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T2-inspired “WOW-MOM” Gelli Prints: Part 2 The Prints with Paint and Inks

Following on from yesterday’s post, here are some of the results of my Gelli Printing, using only a colour palette of shades of pinks, reds, oranges and yellow.

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Previously, I would use all the acrylic paint colours I had, when Gelli Plate printing. I like my colours to sing, like those raucous flocks of cockatoos that fly over my house in the mornings and evenings. My aim when Gelli printing, is to fill every surface of my paper with paint and interesting shapes by using stencils and texture mats. Then the fun really starts, when I pull out my Dylusions Ink Sprays and Tim Holtz’s Ranger Distress Inkpads, and go to town with them.

I wanted to create a contrast, and using the same colour palette with my inks as with the paint would not work. This is where I diverged from my original plan..hey, I’m Divergent! Cool! :-)

So, goodbye WOW-MOM idea, here comes AlyZen’s colourful take! Here’s a photo of the ink sprays and inkpads I used – in shades of blue, green and purple. I also used some shimmery ink sprays, as I like a bit of bling on my artwork.

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I wasn’t sure how this experiment would turn out, but it turned out amazingly good, if I say so myself. I am turning these into another Juicy Journal, so in preparation, I’ve torn my A3 papers into smaller sheets and folded them, before inking over them. I do the preparation and tearing first, so my torn deckled edges get inked too.

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Ok, next up – handbinding these papers into another Juicy Journal. I have thought up a stitch I want to try out, so in my next post you can see how that goes.

Work In Progress: Rainbow Lenormand

After creating 15 Lenormand fortune telling card decks in the short space of 6 months, I took a short hiatus to try out some other ideas. One of them was my Inspiration Deck…of which half of my intended 50 designs have been completed and printed as a deck. I Abandoned 12 of these last month for Valentine’s Day. Another 8 were given away to relatives and friends at my Uncle’s Chinese New Year Reunion dinner 2 weekends ago.

I then ventured tentatively into the field of mixed media collage and altered journals. Not so much the journaling part, but rather the recycling of old art canvasses and painting, gluing and stamping over them. There is a method to my madness – whatever the results of my mixed media experiments, I’m taking close-up photos of them to use in later projects as backgrounds for blending or for superimposing other elements onto. Some of these have been posted here on my blog as Freebies. I like sharing! :-)

In the midst of it all, I still found time to start another Lenormand deck. This time it’s the Rainbow Deck, on account of the rainbow-coloured border around the cards, and the general brightly-coloured and happy nature of this deck.

This time, the going is slower than previously, mainly because I have all these other projects lying around clamouring for my attention. To date, I’ve completed 12 of the 36 cards in a deck…so, still a ways to go yet.

But anyway, I thought I’d share some of them here with you. Here’s the “Rainbow Lenormand”, a work in progress:

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The First Twelve

A short while ago I wrote about a Project to create Good Fortune Cards, see link here.

In the latter part of 2014 I created several Lenormand card decks (of which more in a later blog), utilising my skills as a digital mobile photography artist.

One day, The Kid and I were at our local thrift stores and I hit upon the idea of buying up some inspirational books, wrapping them up in plain brown paper, sticking on an Art Abandonment sticker, and of us both doing our 2nd Art Abandonment exercise, this time along the Rockingham foreshore close to home. I’m hoping that these little gifts will find their way into the right hands, to people who may need a spiritual boost or some positivity in their lives. We did this on the Australia Day long weekend just gone; you can read about the exercise here.

During one of our thrift store forays, The Kid (he never ceases to amaze me with his bright ideas) said “Mum, why don’t you abandon some of your Lenormand cards too?” I thought about that, and decided that as Lenormand cartomancy isn’t straightforward and needs a degree of research and study to understand, it would not carry as much meaning to someone, as would cards with clear, written text on them.

That off-the-cuff remark by my 12-year-old has since kickstarted me on my “Inspiration Deck” Project. I already know that the 2 printers that I use for printing my Lenormand decks would be able to print me extra large cards, suitable for my purpose.

Here are the websites of the 2 Print On Demand printers I’ve used for my Lenormand fortune telling card projects:

PrinterStudio

MakePlayingCards

Since then, my project has now grown to 12 artworks created using only my Samsung Galaxy Note 4, with more in the pipeline. My intention now is to do a test run, by ordering a deck with multiple image repeats (to fit their 54 card template and save money). Then, for our 3rd Art Abandonment caper, The Kid and I can put a card in an envelope with the Art Abandonment tag on it, and perhaps this time cycle around our surrounding neighbourhood and pop one in random letterboxes. Hopefully they make someone’s day. We’d do 12 cards at one time.

Anyway, here are The First Twelve.

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The Making of the “Moonshadow Lenormand”: Part IV

Thank you for following my Lenormand Project so far. I had fun creating the cards, and also sharing the process with you all too. :)

Here then are the first 18 cards from the Moonshadow Lenormand:

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This will help with the meanings:

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The “Moonshadow Lenormand” is available now on my eBay and Etsy shops:

http://m.ebay.com.au/itm/261630354440

https://www.etsy.com/listing/207677660/the-moonshadow-lenormand-card-deck-by

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The Making of the “Moonshadow Lenormand”: Part III

In Part I of this mini-series, I talked about how I created my Palimpsest templates. In Part II, I explained about the archetypal images used in the Lenormand cartomancy system and how I sourced my images. Now that I had both my Palimpsest templates and my photos/images ready, I was ready to start working on my Lenormand cards.

These are the Apps I used:
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PicsArt – my main go-to App, has loads of clipart
Photo Editor – for filters and resizing
Litho – has a wealth of texture filters and lovely antiquarian clipart
Pixlr Express – lots of filters, including nifty inky borders
Photo Studio Pro – great clipart
Smoothie – great filters and effects
Snapseed – good for textures and grunge
Repix – I like this for the special effects
iMagic Pro Image – has useful clipart and filters
Photo Editor – has lots of full colour clipart, however resolution is low
AThumbCut – great for cutting out images to make your own clipart
Touch Retouch – indispensible for cleaning up unwanted areas of images

Here then is the secret of how I created my images:

THERE IS NO SECRET FORMULA

You just have to experiment with effects and filters, bounce from one App to another, try this and that, until you arrive at a result you’re happy with. It really is that simple. Mobile photography art isn’t something that can be taught. Anyone can show you Apps, but it’s up to you to learn how each one works, and decide which ones you want to keep in your stable of Go To Apps. Everyone has their own style, and therefore their own favourite filters and effects. These just happen to be my personal palette.

Enjoy! Here are just a few of my favourite images from my Project:

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In the next 2 posts, I will show you the full deck, with explanations. So, watch out for Part IV and Part V, coming up next!

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LENORMAND CARTOMANCY

Some of you may be aware that I’m currently creating a deck of Oracle Cards to be either self-published or submitted to various publishing houses to be licensed. Click here to find out what Oracle cards are, and here to see examples of my ongoing project so far.

What you don’t know is that behind the scenes, I’ve also been researching, learning and practising another cartomancy system known as Lenormand. This is a lesser known system than Tarot or Oracle cards, but equally important, I think.

So, you’re asking what Lenormand cards are all about? As I’m still a student of this fascinating system and still learning the intricacies of its “language”, I’ll let others with far more experience do the explaining:

From Aeclectic Tarot forum:

The Petit Lenormand deck is based on a regular playing card deck that has been reduced from 52 cards to 36 cards by removing the 2, 3, 4 and 5 pip cards in each suit. The cards are illustrated with various symbols and traditionally also include a miniature of the playing card associated with each symbol. Little seems to be known or understood about the significance of the playing cards, other than that the court cards can serve to describe people in a reading. There are also regional and personal variations throughout Europe in the card meanings.

Several decks named after the French cartomancer Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand (1772-1843), including the Petit Lenormand popular today, were published after her death. However, the Petit Lenormand appears to have been modelled on a deck of cards published much earlier as part of a game of chance, called “The Game of Hope”.

A fellow blogger has written a comprehensive description of how Lenormand cartomancy works, with examples of spreads and explanations of the meanings of the cards in readings. Definitely worth a look and bookmarking, if your interest has been piqued:

http://benebellwen.com/2013/06/10/the-lenormand-nutshell-summary-of-the-petite-lenormand-from-history-to-practice/

My first Lenormand deck purchase was Ciro Marchetti’s “Gilded Reverie”, check out his website for more information. Ciro’s site also sells spread cloths, if that tickles your fancy. Also, you can for the princely sum of $1.50 download a PDF full-length 144-page book on how to read the cards. I highly recommend the “Gilded Reverie” (which you can also easily find on Amazon and eBay), the artwork is detailed and sumptuous without detracting from the meaning of the cards.

image(Photo is of Ciro’s spread cloth illustrating the “houses” of the numbered cards. Just to give you an idea of how lovely the artwork is)

Actually, my first Lenormand deck was one by the brilliantly zany Titania Hardie, nearly 15 years ago. I had her “Titania’s Fortune Cards” for a long time, then they got lost in a series of house moves (I’ve moved 7 times since the year 2000, or 22 times in 44 years, go figure!). I recently tracked down and purchased the same deck again on eBay, and got reacquainted with it. The reason I didn’t initially make the connection between Titania’s cards and Lenormand cards was because her cards have no numbers on them or playing card pips. The images however, are the same archetypes as in any Lenormand deck. It was only while I was first learning about the Lenormand cards recently that I realised there was something strangely familiar about the images – Rider, Ship, House, Stork, Dog, Man, Woman, Child etc, and made the connection.

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(Photo shows Titania’s “Fortune Cards” in a classic Grand Tableau spread)

Concurrent with my Oracle Cards project, I’ve been busy creating my own deck of Lenormand cards. I figured what better way of learning than by doing? And what better way of doing than by utilising my digital mixed media photography skills on my Samsung Galaxy S4.

The Oracle Cards project is taking longer, as I intend to do a 52-card deck, with explanations. For the Lenormand, though, there are only 36 cards, so…I’m happy to be able to say that I’ve recently completed my own very first deck of Lenormand Cards, yay!

Watch out for further posts in the coming days, as I will be posting about my Lenormand cards, as well as updates on how the next phase is coming along – where I get my cards printed.

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Project “100 Butterflies”

My newest artistic project is called “100 Butterflies”. It’s a series of digital mixed media photography art, (quite a mouthful, I know) around the main theme of butterflies. No, not 100 butterflies all at once, but rather 1 single butterfly on every piece I create, until I have done 100 in total.

At around the same time as my interest was piqued by butterflies, I also happened upon a collage App on the Google Play Store, called “Blend Collage”. I was impressed enough to blog about that App, here: http://wp.me/p3JNYN-1qT

However, my Samsung Galaxy S4 (my weapon of choice) was on Android 4.3 back then, but I very recently upgraded it to Android 4.4.2 KitKat…and now I’m disappointed to report that I can no longer use “Blend Collage”, as it just won’t save my work anymore :-(. I have written to the App developers, but not received a response. Probably a lost cause, SIGH.

However, being the resourceful girl that I am, I soon found a replacement App that offers more or less the same type of harmonious collaging that “Blend Collage” did. It’s a little different, but in some ways it offers more scope and freedom of expression, and it’s called “Photo Tangler”.

“Photo Tangler” is available on both Android and iOS.

On Android’s Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.solideightstudios.phototangler

On the iOS iTunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/phototangler-collage-maker/id458169750?mt=8

Now, it may not be the App of choice for iOS users, as there are many other Collage Apps like it available on the App Store. For my own intent and purpose though, it does what it says on the tin, and, there being not many Collage Apps offering “harmonious” blending on the Android platform, I’m very happy with this App.

And so, back to Project “100 Butterflies”. I started this Project by simply blending 2 or more background images using Pics Art, then juxtaposing my butterflies on the resulting image. Then, with the short-lived arrival of “Blend Collage”, I started digitally collaging my backgrounds together, before adding my butterflies. When “Blend Collage” went kaput, I started using “Photo Tangler” instead. And yes, the butterflies are derived from photos of real butterflies that I meticulously turned into clipart on my S4.

Here are some examples from the Project. The ones with the more varied backgrounds are the ones I did using “Blend Collage” or “Photo Tangler”. Some of these images you will soon be able to purchase on my Society 6 page as throw pillows, shower curtains, iPhone/Samsung mobile cases, t-shirts, prints, cards etc : http://society6.com/alyzenmoonshadow

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UPDATE 5th June 2014:
Now I can’t get this App to save my work, either :-(. I have emailed the developers about this problem and if I ever get a response, or if the App gets fixed, I will let you folks know.

The silver lining for me is that I did not update my Galaxy Note, and both Blend Collage and Photo Tangler still work on it. So I guess I will have to transfer my backgrounds to the Note, process my collaging on that, and then transfer the results back to my S4 for further processing. A pain in the proverbial, but needs must, right?!

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FOUR WATER LILIES by AlyZen Moonshadow – a Snapfish project

…or, rather, how I got my image “FOUR WATER LILIES” translated successfully onto wrapped canvas, courtesy of Snapfish.

Last year, I spent quite some time researching and practising how to create pattern repeats, with a view towards getting my designs onto textiles. One of my experiments involved creating a background that could be repeated, on which I placed the images of 4 water lilies. I’d taken the photos of these flowers back in 2012, on a trip to Woodvale Fish and Lily Farm, but hadn’t gotten round to doing anything with them.

So, one day I decided that, instead of creating a square or rectangle, placing some images onto them, and then creating seamless repeats out of them, why not try a panorama instead. I decided to do a vertical panorama. This was easily achieved on my Samsung Galaxy S4 using the App PicsArt for the placing and blending of the background and water lily images, and then resized as a vertical panorama using the App Photo Editor.

I then saw that Snapfish were running a promotion, giving customers a whopping 70% off canvas prints. So I decided to give it a try. A 70% discount is not to be sniffed at, for sure!

Screenshot below shows my Snapfish project page:

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Here is the finished product, and a couple of close ups, on my kitchen wall.
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And here is the image as processed on my Samsung Galaxy S4. The Snapfish finished product faithfully replicates the colours. My in-situ photos aren’t perfect due to glare from the sunlight coming through the kitchen blinds.

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As you saw from the project page, the size is quite substantial (30 x 100 cm), and I was a little concerned about pixellation or blurriness in the finished product. I’m so happy that the printing was clear and crisp, and the colours true to the original artwork done on my Samsung Galaxy S4. Snapfish are always offering various discounts, so it’s worth checking in every now and then to take advantage of their offers.