Monochrome Madness 39

It’s Wednesday here in Australia and that means Monochrome Madness – Week 39 :)

This week, my entry is of the Leucodendron I shared a while back with the ‘stitched’ centre. This is how that amazing centre opened out – makes me think of a pine cone. I love nature with all it’s mysteries!


Thanks heaps to Leanne for all her efforts, making MM something we look forward to each week and as always Laura for cheering us on :D

Pop on over to Leanne’s site to check out all the participants and their entries for this week.


One Four Challenge – Nov wk 4 – Polls.. and December’s challenge

Jumping right in!!  Posting a few details for our challenge players.  Grab a tea or coffee and read this novel :)

This week we are sharing our 4th and last image for November… and we’re including Polls – only if we want to – for our readers to vote for the image they like best, of our 4 editions from November.

See how to create a poll here and many thanks to MM for the poll idea :)

I’m including my original image this week, so that you can see where I started – Some of us have been sharing them along the way and others will be joining me this week, sharing their originals too!  Let the fun begin!!

Welcome to week 4 of  the November, One Four Challenge!!  :D

This past week has been another fun week, with some hilarity along the way, some awesome-ness and sadly some stress for some (I think).

Go with the flow people – we have nothing to prove here – not even to ourselves. Gather inspiration from others.  It’s just a bit of silly fun, experimentation and making mistakes and having a few wins!

I love this quote from Neil Gaiman about making art.

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.”

Neil Gaiman

I really enjoy the sense of community we have here on WP and it’s been great visiting around the blogs for another week, seeing the interaction that happens. I love that!!!

Be kind.  Be positive.  All of us are at different stages in our learning.. some are beginners and some are very skilled.  Let’s continue encouraging and inspiring each other  :)

December’s image:

Yep, the challenge goes on – so if you’re joining in again for December, go find your next image :) I need to as well!

**For those still interested in knowing more about this challenge, you’ll find the ‘how to’ further on in this post.  PLEASE READ the details – thanks.

If you’ve only just found the challenge and you want to join us – start with us in December – it’s only a week away!

My image:  A change of direction for me this week, with lots of experimentation in my spare moments and an idea that I wanted to head in an artful direction, instead of a photographic one.

I’d like you to think of a tapestry when viewing this image.

~ Seed head Tapestry

My result this week was very much a trial and error effort, with many discarded versions laying around on the cutting room floor (aka my folder).

I was however directly inspired by Robin – who shared the extrude tool and how it affected an image she was working on.

I so wanted to try that!  So I did… My results couldn’t be more different of course, because of the subject matter, colours etc… and it’s my work, which always makes a difference… but I was inspired.

Thank you Robin for the inspiration :)

Something you should know about me and the way I see things – I was a quilter for 20 years and I love texture of any sort – especially in nature – it’s everywhere!

I have no idea what I did while processing this week. I did lots! I changed and painted in colours and so much more.

My original image:

~ Original image
~ Original image

..and below, my gallery from original to the 4th and final image for November’s challenge.

Click to view larger versions of the images.

I like where this little seed head has taken me over the past 4 weeks.  It’s been so interesting and worthwhile trying different things and I like my end result… and I learned things!

I hope you like where your journey has taken you too :)

If you have a favourite from my images, please feel welcome to vote.  Thank you.

Now it’s over to you again  :) 

I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone has done again this week.

Share your complete gallery of edited images with us this week and your original.  It will be good to see them together and where you began.

About the challenge and how it works:

This challenge is about processing 1 image in 4 different ways over 4 weeks.
We will all  process / post edit (our own chosen image) and share a different version each week.
Process it however you like… and tell us a bit about it. You don’t have to show the original image unless you’d like to.  (I’m going to show mine in week 4 along with the 4 variations from the month).
Try new things, experiment.  Be as creative or subtle as you wish to be.
Each week starts again on Monday (Aussie time) and closes off the following Sunday (at the end of the day), so there is a whole week for you to create your post, link up here and tag your post.
This is a perpetual challenge. We will do the 1st four Mondays of the month.
If there are 5 Mondays in a month – we’ll still only post on 4.

Links and Ping backs:

Link your week 4 post to this week 4 blog post.
You are also very welcome to leave a comment on this post, with your post link for the week.

Tagging for WordPress blogs:

Please include the One Four Challenge tag on your post.

By creating this tag on our posts– we will be able to find all WP challenge players in Reader.
If you go into your WordPress Reader and look for Explore TAGS, you can create and enter the tag in this area.

This brings up all posts with the One Four Challenge tag.

Have a fantastic week everyone… and in December we start again :D


Monochrome Madness 38

Another week of Monochrome Madness! I love this challenge and seeing in monochrome.


My image this week is about softness and light. Yes there is a touch of pink in this image as well, so not technically monochrome – I suppose more like ‘duochrome’ ;) Is there such a thing? The processing was a happy accident!

Thanks as always to Leanne and Laura.  I still look forward to finding my monochrome image every week :) ..and love seeing all the other images in the gallery too!

Pop on over to Leanne’s to see everyone’s image for this week of madness and as always many thanks to Leanne and to Laura for cheering us on!!

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