First Night Design | Wings over the World

Sarah Vernon at First Night Design is one of my favorite artists. In this post, she shares her technique for achieving the lovely layered effect she gets for her artwork.

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The pleasure of creation is infinite and Wings over the World was immensely enjoyable to do.

Using Photoshop, I began with a coastal scene from Unsplash.com, a good site for free images.

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I overlaid this with another Unsplash photograph of seagulls, which I set to the ‘Hard Light’ blend mode.

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I followed with a texture from 2 Lil’ Owls in ‘Multiply’ mode at 82%.

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The next stage was selecting only the seagulls from that photograph and making these into a separate layer to go over the texture. This I put in ‘Multiply’ mode at 61%.

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The final touch was a Kim Klassen texture in ‘Colour Burn’ mode.

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The resulting image is below. I’m rather fond of it. I hope you are too.

Wings over the World © Sarah VernonWings over the World © Sarah Vernon. Available on cards, posters and wrapped canvas.

Available at the following galleries:
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Zazzle US
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Fine Art America
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Artists For Peace and Free Shipping Offer on Crated

Hello Creative People!

I do hope the New Year is treating you very well thus far. I came across a post on the https://artists4peace.wordpress.com/ blog and felt inspired to tie it in with my own post today.

If you feel your beliefs are in alignment with their blog, be sure and jump in and contribute to their posts to spread the message of Peace versus War in our world.

An art print from an original painting by Itaya  titled 'My Best Friend'.

An art print from an original painting by Itaya titled ‘My Best Friend’.

My painting titled ‘Best Friends’ was meant to capture the sentiment of embracing others and being friends even when it is a very unlikely pairing. This seems to be a theme throughout my entire life with my having unlikely friendships with others. Don’t you agree that our whole world would be a much more positive place to live in if we just accepted others and their way of being and believing?

I don’t feel the need to change anyone’s beliefs and I expect others to afford me the same courtesy. It has not always been easy to accept another’s beliefs when it so profoundly differs from my own, but it has gotten much easier as I’ve gotten older.

My son chose to join the military and ended up doing two tours of Iraq. It was quite challenging for me to accept his beliefs and accept his decision to serve our country in the manner he chose. Ultimately, I had no choice. I love my son and respect his choices and beliefs. I’m very proud of him and appreciate his bravery and courage. I may not agree with him at all times, but I definitely accept his choices such as that one.

Is there someone in your life that you have had to work at accepting their beliefs and choices when they are very different from your own? Do you agree that we need more focus on peace versus war as the Artists for Peace blog states?

Crated.com is having a special offer going on until Sunday with Free Shipping!

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Free Shipping Offer on Crated.com – Use Code CR3XUT

If you would like to see more, visit my store and more beautiful artwork pieces at http://crated.com/itayasdesigns. Be sure and use the code CR3XUT when you check out for your Free Shipping Deal!

Hooray for Black Friday Deals and Steals!!

Hello Artsy People!

Who says that Black Friday has to be stressful? Not me! I don’t like fighting the crowds just to save a few bucks. Nope, I’d rather approach things from an online perspective.

Both Zazzle and Crated are having some fantastic Black Friday deals! Check them out and see if there is anything you can purchase online and save having to fight the crowds in stores.

The best way I’ve found to shop at Zazzle is by using the ‘Zazzle Black’ option. You can get free postage for a year starting at $9.99! Check it out here – Zazzle Black Postage Options I’ve managed to save well over $100 over the past few years by using the $9.99 option. You can pay a bit more and get your items quicker too.

Click on the banner for tons of savings!

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Here is a great visual for all of us that need to SEE before we click. These deals are ending in just over 13 hours so better hurry!!

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A few of my popular designs on Zazzle –

Crated is my newest store where I love to list my artwork to sale as prints. I mentioned in this post ‘Consider Using Crated.com’ some of the lovely art options that are available there to art collectors. Art can be printed on paper as posters, on canvas, or as a framed print. Check them out to see if there are any Black Friday savings you can take advantage for your home or business decor needs.

Save big on my art and more with Crated’s #BlackFriday sale! Get $25 off and Free Shipping on orders over $100 with code: CRATEDBF

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Some of my art in my Crated shop –

An art print from an original painting by Itaya titled 'As Beautiful as the Day is Long'.

An art print from an original painting by Itaya titled ‘As Beautiful as the Day is Long’.

Art print from an original painting by Itaya titled 'Burning Promise'.

Art print from an original painting by Itaya titled ‘Burning Promise’.

Just the Three of Us

Art print from an original painting by Itaya titled ‘Just the Three of Us’

 

Whatever you decide to do between now and Christmas, it is my wish that you have a Joyous and Fun time with all of those you hold dear.

Seasons Blessings!
Itaya

Zazzle – Black Friday Week | Up to 60% Off On Popular Products + Bonuses

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Black Friday Week | Up to 60% Off On Popular Products + Bonuses.

If you love Zazzle as much as I do, you probably already know about their Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. If you are new to Zazzle, take a look at the above link and check out the savings.

You better check these deals out first thing in the morning each day as they are changing and expiring at different times of the day! If you zoom in on the above image, you will see that it is to expire within a few hours. 

I know first hand that Zazzle has wonderful merchandise and print quality. What better way to do your Christmas and Holiday shopping than online right? No lines, no getting out in the weather, and no having to deal with traffic.

Another good thing about Zazzle is their return policy. If you don’t absolutely love your product, they will take it back. They are all about making the customer happy. This makes it a no risk purchase.

Here is the official coupon page on Zazzle if you aren’t signed up to receive their EXTRA Special EMAIL coupons in your email – Zazzle Coupons All Year Long. Seriously though, sign up for those coupons.

I’ll leave you with a few Zazzle Designs on Zazzle Throw Pillows to start the ‘drool factor’.  🙂

Have you ever used one of Zazzle’s coupons to save big on a purchase with them? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Happy Holidays everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to all those that celebrate it!

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Consider Using Crated.com for Your Art Prints

Hello Lovely Artsy People!

Until recently, I had not heard of the popular site Crated.com. An artist friend has many of her lovely pieces featured there and I thought I would check further into the site. It turns out, I love this site!

Once you have your personal page setup, you are good to go. It is easy to upload your art and photography to the site. After that, all that’s left is to let the world know about your art there.

I love that it is free to list your artwork and people from all over the world can order prints from your art. You set how much you want to mark up each piece and then you get a percentage for your compensation. Easy peasy!

It’s fun to check out the other artists on the site and be inspired by them. Another fun feature of Crated is that you can have your very own collection of art by liking and saving your favorite artworks. Sometimes the folks at Crated will feature individual collections on the home page.

Another unique option is that you don’t have to list your own creations to have an account at Crated. You can have your own Art Collection just by opening an account and then start collecting and sharing if you like!

Here are a few of my art pieces that I’ve uploaded thus far – 

Just the Three of Us

An art print from an original painting by Itaya titled ‘Just the Three of Us’. This was a commissioned painting.

Art print from an original painting by Itaya titled 'Burning Promise'.

Art print from an original painting by Itaya titled ‘Burning Promise’.

An art print from an original painting by Itaya titled 'She Used to be a Good Girl!'

An art print from an original painting by Itaya titled ‘She Used to be a Good Girl!’

An art print from an original painting by Itaya titled 'As Beautiful as the Day is Long'.

An art print from an original painting by Itaya titled ‘As Beautiful as the Day is Long’.

You can see more of my artwork by visiting my Crated store Itaya’s Designs. This link will take you to the Galleries view of my artwork. You can also view all my pieces at once by clicking on that option once there.

Of course you don’t have to buy the art prints framed, but I love the way it shows off each piece above. You can even see what the piece you are interested in will look like on a wall! They also offer prints on raised canvas if you want your art piece to look even more like a painting. 

Pay Crated.com a visit today and see what catches your creative fancy there!

If you have a Crated store with artwork listed, please let me know in the comments below. I’d love to visit you there as I’m sure others would.  🙂