Although I haven't been doing much crafting ove the holidays, I haven't been absolutely free of art. I started to play a little with the Serif Photoplus software and found out that I do indeed like using it. I started using it to draft potential collages and then I found that I liked the images that I was creating, went on to do more and forgot to print out the images and stick them down. Wow, I need to decide wether I am going to carry on with this new toy. If I do I am going to have to spend a lot more time with it, learning to use the great potential within it for art work.
the collages here have been created by cutting, resizing and/or altering the colours, pasting (using the layer tools to enable repositioning) and changing transparency, etc of the images to get a composition which represents the ideas I have been working towards. All very basic and simple but It does create great results. Of course like any collage the final image will depend to a considerable extent on the images used. I will reference the sources alongside the images.
the last one is calle "Beware True Love". The background is from Stars*go*blue on Flickr and all the other images are from Dover samples.
I can see myself doing a lot more of this type of work in the future. It will not take over completely however, because I enjoy swapping ATC's too much to back away from that now.