Give those pens and pencils a rest and have your computer mouse and tablet at the ready. To continue our adventure into the world of digital designs, I would like to direct your attention to a wonderful showcase of digital masterpieces that combine our love of textures, rub-ons, and paints with the altering potential of computer graphics programs.
Somerset Digital Studio is a treat for digital artists and conventional scrapbookers alike. Jana Holstein, editor of the publication, attributes the title’s success from its origin in our scrapbooking magazine. “Somerset Digital Studio was conceived because our submission collection for the Virtual Gallery department in Somerset Memories was growing by leaps and bounds,” she said. “Traditional scrapbookers were jumping on the bandwagon of digi-scrapping and loving it.”
Featured artists like Traci Bautista and Susan Tuttle take you through their creative process, from capturing the initial snapshot to applying layers, masks, and filters to the photo until their altered vision is achieved.
Artwork by Melanie Ritchie
Digital photo editing allows designers to play with the lighting and levels of photos and introduces you to a world of add-on options. Ephemera embellishments can be found (and purchased) online, allowing you to download images straight to your computer.
If the thought of incorporating digital enhancements into your layouts intruigues you, I encourage you to browse around e-Crafting, Stampington’s own digital ephemera shop. You’ll find downloadable collage sheets, inchie collections, and vintage labels (we love our new Apothecary Set) to add an authentic artistic flair to your mixed-media projects.
Artwork by Anna Aspnes
Jana carefully chooses submissions that will appeal to artists of all digital levels. The features in each issue include detailed instructions, Photoshop screenshots, and corresponding lists of digital materials. “If you’re considering becoming a digital scrapbooker, I encourage you to go for it!” Jana said. “Don’t be intimidated, just give it a try and you’ll quickly fall in love with the ease of artfully creating your memories without the mess of paper and glue.”
No mess? That’s a technique we’re happy to get on board with. Comment below with YOUR favorite digital technique, or a technique you want to try. One randomly selected reader will win the newest hot-off-the-press issue of Somerset Digital Studio Autumn ’12.
View the rest of these star layouts here, and challenge yourself to experiment with new digital techniques. The deadline to submit artwork for the Spring ’13 issue is October 15th.
Update: Our Somerset Digital Studio winner is Comment #9, Amber! We will be in contact with you regarding the details of your prize.
*Contest is open to residents of the U.S. Entries will be accepted until 9/27/12.
Posted: Thursday, September 13th, 2012 @ 9:50 am
Categories: Get Tech-Savvy, Somerset Digital Studio.
Tags: Digital, Ephemera, Somerset Digital Studio.
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