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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Blue Painted Lady and Questions Answered

First, I want to share an update on my Blue Painted Lady CQ block:

Blue Painted Lady

I've added alot of beads and still have plenty more that I want to add. I'm thinking of doing a spiderweb on this but haven't decided for sure yet. When I finish my post for today, I'll be working on it some more so I expect to have another update for you tomorrow.

I was asked several questions this week and I thought I would answer them here. The first question is what fabric dye do I use?. I've been using DynaFlo by Jacquard. I've always purchased the small packs at Michaels but now that I'm dying larger quantities of things at one time, I'm ordering them online in larger quantities.

The next question is since I use my graphic software alot, do I have any tutorials? Actually no, I never thought of doing tutorials on how I use my software. I can tell you that I use the Corel Graphics Suite 12 on this computer and I use Paintshop Pro (whatever the newest version is) on my laptop. Quite honestly, I've heard that Corel software is challenging to use. That's all I've ever used and I guess I'm just used to it. To me, Paintshop Pro is too fussy. That might be because I don't use my laptop alot. I much prefer this computer which my brother in law put together for me.

As for tinting the Painted Ladies, what I did was to create a new soft brush with 99% transparency. That gave them some color without changing the image. I just ran the brush over the areas that I wanted colored. For the sepia tone, I simply altered the "Hue" to golden brown.

I hope that answers your questions. I never use the tutorials in any of my software. I just click on buttons until it does what I want it to. I know that sounds silly, but that's what I do.

If anyone else has any questions for me, please drop me a note and I'll be happy to answer them.

Ok, I'm off to answer email and then to stitch the rest of the day. DH is making dinner tonigh and we just bought the new Superman movie (which we saw in the show last Summer and loved) so we'll be watching that later. I love action/adventure special effects movies!


Allison said...

She is stunning and I really love what you've hung off that feather stitch in the above right.

One of my quilting friends is married to a long-time Hollywood character actor who was in that Superman movie you bought. Alba and Jim were put up in a fabulous suite, had their own driver, etc for 6 weeks in Sydney during shooting. "Best gig we ever had," is how she put it.
Then wouldn't you know it, he ended on the cutting room floor! (He played Eva Marie Saint's boyfriend.) No wonder these movies cost so much to make!

Charlene said...

Thanks for answering, Pam. That's how I usually learn, too. I got Photoshop Elements, and it's not as intuiative and it might be. Have y'all seen Casino Royale? It's a goodie!

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