Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Hand-colored flowers

While perusing photos on flickr this afternoon, I came across some that I absolutely fell in love with. Using hand-coloring of black & white photographs, the [photographer] had an ethereal couple of sets of these painted works of art and I had no idea how she accomplished this feat. But I was in love with her photos.

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So I googled a tutorial and found several, but I wanted one with a video. Although I followed the instructions to a ‘T’, I am not satisfied with my results. But it’s only a first attempt, and like the textures when I first discovered them, I’ll figure it out eventually.

The [tutorial] here, offers instruction in one way of hand-coloring a black & white photograph. After I got the photo to my satisfaction, I applied three Florabella textures, ‘antique’ warm, ‘sugar & spice’ and ‘milk & honey’. And then because I felt like going full-on crazy, I applied some brushes that I downloaded yesterday.

I’m not sure about the brushes yet. I’m looking for something much better than this but got tired of the search.

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Here’s the photo without the embellishments (brushes). I think I like this better.

In other news, I finally managed to vacuum the upstairs. I know you’ll be proud of me.

Until tomorrow, my friends . . .

30 comments:

LouDuk said...

Those are quite beautiful. I really like the technique you used with them.

Deb said...

You never fail to amaze me, Kate! I love all the techniques you can apply. Just beautiful!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Gorgeous.

The photos, not the vacuuming.When we make the BF movie, you can hire someone to vacuum for you.

Miriam Lovell Dyer said...

I like it w/o the embellishment too. Less is more in this case. Lovely.

tj said...

...Simple is beautiful...like the 2nd one better too... :o)

...Yeah, you'd think by now they'd invent a vacuum you can ride one. *sigh*giggle* ;o)

...Blessin's...

Mary said...

Oooo, Kate, that is gorgeous! Now I've got to go learn, too. :)

Country Girl said...

Thanks, everyone. Good to see you again, Minna.

Coming back here I realize I really like the second photo best. Have fun with it, Mary. When you figure it out, let me know how to do it!

~ C.G.

MrsMama said...

Wow. I bow to your photoshopping skills. These are utterly beautiful!

STUEY said...

I am in awe of your photos, I wish mine came out as beautiful. I also wish I could afford photoshop. But will be happy just looking at your work. DAR!

TSannie said...

I'm not sure I can tell the difference. And since I no longer read directions of any sort, I'll never know how to do this! BUT, your photo is lovely as is usual.

TSannie said...

I'm not sure I can tell the difference. And since I no longer read directions of any sort, I'll never know how to do this! BUT, your photo is lovely as is usual.

Char said...

gorgeous and I agree, I'm not crazy about the curliques. the focus on the flowers is just beautiful

noble pig said...

That looks beautiful. And boo to vacuuming!

Pony Girl said...

Fun effects!! :) I can only dream of doing something like that with my photos!

Amy said...

I will never learn these effects (Old dog- no new tricks- hihihi) But I love seeing what you do with them- gorgeous!!!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Such a great post...right up til you had to mention that downer vacuum topic...arghhh! C

willow said...

Ethereal is right!!! Okay, now I'm feeling guilty. Gotta drag that vacuum upstairs. Thanks.

Daryl said...

Pretty ... it was your actions (YES! remembered what it was called again)on that photo of the Amish wagon that drew me to you ... its still my fav

Lisa A. said...

The picture looks great! I am green with envy at your photography skills.

Mental P Mama said...

Wow. Put that vacuum away. Make more pretty pictures!

imom said...

I like the second one better too! My downstairs finally got vacuumed yesterday... By my son! :)

Caroline said...

Both are so stunning! Love what you have done!

Living on the Spit said...

I prefer the first one as it has mor depth...to me. I really love these...they would look wonderful in white washed frames in a baby girl's room.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

They look so dainty and delicate!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Beautiful technique - particularly with pink flowers. Glad you vacuumed successfully!!!

Big Hair Envy said...

Wow! Just beautiful!

It's really not fair that so many of you (you know who you are) have these MAD photo/art/writing/sewing skillzzz. It must be a dominant gene, and I'm a recessive kind of gal!

On the other hand, I run a mean vacuum.

Cloudia said...

*Clap Clap* ;-)

Aloha-

Comfort Spiral

Woman in a Window said...

I come and see pictures like this and immediately stress falls from my shoulders. I remember. Yes, I remember why it is that so many come.

Suz Broughton said...

I love the first one. I think they look beautiful. Thanks for the link :)

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