Designing in Photoshop

I love the Storm At Sea quilt block, and have wanted to do a study in color using it for a while. So I started playing a few nights ago.

I took out the side and bottom border of the block in order to connect consecutive blocks to each other better, and drew the whole thing in Photoshop. Then I took a picture of a gradation of colored batiks that I bought at Paducah last weekend and grabbed the color of each fabric with the dropper tool, adding them to my Swatch Palette.

Then I filled the sections of my drawing in a duplicated layer (so I can turn this layer off and color it in another time without losing my work), and came up with this:

Storm At Sea Coloring Page

It was a tremendous amount of fun. I’m already seeing sections of that coloring page that I want to tweak, but I think I may run with this (after I verify that I do indeed have enough of these fabrics to make it happen. Helen will need a new bedquilt in order to prevent her first one from dying an early death, and she’s currently obsessed with Ariel and “The Little Mermaid.” So if I can create a watery-looking quilt for her, she’ll be thrilled to pieces. I’m also making a Mermaid Wall Hanging for her (I’ve modified the pattern to give the mermaid a purple bra like Ariel), that hopefully I’ll have in a presentable form in time for Helen’s birthday next month. The quilt will come later.

I’m quite excited that I could build it so easily in Photoshop…. And I learned a lot about Photoshop in the process, as usual. Every time I do something in PS, I learn a lot. And I like that I’m getting to use the same software for so many different things!! It’s awesomely versatile.

One Word.

Not as easy as you might think… answer each question with only one word!

1. Where is your cell phone? pocket
2. Significant other? work
3. Your hair? ponytail
4.Your mother? creative
5. Your father? goofy
6. Your favorite thing? color
7. Your dream last night? terrifying
8. Your favorite drink? merlot
9. Your dream/goal? publication
10. The room you’re in? cluttered
11. Your hobby? quilting
12. Your fear? loss
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? published
14. Where were you last night? tutoring
15. What you’re not? stupid
16. Muffins? fattening
17. One of your wish list items? time
18. Where you grew up? Huntsville
19. The last thing you did? lunch
20. What are you wearing? jeans
21. Your TV? off
22. Your pets? excessive
23. Your computer? Mac
24. Your life? chaotic
25. Your mood? inspired
26. Missing someone? Jerry
27. Your car? blue
28. Something you’re not wearing? watch
29. Favorite store?
30. Your summer? swimming
31. Like someone? Jerry
32. Your favorite color? orange
33. When is the last time you laughed? tutoring
34. Last time you cried? yesterday?
35. Who will blog this? RaRa