Wednesday, September 19, 2007


"Space Explorer"

I like to learn new things. I find a lot of satisfaction in being able to search for helpful books and web resources about things that make me curious, and then dive right in and learn things on my own.

So, it made perfect sense to me, after purchasing a basic graphics program called PaintShop Pro (PSP) for my new computer, to wander down to my favorite local bookstore and buy a how-to book. I chose what I thought must surely be a very simple book ~ "PaintShop Pro for Dummies" ~ and eagerly headed home to learn the ins-and-outs of digital manipulation.

Well... it didn't take me long to realize that I might as well have been trying to decipher hieroglyphics! I just didn't seem to be able to "get" it. And so, reluctantly, I put this learning project aside.

Happily, this past summer my college-aged son (who amazes me with his ability to whiz around in Photoshop!) generously agreed to tutor me in PSP. Suddenly, some of those baffling PSP hieroglyphics started to make sense to me! Soon, I was scanning my line drawings into the computer and "painting" them on the screen... what fun!!

I still have a lot to learn about the "art" of PSP. But one thing I did learn this summer ~ some things are just more fun when learned together!

Thanks, Jesse, for all your patience!! Love, Mom

Space Explorer is available on a variety of fun kidswear in my CafePress shop, PHOLKART*BLESSINGS.


mousewords said...

Patti, "Space Explorer" will look great on kidswear!

Congratulations on such a fun way of learning digital art!


Patti said...

Thanks so much, Christine, for your encouragement! :)

~ Patti

Bettina Makley, aka Fairywebmother. said...

Now THERE's a blog I can TRULY appreciate! I've been addicted to computer graphics for many years now, so I understand your excitement...and how wonderful to share it with your son. The digital medium can be challenging, but once you know a few things...and it all starts to fall into can be such, awesome fun!!

Sallie said...

I taught myself with corel draw and micrographx... I loved making graphics but have quit because of time constraints. It is fun to do things for my own blog though, or free projects for friends, homeschool group, and church when times allows..

God bless,

Patti said...

Bettina, it's been fun for me to "listen in" as you & your daughter Sarah talk ART in CaaT! We both know that sharing art interests with our grown kids is such a JOY!

Patti said...

Sallie, I see you are also involved in the Christian Women Online webring! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog & leaving me a comment! :)

I can so relate to the challenges of dealing with time constraints!... "So much to do, so little time!" Hope you're able to find more time soon for creativity & making graphics!!

hopetreestudio said...

Just found your blog. Love it Denise

Patti said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog & leaving a comment, Denise! Wishing you well with your Etsy store & your other art endeavors!!

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