So much of my art is done in layers. Sheer applique is layer after layer of color and texture. I create a layer of hand dye, then add a layer of stitching, add another layer of sheers, add a solid image and then add more stitching and sheers. I don’t so much design a quilt as I build one in layers.
So its a good thing to try those layers on a whole other platform. I’ve begun some while back to study Photoshop on Lynda.com, which is a software classroom web site. I don’t know anyone knows Photoshop. But I’ve learned some tricks and it’s interesting it, too, works in layer.
I started with a great abbey hall and soften the image.
I added in two Granville drawings. Grandville was Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard generally known by the pseudonym of J. J. Grandville, who did fabulous character drawings in the 1900s in France.
I put in a painted layer underneath to add color
And added white swirls for energy and pattern.
Then I slid the color panel to the right.
What did I learn?
What I’ve always known. All art is art is art. Playing with layers in one form is no different than playing with another form. And I learned I like white swirls, a lot!
So get out the paint, the computer, or the organza, or the very wierd lace. Layers make a rich tapestry to delight the eye. The building of patterns and textures make the rich and fabulous world in which we celebrate our art!
You’ll more information on Grandville at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Ignace_Isidore_G%C3%A9rard_Grandville
Dover has a great digital design source book on his work.
Lynda.com has classes on almost anything and everything. It’s a fabulous way to learn new software.
Go play hard at something new! It’s amazing what happens when you bring that skill back to your own art.