How to create a photo with wordart

This tutorial is for my fearless friends, and anyone else that happens along!  We have all seen them, gorgeous photos with a quote on them.  We may have thought that we have photos that are meaningful to us that we would like to put a quote on.  You can do this using many programs.  I am going to give you the steps do do this with a free program called Picasa.  Once you have downloaded the program, you will have to double click on it to install it.  It will automatically make a short cut on your desk top.

Open Picasa and it will find your photos. Click on the photo you would like to select:

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Double click to have the edit screen open.  You can leave your photo as is, or you can explore the options to crop, adjust contrast or color.

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I adjusted the the contrast and really brightened my photo.  I experimented with the brushes at the top to see if I wanted to turn my photo into a sketch, or black and white, however I really liked the way it looked with the contrast adjustment.  Next I clicked on the text button and added my quote.

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Once you have typed your quote, you can adjust the text box size by placing your cursor on it and changing the width and height until you like the way it looks.  You may then have to adjust the size of the font.  You can also scroll through the fonts until you find one that looks good with your photo and is also easy to read.   You can use several text blocks if you want the words and the author to have two different fonts.  When you are done, you need to click apply, then  at the top click file, save as and give it a new name so you do not change your original file.  If you want to add a copyright symbol and your name or initials, hold down the alt key and type 0169 on windows.  Not sure on a mac.

Here is mine:



and so a new day begins

I am exploring art journaling again.  This morning I was blessed to watch the early morning sky.  I was enthralled with the colors of the  sky this morning and once captured, knew I would blend layers to make an art journal layout with it.  I used linear burn on the Charlize paper to add texture and soft light on the Caravan paper to add the subtle text.

day begins

Credit:  Anna Aspnes Distressed Edge No. 9 Overlays 

Charlize Creations  Groove Paper Pack
Tangie Baxter:  Art Journal Caravan 14 papers
Able Bodied Stamp
Dream Maker Cluster
font: Tangie Art Journal Font Mock Turtle with Tangie Paperworn Art Journal Style



I love to photograph old buildings, architecture.  I miss the amazing buildings that were built long ago.

sharon springs NY

Digitally manipulated photo taken by me in Sharon Springs, NY summer of 2013.


Get Somewhere

I was inspired by the quote Kim Klassen shared on her blog.  I had been struggling with how I perceived my job was going.  I made a mini poster using a photo of a weed and  one of Kim’s textures.  I love making these 4 by 6 inch artworks and printing them on post it picture paper.  I can then quickly adorn my work space with inspiration!

get somewhere


Oscraps Wreath Challenge

I really tried to just make a wreath for this challenge , however I found this photo, and added textures from EHStudios (no longer available).  Then I found a deer wandering on the path and suddenly a wreath appeared!  I may just make this into next years Christmas card!


wreath challenge

credit:  Maya de Groot Designs
the Fauna Formula: Into the Woods 

Passion for Paper