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Among my designs currently offered, there is a section titled “Kaleidoscopes“.

I first made this type of image as an assignment in a beginners photography class years ago.  I still like making them from time to time because the resulting images are almost always a surprise.  It begins with an image like this one, for example:

One Cold Morning Mousepad

One Cold Morning Mousepad

In this case, the upper right corner was chosen since it contained so many interesting lines.  Then apply (as necessary) some creative cropping, color enhancement, duplicating, and flipping.  The end result looks very different from the original image:

Sunrise Creation Mousepad

Sunrise Creation Mousepad

And, multiple images can be obtained from the same original image.  Tree branches often are excellent subjects for this technique.  I chose this photo because of the interesting lines and contrast:

Trees in the Snow Mousepad

Trees in the Snow Mousepad

By duplicating it 3 times, then flipping the original and duplicates multiple ways, I obtained multiple images:

Winter Lace Mousepad

Winter Lace Mousepad

Frozen Symmetry Mousepad

Frozen Symmetry Mousepad

 Winter Symmetry Mousepad

Winter Symmetry Mousepad

They all look fabulous on the coffee mugs and other merchandise too, by the way:

Winter Lace Coffee Mug

Winter Lace Coffee Mug 

All of these images were created with minimal manipulation of the original image.  With the various effects and filters in most image editing software, the final images can be manipulated farther and farther away from the original.  However, the point for me (at least this time) is not to entirely get away from the original object, but to reveal this sort of other aspect of it. 

If you like my work, these and more images are available on all sorts of merchandise here.  (You can even add your own designs and images.) 

Coming soon: An art sale and more original paintings for sale!!

(Originally posted by S.Lynnette on soulbearing.com, January 20, 2011 at 06:43 AM EST)

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  1. […] made from a relief print of pine needles, which was then digitally made into a symmetrical “kaleidoscope” design. And, did I mention it looks very cool on the snowflakes?  Reusable, too, up to 100 […]

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