Once again this year the very generous Dawn Clarkson has organised a gallery of butterflies for World Lupus Day on 10th May. For each image sent to her, Dawn makes a contribution to Lupus UK. In addition, this year Dawn will also be attending a a meeting of doctors and Lupus patients, where she has been asked to speak to them about her Butterflies for Lupus project. Congratulations Dawn!
This year I decided to use this opportunity to try some new techniques. Last year I discovered a digital workshop by Diane Rusin Doran (details here). Although I had used some of the techniques shown, there were others I had not. So this was to be my opportunity.
The design started with hand drawn butterflies scanned into Photoshop. A graduated fill was combined with some photographs of clouds for the background, and then the white foreground (with the butterflies ‘cut out’) was made semi-transparent.
I’m really pleased with the result. I was aiming for something with the feel of a hand-dyed fabric and possibly screen printing. I think I’ve achieved that, and will definitely be experimenting further with these new techniques.
So now you have seen my image, please go over to see the full gallery at Dawn’s blog ‘Nice & Fancy’.