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Texture Tuesday - Perfectly Imperfect eDition more Start to Finish spot opening.

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Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art!

This weeks theme - Perfectly Imperfect

Simply share a favourite image processed with any of my textures....

and whatever comes to mind when you think of 'perfectly imperfect'

Read on for a little more on 'perfectly imperfect'.....

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, April 22nd.


I can't wait to see what you share.

Today's Image 

Have you heard of Wabi Sabi?

I know some of you have.... in fact a few lovelies mentioned it in the comments below last week's for the love of posting.

I stumbled on Wabi-Sabi a few months back.....bopping around pinterest....This lead me down a never ending road of wabi-sabi inspiration.

Wabi-Sabi encompasses everything I/many of us LOVE.... in  it's perfectly imperfect..... and Oh my.... how I LOVE everything about it.....

So.....What is wabi-sabi?

According to wikipedia

Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.'

Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetryasperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.


Found HERE on pinterest....

Wabi-sabi is the marriage of the Japanese wabi, meaning humble, and sabi, which connotes beauty in the natural progression of time. Together, the phrase invites us to set aside our pursuit of perfection and learn to appreciate the simple, unaffected beauty of things as they are. To create a true wabi-sabi environment, one must slowly strip away excess and learn to be satisfied living in the moment.

OH YES.... indeed..... Wabi-Sabi suits me so.....

Found here.

Wabi Sabi is the Japanese philosophy that looks at beauty as something imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. It is more than just how something looks, it is also how it makes you feel... It is often asymmetric or irregular and has a simple and modest honesty to it.

Tell me.... does the concept of wabi-sabi speak to you too?

This lovely dried rose from my stash........seemed just right for today's 'perfectly imperfect' theme.

You may's similar to last week's TT image....this time... more light..... than dark... 

Today's Wabi-Sabi Recipe - Both Photos

Processed in LR.

I applied an auto tone, and added a little extra boost of contrast. 

I bumped up the clarity to +10 and reduced the saturation and vibrance each to -24. Using the adjusment brush I added a little extra clarity to the rose.... to bring out the lovely details.

I also added a hint of magenta... using the tone curve. 

then....Into Photoshop to add a touch of texture

a layer of Waterfront 18 at soft light blend mode, 78% opacity...masking it off the bottle and rose. Next, I added a curves adjustment layer to deepen the color in the rose...just a tad.

Finally the type.........That was that.... : )


Here's a peek at waterfront 18.... 

p.s. That's what I love about textures too..... so 'perfectly imperfect'......


Texture Lovin' Listers the download link for Waterfront 18 and a special Waterfront 18 magic eDition.... is coming your way..... later today. Watch your email.

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Class begins next week....leave a comment below for another chance to win.

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Happy TT.... Link away....

with gratitude.....forever...always....



p.s. I'm behind on my inbox.... hoping to catch up over the next few days..... xo


Reader Comments (94)

I love the pinkish cast over this perfectly imperfect rose. The composition of the wilted rose fits the theme quite perfectly!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn in Oregon
I've never heard of wabi wabi, but it fits my "style" perfectly!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
I love your simple backgrounds and it is something that I need to work on.
Would love to take a class with you to learn more!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanice
Gorgeous images! I love the pink tinge to them. Feels like spring (in spite of the -6 temperature today!).

I had heard of wabi sabi - was actually thinking about it when I saw last week's post. It's a beautiful concept, isn't it? And I definitely agree that textures add a lovely touch of "perfect imperfection" to our images!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPrairie Jill
Yes wabi-sabi speaks to me. We can never be perfect and it can be a fine line between accepting that while still striving to improve and going into perfectionism.
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAbrianna
Oh yes I love the concept I think I am Wabi Sabi !
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterViv Halliwell
Kim, I just knew you'd speak to the concept of wabi-sabi. Through your blog it is clear that you embrace this philosophy and so it was only a matter of time before you found each other. After years of trying so hard to please everyone and pretending to be something more or different than I truly am, wabi-sabi is a relief. Even the aspect of impermanence, as in nothing lasts forever, does not make me sad. Rather, I feel blessed by every day with the people and things I love - all the more.

Thank you for offering another chance for a spot in S2F. Of course, I'd love to win! Who wouldn't?

Your rose image, with the soft pink haze and yet every detail so clear, is stunning. Thanks for describing your process.
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
Your rose is just 'perfectly imperfect', Kim, wonderful photos,
love the touch of pink !
Nice day,
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia
a fun theme this week kim - and as always your images are beautiful!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercathy @ ma vie trouve
So far, Kim, I have only visited a handful of links, but this is by far the most fun, and educational theme I've read about! I'm loving it! Thank you for sharing, and I thank all the ones who linked many fabulous thoughts! Love your photos, and processing!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly
Love being able to see all the veins in the rose...yes, wabi-sabi speaks to me because it allows me to be who I am and still identify with a 'style'! Have a great weekend :)
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkaren c
I haven't thought about the concept of wabi-sabi very much - but after reading your post I feel I should get into that. It sounds inspiring.
I love your rose photo - Yes, I love this week's theme! There is so much in this world that is not perfect, and I really like to focus on something perfectly imperfect. Thank you, Kim!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarola Bartz
Wabi Sabi~ I can relate to for sure! (But, had never actually heard of the Japanese phrase.)
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJill
I have never heard of Wabi-sabi, but I think it suits me well too, along with the Taoist sage, free from the entanglement of the discriminatory mind and seeing beyond seeing, and applying that to my photography. Love the textures in the rose petals and the hue of the background.
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKim
I love your classes and learn sooo much. Would be so grateful to win a spot!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRachal Edwards
I'd love to win a spot in your class! It looks like it would help me with my workflow and would help spark my creativity too! Thanks for the chance!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErika
I like wabi-sabi! The submissions are beautiful, great job everyone. Love what you do Kim.
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLynne G.
Since I love "real life" photographs and imperfections are real life I love the idea of Wabi-sabi,- perfect imperfection is defiantly for me!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMeryl
What a beautiful image. I'm not a big fan of anything pink…but this is lovely! And yes, please enter me for one more chance to be in the class!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLibby
I've would register for the class,but honestly can't afford it. Also, I've heard of wasabi, but not wabi-sabi. (wink ;-) )

Love your work and would enjoy the chance to be in the class.
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
Would love to win this new space in the class!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNancy K
I am so imperfect. I have been inspired by you for months. You have brought so much inspiration. If I could be lucky enough to win a spot it would be such a blessing.
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaser
I have never heard of wabi-sabi, but I'm really taken with it. Now I have a term for my love of old used things, mismatched table settings, and REAL people! I'm going to google it- thanks for sharing! ❤️
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda
Would love to participate in your Start to Finish class. Am enjoying your Beyond Layers self-paced one and learning so much.
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKris McGuire
Adding textures makes photos SO unique ...
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterC Vandenberg
For me, the fact of impermanence is often what adds to the beauty of something. My favourite flowers ( tree peony blossoms) bloom for a few weeks each spring and then are gone and, for me, that is one of the things that makes me truly appreciate their beauty. While they are here I have to look at them, smell them, touch the lovely petals, drink them all in because I have them for such a limited time. Of course, I also take photos of them. Images which become the imperfect representations of those perfect flowers that are now gone till next May.

None of which has anything to do with my image today, which is more connected with the willingness to give up control, say goodbye to the 'perfect' shot you had planned to take and accept the shot that nature hands you. It may not be the 'perfect' image you were after but it can be a wonderful vision, if you can relax and accept it as a gift.
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne D
Hope I am in the correct area to enter a chance to win the last spot in your class. I just retired a couple of weeks ago. It would be wonderful to win this now that I would have the time. Do admire your work. Thank you for the opportunity!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDoris
For the past several years I've spent my birthday week at our rustic cabin to devote myself to making art and being in nature -- which I where I am right now. Wabi-sabi is my birthday theme this year -- keeping things simple, taking pleasure in mistakes and imperfections and of course, recognizing the beauty that comes with age. Your generous spirit is such a gift!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPoppy
Wow, I think wabi-sabi is ME. That Wikipedia definition suits me to a "T" - "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete." But beautiful nonetheless, in my own way, as are we all. Some days I believe that more than others!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterseabluelee
Thanks so much for giving someone a chance to expand their creative world (would love for it to be me - LOL)
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPatriciaBB
I too discovered wabi-sabi recently and love the way it expresses my idea of perfectly imperfect. Would love a chance at your class "Start to Finish." Your work inspires me!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn
Love your philosophy and your wonderful creations. Your classes are amazing, too! Love the idea of embracing imperfection, too!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina
Ooh... pick me, pick me! I desperately want to take one of your courses, but just can't afford to right now. :(
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTracy
Ah, yes, Wabi Sabi is something that I feel akin to. This pink rose is a wonderful example of the concept. Love it Kim.
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPat Mark
Oh yes please. I've signed up for the class, so you have me either way, but could use the cash in other areas. LOL can't we all!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMG Atwood

I would love to win a spot in your new class! Thanks for the opportunity!!!

Yes, LOVE the concept of wabi-sabi!!! Especially the concept of celebrating the simple imperfect pleasures. Adopting this concept makes one more grateful for the small things in life.

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Branch
Oh Kim, you have introduced me to something new....again :) I've spent lots of time today looking at all the Wabi-Sabi images in your links and love them. They sort make me think of how our ancestors lived with well used used things passed down, along with the new and precious items they acquired. The images did give me a great feeling of calm and peace, and oh how I'd love to redecorate our whole house. Thanks again for putting some calm into my life....Mandy
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMandy
Always look forward to receiving all emails with your beautiful photos and free textures. I have played your tutorials and find them very helpful. I love editing my photos and try just about every app available. My editing isn't at all professional however it is a challenge to use different apps to improve the shots. I have PS Elements and currently trying out the free promo for Lightroom. It would be an absolute privilege to win a spot in your "Start to Finish". I have a beautiful dog Emma and would like to make the perfect photo of her,
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShirley
I love your faded-glory rose: it reminds me of Miss Havisham in Great Expectations. I read this Dickens classic in English Literature as a 15 year old, very much on sufferance. Thanks to Kindle free I rediscovered it recently, and your image complements the wonderful language I have just reread.
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKayakingjanet
I'd love to win a spot in your class, Kim! Thanks for the chance!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan M
Love the concept of wabi-sabi, as well as the free texture!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRosanna
Hi beautiful! I miss taking your classes. I became a slacker & then started working on Project Life for the kids. I need to find my way back to creativity & inspiration... You're so positive & everything you do is lovely! xoxox Yvonne
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterYvonne Michelle
I have so much to learn, but would love to win a spot in your class...
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLynda S
I have never heard of this concept, but it is so great! I would love to take the class, but alas, money is too tight at the moment. Maybe I will win a spot?
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBernadette Smith
Thank you Kim for transporting me in to another world. I had not heard of wabi-sabi and absolutely love that idea. Such a wonderful view of life:)
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnnemarie
Your Wabi Sabi Rose is absolutely breathtaking. It is so inspiring. Will try to join in on some of the link posts as soon as I get "unpacked" from moving twice in a few months - smiles. Regardless, Thanks so very much for posting another "chance" to do the Start to Finish. Blessings and hugs. Karen
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkareninkenai
The perfect imperfect concept is espoused in the John Legend song that I love...All of Me..."Love your curves and all your edges, All your perfect imperfections..." There are so many beautifully imperfect people and things to photograph.
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl
Thank you so much for the texture duo. I used one of them on my photo for perfectly imperfect.
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeAnne
YOur work is always lovely and inspiring.
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPat

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