Easily Distracted, In A Good Way

Do you do this? I’m a hard-working, responsible, self-employed person with a long to-do list for the week that includes blog posts about the conference I just returned from, my new e-books, and more good stuff, and getting ready to leave for another teaching engagement. What am I doing instead of crossing tasks off that list?

Playing with the Victoria and Albert Museum’s online Patchwork Pattern Maker utility. You can use an image from their collection, or upload your own, like I did. The image below is from a photo I took in my front yard last year then digitally altered. The image above is the chart from the V&A.

I don’t suppose I should tell you that I have no intention of piecing a quilt. But boy, is this fun.

You can get a free download of the PDF pattern and instructions for making a quilt from this image here, or go here to convert your own image into a piecing pattern. Have fun!

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Doodle Gimping

There’s a new creativity warm-up exercise called The Panel Doodle at my other blog, Compost And Creativity. Here’s another way I use material from my warm-ups as part of my other sampling activities.

For several years, I have occasionally used a version of The Gimp for photo imaging, and it’s time for me to get comfortable with more features of the program. GIMP is a freely distributed program for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. You can read about it here. For a free download, go here. There are tutorials here.

Or you can just scan an image and start playing with it, with no particular outcome in mind. Let me repeat that, with no particular outcome in mind. I like to use doodles for this kind of experimentation because there’s no emotional attachment. You can try any hare-brained idea without feeling like you’re “messing up” if it turns out bizarre or ugly.

So here’s how I Gimped my panel doodle warm-up. I added color, applied a film strip effect and a perspective effect to a selection, layered the selection over the original image, and put both of those layers on a black background.

I could take this image over to Spoonflower, play with repeats, and order fabric to be printed and delivered right to my home. But that must wait for another day.

For now, I’ll just ask. Would you like to Gimp along with me next month while I play more with this digital imaging program? Hit the comment button below to tell me what you want to find here at Two Red Threads.

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