ARTFULLY AVOIDING THE LANDFILL (& driving my husband crazy) ONE PIECE OF JUNK AT A TIME

9/11/10

Digitally Dinking Around

Lately I've been attracted to altered art and just had to give it a try.  I have to thank Jane over at Mamie Jane's for getting me all fired about all of this stuff because her creations are cool!  Here's an example:


As a result, I've spent the past two weeks dinking around with a few designs while learning how to alter things digitally with a program you can download for free:  GNU Image Manipulation Program which you can find here:   www.gimp. org 

Boy, have I had fun!




The ones above are just prints - no fancy stuff, but I made a couple others where I actually did some cutting and pasting...

Go ahead, click to enlarge this one... it's a permission slip - lol.



I stained/painted some scrap trim wood from our window replacement project and sandwiched the cut outs between them so they would stand and it works very well.  I think I got that idea from Mamie Jane's too.

I found many awesome images at these great places:  Carol Anne's Boutique and Marie's Freebies   and    Primarily Primitives.  (Many thanks for their generosity!)  I also used graphics from my PrintShop program.

I just couldn't quit making things, so I made a print for my sister who recently bought her very first home:


 Here's a better view of the print


 I also sold 4 copies of this one already
(without even trying)!

So, what do you think of my new obsession??

I've hooked these up over at:
Sunday Showcase at
Under The Table and Dreaming

and

Funky Junk Interiors
Saturday Night Special



23 comments:

  1. I love it. I'm going to download the GNU Image and play around with it.

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  2. How fun! I just love them all, Coleen! You and Jane have inspired me!

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  3. Hi Coleen,
    Thanks for the shout out....I get inspired by so many things I see on blogs so I'm glad I inspired you.
    Your altered art pieces are fabulous. I am definitely going to check out GNU Image. But I think my favorite one is the cut-out piece of the woman in the big witch hat looking down at the pumpkin...very cool.
    I think your new obsession is a good obsession.
    Jane

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  4. Wow very good. I like your new obsession and your use of typography and layout. Is there ANYTHING you can't do?

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  5. Oh Colleen -- if you hadn't told me that you were just beginning with this art form, I wouldn't have believed. You have an excellent eye for what works. Your pieces turned out beautiful, and I plan to bookmark your artwork and sources, as I was just saying tonight on another blog that I'm also wanting to try altered art. Great job and a very inspiration post. Oh yes, -- Jane is the best, isn't she? She is constantly inspiring me, as well!

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  6. Hello Coleen ! thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog ! I'm happy to discover your blog, your Halloween and Home creations are awesome, I love them much, wish you a bright Sunday :)

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  7. These are great! Stopping by to visit you back - thanks so much for your sweet comments about my blocks.

    Hugs,

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

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  8. Love all of them!
    They look terrific!
    Have a boo-tiful afternoon~
    Leticia

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  9. I love the digitals you made!!!
    I know alot of people taken by that stuff and I too am.
    I just don't seem to have that knack tho.

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  10. Hi Coleen,
    WOW, I just love all of your art, it is absolutely wonderful!! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and mentioning it in your post, that was so very sweet of you! :)
    You are so creative Coleen, I have been enjoying reading some of your previous posts and seeing all of the beautiful things you have been making!
    I will be following you and can't wait to see what you will be creating next! :)
    Hugs, Carol Anne

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  11. Coleen,
    Again, you have inspired the world! I still think nothing is going to top my "Cue Family" sign though, lol.

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  12. Coleen... they look great! You did a fantastic job... love the one you did for your sis! I tried one time at mixed media... it didn't exactly work out...LOL! Love it girl!

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  13. I admire your work so much ! They are fantastic

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  14. Wow! you don't look like a beginner! That looks fun. Lezlee

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  15. I am in love with the "no place like home" print!
    How can I go about purchasing it? Also, I would love to have my grandparents home in the picture instead of the house shown, if that's possible...I can email you the photo. I love them all!!!!!

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  16. WOW... those are all gorgeous... I am in love the "No place like home". What a great gift for your sister's new home. I have tried anything like that before... you did such an awesome job, I want to try it out now.

    Hugs, Deb

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  17. Help again! I love your work and am anxious to do this. Do you have any way you can help me and play with this like you did, it looks great!

    I appreciate it so very much....

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  18. Coleen,
    I admire your vision. You will be able to sell ALOT of your crafts regardless what it is.
    Go GIRL !
    Jolene

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  19. Coleen, what do you chargefor the No place lije home print? Eould love to have one. Thanks

    Karen

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  20. Coleen, what do you chargefor the No place lije home print? Eould love to have one. Thanks

    Karen

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  21. Is there a website that I can learned this from. I would love to learn how to do the little boy with the bat

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  22. Love it! I would like to learn also, is there a website with tutorial. Thanks I would appreicate it.

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