I’ve always been drawn to watercolour painting but its an art I have yet to master (I do try, but generally give up in frustration!). I began thinking about ways I might be able to incorporate a watercolour effect into my photographs without simply heading to Photoshop and applying a filter (they don’t tend to give a really genuine watercolour look in my opinion).
Starting with the a butterfly image that was taken during the annual Sooke Secret Gardens tour, I decided to try compositing it with an abstract watercolour painting.
First of all I grabbed a piece of watercolour paper (for the gorgeous texture) and then just randomly threw some watercolour paint at it. Once dry, I photographed it.
The two images were then opened as layers in Photoshop (PS6) where I experimented with blending modes and masks until I had something I liked. I then ran the flattened image through one of my favourite PS plug ins – Topaz Labs’ Impression software. This incredible tool allows you to create all sorts of artistic effects with your images….from pencil drawings to impasto (I’ll be talking more about this in future posts).
I tend to find this is a fairly organic process….I play around with it until suddenly the image emerges. I can’t say that I go in with a fixed idea of the end product….and that’s half the fun. It doesn’t always work but that’s the beauty of the digital realm – its easy to scrap it and start again!
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