Thank to all of you who were persistent and linked up your images to Photo Art Friday in spite of the glitches because of my connection problems. Some incredible artwork was posted!!! You are an awesome group and your efforts are appreciated.
The next edition will be here before we know it. The challenge, for those of you who accept it, is to use 3 of your own photos (or cropped portions of) and one of my textures to create a piece of abstract photo art.
If some of you feel that is too much of a challenge, post whatever photo art you have created and I know it will still be received with gratitude and enthusiasm.
Since it helps to have a little motivation ... and ... since everyone needs a little surprise "pick-me-up" on a Monday, I have two fab, free textures for you. One you can use in more traditional ways, and the other packs a bit more punch for your more artsy pieces. (Remember though, even the most vivid textures can be subtle in Screen blend mode or in Soft Light.)
If you like these two textures, be sure to check out my Shoppes (click on the buttons under my header). Great textures are waiting for you there. I change them up frequently so there is always something new to discover.
Okay - back to today's free textures:
Download this free pdpa texture "Etched in Stone" HERE.
Etched In Stone does fabulous things to your photographs. Look at what it does to this simple pair of pears:
No Filters or Plug-Ins (RadLab or Topaz) were used to further enhance this photograph. The texture, Etched In Stone was applied and blended in Color Burn at 82% Opacity. A Levels Adjustment Layer was used to bring in more light and my signature was added. I like the old world painterly feel the image has now.
Download this free pdpa texture "Heavenly" HERE.
PDPA texture Heavenly was applied to the photo and blended in Soft Light at 100% Opacity. No Filters or Plug-Ins were used - simply the texture and one manipulation. Love the soft, glassy effect from the texture. You can achieve more dramatic effects, if that is what you are looking for, in other blend modes. From there you can go to wherever your imagination and skill-level will take you!