/scrap.
Now you know!