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Welcome Back – Hello 2021

Iceland Poppies 1

I know I’ve been quiet since December 31st but I’ve been enjoying my time offline working on my digital planner. My first version was being created in Affinity Publisher, but since I didn’t finish it in time I decided to do a 7-day trial of Zinnia Journal. While there were some aspects of the app that I did like, as far as creating a digital planner, there were features I didn’t like…like not being able to re-scale a block on only 1 side. So now I’m back in Affinity Publisher with a new layout for month, week, and daily journaling.

Since the beginning of the year I picked up 2 potted Iceland Poppies from Home Depot. I’m amazed at the different colors that are opening from a single plant. I thought I would only be getting orange flowers from one and yellow flowers from the other…but that hasn’t been the case! I’ve been enjoying taking photos of them pretty much every day but I’m showing only 9 of them. All of the photos were taken with my iPhone 11 Pro and processed in Photoshop Camera using the Neon Pulse Lens 2 of 3.

Iceland Poppies 2

Recently I started playing with Affinity Photo on my iPad Pro and have come up with this years project…digital art journaling – it’s a lot less messy than its analog version and I have quite the collection of digital assets. I will also be throwing together some tutorials on how to create a digital art journal/page using the iPad version of Affinity Photo, and possibly the slight difference of the desktop version. At the end of each month I might do a video flip through, with some projects having animated items…so stay tuned!

Talk Is Cheap

“Talk is Cheap” is my first “page” for the month/project since I’m getting a late start. I’m not sure how often I will post, but my plan is for a minimum of 2x a week, hopefully more.

Stay Safe and Healthy


8 replies to “Welcome Back – Hello 2021

  1. I like the idea of digital art journaling. It’s been interesting seeing what you’ve been doing.

    Maybe because no matter what I do, I’m really a photographer at heart, I love your photographs. Your close-ups are fabulous. And given the close-ups star only a few colors, I can see how you can use it in your journaling to easily shift the colors to cools like blues and purples or the warms the way they are in art programs to match your moods of the day.

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    1. Thank you, Mary. Now that Affinity Photo 2.0 has come out, I might have to start playing around with digital art journaling again; there is a new feature that lets you create compound masks which can then be blended. I don’t know if I can posts links here, but check out Affinity’s video on YouTube that just came out for what’s new in version 2.

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      1. See what I mean, I’ve never heard of Affinity until you. I don’t think you realize how ahead of the curve you are in finding different art programs.

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      2. Affinity is the non-subscription, most awesome software suite that runs rings around Adobe’s overpriced subscription model for bloated software!! There is Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo, and Affinity Publisher. At first it was only available for Mac’s, then they came out with versions for iPads and Windows PCs.

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