Imps, Fairies, and Friendly Spirits
During the day my kitchen looks like an ordinary place —
(doing a mouse-over will make the pictures more vivid)
–but at night, I hear strange noises, and the next morning, things are out of place…
For the 1 Day 1 World Project, we are up to the hour of 3:00 – 4:00 am. Not much happens around here at that hour – fortunately Jude got me thinking in new directions with her ghost story. I have always loved those old cartoons where the kitchen products come alive in the depths of the night and cause a little mischief, so I decided to create my own.
I was also inspired by Cindy Hickok’s fabulous Café de Musée, a thread-painted grouping of beloved figures from art.
My friendly spirits came from an old book about opera, and a Dover Book clip art book called Trades and Occupations. I learned all kinds of new PhotoShop tricks from the book How To Cheat in PhotoShop Elements 12 by David Asch.
I had so much fun doing this! I just hope I remember all the techniques I learned, the next chance I get to play around with photos.
Wow!!! That is so cool!!!! And spooky!!!!! LOL!
I would rather blame “spirits” for the missing chocolate than admit there might be a certain weaver/quilter wandering through the kitchen in the dark of night…:)
Lol!!! That’s your story and you may stick to it!!!! Ha!
This is delightful. I even looked up the opera and found it’s based on Cinderella and is by Massenet. So, your post was a teachable moment, as well. Now if only I would have a teachable moment on photo editing software.
I found that David Asch book to be very helpful. However I got it in e-book form and the charts that show the keyboard shortcuts were too tiny to read, so it would have been better as an actual book. But I have been meaning to take the time to get better at photo editing for years, so I’m glad this gave me the motivation to learn more.
How delightful! I love stories about the little people. When my children were young there were little people who lived at our house, too, tho I never saw them. Some days when I was very tired after work, I would take a nap. When I woke up dinner was made or perhaps some cleaning was done, etc. I was always told it was the little people that did it.
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I love your creativity!
Yeah, who knew that that 3 to 4 a.m. thing would spur creativity? I was so busy thinking about this and reading about how to do it, that I didn’t even know about the Super Moon that you went out and took pictures of, until I read your post!
Those turned out amazing- what a fun idea!
Thank you, I really really had fun! They may pop up again some time! 🙂
That looks very cool!
Thanks – it’s a fun way to be creative without making anything that requires money or storage space! 🙂
This is the coolest thing ever! I can only imagine the fun you had (and the hours you spent!) on this post–so creative and delightful!
Wow – too cool…love your imagination in this post! I have some “fairies here that raid my chocolate chips too and hey, it’s not even a full moon!!
Yes, I wish I had some of those industrious elves that help shoemakers and Santa, instead of these chocoholic fairies! 🙂
Well I am SO glad that I spurred you one to create this little beauty! Wow! I cannot begin to understand how you did these images, but it is seriously amazing. If only I could have created photos like this for my ghost story. You are one very clever and talented lady 😀
I don’t know how much photo editing you know, but it was pretty much just cutting each figure from their background, applying a “skew” filter to twist them, and then setting them to be transparent instead of opaque. Time-consuming but not difficult. And it was fun!
I am so glad you inspired me too!
I shall have to play!
What a delight! Whimsical! Thanks for a few minutes of enchantment. John
Thanks, always glad to give you a smile! I had a lot of fun working on it.
I love this post – well done! 🙂 Photoshop is so much fun to play with – particularly once you’ve got the hang of layers! When I first had the program I sort of kept it at a virtual-arm’s length for a year or two before I plucked up courage to learn it, til then I worked just with one layer, no blending modes and didn’t have a clue what a layer mask was!
I mostly use Photoshop just to crop and improve the lighting — I use its other features just enough to have to look up how to do the steps, and then I forget everything I have learned by the next time I go back! 🙂
Oh, I know that one… I still forget things even after more than a decade of using the program. I have a folder on my computer called ‘Tips’ and, these days, whenever I discover a new technique I type it into notepad and save it to that folder. 🙂