Saturday, October 30, 2010

Ice Plant Array


I have identified the succulent plant as an ice plant. Here is an array. To see the Christmas card designs, go to Nightblooming Cards, my parent blog.

Friday, October 22, 2010

2010 Christmas Mandala





I made this star with a triangular cutout from a photo of a succulent plant we have in the yard. The interesting thing is that I used the same cutout to create the second star. In one, I pointed the light end of the diamond outward. In the other, I placed it in the center. One little change results in two very different designs.
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I went on to create a mandala from the same plant. I show it first on a solid, dark green square; then on a rectangular page with added stars.
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I will be using this for my 2010 Christmas cards. I will also create an array and other designs coming up next.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Black & White Cosmos Star 1



There is a soc/rec program here that makes their own Christmas cards every year to send to its members. Last year, I offered to let them use my Christmas Cactus design, but they declined because it was full color and would have used too much ink. So this year, I wanted to offer them something more cost efficient, and created this black & white star using outlines of cosmos flowers.
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I don't know if they will use it, but in the process; I developed a technique which will have wide applications. There are endless possibilities here for beautiful and interesting designs. The top image shows that these can be colorized. This could be useful for t shirts, where the detail in some of my complex photographic designs doesn't work so well. I like making t shirts because it is fun to combine the images with sayings, but some of my designs don't translate well to fabric, so this may be a solution.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Emerging Sunflower Video

I eventually want to animate my mandalas. My first you tube video is a step in that direction.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bicycle Mandala 2



I have created a new bicycle mandala. While it is actually simpler than the one I made a year ago, it is improved in technique, and includes a ring of whole mountain bikes. I could use road bikes or BMX if you prefer. On Zazzle, I can make these into stickers, cards, magnets and more as well as posters.
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I show you a black and white on gray version and a rainbow alternate. I have set this up so that I could easliy create whatever color scheme you like.