I spent some time today playing with watercolor pencils in order to create some textures. I colored a few pieces of paper, scribbled a few scratches, and then blended the colors with water. Once they were dry, I scanned the paper and edited in PS Elements to create overlays. Wanting to experiment with how they might look on a photograph, I decided to use a photograph of a coneflower that I took last summer. Once I placed the textures on the photograph, I realized that it probably wasn’t the best choice of images: the background was too dark for the textures and parts of the flower were too soft and blurry, blending into the background. I just didn’t like how they looked with the textures. Then, I decided to use the “sketch effect” which I have used previously. (See how-to here.) While I’m not completely satisfied with how the petals of the flowers turned out, I do like the background which was a combination of the five different textures. Here is a sample of the textures I created:
Upper right and two bottom textures are what I painted. The dimensional effect in the one (upper right) was created by using very thin notepaper. When water was added to the paper, the paper began to fray. The texture in the upper left corner is a combination of the originals used for the bottom two, scanned and then manipulated in Elements. The texture in the center was created from these four images. All five textures were used in the final image up top.
The two red textures are a bit dark but I can see using any of these textures with photos in the future, although I think that the yellow and the one in the middle are probably the most versatile and can easily be used without overpowering an image. This experiment in texture creation was this week’s lesson in Kim Klassen’s Beyond Beyond course. I’m also linking up with Kim’s Texture Tuesday….because these are textures…and it’s Tuesday.