Friday, January 13, 2012

My Photo Project

Over the past few months I have begun a photo project that is very easy to do and useful for when you have a blog - I've started a collection of pictures of interesting textures.  I can add text to them and use them in posts where I want to add an eye-catching title or I can use them in headers.

You can see a few examples in my WISH Wednesday  mosaics.

I know you can find backgrounds online, but I think it is fun to collect my own.  I'm always on the lookout for things that would make good backgrounds.  I've been taking pictures of cloth,

and wooden tabletops,

and tree bark,

and snow,

and food.

The best backgrounds have interesting texture, but little contrast in colours or light and dark so that the text stands out from it.  I've started a folder on my computer where I put all my background photos so I can find them when I want them.  I usually crop them into a square shape, change the colour tint if I want to, and add text using Picnik

I have to say it can look a little strange at times, but the end result makes taking pictures of a wall or the surface of an empty table worthwhile.

Linked to Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,
and Strut Your Stuff link party at Somewhat Simple,
and Delightfully Inspiring Thursday at Delightful Order


  1. That is *such* a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Grace very cool I love the ability to add text!


    Art by Karena

  3. How pretty! You take wonderful pictures and have a great eye for which fonts and text match which photos. Would you mind sharing how you make the photo collages on your blog? Have a great weekend!

  4. Nice textures here, Grace! That is a great idea, keeping a folder of these interesting photos. I also like your WISH Wednesday mosaics.

  5. Loved the one that said "Be Inspired!"

  6. Brilliant idea! I may have to start a textures folder of my own :)

  7. Grace, you always seem to come up with the most original ideas! I have always loved your photography so no surprise there. You seem to know how to capture the right angles and focus on the right points in the picture.

  8. Those are beautiful backgrounds. Love the cookies!