just an old-fashioned girl

Hello and welcome. I'm glad you dropped by. If you´re looking for something a little nostalgic of bygone eras with a timeless elegance and a little modern twist – in other words, something slightly “retro” – then you should feel right at home here in my shabby chic room. Month by month, there will always be something new to see so I hope you´ll enjoy your stay and come back again soon.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Dora In Action

I was sorting through the photos I took in Domburg recently when it occurred to me that, apart from the video, I´d also taken several consecutive photos of Dora in hot pursuit of her cork toy. Taken singly they don´t look that interesting but blended into one I think they give quite a good impression of Dora in action.
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I used the Marbled Blue background from Jewelled Sea on top of a few grungy layers, blended in the 3 photos and then, once I´d flattened the image, I lowered the saturation quite a bit. As you can see there was a LOT of splashing going on there – one good reason to stand well back when Dora takes off! - and I´ve heightened the effect by using the Paint Daubs filter. It was a lot of work and entailed a great deal of trial and error but I´m quite pleased with the way this composite has turned out.


  1. Love! Love! Love! the way this came out! Definitely worth the time and efforts you put into it! This looks like a painting! Fantastic Job! I love it!

  2. Thanks, Deb.
    I may get this printed on canvas as a present for Dotty Dora´s Doting Daddy.

  3. Having it printed on canvas is a fantastic idea! for Dora's Doting Daddy AND Mommy!

  4. Motion, joy and splash! The effort was well worth it to create this joyous action image. Do by all means get it printed for DDDD (&M).

  5. Totally awesome results of your trial and error blending of these photos. Agree, you definitely should have it printed on canvas. Have you shown this to Dora yet...would love to see her reaction. Or, are you saving the unveiling for the canvas version.

  6. WOW! What an awesome and totally unique piece. Your creativity always amazes me. Dora is one lucky little girl.

  7. Hi, Helen! Love this - what joyful action!! It seems like forever since I got totally lost trying to post layouts even though Lujuana tried her best to help me! Everyone seems to be doing so well - do miss Deco-Pages and all the friendships there!


  8. Hi Julie! How lovely to hear from you again. I´ve missed you. Do stay in touch!