I like a challenge, but only when I know I have the time to do my best work.
That “Ha” is to inform you that I’m not fond of tackling a challenge that requires more time than I have.
Specifically, the challenge our host, Mr. Toast of Creative Tuesdays, posted. The one I gawked at.
Create a piece that resembles stained glass?
Then I spotted the due date.
Ha! I won’t have time to get it done by December 30th.
Two weeks later, I popped in to comment on each of the Creative Tuesdays’ participants.
But to my surprise, I discovered Mr. Toast had just moved the date ahead for today’s Creative Tuesdays.
With now only a week left, I knew for sure that I wouldn’t have time to draw and paint a piece the old-fashioned way.
And when Mr. Toast mentioned I still had time, I decided to go for it and also try something that was definitely outside of my comfort zone. So I leaped out of my studio chair and landed on my computer chair, (figuratively speaking).
With the aid of two software programs, I was now ready to at least attempt to draw and paint.
So before you cast your gaze on today’s attempt at “faux” stained glass, I thought I’d share my limited knowledge (condensed version) on:
#How to Create “Faux” Stained Glass Using Windows Microsoft Publisher
- create “New” document,
- drag the mouse around to create a rectangular box,
- format (outline) the text box in black,
- drag the mouse around some more and connect the lines, and then
- “Save As” a JPEG file.
How to Create Colored Shapes Using Microsoft Paint Software
- double-click the JPEG file,
- open the JPEG file in “Paint”,
- “zoom out” to view the entire piece,
- select the paint bucket icon,
- select a paint color,
- drag the mouse around, again, and place in any one of the 11 shapes,
- tap the mouse on the head,
- color appears in one of the shapes, and then
- repeat the above steps until all of the shapes are colored in.
By this time, I was having so much fun I created a second rectangle, again, using Microsoft Publisher.
- flip the second rectangle horizontally,
- create a colored middle border to fit between the two rectangles,
- add “shapes” to the border, (I used hearts and dots), and then
- add dash lines (optional) around the edges of each rectangle.
I stared at the screen and scratched my head. Hmm…not quite finished.
Minutes later, two words popped into my head—LOVE and LIFE.
#How to Create Individual Letters Using Windows Microsoft Publisher
- insert one letter at a time,
- select “WordArt” —> “Plain WordArt Styles”,
- a pop up box appears, then type a letter, select the font and the font size,
- select “Drawing Tools” which allows you to change the “Shape Fill”, “Shape Outline”, “Shadow Effects”, and how-to change the shape of a letter or word, and then
- “Save As” a JPEG file.
Although it’s not one of my better pieces, I am glad I took on this challenge—a time constraint challenge that required me to leap outside of my comfort zone.
I do hope you’ll leap on over to visit the other “stained glass” art. The pieces are spectacular.
Here’s to leaping into the new year,
P.S. By the way, 2016 is a leap year. 🙂
P.P.S. If you would like to read additional posts about how to create clip art, please let me know in the comment section.
A TIME CONSTRAINT CHALLENGE FOR CREATIVE TUESDAYS first appeared on Tracy Campbell’s blog.