October 12, 2011

Some Enchanted Evening

The song title, "Some Enchanted Evening" leaped into my my mind the second I asked myself what I should name this 9x12 art quilt.  It's a canvas painted with acrylic paints (some metallic), and the flower stems are Mizuhiki.  The pink garden ground and all the petals are Angelina fibers adhered with Misty Fuse. For the centers of the larger flower trees (I like to call them "flowerees"), shredded party paper was used.  Regular and metallic threads further embellish the flowers and stems.

Between the glare from the Angelina fibers, the metallic paints and threads, and the black background, it is a rather shiny piece.  I had a difficult time trying to remove the glare when photographing it, and eventually I came up with this pic.  It's not great but definitely better than others.

I also tried to remove the background using the directions in the Photoshop Elements 8 for Dummies but apparently this Dummy did not go about it the right way because it took forever and you can still see the background!  Using that tiny little crosshair eraser was very nerve racking too!  I think there's a way to designate the background as a layer and then delete it instead of trying to erase it manually but this must be in the "Photoshop Elements 8 for REALLY, REALLY STUPID People" book, and wouldn't you know it, I don't have that book!

Joyful Creations to You,

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