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The Making of Today's Textures


Hello sweet friends

How are you?  Here we are.... Wednesday already.  

Just a quick warning... this post is a little longer than usual....  :)  Lots to share today..  

I have a little texture making video for you...  I love making videos... thought it'd be fun to put one together as I worked on this week's textures. 

I had to make lots of videos for my art of texture class.  But this was extra fun, as it wasn't instructional... so I was able to play around with video effects, music and stuff like that. :) 

Speaking of my Art of Texture class... I am looking for students to join! Round 2 starts in February.  I'd love to have you in class!  hint..hint....

Here's what a few of the lovely first round students had to say about the class.... 

Can you see me blushing?  'sigh'

I have been following Kim's blog for months now and have wondered how she creates the amazing textures she so kindly gives us each week and the great sets she has on offer.

So when Kim announced she was offering a class called the Art of Texture and that this would not only teach me how to apply the textures and some clever tricks too, but also how to actually create them, well I was sold.

Having already participated in Kim's Skinny Minny e-course I knew that her teaching style was so easy to follow and that she offered really practical tips and ideas for making my photographs so much snazzier.

I hoped that I would not only learn how to apply the textures in new ways but also to get down and dirty and actually create some. I wasn't disappointed, this course was everything I hoped for.

Kim generously shares with us the entire creative process, painting, texturing, creating and applying brushes, how to layer, adjust the textures we create everything I felt I needed and wanted to know. She patiently answers emails with 

questions about this and that, and has the most generous heart. I have enjoyed both the courses so much and know that you will too. Jump in and get creative and inspired, you'll love it and be glad you did.

~Kim Kath  


Kim's classes are amazing.  She is so generous with textures and images, tips and tricks, fonts and much more.    Her classes are well thought out, and instructions are excellent even for people who are relatively new to PSE or Photoshop.  I've learned new shortcuts and new ways of doing the same task in PSE/Photoshop.  The videos are outstanding and the only way I would want to take a class online.

The best part of these classes is that Kim is an artist and approaches everything from the artistic point of view.  Her altered images made me drool.  It's amazing how much art can be done in this digital medium.

I'm grateful to her for sharing her expertise (and her expertise in PSE/Photoshop and how to impart it to the student is terrific). 



This class is amazing!  Kim is a kind, caring, and generous teacher who shares her very best with you in this class.  All my life I have felt like I had the artist "want-to", but no talent.  This class has awakened in me possibilities and creativity I never knew I had, and for that I cannot thank Kim enough.  The entire class has Kim's "soul" poured into it.  It was a real blessing in my life & worth every penny!

Kim - I hope it's not too gushy -- but I can't thank you enough!  I feel like part of me has been re-born with this class.  And I thank you so much for giving so much, so generously, from your soul -- to us.  I just don't have words to explain how I feel...I hope you understand.  :-)  




Your Art of Textures course has inspired me beyond words! I have to admit that I was intimidated / overwhelmed by Photoshop before taking your Skinny Mini and then Art of Textures classes. In just a few short weeks you have helped me blast past all my barriers, and opened up a whole new world of creativity. Your one-on-one help whenever I’ve needed it makes me feel like I’m in a classroom with you at my side, rather than in a different country, different time zone. I have learned so much already - not just about photo manipulation, but also in fine-tuning my photography and in creating fabulous textures with paint and paper. In fact, I have already had numerous requests for prints of even my initial pieces created under your gracious guidance! Thank you, thank you for an amazing class that has far exceeded my expectations!

I want to thank you so much for unleashing a whole new path of creativity! Ideas, colors and textures are whirling around in my mind as you gently guide me through the overwhelming world of Photoshop. I am no longer afraid of it, nor putting it off for a day when I have time...

Thank you for making it easy and fun with baby steps that are exactly my stride



The eCourse covers a ton of information on textures...
  • I reveal my tricks for using textures.
  • I show you how to make your own photoshop brushes to use in your image processing and texture making.
  • We get messy, like what you are seeing in this video, minus the fast forward motion and blur effects...gosh i wish I could work this quickly in real life.....
  • and then finally I show you the magic of photoshop... what I actually do with the texture once the paint is dry.
If you aren't into getting messy but wanna improve your texture work.... that's cool... check out my original Art of Texture class...where I share texture processings tricks. It's on sale for $49.00.

If you are interested in being a part of this new HERE for all the details.


Okay so on with today's textures.  The images above were photographed while I was creating today's set.

I have 3 textures for you.


Today's textures are just $ Charlotte and Rusty are the same texture in 2 different tones.

Click below to order this set..  

Add to Cart

Speaking of textures and ordering...  Dear Universe, please send me an angel that can help me get my textures listed in my Texture Shoppe.... 'sigh'... or about 8 extra hours to get that done. :)

Sorry, I seem to have gotten off track...


Here's a few sample images using today's textures. I'm on a bit of a typewriter kick this week... just ask the Essentials eCourse students. :)

look real close and you may see our family pic in the image below.

And finally.... as promised....Here's my texture lovin' vid....  I hope you like it!!  

Happiest Wednesday...What are you working on creatively this week?

Do tell!!

Love and gratitude....

xxo, Kim

p.s. select the HD option at the bottom of the video player to improve your viewing pleasure. :)



Reader Comments (55)

Kim - I had no idea the work that went into these textures (I'm not arty in the painterly sense). Amazing! Thank you for sharing this video.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrigitte

Kimmie, the video didn't load...:(

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSher

I REALLY enjoyed the video! I'm amazed!

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentervicky did finally load..must have had a hiccup :)

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSher

I just have one question.
When do you sleep, woman?
you are awesomeness

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermaureen @ Cottage 960

Wow! Loved watching you create! Thank you for sharing with us

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Oh my! This was fun to watch. You are one talented woman! I would love the take the full class...not sue I can right now. But I want to say again how much I enjoy all of your sites especially the test kitchen and the the essentials course. I'm feeling empowered! Which is scary since I only have a little finger full of knowledge!!

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJIll

good grief girl do you ever sit and stare a minute!! LOL!! :0) you are beyond amazing and i learned SO much in the art of texture coarse! *thank you* for everything, your *beautiful* creations, your *beautiful* spirit!

prairie XO

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkristin

I had no idea! Looks like I wasn't the only one who didn't know all the work you put into these textures we love. And great music too. A wonderful peek into your creative process. Very enjoyable. :)

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Kim, I love watching you "do your thing" the music was great. Thanks for sharing. I love the background texture that I did in your texture class!!

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

Every time you put out a new course I wish I wasn't drowning in school work so I could take one. I loved the video - my amazement/ appreciation/ love just increased like a million percent. I didn't even know it was possible. You are so incredibly inspiring. Thank you!!

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Kim this was fascinating! As others have said, I had no idea what into creating a texture. I am just awed!

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersusan

Wow, I had NO CLUE how a texture was made. I learned something today :o)

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDena

i have to ask, too.....when do you sleep or just do nothing :)

you're amazing !!

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbeth

that was fun- can you imagine what we could accomplish if we could work that fast!
this video makes me even more excited for the art of texture class. thank you kim for sharing your talents with us- the textures are beautiful!

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLorraine Lewis

Wonderful video and beautiful textures. I recently found your site and I am loving what you are doing here. Seriously looking for a few extra $$ for your class. Good think my b-day is coming up! :D
One question...I HAVE to know...the music in your video...I LOVE it! Can you please share who it is?
Thanks so much!

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie M

holy cow. i just found you via beverly ash gilbert's blog. you are like my obi wan kanobi....wanting to explore some of the digital greatness i see everywhere, i just purchased photoshop elements 8. i'm well-versed in pagemaker, so thought i could wing my way into photoshop. ha! i've just signed up for your skinny-mini february course, and will sing praises to beverly for helping me find you!!! thank you thank you!

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdeb christensen

that was so much fun to watch, you make the best textures. i amazed at how easy you make it look!
i am working on about a million different things just now, and it is time to ramp up for jewelry season! whew! (i think we need a vacation).

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

i love seeing you work AND the perfect song!! You are filled with amazing inspiration!!

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelk

Kim, my you must never sit still, and you work so fast. LOL.

What a great video. I too had no idea how much work there is in textures.

Thank you for your generosity.

Lovel the music, and especially love the swirls, they are simply delish.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Kim, this is amazing. I guess the next class I'm taking is about making texture. I love to use my hands and get them dirty!!!
I'm currently taking your essentials class and I L-O-V-E it!!! I've already learned so much and am altering some of my photos, it is so much fun. As you said, it's getting easier with time.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarola

oh my!!! the TEXTURE in these new textures!!! I love them. I will have to get them for sure.

I am nearly done with the skinny class, and look forward to taking more! I just love how simple you make it all! Honestly though, lately life is just full. With all my children, and just so much always, I don't have much time for me. When I do, I prefer getting my hands messy in my own paint, making my own textures and artists papers, collages and all things mixed media. But let me tell you, I am finding the skills you have taught me so valuable, and I do work on them a little here and there with my photography.

Thank you so much. I love your site, I love your Benjamin, and I love using the Benjamin collection! I am just so happy I found you!

Happy artsy evening to you,


January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaniele

AMAZING! I love it!

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne

oh kim, what a beautiful glimpse into your artistic process. i watched it with phoebe...she was fascinated!!! :) (although at first concerned when you covered things with the white!!! :) )

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

It's you who is awesome Kim :-)) and now I know how you get so much work with both hands! Clever lady! The video is great fun and I enjoyed watching you create.

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Really cool to get to watch your process, and I love the music you chose! I am going to look Joshua up on iTunes. This week I am preparing a Pecha Kucha presentation of my fairy collage images, many of which feature Kim Klassen Textures! I'll be presenting my images with 11 other artists at the Waters Edge Festival on Feb 27, and I'm kind of nervous, but also excited.

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoyelle

Awesome video with perfect music.Here's a technique to try for textures...marbelizing (spelling error) papers. Create some and scan/photograph results and tweak. Marblizing medium is available at art supply houses so one doesn't need to create product with oil/water. You'll love it!

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLibraSpirit

Totally amazing, thank you for sharing this. I could not have imagined that this was so much work - here I thought you did this ALL on your computer - silly me :)

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTora

Ciao dear Kim, I simply LOVED watching you create your awesome textures! Thank you for sharing with us your creativity and talent :) You are an inspiration for us all! I have a lot of catching up to do after one month offline, so I will be balc later. Hope you and Ben are both ok, big hugs!!

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKia

Thanks for sharing that. Its amazing what you do.

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatti A.

Thanks Kim,
Can't wait to get home this evening to watch your video!!!!! Love your textures.

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Hi Kim. I've been playing with my own textures, seeing what I can com up with. It sure is a lot of fun, thanks for opening my eyes to it.

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSheila Cain-Sample

Really loved your video. Was art in motion.

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

Yes, Joshua Radin...and YOU...are amazing!! Loved the video and, of course, your textures:)

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah C

Thank you so much for sharing your creative process with us and your generosity in sharing all of these wonderful textures!

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlaura gaffke

that was an awesome video! you put so much work into each of your textures -- thank you SO much for sharing with us!

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermary

So much talent. First, you've gotta know how to paint, layer and have the eye for the texture process. Next, you have to know how to take a great photo. Then, you have to know how to use software to combine the image with the texture. Finally, you need to know how to manipulate the video and media equipment in order to project the thought process to the whole world. Crazy talent! Love it!

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Kim, thanks for sharing your working process. You have inspired me with this little video and I've not got something to use that unused credit card for! Cheers~

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

It is wonderful to see the "master" at work... I find amazing how simple little things you apply take up a form of a breathtaking art work. The generosity of sharing your unique knowledge is greatly appreciated, Kim. You are the Best and your Textures rock!!!

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

What a professional looking video. I loved watching it ~
And love these three textures here.

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Thanks for sharing your "behind-the-scenes" process. I previously thought that texture makers just took photos of things like cloth, wood, paper, etc. and added a little PS processing to them.

I now have gained added appreciation for what you so creatively accomplish with your techniques.

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJim

Kim - no wonder your textures are so amazing. Thanks for sharing.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelly Loree

I barely know what to say...
blows me away!
You have "it"

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTavia

I've often wondered how textures were made... very creative... WoW! =)

Thanks so much!

Music by Johnny who? I couldn't see the last name...

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

Fantastic Video Kim, as always you have created art. Your passion and creativity flow through in everything you do. We are so blessed to have found such an amazing teacher.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie prediger

oh I just loved your video post! I love all the layers that go into each it such depth. Seeing it in action makes it seem less intimidating too. And I love the fact that you continue to learn new things (like putting together the video/songs, etc.). demonstrates that we all start somewhere, and we're always learning...

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterK8 D

Wow...l have always loved your textures, but I have a whole new appreciation for them now, after seeing what goes into them! Thank you for sharing this video...and l love the music too! :)

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjaime

Wow. I really enjoyed watching the video. I've always admired your textures, but had no idea how you made them... and I am utterly amazed. You are all kinds of awesome, Kim. You are.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBuckeroomama

OMW! This was great to see the process...I'd so LOVE to have a go at that!!
I hope you will keep your classes going and going so I can save up, LOL!!
I'm thinking that once the rubbish conservatory on this new house has been renovated in the summer, it would make a nice little room for me to play like this, LOL, as it's too small for much else!!!!
Thanks for all your inspiration and freebies too...I use them regularly!
Bernie x

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBernie Tuffs

That`s amazing!!!!
You are wonderful!! Thank your for sharing that...


January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPünktchen

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