Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Story Time.........

The topic this week over at Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday was "story". The challenge was to share an image that included one of her textures that tied into that theme. Not sure if it's cheating or not, but this week I am sharing two images........ and I describe the reason why, later in this post.

My first thought was "this will be easy, I love using books in my photographs" and it didn't take long to find one that I thought would work.

©2012 Dianne Poinski

For this image I used one of my favorite textures, "Just Cause". I used it twice - once with the "Soft Light" blending mode at 100% and then again with the "Multiply" blending mode set at 19%.

But then I started thinking..................

In addition to participating in Kim's Tuesday challenges, I also signed up for her year long "Beyond Layers" e-course. The topic for the first week of "Beyond Layers" was "story", which inspired her to incorporate the theme into Texture Tuesday.

We were asked to share our creative story, and feeling like I had shared that to some extent before on my blog, I chose to link to the post: "How Did I Get Here?".

With all of this swirling around in my mind, I decided to take the challenge of Texture Tuesday one step further..............In one of my recent cleaning frenzies, I came across an old photo album I received after my mother died. I do believe that photographs, especially old photographs, can be the opening line of any story.

For my "part 2" of the Texture Tuesday challenge, I took one of my favorite pages of the album, photographed it and used Kim's "Water Stained Frame" texture.  I used the "Normal" blending mode at 100% and then used a layer mask to reveal the underlying image of the album page.

The one on the upper left corner of me with my brother and our father brings a smile to my face, but I also have a special fondness for the other photographs of my brother with our dad.

These photographs remind me that all our stories begin with "once upon a time.........". The deepness and history represented by these images also reminds me of the important role photography plays in all our lives. So please.......get the photographs you cherish off your computer and into print some how. Someone 50 years from now could be inspired to share their story because you did.

The End...(for now)


  1. Yep, I like both ideas for your story texture. Especially the album you shared. Really nice.

  2. I love old photos. Great use of the texture. Looking forward to seeing more in the future.

  3. I love old pictures. I think people looked so much more interesting back them:)

  4. I don't think it is cheating, Dianne. I mean, I wrote two stories this week (the long version and the six word version), so your having two photographs should be OK.

    And such lovely photographs they are, as always! :) I really enjoy reading your writing as well.

    Thanks for sharing!


  5. hi Diane
    absolutely love your photo... I had to feature it at the cafe today.


  6. Thank you so much everyone! And Kim, thanks again for featuring me on your site! I am having so much fun being part of the community you have created. Thank you!

  7. Hey beautiful you! You were featured again at Kim's TT and I just wanted to pop by and say congratulations! You simply rock!

    Angie :)

  8. Thank you Angie! I do believe we were commenting one each other's blogs at the same time! Loved your Pink Beach flowers!

  9. Ha hah! I believe we were! LOL... I noticed that as well. GMTA, girl! :-D

    Congrats again!


  10. I am loving your first image. It has three of my all time loves: glass, books, and lavender. I think I would love to purchase this image.

  11. Thank you so much! I would love to talk with you about that image. Send me an email and I can give you some more information.
    Thanks again!