I've been so intrigued by the scanned flowers printed on fabric that Allison makes that I had to try it myself. This is going to take a lot of experimentation to learn how, and how not, to do it. I went out this morning and picked an Iris a panicle of Bleeding Heart flowers and leaves and a handfull of tiny violets. I arranged them on the scanner glass, covered them with a crocheted doily and fabric and scanned. The iris was so fat that it cast funny shadows and the crocheted doily was too coarse to get the effect I wanted so I switched to a vintage (and very fragile) lace doily and covered it with an orange fabric to set off the purplish blues in the bouquet.
The second scan was more pleasing than the first but I ended up with some little particles of pollen on the glass. How in the world can I keep that from happening the next time? I've decided it looks like one of the antique floral postcards we have from Joe's Gramma May's collection.
I'm going to have to collect some flatter flowers to try again see how that works.
I've been so frustrated today, trying to print photos on fabric, for a current project, with the minimal photo software that came on our Dell computer (Adobe Photoshop Starter Edition) and the software that came with our new HP Photosmart C6180 all-in-one. I wanted to print multiple photos, in sizes of my choosing, on one prepared fabric sheet. These programs want me to do it their way. To print small photos I have to print a whole page of one photo (what a waste!); or to do many different photos on one sheet I could print a contact sheet, which made each photo exactly the same tiny size and shape, and cropped the photos to fit, which removed half of what I wanted to print.
Finally, this evening I did what I've been threatening to do for over a year; I ordered and downloaded the Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Now I'm still frustrated, as well as completely confused. Now I need to learn to speak a whole new language in order to get this program to do what I think it can, if I only knew how to command it. Have you noticed that computer geeks, who design these software programs, are not like us?! They have no conception of how to translate their postgraduate info into our kindergarten minds. Oh, to be 10 again! It isn't enough to use it or lose it; we have to keep relearning it at a higher level. Windows Vista?!!! How I long for my old original Windows 3.0.
Who knew that learning to make quilts was going to require me to learn not only photography, but digital photo manipulation? Nowadays, we oldsters don't get to retire and rock in our rocking chairs; we have to, as Alice said, " run as fast as we can, just to stay where we are. If we want to get anywhere, we have to run faster!"
With all this going on I haven't gotten the scanned flowers printed onto fabric yet. I wish I could get the iridescent effect of silk organza without so much transparency.