Friday, 29 August 2008

August PC



I'm running rather late for the CG August challenge , but just about made it in time. My swap partner is Debbi so I'm preying she'll like my lateral approach.

The source picture for this month was as you see above , and I decided to go with the verse, after I'd been to the Steam Festival. Now I'm sure you're thinking, this woman has really lost it this time!! what the heck is the connection. You may well ask!
The thing is, I was so struck by the wonderful dedication that lovers of steam engines have for their metallic beasts, that in Ebeneezer's case is over 100 years old, and yet he has hundreds of friends, so there you have it, that's my connection, to the verse.



I took the original pic and played about a bit with cropping straightening and burning out the highlights and then put on a posterise filter in PS, and repeated this 3 times to get the depth I wanted.





I then transferred the image to a piece of cotton fabric using a PC World image transfer sheet. It transferred very well but was a little plasticised which made FME on the piece a bit difficult. As I'm using my DD's posh machine at the moment I took the opportunity to write the name in the corner.



If you want to see Ebeneezer in action, he's on the end of my video in the previous post.

10 comments:

Julie said...

This is something I keep meaning to try. You've got just the right amount of enhancement on this with the machining.

Debbi Baker said...

Sharon - I just left a comment over at CH too but I really love this postcard!! And yes it was little bit of a surprise but I love the thoughts behind it. Great to read the process - you sure are clever with this whole digital thing.

Doreen G said...

My husband is a steam engine fanatic so I can appreciate the work that you have put into this Sharon.

Homeleightigger said...

Love the 'connection' with the original calendar piece Sharon - very original and beautifully executed!

Shirley Anne Sherris said...

Try using the transfer paper for black and dark fabrics. It is has a much softer finish - not plasticky. Read the instructions as it is a different method of application - much easier - better result.
Love your interpretation.
Cheers

Jacquelines blog said...

What a great process, I am a bit behind with blog reading, so a bit late with my comments. But I love the process.

Linda said...

Keep up the good work - my Ffestiniog railway volunteer of a husband thinks he's converting me, when he sees steam related posts in my feed reader!

Genie said...

Lovely work,

Cait said...

How clever are you? And I love the degrees of separation - interpreting the theme!

This is a proper thank you for the blog award and to say that it's finally up on my blog. Well, I was trying to finish my August journal IN August; then had to paint the sewing room! Nearly finished that too, and coming up for air.
cheers

MargaretR said...

Love the interpretation and the video brought back many childhood memories.