Ink Stamp Heart – Step by Step

If you recall, one of my goals was to do a video showing my work process from beginning to end.  This is not quite a video, but instead a step by step of my Ink Stamp Heart image with photos. I created these photos after the image was complete. Mostly because if I showed you all the deleted and rejected versions, it would take you all day to go through them. I love to experiment, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

Image Layers

This is the original image. I found this old, wooden ink stamp in an antique store years ago. I knew that I would want to do something cool with it, I just didn’t know what.

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Original photo of an old ink stamp

Using a Topaz Adjust filter, I gave the image a boost. The shape tool in Photoshop helped me create a heart mask. So the mask would not have a perfect edge, I used small brushes to roughen the edges because love isn’t perfect.

I copied the first layer, sized it down, kept the drop shadow, and deleted the Topaz filter. I kept both of these layers as smart objects, so that I can go back and change them later if I need to.

Texture and Background

Smoky black and white images helped me create a texture on the background. While a mask with a drop shadow created another heart. Additionally, I used an odd shaped brush to give even more texture.

It’s all about Love, isn’t it?

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All layers before the color is added. I admit that I kind of like it that. Maybe I’ll make a black and white with no color also.

Final Image

Finally, I added a black and white adjustment layer with a red tone, added my signature, and saved it. Blend modes on layers are great to play with!

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Love stamped on hearts

This image is available as a print, greeting card, and other accessories on my website. 

To see heart art by other artists, click here.

Weathered in Tennessee

The Weekly Photo Challenge is weathered. I have many versions of weathered buildings and places. This gallery is from a Tuesday Trekkin’ trip in 2017.

 

Cold Creativity

In the dead of winter, when it’s cold and dreary outside is a good time for me to experiment and get a little more creative with my photos.  Feedback is always welcome!

2018 Goals

Looking back on 2017, I realized that I didn’t set any goals for the year. I thought maybe that’s why I felt so much like I was just floundering about and not getting anywhere. So, I decided to set some goals and share them. These are simple, attainable, clear goals.

Create at least 1 training video

After attending Photoshop World in 2016, I have wanted to share my passion with others just starting out or anyone interested in my work and how I do things.

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A composite map of Budapest with an antique map and a recent photo of the Budapest Parliament Building

Go to the beach

We used to go to the beach every year. I have not been to the beach in years. It is time. The ocean needs me.

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18 and on the beach

Set up my studio / office properly

My office has been a catch all space and it is difficult to work there. I need a clean space for taking photos, writing, working on heavily Photoshopped pieces. A cluttered space does not help me work.

 

Feel free to share your own goals in the comments! You can also share the link to your blog.

 

 

Endings and Beginnings

The last image I uploaded to Fine Art America in 2016 and the first images I uploaded in 2017.  All are available as prints on my site.

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A sepia toned photo of a steam train with text that says, when the whistle blows, my heart answers

 

A look back at Tuesday Trekkin’ 2017

In 2017, I started a new travel blog called Tuesday Trekkin’.  I take Tuesday off of work so my husband and I can spend some time together and travel around East Tennessee. So far, we’ve gone to Clinton, Norris, the Foothills Parkway, Burlington in East Knoxville, and Lenoir City.

Clinton was the first official Trek. Clinton is an adorable little town with tons of antique shops. I also recommend a trip to the Green Mcadoo Cultural Center. 

 

The next Trek was to the Foothills Parkway in the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.  A beautiful drive up the mountain with gorgeous views.

Norris, TN was our third trek. We timed this just right. The leaves were amazing that day!

I snuck in a weekend trek to Nicholasville, KY on Thanksgiving weekend.

One trek kept us close to home with a drive around Burlington in East Knoxville. 

Our final trek of the year was to Lenoir City. The best thing about Lenoir City was the Le Noir Restaurant. Downtown was quiet with a few antique shops.

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Keep Trekkin’!

2017 Favorites

The weekly photo challenge is to post my most meaningful image taken in 2017. I’ve decided to post a gallery of my favorites. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

 

Fine Art Photography by Sharon Popek