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since I got an email today from somebody on fineartamerica asking how I make my own textures, I thought maybe somebody else might be interested. Here is what I said back to them:

Thanks for you interest! I do not have a how to do textures tutorial, but I have several blog posts about images that have been made with my own textures. It is super easy and so fun. Anybody who has a macro lens and keeps their eyes open for interesting textures on things can do it. A tripod is helpful sometimes as well.

https://dlmtleart.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/snowflakes-and-a-bit-about-textures/


https://dlmtleart.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/garden-of-the-hesperides-digital-art/


https://dlmtleart.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/old-fashioned-roses-trojan-pond/


https://dlmtleart.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/red-lilies-hares-foot-trefoil-with-red-leaves/


https://dlmtleart.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/marriage-of-titania-salmon-berry-floral-duet/

There is also a tutorial on redbubble I found very helpful in getting started with doing your own textures:
http://blog.redbubble.com/2013/02/how-to-photograph-your-own-textures/

¬†–although unlike what they recommend I do NOT prefer things with an even or uniform texture. I like finding interesting abstract shapes that inspire my imagination much like Leonardo Davinci taught his students to do by looking for stains on the walls etc and then using those to spark creative and imaginative drawings.

Sometimes after I take the initial texture shots I meld several of them together using layers to get what I am after and edit the color and lighting. These make great backgrounds for stationery also.
This is one I did using the crackled and glittery surface of my bathroom sink after I accidentally spilled gentian violet ALL OVER THE PLACE and then tried to clean it up. This incorporates overlaying several layers of sink texture plus edits to the lighting http://www.redbubble.com/people/dlmtleart/works/11574196-crackle-and-sparkle


…and here it is in a photo manipulation http://fineartamerica.com/featured/dragonfly-leap-of-faith-dawna-morton.html

here is another one where I used a texture from the bottom of my flaking Teflon wok. I use that wok texture a lot because it adds a splash of energy and motion. http://www.redbubble.com/people/dlmtleart/works/10469714-homework-rebellion-girl-reading-horse

Here is one where I used a close up of a bread pan somebody left outside in the bbq all winter. It was gross, but cleaned up and tinted blue etc it is lovely http://www.zazzle.com/cloudy_blue_sky_star_haiku_oval_print-228789702444197489?rf=238567130389714466


This one has as one of many layers an edited version of the infamous gentian violet spill aftermath. When I rinsed out the rags and set them on the edge of the bathtub and squeezed them out we had purple drops, drips, and splashes all over the place. It did eventually come off after a month or so and after using bleach. lol ūüėȬ† http://fineartamerica.com/featured/lily-pads-in-the-rain-at-vernonia-lake-dawna-morton.html

This should give you some ideas of the types of things you can keep an eye out for at your home and around town.

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One day when I was baking some bread I got distracted and did not hear the timer while the dough was rising. The dough ended up over rising and glopped all over the floor of the oven. As I was surveying the mess, thinking it really needed a good scrub down anyway, I noticed the interesting patterns and textures on the oven door window. I had just started learning about adding textures to photos and was keen to make some of my own, so before I whipped out the baking soda and scrub brush (a great non-toxic eco-friendly non smelly way to clean the oven btw)  I got out my camera and took lots of pictures of various sections of the window. The back-light shining through the transparent surface created some interesting effects, and I thought the drips and splashes would make a great rainy/rainforest type background texture.

I was so excited about how they turned out that I started tinkering, after I was supposed to be in bed, adding them to some salmon berry flower photos I’d taken earlier that week. Before I knew it I looked up at the clock and it was three hours later. I won’t show the close up shots of my oven here, but layers of various shapes in the texture created a lovely background. As I started moving things around I started developing a concept of this being about a marriage relationship. Then, after I found and strategically placed an abstract face, things started taking a more Shakespearean turn…

Each time I look at this I find something new. It is a bit like a game of hidden pictures, or looking up at the clouds and trying to find different things in the shapes ūüôā

marriage of Titania; Salmon berry floral duet by Dawna Morton
marriage of Titania; Salmon berry floral duet by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

At first glance, this is just a nice picture of some flowers with an interesting textured background, framed with a bit of modern art flair; however, there is more to it than meets the eye when examined in more depth…
Half hidden behind the five petaled purple Pacific Northwest salmon berry blossom, the face of Titania¬† as a bride glows with love as she gazes adoringly up at the visage of Oberon. The overlapping purple, green, and golden toned rectangles symbolize both unity and discord in the couple’s future as the begin with varying success to mesh and meld their lives and hearts together from separate planes of existence, as well as symbolizing the various interlinked plots within Shakespeare’s play, “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” abstract shapes and textures in the brushed gold tones of the background further call to mind characters and whet the imagination with scenes¬† and ideas from the play, foreshadowing the events f their future life.
Nick Bottom appears to sing or bray like a donkey below one petal, while the faint shapes of a donkey of horse head are formed in the upper right. On the left Helena, in a floral hat, wakes the sleeping Lysander. Another figure along the top appears to write in a book, representing the playwright at work while other shadowy figures emerge among the golden raindrops which splash a sense of magic and wonder across the dreamy scene. As the drops of water land on the blossoms  the stretch forth their petals towards each other with love and yearning, reminding us of the flowers used to make the love potion which caused  so much turmoil in the lives of the characters, even though they found happiness in the end.

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Some people I have shown this to, have seen the images in the background right away, while others just don’t get it, so I thought I’d include this little slide show with a general outline of the shapes I see. This is not an exact outline, since the images are supposed to be abstract, ethereal–half there, half imagined. Hopefully you will enjoy finding these (and maybe even more) as much I do…

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During January and February¬† there were these Styrofoam snowflakes hanging on a tree outside the old elementary school here in town. It was really cute. Every time I walked down that way or drove past I thought about getting some pictures when the light was better. One day before they took them down I finally lucked out– it was neither rainy, nor cloudy, nor grey, and the sunlight was hitting them just right.¬† I snapped these photos with the thought that it would make some nice greeting cards for new years or Christmas next year. The pictures turned out pretty good, and I was able to edit the background , color most of them blue with a lovely feature called tungsten, and then using a long drawn out many layered process in paint.net I was able to change the Styrofoam texture and consistency–making the snowflakes¬† icy , translucent, and glowing .
snowflakes by Dawna Morton
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Large blue-tinted snowflakes hang suspended in the air in front of bare tree branches overhanging impressionistic fantasy-like mauve tinted snow flurries in the background.

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snowflake in blue by Dawna Morton
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snowflake in blue 2 by Dawna Morton
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snowflakes in blue 3 by Dawna Morton
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Large snowflakes hang suspended in front of  a  blue background interlaced with bare tree branches.

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snowflake in blue 4 by Dawna Morton
snowflake in blue 4 by Dawna Morton

A large snowflake hangs suspended in front of a blue background interlaced with bare tree branches and back-lit with an ethereal blue light.

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Christmas snowflake in red and green by Dawna Morton

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A large snowflake hangs suspended in front of a green background interlaced with bare red tinted tree branches .

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snowflake in blue 6 by Dawna Morton
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spring snowflake by Dawna Morton
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A large snowflake with transparent icy edges glows a translucent white in front of a tree with red tinged leaves, one shaped like a bird perched on a branch, and surreal teal and magenta colors in the background–creating a scene reminiscent of one last snowfall before the full onset of spring.

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snowflake in blue 8 by Dawna Morton
snowflake in blue 8 by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

A large semi-transparent icy snowflake hangs suspended in front of a blue forest background with an impressionistic texture resembling large flakes of snow drifting downward through a dark moonlight sky. Abstract semitransparent shapes create an apparition of wood nymphs and sprites in the lower left of this ethereal scene.

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Snowflake in Blue 8 at fineartamerica

Towards then end of this batch of photos¬† I came across a floral photo on Redbubble I thought was pretty phenomenal, and when I went to look at it closer the photographer in question listed “texture by skeletal mess” and her original photo shown along side it without the texture. The texture, applied in a semi transparent layer¬† made all the difference between an average good photo and something that really stood out as amazing.¬† I searched for and found Skeletal Mess on the internet, and while he offers a large number of¬† really good free textures and some tutorials on how to use them– I wanted¬† to create and use my own rather than borrowing the work of somebody else. I have had some fun finding things around the house with interesting abstract patterns and textures to get close up shots of.

I incorporated several of these textures into snowflake in blue #8, with some lovely results. Interestingly enough these particular textures are the result of my teenager’s interpretation of my instructions regarding how to clean the iron skillet. Apparently the part about putting a little water in the bottom and boiling it dry really meant to fill the pan up to the brim¬† and have fun standing there watching the steam clouds while allowing it to boil over and splash all over the stove too. lol. Anyway, either he did not scrub it good enough or there were some minerals in the water and it made this interesting white splotchy pattern along the sides in¬† addition to the patterns it left all over the stove by the time he was done. My kids were pretty incredulous when I started taking pictures of it. They kept saying, “Mom, why are you standing on top of the stove?!?” the answer of course is that when using my macro lens you have to be a little further away, and it was the only way to get the shots of the patterns on the stove top. I think they thought mom had finally gone loony.

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