I create digital designs that I often use in my art quilts. I use Photoshop Elements to manipulate a variety of images and then print those creations on my home printer. Generally, I cut the fabrics up so it really doesn’t matter to me about the quality or yardage. I can print them any size up to 13″ x 19″ on my Epson Artisan 1430, which is considered a wide format printer. Serves my needs quite well.
Here is an example of one of the images I created recently using a variety of images from my image files on my computer. I am calling them mashup prints because I frequently use unrelated images.
I am currently using Photoshop Elements 14 to create my images. The reason I like that particular software is that there are a lot of art-enabling features that make creating the images I produce much easier. I think the results might surprise even the most novice of users.
It’s not a foolproof method by any means, but with a bit of practice and desire to be adventurous with images, the results may surprise even a beginning digital artist.
Not long ago I presented my ideas to a small group of quilters at the Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, Oregon. The workshop I presented was called “Digital Surface Design.”
Here are a couple of examples of changing up the same image but with different overlays. The original sunflower was an image taken from a print from a linocut print block.