Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fun Quotes + Photoshop = Art!

This summer I had lots of free time on my hands. Being a teacher is the best thing in the world! Several nights I would browse the internet or goof around on photoshop to help make me sleepy.

I had seen this quote from Etsy seller, Hikirik Studio, and I really liked it! There was many a time that I almost ordered it but then thought, you know, I could probably make something similar on my own in photoshop that was more tailored to my style. It was my first non-photo work in photoshop and I was a little unsure of where to start. With nothing but time on my hands, I googled and youtubed my way through it! I obviously really liked the Etsy version, but I wanted PINK. Go figure, right? Eventually I came up with this and I was happy with my handiwork.

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It currently sits on my desk at school and is a constant reminder that I'm doing what I should be doing. : )

I then took one of my favorite verses from a fabulous song {'Home' by Edwarde Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros} and turned it into original art from my little brain. I am not responsible for finding this band but rather owe it all to my husband. He and I have very different music tastes, but all summer long he was playing this and I fell in love with it. You must watch & or listen to the song...it's very haunting and the words are just perfect for David's and my relationship.



I was very shocked that I came up with something so visually appealing--I was doubtful my vision would come across like I wanted it to!
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And the last of my crafty "art" pieces comes from another verse in a song by the Country music star, Travis Tritt. Even if you're not a fan of country music, I promise this song will rise above your distaste. The words make me and David smile and also remind us of our late best friend, Emily.

Give it a listen and I dare you to try not to like it...I don't think it's possible. The words are just too inspiring.



And, my interpretation of one of my favorite lines ever is below. It's hanging on our gallery wall in our living room now.

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xoxo

14 comments:

C.J. said...

wow, you really did a great job! loved the songs too, thank you for sharing.

Julie S. said...

Those are great!

Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage said...

Looking good, and I'm sure that it's inspirational for your students too

Aja said...

Love these! I have thought about making my own prints for a while now, thanks for the inspiration!

Sharstin said...

these are so great girly! love them all~ you should open an etsy shop!

Pam said...

Awesome job! I totally heart the first one! :)
ps. I don't know when I missed it, but your header is amazing! :)

Lindsay @ Aisle to Aloha said...

These are so fun! My favorite is the first one. Good job on making your own art! I've been wanting to buy Photoshop for awhile now and this one of the many reasons I want it!

Suzie said...

Awww, Joi, those are so cute.

D. Ramblings said...

Love these!
Maybe a little summer etsy shop would be a good idea for you :)

Chateau 809 said...

These look great!

Chelsea said...

Oh my gosh, Joi! This is too funny. I do this ALL the time! I haven't thought of using pretty graphics like you did (LOVE THEM) but I put quotes that I like or have seen elsewhere on my photos. I even have a couple framed in my house. I've always been too shy to blog about it because I never wanted people to feel like I was copying them, but you have definitely inspired me to share. I love the pink one!

Chelsea said...

PS- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros ROCK my world!!!

Jesse said...

I LOVE LOVE Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. My fave is 40 Day Dream!

Morgan @ PepperDesignBlog.com said...

Great sayings! I love these - am dying to make some of my own, too.

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