Art of Making the Most of the Ugliest

Digital art and a video story by Peony and Parakeet

This is a surprising video story about a continuous creative journey and about the art of making. If you are interested in reusing your art or creating digital art from your handmade pieces, this video is especially for you. (You might have seen some of the work shown here if you have liked Peony and Parakeet at Facebook.)

From Quilting to Digital Art – A Video

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38 Responses to Art of Making the Most of the Ugliest

  1. Bonnie says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this! It was terrific!

  2. Rae Lynn Reffruschinni says:

    Very nice! What program do you use for this?

  3. Christie says:

    You are amazing! Your creativity and skills seem to have no boundaries. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Gailie Running Lynx says:

    PAIVI THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL GIFT OF INSPIRATION AND LEARNING!! I was mesmerized and will watch it again and again!! The music was also incredible!! Looking forward to June’s Imagine Monthly!!

  5. Lynne says:

    I find your ideas to be a constant source of inspiration! I love your fearless expressiveness and your understanding that the “dark” is as important as the “light”!

  6. Jeannette says:

    Thank you for the fabulous video. I particularly love your statement that the starting point doesn’t matter so much.

  7. Debbie K says:

    Päivi you really need to teach a course on composing via photoshop manipulation! I thought I knew a fair number of tricks, but you are the master!

    • Päivi says:

      Thank you, Debbie, I am thinking about it. There are a lot of great tutorials, especially if you search for “digital scrapbooking” or “digital art journaling”.

  8. Lynn says:

    Thanks for sharing this process with us. You have created some beautiful and unique images. I may try–again–to master photoshop. I tried once with an online tutorial; maybe I’d have better success with a human tutor!

  9. Cindy Richter says:

    Awe inspiring!

  10. Sue Jorgensen says:

    Loved watching you develop this, Païvi. Looks like lots of fun. Thanks for all these inspirational videos!

  11. Beth Foor says:

    Just amazing! Love following your work!

  12. Nancy Allen says:

    Well, you have done it again. This took my breath away. I am 75 the seventh of June and although I try to keep up, this is just too much for me to follow. I will have to watch this again and again and then again for most of it to sink in. Must look for a computer course so I can keep up or give up, Just kidding would never give up learning. I have some art quilts I could do this with if I can figure it out. You are truly an amazing artist and I love your work. Thanks for sharing so much every month.

  13. Mary W says:

    The final circle with your ladies reminded me of an ornament on the Christmas tree hanging among the branches with the lights reflecting all the people and things in the room. It is mesmerizing. I must say I really loved that fabric wave which was enhanced with embroidery making it more frothy than it was on fabric. That was really inspiring. I really loved this video of one of your art journeys which really are journeys not just finished pieces. Thank you for sharing your process and inspiration!

    • Päivi says:

      Thanks Mary, love your interpretation of the ornament! I used to doodle with needle for a long time before I went back to drawing and painting.

  14. Antonia says:

    Amazing! I’m relatively new to your site, I love your work and find it really find it really inspiring. I spent yesterday afternoon making gelli prints and not all of them are lovely but I now have an idea of what to do with them. Thank you

    • Päivi says:

      Thank you Antonia! Yes, scan those and save them as digital backgrounds. You can also reprint them and use them as collage pieces!

  15. Evie says:

    Paivi, you continue to amaze & delight me with you creativity & artistry. And your generosity in sharing these ideas. You surpass all other artists’ blogs! Thank you!

  16. gloria says:

    Wow — I have been wanting to learn photoshop for a long time – but can’t find a hands on class to take — there are utube videos but they are so short — you’re making me drool — maybe I’ll just have to buy the software and play. Thanks for such a great video

  17. denthe says:

    You are an inspiration!

  18. Nancy Kvorka says:

    Thanks for the video Paivi and sharing how you did that.

  19. Barbara Loyd says:

    I admire your technical skills. Now, I need to take a Photoshop class to learn how to archive and use many years of art works. Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Hieno video! Sinä olet taitava photoshoppailija, vau. Minä en osaa muuta kuin jotain pieniä asioita siirrellä kuvan päälle.