Cloudy Mirrors

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
Khalil Gibran

I love mixing two mediums, surfaces and colours together, particularly with photography and have been experimenting with this recently, using jewellery, mirrors and beautiful patterns. This is something I did recently, a compact mirror reflecting a cloudy sky, hinting at something philosophical and whimsical. Neither the mirror nor the clouds dominate the picture, and you’re left with something that feels almost like a painting.

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These beautiful gemstone compact mirrors are available to buy here.

Quirky Elephants, Tea Parties and Poodles

These beautiful papers belong to my niece, but I couldn’t help taking a few pictures of them to post because I though they looked amazing. I love the bright quirky drawings, the mix of colours with uncoloured black and white, and the cute characters (like the expression of the owls!)

I think this would make amazing craft paper, for some pretty cards or stationary, or even as inspiration for for anything crafty! Personally, I’d see this as inspiration for for drawing animation and comics (although I’m not sure where cute poodles and owls come into comics, but still!)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

I couldn’t decide which pictures to use for this challenge, but settled on these ones because Bournemouth and Durdle’s Door are one of my favourite places in England!

Here’s one picture which I loved, that I took of a more panoramic view of the beautiful Durdle’s Door and the surrounding waters:
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This is a close-up of the same landmark, with a focus on the pebbles and sand, which feels a bit more quirky to me, and shows how big ‘Durdle’s Door’ is.

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And here are both images side by side – which really illustrates how one scene or object can be photographed in several different ways and angles, and still look unique! Definitely something to try for yourself, I say – and maybe to play around with sizes and colours too, perhaps!

Which angles do you prefer? I think I like the landscape, panoramic style one : )

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia is an island

This week’s Weekly Challenge is ‘Nostalgic‘, which for me, brings to mind the best places I have been to, and the suprising little secrets they hold. They say the past is another country, but for me it’s also an island – isolated perhaps by the rose-tinted glasses we wear when we look back – but also untainted because of the good memories we hold, particularly when it comes to places which change (or don’t!) as time goes on.

One of these places is undoubtably the wonderful Cornwall, which I visited with my family a couple of years ago, and which I have never forgotten. (One of) the most memorably places which we visited was St Michael’s Mount, which was a small island that has a long path to walk along to get there – but you have to be quick, otherwise the tide comes in on the way back! I think everyone’s favourite memory that day was dashing along the path in the evening, holding their pants/dress/shoes up and splashing their way back to the shore, before we could get stranded (and would have to take the boat back).

We didn’t get to explore the island for long, because we arrived mid-day and only managed to walk around for an hour or so, but it’s definitely on my to-visit list when we come back – this time we’ll bring wellies and a paddling boat!

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Sparks of Colour Amidst the Grey

I posted before about this app and the different things it does, here’s a few more images I’ve been playing with and the various colours which have been accented from a black and white picture (my favourite is the bangle one, but the jigaw puzzle one came a close second). It’s a really fun way to draw attention to one detail in the picture – and the trick is not to over do the coloured parts, but keep it simple. It also looks a lot prettier when there are smaller, more intricate details, but this is easier said than done when you are doing it on a mobile!

I’m trying my hand at a few new drawing apps soon, will post them soon if they turn out to be any good – in the mean time, is there anything you would recommend?

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Photo Art: A black, white and colour app

I’m really having fun with a new app lately, this one being called Photo Art, which lets you play around with black and white pictures, and add a splash of colour. I love black and white pictures which have selected bits of colour (as long as the colour bits don’t go overboard!), and it’s a great way to pick out the finer details in pictures too.

This is one I’ve been working on in painstaking detail (easier said than done when your ‘paint-brush’ is just your finger, and you have sausagey fingers), which I really like because of the pretty, colourful stones in it. I didn’t want to add too much colour in case it lost the subtlety of it, but you can see in each image how I went a step further to add more colour!

I’ll be posting more pictures with this app soon, but in the mean-time, try it out and tell me what you think, it’s a good way to re-invent photos, and draw attention to different parts of a photograph.

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Paper Camera: An Arty App

I have to admit, I do like my apps, especially when there’s some funky tweaking involved which makes my pictures look like I took them while on a journey to Mars. Like the Paper Camera app, which is even more crazier than the Instagram app, but I do like the different styles, colours and shading that’s available, especially when one photo can be re-touched to give a completely different look with each effect.

I think my favourite (and the most effective) pictures has got to be the trees in the first images, which are all examples of contrast, shading and lighting and which look dramatic in each picture – simple yet very striking. I do also like how artistic some of these filters look – the shaded drawing looks really realistic (I managed to fool a friend for about 5 minutes that I drew the baby hand picture!)

Perhaps not as well-know and popular as Instagram, but I do like this app, it’s a good way of turning colours on their heads and seeing what works and what doesn’t, with surprising results!

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