Day 144

Most of today was spent helping to get tickets ready for Expo, so I unwound with a bit of hand stitching – fly stitch in black:

  

A subtle texture, not sure whether to add a line of fly stitch in a single strand of white to go over these, or if that will be too bright. Maybe in teal?

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Day 143

I relaxed today with some lovely hand stitching, all these white crosses. I think they’ve really lifted the area, and hopefully drawn the eye in to see the black ones that I did previously, a dark texture.

   

     

Day 142

My brother in law is visiting, so we spent the day playing board games, looking at a new house we were considering, and then watching Eurovision. I did find the time for a bit more image manipulation. 

I started with a range of images that I’d taken several years ago in rusty railcards and slate mines, originally used for inspiration for mine and my husband’s wedding rings.

Original:  

With colours and textures tweaked:

  

I then added a Tunnel effect:

  

I thought I’d add another tunnel effect, then a few more! My husband’s favourite is the simple one above – which is yours?

   

     

Then I added a mirror effect:  

This was part of a steam engine:  

I played with the colour and texture, and added a bit of a wave to get this:

  

After a play with x and z shift, I got this:

 

This slides the pixels either horizontally or vertically over each other as if they were identical colours but in two layers, making some interesting colour combinations: 

 

Next I started with this image of rusty machinery in a slate mine in Wales, one of my favourites that I’ve ever taken, I think:  

To this:

 

With a pleasingly watercolour paper-like texture in the background.

And finally a bit of tweaking with this image, lumps on a boiler in a railyard:

 

Via lots of effects about edges and texture, to this:

  

I think this one could have a bit more done to it, but by that point Eurovision was starting, and I was responsible for recording our scores.

Day 141

Today I finally made some time to hang Phosphene I, and take a good look at it from afar:

I’m pleased with how it is coming along, but wanted to add more bold stitching, particularly in the middle. A lot of the stitching I have been doing has ben with one or two strands of thread, which is good when viewed up close, but now I need to add some layers that will draw the viewer in from further away.

I finished the fly stitch across this edge:

  

And added some more right down the middle:

  

I also couldn’t resist a bit of image manipulation, so here’s a tweak:

 

  

Day 140

Another long evening spent sorting Expo cloth spreadsheets, so tonight I did some image manipulation. I went through my photos, looking for ones which would make good masks. I feel like I’m getting a better eye for good candidates now.

This was the mask photo:

 

To this mask:

 

 

Which I combined with this photo of a Spanish sky:

 

To get this image:

  

Rather dynamic, almost feels like a quilt and some appliqué. I did it with triangles and some messing with colours.

And then this mask of pebbles between beach groynes:

  

With this rather uninspiring photo from an aeroplane window:

 

(They never come out as beautifully as the view!)

To this:

 

This one took a bit of work to get it to feel cohesive. I eventually took the mask off and then did a Glass effect over the whole thing, but a bit less opaque to allow the layers underneath to show through.

And lastly, a photo of carved faces in Alcoi, as part of the Moors and Christians festival:

 

 

With my favourite swoopy paint background, and some gentle messing with colours:

 

 All in all, a lot of fun,