FYI: Cloudy Vision

I shall not be doing any new designs for a bit… I had a wee stroke just before Thanksgiving that affected the vision in my right eye. Right now, it is like trying to see through frost on a windshield at sunrise on a wintry day, only the frost is gray instead of white. Some areas have that fine crystallized pattern thing going on and I can see between the frost. Other areas are blotchy, like pale gray clouds that I cannot see through at all. Hopefully, it will clear up on it’s own… I have an appointment with an eye specialist, so maybe there is something they can do about it. Anyways, I’m letting you know because it is hard to look at my computer monitor. I can deal with small screens, like on my cell phone, but it might be awhile before I’m able to do things like remove backgrounds for photo buttons with graphic design software.

In the meanwhile, I can still play with pencils… who can say no when a four year old asks, “can we draw pictures?”


Just playing… doodle drawing pictures… this one is mine.

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UPDATE:  I spoke too soon… oh to have frost again! A black night sky, speckled with tiny dots of light that resemble far away stars, replaced the frost on Saturday. I so hope it clears again and/or that eye specialist can fix it.

Photo Frames

Playing with Inkscape today, learning how to make one object (quick drawn heart) repeat along the path of another object (a circle) and then see what it looks like with different filter effects applied and saved each as clipart so I can use them as “photo frames” in different software. Here is what a few look like stacked up in OpenOffice Draw, exported as a jpg and then cropped in whatever this Windows 10 photo thing is called.

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Some come out a little bit fuzzy around the edges after being dragged through several software programs. Maybe I should apply a “clean edge” filter before use?

This next photo used one of the “heart frames” created in Inkscape in a program called GIMP to border a photo of a butterfly snapped at the Southside Community Garden’s 2015 Butterfly Festival in Youngstown, Ohio.


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Rusty Clipart


Okay, does this look RUSTED to you or… more like a copper patina?

I’m playing with Inkscape today, drew the treble clef as calligraphy pen strokes, picked a fill color similar to rust, then applied some filters and saved it as clipart with a translucent (clear) background. The image above is the clipart inserted on black.

Opinions welcome. Thank you!