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Spread #92- How Did You Do That? May 12, 2010

Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.

Okay, so I keep on talking about the process, the creative process, how important the process is, process, process, process. We all do really. I’ve been often asked about my own personal process. “How did you do that”? I myself asked others that same question. I’ve noticed that I never quite answered that question here on my blog. I finished altering these covers of old books, made this video of them, and thought it’s a great opportunity to tell you how my blog spreads begin, to tell you about my ‘process’. So they do originate from such books and many of my journal pages that I scan into Photoshop along with other images like photographs or objects for example. Once my images are there, magical transformations occur. Somehow I start experimenting very freely with a few images at once, I let things happen, and allow ‘Photoshop’ to show off its awesome features such as blending modes, brushes, type manipulation, and layers. I like to recycle my images over and over again. Sometimes I let a few of my journal pages find each other and play…this is for me the ultimate mixed media experience. So take a look at these altered books and see if you can recognize some of it in my spread today. While in your own ‘process’ don’t be shy to mix and change, omit and add…the ‘process’ is dynamic, lively, and exciting. The ‘process’ rocks!! It sustains me!!


1. Brian Kasstle - May 12, 2010

Oh this spread rocks! Your pages always inspire and delight and taunt us to go further and do more and play and add more and take some away, to hide and to omit. All I want to do is work in my journal… I have work at home calling me… ack… Is this a bit of a tease of a spread in a new AJ or AB mag article??? Hmmmmm?

2. pearlandroses - May 13, 2010

Thank you for sharing your process. It sounds so easy. If only…
Your spread is beautiful and it’s nice to know that the possibilities are endless.

3. stephanie - May 13, 2010

Thank you indeed for sharing your process. The shapes of the artichoke so much like a lotus flower….

I love the shape of your mixed media books in the video.

I’d trade this snow/frost one day…sun the next with your consistant WARMTH in a heartbeat!

4. Catherine Witherell - May 14, 2010

didn’t I comment this morning?

I said “WOW!” My eyes love that video.


5. soraya nulliah - May 14, 2010

Dear Orly-I was wondering if I could use one of your images in an upcoming post of mine. I am writing about women and creativity. You are seriously so creative and prolific in both your art and writing. of course I will give you full credit for the image as well as provide a link to your blog. I want to show the different ways that women are creative (that often isn’t recognized by society). I mean seriously-why are all the famous artists in history all MEN? I would be thrilled and honored if I could use an image of yours. If you need more info on the exact nature of the post-please let me know!

6. soraya nulliah - May 16, 2010

Dear Orly-thank you so very much for allowing me to use one of your images. I will let you know when I post it so you can peek in:) Maybe in the next couple of weeks.

7. christina hsu - May 16, 2010

so, so beautiful! I never tire looking at your art and I always see something new and inspiring. Your books are full of wonderful little surprises.

8. Arlene Wanetick - May 17, 2010

Orly, your altered books are gorgeous. Are you working inside them as well, or just doing the covers? And do you work on your covers and jorunal pages more on computer/in Photoshop, or with your hands and scrap? Just curious. My hands are hungry to do it the old schoool way. 🙂 Miss you and love, Arlene

9. aimee - May 17, 2010

i love photoshop – couldn’t live without it! i only use it for very basic stuff, though. you take it to genius level!

10. Gil Avineri - May 19, 2010

“I do not believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.” -Oprah Winfrey

11. Seth - May 21, 2010

What a great tour of your covers. Of course I love the imagery you use but I was also inspired by the many different shapes!

12. shanon - May 21, 2010

so inspiring. loved watching the video. thanks for sharing. photoshop is something that i’d like to play with more. what fun!

13. patsy - May 23, 2010

I am always so thrilled to see your work. I love how you juxtapose and combine all these different elements and it becomes so right!

14. Donna Watson - May 27, 2010

you always have such wonderful quotes and images– so poetic

15. Gil - July 16, 2010


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