First, the story. My whole entire life, I have wanted a Jacaranda tree. I’m serious. Every single spring in the valley, I think to myself “I should get one of those!” Then the blooms die off, summer hits, and I forget about it until the following year.
I purchased a new house about a year ago, and had this interesting scraggeldy tree on the side of my yard. It looked a bit out of place, but I’m certainly not one to ever cut down a tree. I came back from the antique store today and glanced in the direction of the tree. I was like NO FREAKING WAY! I have a Jacaranda tree! I went straight into the house and grabbed the scissors and a vase… within minutes I had the perfect photo op. I finally have my Jacaranda tree; I love it!
The details of the photo… I shot it in my bathroom (where I do most of my floral shots these days) with a white-board behind the flowers. Interestingly enough, I didn’t do my usual MCP Snap, Crackle, Pop action. Hmmm… I just realized that. I wonder why I forgot about it. It doesn’t seem to need it. I did add a levels adjustment layer (to brighten it up a bit) as well as a curves adjustment layer (to sharpen it up a bit). I then added a flare filter just to add a tiny bit of light to the image. I also added a dodge layer just to even out all the tones and lines in the background and to fade out my speckled tile countertop.
For the fun stuff, I added Kim Klassen’s “Framed” texture (multiply blend mode, 29% opacity) and her “Black and White” texture (multiply blend mode, 29% opacity). I did add a mask to the “Framed” texture layer and brushed the texture off of the flowers. For the font, I chose VT Portable Remington (I actually saw one of these typewriters on eBay today)… that’s it. Not a whole ton of stuff that I did to this one. I didn’t really need to.
Of course, I added it to my greeting card stash over on my Red Bubble page. Click here to go have a peek! I’d be in heaven if someone actually purchased one of my cards for Mother’s day. I still need to update my website with all my florals (sans the sayings) for printable images suitable for framing.
Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all a wonderful, texture filled Tuesday!