Portrait Transfer with Cross-Stitch (#2)

This photo transfer was made using the same technique as the first one.  This time,  I left the color print to dry overnight.  After it was dry, I sprayed it with water and peeled it off to reveal the image underneath.  It peeled up at the bottom but I actually like the edges to look imperfect.

I used free cross-stitching to accent her braid, her sweater, and her necklace.

Again, colored pencils were used to highlight the eyes and mouth and a fine point pen for some details. I also sponged ‘Red Brick’ Distress Ink onto her cheeks.

Searching thr0ugh my stash of text w0rds, I found this phrase…

I’m finishing up a third transfer this week so I’ll post some photos of it soon.  Hope you’re having a great start to your New Year and I always appreciate the visits and comments!

The Art of Running –The Color Rad 5K

We had an unusually colorful Saturday! The Color Rad came to Austin, TX!

I injured my ankle last week and was unable to run, but I had plenty of chances to snap pictures and cheer on ‘Team Knox’.

There were already hundreds of people at the site when we arrived Saturday morning.

Participants show up in white shirts…

Other than that, anything goes…

Some people just can’t wait for the run to start…

Runners line up at the start.  About 7 thousand people showed up to run so they started in waves of a few hundred every 7 minutes or so.

It’s fun to watch all the teams running in tutus…

Some run and some walk, but all will get pelted with color bombs along the way…

Watch out for these folks! They’re the ones ready to pelt you with colored cornstarch as you run by…

The finish is a virtual storm of color.  If you didn’t get RAD during the run, you will now…

It’s the most colorful fun I’ve ever seen…

The Color Me Rad run was a blast!  Check it out if you like running for a great cause.

I hope you’re having a terrific holiday season so far. I’m afraid this is not going to be my most productive Christmas.  My sweet Knox has been ill for over a week and now has double ear infections again.  Hopefully he’ll be feeling much better in the next couple of days.  You can always see my photos, art projects with children,  and original drawings over at my FB page.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

Photos from the CS Retreat, Liverpool, and New Brighton

I flew over to England with Knox for the annual Cockayne Syndrome family conference.  It’s put on by the CS support group, Amy and Friends, and helps connect families from all over the world who have children with this rare genetic condition.  The friendship and love we shared with other families is really too much for me to try and put into words.  I’m so thankful for this group.

I’m also thankful for my friend, Hilary, from Positive Letters.  She had this beautiful card sent to Knox and I at the conference. What a warm welcome!

This made me smile. I love hand-written notes so much.  Thank you, Hilary!

I didn’t do much sight seeing on the trip but I did take a train to Liverpool in the pouring rain to take a look around…

Knox and I even managed to visit an incredible museum- The Walker Art Gallery.

Knox enjoyed looking up at the lighting for a while so mommy could snap a few pictures.

 

I love the dimensional quality of sculpture. The art can be viewed from so many angles.  I like to view sculpture from the back, as well as the front. It’s a completely different experience.

And everywhere I looked there were different types of wings.

The title of this one read,” Love Cherishing the Soul While Preparing to Torment It”.

Butterfly wings!

Enjoyed a box of Thornton’s chocolates that evening…yummmm.

We had a view of this lighthouse from our hotel in New Brighton

These next photos were taken on my last day.  I took a walk around the neighborhood.  It had been raining for 3 days so everything seemed clean and fresh.  So many pretty flowers…

Loved these bright pink fuchsias everywhere…

Ivy creeping along the walls…

Soft patches of moss sprouting up between stones…

Beautiful old churches…

 

The sidewalk all around is paved with tiny crosses…

Someone else was out for a stroll….

 

If I had a house in England I’d want it to look just like this…

The leaves were already turning colors…

My first visit to England was wonderful! With all my heart I am grateful to Amy and Friends for helping us finance the trip and welcoming us with open arms.  Knox has new friends all over the world: Japan, Germany, England, Canada, Holland, France, and many others. Here he is with his new friend  from South Africa.  All of the children have an immediate connection…

The balloon release in memory of many children gone to heaven…

The group photo on the lawn…

Knox and I bid England a fond farewell at sunset….

Until next year, our hearts are full of love and special memories.

 

 

 

Lost Photos from Picnik

When you scan through hundreds of photos they all start to look pretty unremarkable, don’t they?

I thought I had so many great shots to save from my Picnik folder, but when I started going through them, I only had a few that seemed worth saving..

 

My son painting some old flip-flops to look like pizza.

My ‘zentangle’ mask- I decorated this mask for a photo shoot idea I had.
It’s one of the many blog posts I have on hold due to my lack of PS skills.

And I thought it fitting to post this one.  This photo was one of the very first pictures I edited when I first discovered Picnik and started this blog.

Hope you’re having a great weekend.  I’ve got more turtles coming up!

Thanks for stopping by!