One More Polka, Diane!

This last weekend I went to Oktoberfest, and amidst the sausage and the polka, I was reminded of my new favorite pants.

My polka dot pants. Which I made myself in my new resolution to Make, Thrift or Alter. (It’s been over a month since I’ve bought a single article of clothing- and while that’s a very small accomplishment in the grand scheme of things, I think it’s a pretty great start!)

These pants were the brainchild of these other pants I kept seeing and lusting after, as well as the slow demise of an old pair of skinny jeans that had a hole in them. So I patched my pants and pulled out the old Google, searched for Polka Dot Pants DIY, and found a few great tutorials. I found that the trick was creating the first row using a ruler so the dots were evenly spaced, and then eyeballing it from there for a little variation. I also tried to let the paint run out a bit every few polka dots because I wanted a less uniform and more faded look.

Have you been setting aside clothing to alter? I’ve got a huge list going and I’m excited to get started.

More adventures in Photoshop!


Today I spent a good chunk of time familiarizing myself with Photoshop filters. This post will detail me walking through one of these “just for fun” tutorials, found in full here. I’ve always wanted to figure this style out, as a big Roy Lichtenstein fan, and am so relieved to see someone else figured it out for me already!

Step one- choose an image!

I figured I might as well stick with the trend of picking goofy pictures of myself on here.

Next step: knock out the background and make it blue! This was a snap using the pen tool.

Then turn the top layer to greyscale….

Then, you make the magic happen. This step was difficult, in finding the right threshold with an image that is pretty low contrast. Next time, I might pick a different photo that would allow for more of the details to remain- you pretty much lose my lips and nose (not a small feat with this schnoz!). It’s also bitmapped to give it that Rastered effect.

The final steps involve adding back in color! Not really a need for explanation there:

And there you have it! Just as a refresher, here’s the original photo again (I know how much I hate scrolling…so you don’t have to)

Again, if I were to do this tutorial again, I would try to use a photo with a little better contrast. I think the blur effect in the original contributed to the loss of detail. Definitely worth another shot, though!

Happy Friday, y’all!


Playin’ Round with Photoshop!

On Monday I posted this link featuring a tutorial to make your own SNL photos- and today I decided to try it out for myself! The original tutorial can be found here, courtesy of the amazing and snarky Pugly Pixel.

It was pretty easy to follow, considering Photoshop is probably the Adobe program I’m least familiar with. I’m not entirely happy with the results, next time I’ll try to be more careful in the coloring process-  but then again I’m not generally a color-inside-the-lines type of girl.  Here are the steps in order!

Step one: Choose the photo (obviously, I’d pick this one!)

Step two: Knock out the background (hopefully in a more refined fashion than I did, above.)

Step Three: woops. This is where I did a bunch of steps without pausing to save the progress in separate files. Basically, I knocked out the color, painted my own neons, then returned some of the color for less creepy skin tones. Again, next time I try this out I’ll be a little more selective in my coloring and choice of colors- I was a bit rushed in wanting to get to the end stages and test it out.

Step four: Add type! I kind of love the way my R, A and V in my name line up… how is it I’ve never noticed this before??

I highly suggest trying it out for yourself!