Hi, Julz here, this week, I thought I would feature some of my Favorite flowers; Gerbera, Dahlia, Cosmos, Hydrangea and can’t forget the roses;
What are your favorite flowers? Share some images with us…#PssFridayFlowers #PssFridayFeature
This week I thought I would use reflections for our theme, any reflections; in a mirror, in water, a puddle, a window. So much can be done with reflections and it is a lot of fun capturing them.
This one was shot at BlueLotus Water Gardens in the Yarra Valley, last Summer. Lotus blossom’s need about 8 eight a day of direct sunlight, they close up each night and open again each morning. Many have used the Lotus Blossom as a religious or pagan icon and is often a token or symbol of rebirth.
Share your Reflections pictures with us and don’t forget to hashtag them #PssThurdayThemes and #PixelSistersStudio.
~ Julz, xo
I recently visited Trentham Falls, when we got there we were greeted by this awesome sight, a rainbow at the bottom of the waterfall.
I had to find an awesome quote to match, love this one.
So you want to set up a small home studio, but are not sure where to start? Some of it boils down to what type of Photography you wish to create and how much room you have. Julie is lucky and has converted her Garage into a studio, but has terrible natural light. Desley has a much smaller apartment, but with amazing natural light, but not a lot of room…you may fit somewhere in the middle.
Lighting is the key, whether it is a table in front of a window for awesome natural light or studio lighting. Natural light is free, but not always around when you need it, so continuous is probably the way to go to start with, it is cheaper and can be packed up when not required.
These are not pro quality, but if you are just starting out, they are all excellent, Julie started out with the Backdrop Stand and Umbrella kit. These are just some examples, there are lots of others on offer.
This is unlimited, however, a few key pieces can really be all you need to get started. Go to the local Op Shop or Thrift Store or even $2 shop and have a look, a really good look.
Beware this can become a bottomless pit, so make sure you just get a few things to start with, check your own house first (or friends, Nans etc), you can be amazed at what you can find, but Op Shops are a perfect place to start;
P.S. Featured image courtesy Suzanne Balding from our Floral Fantasy Workshop
P.P.S. The above links are only possibly suggestions of what to buy and where to look, Pixel Sisters Studio has no affiliation, nor promotes any e-commerce pages associated.
Hi, Julz, here again, for another week. Today is Monday, so that means Macro. Yesterday we went for a lovely long drive in the wonderful Spring sunshine, I thought I would post a few images from our wonderful day in the country.
These were all taken at the Pyalong Trestle Bridge…on Central Northern Victoria about 2.5 hours from Melbourne.
Here’s hoping you have a wonderful week… and don’t forget to share and tag your Monday Macros #PssMondayMacro
~ Julz, xo
Happy Saturday! Julz here again, Yay it’s my birthday, so I bought myself a little present, and why wouldn’t I? This is a lovely old(possible replica) timber scotch box and it was only $5.00, fabulous!!
So I had a little play around with it and did three different set ups, used some hand dyed cheesecloth from yesterday’s post; this time, green tea, it makes a lovely natural ecru color, isn’t it simply divine?
I also have special birthday gifts for you as well. Visit my website and I have loads of Digital Packs for Lightroom & Photoshop you can download for free. There is also some quite cheap. Check back from time to time as I will have more added every now and then.
Til then, don’t forget to share your Saturday Still Life #PssSaturdayStillLife and #PixelSistersStudio so we can see your gorgeous creations
Julz here, I thought I would break away from our traditional Friday Features and feature a technique; this week I thought I would write a post dying your own cheesecloth to use as pretty props in Still Life, perfect for Spring. A great weekend project if you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary.
After seeing a few Facebook posts featuring your own home dyeing, I thought I might give it a try. I have always been a bit lax in the fabric department, I don’t knit or sew or makes curtains or clothes, I certainly have never attempted dyeing fabric. But as Google is my friend I did a bit of research of using natural dyes. I seem to have no problem staining my clothes, so surely I could purposefully stain some cheesecloth? I was also a bit timid about using commercial dyes, I didn’t want to stain any of my pots, nor kitchen benches/utensils, so I wanted to use common household items and natural dyes.
4.Preparing the Fabric – Mordant. Before you start, you need to treat the fabric to be dyed. The term mordant (French “to bite”) making it so that the color will hold on and not wash straight out again. There are different types and methods for mordants, some are toxic (chemical dyes) – so here are 2 that you can use safely at home (and not worry about pouring down the drains):
1. Vinegar – use for plants (1 part vinegar to 4 parts cold water)
2. Salt – use for berries (1/2 cup of salt to every 8 cups of cold water)
Now I am not sure if I didn’t soak long enough, or perhaps they needed a slightly stronger mordant, or even if I needed to repeat, but my colours were quite soft and delicate, I personally quite like them and especially use the coffee and green tea coloured cloth often, as they are so neutral. The Blush of the Pomegranate is lovely with bright flowers as well.
I purchased my cheesecloth from a local Spotlight, but I am sure you could get them at home depots or haberdashery and they are very inexpensive. Also using products you may already have at home for the dyes (tea, coffee, spices), is also a great cost saver. Do let us know if you give this a try, we would love to see your results.
~ Julz & Desley