Painterly Look

Every spring, before any green appears, I buy a bowl of pansies. I love their colorful faces. For this photo, I first shot from a different angle and then tried something different with it based on something I learned in a photography class, Creating Painterly Photographs by Kathleen Clemens that I found at Creative Live.

Each of the photos that I layered were rotated just a little to give the photograph a bit of a soft painterly blur. Except for the original photo at the bottom, each of the layers above are at 30% opacity. I grouped all the layers and masked out parts with some AnnaBlendz Artsy brushes.

I placed a copy of the foliage from Artsy Palette Hygge within the group.

Next, I placed some layers from transfer 5 from Artsy Transfers Hygge. I recolored a few and clipped photos to two of the transfer layers.

Then I added gold paint and an overlay above solid paper 1 from ArtPlay Palette Hygge. I gave the overlay a light color overlay on color blend mode through the styles menu. Above the photo group, I placed another copy of the branch at 70% opacity.

For a bit of dimension, I added the tea charm and a thread from ButtonThreadz No. 2. Finally I added a title and bit of journaling to finish my page.

I enjoyed playing with a new idea for adding a painterly look to my photograph to create a simple layout remembering my early spring ritual. The instructor also covered using Lensbaby lens. The possibilities with those lenses were impressive, but I’m not ready to spend the money until I will research them more.


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  1. Donna Wagner

    Thank you for sharing your process of creating this beautiful layout.

  2. Danesa

    This is so beautiful to me. I keep coming back to look at it (in the Oscraps gallery) and each time I love it more. Thank you for giving the details. I may have to try this one day (when I grow up) 🙂 Totally gorgeous!

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