Aster Mandala

Doodle-Aster

My roundish doodle around an aster became a mandala. It was fun to draw, and it provided a new challenge.

I’m noticing right away, though, that there could be more contrast between the background and the linework.

Here it is again, after some layer adjustments:

Doodle-Aster2

Which one do you like better?

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Leaf Season

Doodle-Leaf

Cooler weather brings fall colors.

Orange Flower

Doodle-NovemberFlower

The colors I used to doodle on the sides were sampled from the glowing orange part of the flower. I was originally going to doodle over the flower itself, but it already looks pretty busy.

Ismene Says Peace

LongDoodle6

My Ismene stencil is back — because why make a stencil if you’re not going to use it multiple times?

I really liked how my yellow lines against black turned out in my Hope piece, so for this I wanted to try white on black.

Doodles and Daffodils

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In this piece, I’ve played with transparency vs. opacity. I alternated black lines over a solid yellow background with yellow lines over the dark parts of the photo.

I used a grey mask behind the text. The yellow text was still a little hard to make out, so I added a drop shadow, plus bevel and emboss, to give it more dimensionality.

Love Doodle

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This doodle is layered over one of my red flower pics. In between the layers is some masking. Black masking lets the photo show through entirely. Grey masking at the upper and lower doodled parts looks more translucent.

The yellow matches my new flower series. The font, Segoe Print, matches my Ismene piece.

Do any of you have a favorite source for flower bulbs? I want to plant more Ismenes.

Lantana

FlowerStencil5

Another flower! This one is similar to my Stokes Aster and Honeysuckle. I used the Posterize adjustment in Photoshop, and added the text in Eras Bold ITC font.