To Think About

"There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart."
Celia Thaxter

Thursday, July 08, 2010

New Digital Montage Workshop Begins in 12 Days!

"Serenity at the Beach" is the theme we have been playing around with for the past week-just having some fun while we wait for the remaining few people to sign up for the workshop. If you haven't signed up yet-there is more information below and a few more spots left We are learning how to create layers of "Story Telling Montages" using blending modes in our software. The lessons are geared for the beginner to intermediate, but you must have some knowledge of how your software works. I have also shared some very basic lessons written in PSE6 with the workshop group, to help them get warmed up for the coming themes. The lessons are written in very basic step by steps, with plenty of photos, charts, color wheel, shared textures and lots of fabulous links for free downloads. Come join us!

This layout combined a texture of some beautiful turquoise peeling paint, with a new layer of baby blue, blended with a fabulous vacation photo of a sandcastle and pavilion. The lettering is from a vintage catalog of boys dress suits, but after changing all the wording around, it's now a poster advertising boys swimming suits, priced below regular London prices. :-D

For more information and to sign up for this 1st workshop in a series of 5-or sign up for all 5-go to: DigitalMontageStudios

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Workshops Being Offered!

Explore Your Digital World through these 5 amazing "Montage" workshops!
July 19-30th-Workshop #1-Blending Texture & Color Layers-Blending/Overlaying for dynamic visual effects.
August 16-27th-Workshop #2-Creating & Using Distressing Tools-Create unique brushes (from found images) and learn how to use various
digital tools to create the illusion of age to your backgrounds & elements.
September 13-24th-Workshop #3-Digital Stenciling Technique-A truly unique way for using Stencils in the virtual world of digital imaging.
The results are stunning! Plus create a variety of digital stamps for your own personal collection.
October 18-29th-Workshop #4-Shadow & Light-Creating depth with Shadows, Bevels and Lighting effects + additional blending techniques.
November 15-24th-Workshop #5-Filters-Styles & Patterns-Filters can change your whole perspective, when you discover what they can do
for your art! Throw in some styles or patterns and your digital world becomes a playground for your art.
For more information, to see samples and to sign up for these great on-line workshops-visit:

Saturday, March 20, 2010

New Workshop Being Offered!

Cynthia Powell is contemplating doing another year long workshop based on the art projects we featured in our latest book-Exploring the Latest Trends in Mixed Media Art-Vol. II. If you have purchased this book and would like an invitation to participate in this on-line monthly workshop-please sign up here! This workshop will take place in another yahoo group set up special just for this endeavor. Just like I did for the Mary Todd Beam and Julia Andrus book-workshops! Each month a new art project will be created by the members-each project is unique to the book-but you will be able to put your own spin on things! This workshop will start June 1st-provided I have at least 25 people signed up! I look forward to seeing you there!

You can email me at: if you are interested.

REMEMBER- I am posting now at my new blog,!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Creating New Blog

I am going to be creating a new blog called AlteredHeartDesigns at http:/, and eventually a new website called, I've become one of the exclusive designers for Hands on Digital, where we are creating digital art kits specifically geared to mixed media artists. A new venture for a new year!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Seasoned with Salt

I had this little house laying around so decided to do something with it. I had gotten this photo of the couple at a yard sale, antique store or somewhere like that; they seemed to look at home here!

Monday, January 04, 2010

More Steampunk Jewelry

Having fun palying with salvage yard findings to create Steampunk jewelry.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Steampunk ATP for Arttechniques Group Swap

I haven't soldered this yet, but here is a Steampunk-themed Artist Trading Pin being made for the Yahoo Group Arttechniques Steampunk ATP Swap. I haven't ever soldered before, but hubby has a soldering iron I can use. Love learning new things- a great way to begin a new yar!