Monday, July 16, 2012

Awesome flickr artists - my favourites

It's my Party

Flowers don't come in black & white


It's Snowing Again


Balance in the Distance


Blue Dream

Altered Box

Forgotten Beauty


The gentleman botanist

Down the rabbit hole


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Feature piece of the month

Dreams of Flight - Digital how-to

For a long time now I've wanted to share with you the process by which I create most of my digital works. This piece, for example was constructed in photoshop, and comprises up to 7 different layers. When I say layers, I literally mean a series of layers, one on top of the other. Photoshop is amazing in that it allows you to create layers which have varying degrees of opacity. That is, some layers can be opaque, so you can't see through them, while others can be made semi-transparent, so you can see underlying layers or objects.

Step 1 - background texture

As I required a darkened room, I chose this indigo blue background texture as the base layer. Everything else is placed upon this layer.

Step 2 - overlying pattern

I wanted to give the room a vintage wallpaper feel so I chose this aqua-blue pattern as an overlay. I wanted to create a subtle effect so I made this particular layer semi-transparent to allow some of the base layer to show through. 

Step 3 - vintage female image

I found this vintage style image online (it was in the public domain). At first I thought the woman was leaning against a tall mirror but realised she is probably leaning across a surface. So I rotated the pic to horizontal format, and using various photoshop erasers, was able to literally remove most of the background, keeping a blurry feathered effect around her body. Photoshop also allows you to change the colour of an image through a series of filters, so I changed her to an indigo blue to match the base layer.

Step 4 - adding curtains

This deep red velvet look curtain was a ready-made graphic available for free download on the internet. I used it to cover the female image above and hide her missing torso. The sheer curtain (below left) was also a free download. I duplicated it 2-3 times and laid it one above the other at slightly varying angles and positions. These curtains were made quite transparent so the female's hand could be seen. Curtains are a good way of creating depth in a photo or painting. They give the feeling of looking in through a window.

Step 5 - adding butterflies

Halfway through constructing this piece, I came up with the title 'Dreams of flight'. I could have used bird imagery, but liked the though of butterflies. I wanted the butterflies to be a part of the wallpaper, but in a surreal way, to start detaching from the wall. I did this by duplicating one butterfly several times, making the group semi-transparent and positioning the entire group on one layer.

To finish off, I lightened off the layer a fraction, and to give more of a 3-D appearance, added a slight shadow behind the group. This effect is easily achieved in photoshop.

The final image is a composite of at least 7 photoshop layers. Photoshop enables you to create huge bold effects OR very subtle effects as in this piece. I hope you enjoyed this how-to tutorial. I will be posting more in the future.
This feature piece will be posted free of charge if purchased during the month of July only.
You can find it here

Monday, June 4, 2012

tickle the imagination

I was delighted to have my work featured in the online
magazine 'tickle the Imagination.' This magazine is released
bi-monthly and celebrates the handmade and creative
community in Australia. It is packed full of talented artists,
crafters and designers, emerging talent and diy projects.

Issue 6 features digital collages from my vintage dress series (pages 50-51). Click HERE to view. Enjoy!
All work is available for sale in my Etsy shop.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Vintage retro pop


'Vintage retro pop' by CrimsonCircleStudios

Add some pop to your spring fashion!

Turquoise Bib Necklace. Blue Stone Cascading Drapery Necklace. - cuppacoffee Vintage Turquoise Pearl Shaker Bracelet, Cha-Cha Bracelet, Mother's Day Gifts - myshininglights SALE ---- Vintage Adjustable 12K Gold Filled Band And Faux Turquoise Ring - MindiLynJewelry Vintage 50's or 60's Gloves, Long, Rust Orange, Size  Medium - momodeluxevintage
70s Lemon Yellow Dress / Popcorn Stitch Sleeves / Mod Vintage FUN - PetticoatsPlus Vintage 1950s Blouse // Bright Orange and Pink Crisp Cotton Blouse - FabGabs 1950s Day Dress - Vintage Handmade Bright Sky Blue Classic Dress - Medium to Large - zwzzy 1960s womens hat - straw boater hat  - 60s hat in lemon yellow - QuinceVintage
Vintage 1960s Turquoise Peter Pan Floral Dress - rakshniyavintage Coral Faux Leather Tote - Vinyl Overnight Bag - Etsplace Vintage 1960s Bright Lemon Yellow Sweater Cardigan - RetroKittenVintage Vintage Turquoise Angora Beret - fringebetty
Coral Lace Headband, Wedding Headband, Headband Bridal Lace Hair Band Women's Bridesmaid Hair Accessory - effyband VINTAGE  Bright Yellow JR Handbag - PursonalBaggage2 EMERALD - Turquoise Green Very Old and Rare Chinese Thermo - TheBIG8s Vintage Lemon Yellow Bead Necklace - GimmeGimmeShop
A collection of my favourite items and colours from ETSY. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

FREE to share - Flower cards tutorials

Today I have 2 great tutorials for you, courtesy of My Memories website!!  The first is how to customize your cards in MyMemories Suite Software, and the second is the instructions on how to put the flower cards together. If you don't have the software, you can still download the sample project and the elements, but you will not be able to customize your project. Enjoy!!!

Flower Card Tutorial
Using MyMemories Software to Customize your Flower Card
  1. Download template file and install it into your software
  2. Using MyMemories Suite, choose Create Album From Designer Template and find your project
  3. Now you can print and enjoy the provided template, or customize it with your own papers and embellishments.
You can right-click on the white guide and lock it in place to keep it from moving while you are working. Make sure this is the top layer of your project before printing.

Instead of adding the paper as a background paper, you can add it as an embellishment so that you can move the paper around.  This is especially useful when using papers with stripes or circles, so you can decide which part of the paper you want to use.

Once it is added as an embellishment, you can now select the paper and move it into the position you want it.  

Just SAVE and PRINT on cardstock!

Flower Card Tutorial
How to Assemble your Flower Card
1.  Print your file on cardstock.

2.  Take your card template page and fold at all fold lines.  A bone folder helps make the creases nie and crisp to help your finished card to look nicer.

3.  There should be a total of 9 folds when you are done.

4.  Cut out your card.

5.  Turn your card over so that the printed side is down and pinch the sides of each petal together until all 6 petals are standing straight up.

6.  Gently push all the petals in one direction until they lay flat.

7.  You now have a flower card.

8.  Tie a ribbon (not included) or something equivalent around the card to hold it closed.

9.  Embellish as desired.  This card was embellished with a circle cut out from a piece of background paper.

Enter the draw for your chance to win the FREE digital software suite from My Memories. You will be able to customise all sorts of templates with this software! Details here: