About the same time that I was working on my luminosity piece for the color class, I started playing around with Photoshop Elements. I had version 5 at the time, it came with my computer. My daughter had taken a graphic arts class in high school and taught me a few things. I thought I would take one of the photos I had of her and see what I could do with it.
I ended up making my very first Photoshop Elements (PSE) generated art quilt. I added a filter, enhanced the colors, and using the clone stamp tool, I removed the lawn furniture and patio lights that were in the background. I thought that this piece had developed its own sense luminosity through the color enhancements and the position of the sun when the photo was taken.
Still being somewhat of a novice at printing to fabric, I decided to print this picture to a sheet of iron on transfer paper, the kind of transfer sheets we use to put images on T-shirts. The printing went fine and the transfer of the image to fabric also went fine. After free motion stitching the piece I thought I would press it. Not a good idea! I ended up pressing off most of the color on one of her legs plus some random specs throughout the picture. Not being one to waste the work I had already done, I decided to get my paints out and rescue the piece by restoring the missing colors. All in all, it turned out, and I still like the piece a lot, but I haven’t used any iron on transfer sheets in my art since!