All posts by Sheila T Illustrated

I love my God, my country, my family, my job, time with friends, sitcoms and photography. I like crowds, walking in falling snow or summer rain, chocolate, wine tastings, weekend campfires, and travel by plane, train, tour bus and automobile.

Psychedelic Grass


Just an area of grass and clover in my backyard. Flashbacks of the scratchboard art of the ’60s as well as black light of the ’70s told me to go with the concept. I chose a black matte with the same purple inside edging. A blue ribbon winner in 2010. 4-H judges commented, “Very interesting! I love the colors. Matte really goes well w/pic. Pic on back is a little out of focus, but looks good on front.” Yes! They got it! (See If I only had a brain … and Bluebird of Happiness posts for further explanation.) Scratchboard is a technique where drawings are created using sharp knives and tools for etching into a thin layer of white China clay that is coated with black India ink. Scratchboard can also be made with several layers of multi-colored clay, so the pressure exerted on the instrument used determines the color that is revealed. Scratchboard can be used to yield highly detailed, precise and even textured artwork.


If I only had a brain …

I’d tell you how she did it.

October is one of my favorite months … aside from being my birthday month … fall colors, Covered Bridge Festival, wiener roasts, S’mores, popcorn balls, hayrides, jack-o-lanterns, ghost stories, haunted houses, howling winds, a pair of eyes glowing in the dark, and things that go bump in the night!

This sentry near the field behind my house was colorful but nothing to crow about. LOL. You see one, you’ve seen them all, right? So another Photoshop trick turned this not-so scary guy into a spooky treat. I used a black matte with pumpkin orange inner edge to show him off.

Same 4-H judges in 2009 commented, “This is really neat! A little hard to judge – especially since pic has been modified so much, but does look very cool,” and awarded me a blue ribbon. Go figure. (See Bluebird of Happiness post for more explanation.)