Monday, April 8, 2013


This is for the Botanical challenge at Take a Word.
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The word botanical makes me think of those detailed drawings of leaves and plants. I was going for a somewhat whimsical look here. I wanted a leaf that still looked like a leaf, but also so you could see what I see when I look closely at a leaf--a little tree.

I picked a leaf and scanned the back of it where all the veins can be seen. Then I did magical things to it using probably five layers where I carefully separated the veins to color them brown and did some fancy footwork with noise and pixel effects to give them texture and a hint of leaves, and added a shadow to give them depth. I gave each tree a cast shadow, that was set at around 45% transparency. There are probably more than twenty layers in my working copy.

I used a photo I took this morning of a large lawn and played around with it to make it look a little more like a painting.


  1. What gorgeous leaves you have created! Wonderful proces. The shadows are stunning.

  2. Wow! You have gone to so much trouble to create something very wonderful! It looks simple at first glance but I can appreciate the work that went into it. BRAVO!! XX

  3. Love your creation Deborah, what a fantastic idea using leaves in this way and the shadows are perfect.

  4. This is fresh and lovely. It is so interesting to read how you went about making it with such a fine result. I like the shadows too.

  5. Love this clever blending of the real into the surreal, Deb! Your PS skills are admirable.xx

  6. I adore the clean lines and crisp nature of this piece Deb, its fantastic. I want to see more of your art so I have followed you.

  7. J'aime beaucoup vos petits arbres stylisés!.
    c'est une trés jolie image !


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