Butterflies For Lupus 2015

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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So now you have seen my image, please go over to see the full gallery at Dawn’s blog ‘Nice & Fancy’.

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