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« artist feature - vicki dvorak of 'simply hue' | Main | andy ~ April 23, 1997 - July 6, 2010 »

gratitude, give away ....... and freebie texture friday

update: thanks for all the amazing comments
the texture give away contest is now closed.
winners posted HERE.


hey there sweet friends.
how are you this friday? 

i hope you are well and ready for a relaxing weekend ahead.

i'm not too sure what we have planned.
but i know we won't be going far...
john is on call for ambulance.
but really, who am i kidding... we rarely go far.

a few things to share.....
first my heart is overflowing with
g r a t i t u d e

thank you for all the kindness you have offered.
i am so grateful that i could share my goodbye to andy...
with you all.
and that you openly expressed your concern and your understanding.

i miss him soooo deeply.
and part of me wants to just close myself off...
but i have to move forward.
he will truly, as many of you said, be in my heart forever.
andy was the most uncomplicated companion a girl could have asked for.

so, my's not right to spread sadness...
i want nothing more than to spread joy and inspiration here at the cafe.

so in honor of
g r a t i t u d e

i have some goodness to share.

first a speed painting video ....
me in 'action'
creating one of my 'painted' textures.
i first shared this with my 'art of texture' students.
but i thought it'd be fun to share it here as well.

so for this
 freebie friday...
how about a new painted|inked|collaged freebie texture.

i call it 'layered'
and can i just say..
i love it!!

i used it on my lilac image above.
be sure to mouse over for the before.

here's the photoshop 'recipe'
converted the image to black and white.
added the 'layered' texture at multiply 57%
pulled it out a little here and there
added a layer of the original image at soft light 60%
a levels adjustment
and finally a sepia filter at soft light.

oh yeah, the texture....
check it out!

so you probably know the scoop.
if you are on my list... you will receive the download link via email.
if you are not on my list please feel free to sign up HERE and i will send you the download link.
the texture measures 12" x 12" resolution 300 dpi.


and there's more

how about a give away....

simply leave a comment below.
you will be entered to win my baker's dozen plus 3 texture collection.
i will select 2 winners on tuesday, july 13th.
already have the collection?
enter anyway and i will give you a $15.00 credit toward my other textures.

also,  i've been doing a little remodeling around here.

i have a few new links along the top bar,
my camera gear info
an about page
subscriber options
eCourse info
speaking of eCourses
are you signed up for my free
upcoming eCourse
inspiration stay-cation?
i'd love to have you.


okie doke... done for now.

here's to you....and you.... and you...


oh my more thing... i have a wonderful artist feature to share on monday. 
a surprise....
please come check it out and say hi. :)

did you enjoy this posting?
Subscribe via email and you'll always know when I post something new.

trouble commenting here?
send me an email and i will enter you in the give away.

Reader Comments (85)

Layered is lovely. :) Thanks for sharing. ♥tlb

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTammy Lee Bradley

What a beautiful texture, Kim. I expecially like the little stamp. I'm sure I'll find good use for this little beauty. Thank you so much for sharing. XOXOXO Suzanne

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSleec Photos

I love that layered texture. So lovely. Thanks :)

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermelissamyth

You are so sweet to do this when you are feeling so sad! But yes, sometimes it is good to keep busy and try to keep moving. I love the new texture, but I always love our textures the best!
The lilac photo is amazing.
Hugs to you,

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkelly@thebluemuse

Thank you! Every time you do this I spend the next three hours (when I should be doing housework) going through my photos and trying your techniques you are so nice to share. Thank you again Kim

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwhitey

Gorgeous texture, thanks for sharing and for the fabulous giveaway!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRRF

Thank you for sharing...loved the video!!! Lisa

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLealisa

Thanks for the giveaway!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Loved the video....Thanks for sharing it and a chance in the giveaway.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNita

I love your textures Kim. Only a fine person like you can give when they are down. I can't wait to watch your video now. Keep your chin up.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Jackman

i had NO idea you painted the textures...this was such fun to see...blessings today friend and happy weekend!!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterELK

thank you kim.. not only for the texture but the how to video. wow! i didn't realize what all went into it!
fascinating really!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercindi

Kim, I love this new texture. What a gifted artist you are and so generous. Thank you!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Wow Kim, I so enjoyed watching that video of you create. love, love it!!! love the texture to. many, many thanks for the texture and for always inspiring to be creative! Happy weekend my friend!!!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

Wonderful texture, I love it! thanks so much, and also for the chance to win the collection!!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Oh Kim, I would love to be in your head! You are so creative. Loved watching you make the Gratitude texture! Thanks for sharing your talent.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhootnonny

Love the texture...already thinking of what to use it on!!

hope you smile a bit more with each passing day.


July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLorraine

Loving your second gear course. There's an incredible amount of content to get through. So far this is the best online course I've taken.

Love the new texture! Can't wait to play! Would Love to win a bakers dozen! Hope you are feeling a little better. Have a good weekend. Off to watch the video!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I love love this texture! Can't wait to use it. Thanks for posting your "recipe" too... can't wait to use that also!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Oh my Kim...this texture is exquisite! I would love to be on your list to get this. Do you have my email?

I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing weekend! xoxo

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

Gorgeous textures!! Love your work!!!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

You are so talented! I enjoyed watching your creation of your texture! Beautiful.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercharlottes web

Definitely looking forward to the artist feature on Monday. Thank you for the wonderful new texture, yours are always the best and I look to them first when processing my photos. Thank you for your beautiful work and all the heart you put into it!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndria

It's so like you to give out of your own love you and my heart is aching for your loss...
Stay close to home this weekend and nurture Beautiful You...

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Wow! That was so informative. Thanks for posting.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

That is amazing work Kim! It was really fun to watch, I really had know idea that is what went into making a texture!!! So awesome!!! Thanks for sharing!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMisty Wallace

Just found your site this week! Thanks so much for sharing. Looking forward to spending more time here. Have a wonderful weekend and know that many hold you in thoughts and heart!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJan

Really enjoyed watching your process... makes me appreciate the textures even more! I have some early summer photos that I'm planning on experimenting on using it! A big thanks!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGayla Edwards

Love this! Have watched the video several times - it's amazing how it turns into the finished texture! Will be checking in on Monday - hope you have a great weekend!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPat

That video was amazing! So much effort into your wonderful textures! Thank you, Sue.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArtMix2

Love that texture Kim ...thank you.
I'll be back Monday, have a wonderful weekend.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamilla~ Bloom

Your work is stunning, Kim! This new texture is fantastic and I'll try it for sure!
Hope you'll have a great weekend...
Pensées +++ pour toi!

Vicky (Pavicha on flickr)

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPascal et Vicky

I love this new texture, Kim, can't wait to use it!!! Thanks for being so generous!!! (Ana G.R. on Flickr)

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAna

thanks so much for sharing your technique -- seeing the amount of work and love your put into each texture makes me appreciate (and adore) them even more.

xo lucy

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlucy

Kim, I'm new to using textures and yours are inspirational. Thanks for sharing how you make them too.

You're a generous and inspirational soul.

(Sararuna on flickr)

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara Creekmore

Ohhh, I love the texture and can't wait to try it out. Thanks, for sharing the video, I've always wondered how people create textures!

I'm so sorry about your dog, when I read your post, it brought tears to my eyes. I know you will sorely miss your friend and companion!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebra

:) thanks for offering so many textures!! i'm in love!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

Cool. It's very interesting to see you do the texture. Thanks so much for all you do for all of us, I appreciate oh, so much. God bless!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon in Ohio

Your textures are great, Kim. And thanks for giving some away!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSherry

love your textures...i only downloaded one and use it all the time:) thank you and thanks for the giveaway!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelle

Kim, thank you for your kindness of sharing all the beautiful textures. I hope I can win this so that I can purchase your textures.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Wibowo

Oh. My. goodness - that was freaking amazing - I had no idea how textures were made! Who knew? It does however make me want to grab my gesso, paints and "stuff" tomorrow and just play and see what happens, but I'm pretty sure there is an art to it ;) still it would be fun...
Thank you for sharing that video and the texture! Hugs going out to you and family ♥

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergnubee

Thank you!!!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Looks like you're having loads of fun, and the outcome is wonderful! Love the music too! :D and thanks heaps for the download texture!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmmcee .... Marie C

great to see you doing it. the speedy bits actually add to the effect, i'll say... lovely to play about like that. and thank you for the advice too.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter♥ w o o l f ♥

I love the new texture. Thanks so much for sharing it. And I'm amazed at the video. I loved watching you create. So cool to see how the textures come about.
Thanks for all that you share and most importantly for me, thanks for the constant inspiration. You inspire me to pick up my camera and to create.

July 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen @ Cottage 960

ancora imparo...(I am still learning). I also enjoyed watching you create. Thank you for sharing so generously of your many talents!

July 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPinkInklings

Kim, your creations are such an inspiration, they blow in a whole new life to the images, they remember me of you, they are so simple , so complicated , so powerful , so tender at the same time.

July 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiger

I love this texture!!!
and thanks to give us the chance to win other textures!!!
Have a nice day!

July 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEleonora

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