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“Technique of the Week” featuring Iris Fritschi-Cussens


Iris is a wonderful Mixed Media artist that shares many wonderful techniques on her You Tube channel. I found Iris by seeing some of her videos on Facebook..and quickly looked up some of her other videos.  She has a gift for sharing new and unique ideas and techniques and I always walk away inspired.

My name is Iris, I am a London-based mixed media artist. I live in the heart of London with my beautiful family (husband, 2 boys & 1 cat).

I am passionate about mixed media art, art journaling and inspiring people to be free to create the way they are meant to create and shine the way they are meant to shine! Self-actualisation & (female) empowerment through art is something very close to my heart and I can talk about it for hours!

My art includes heavily textured backgrounds, bright colours, shabby & grungy elements, uplifting or inspiring phrases, faces & cute girls. (this is always changing as I discover new and exciting techniques and ways of pushing my style forward!)

My site & blog are at http://iris-impressions.com

Begininng creations with Corel PSP …layers, layers, layers….

#1 Open Corel PSP


In upper right hand corner, go to File and open..


open a file that is stored on your computer in one of the folders that holds your art or designs



Open a creation of your choice..I opened this pink and blue background design..


Then open another document that you would like to layer onto the first one..I chose this flower design I had created a while ago…dont forget your old designs will be turned into new creations over and over again


To layer the two..you right click  at the top where the pointer is..(on the one that goes on the top)..hit copy…and then go to the other one and right click in the top and hit paste/paste as transparent section

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now you have one layered on top of another..now you can   use the “pick” tool, second from top..click on it and then click on “pick”…and this will make mover bars around your top image so you can resize it to cover the whole bottom image.

2013-01-23 14.59.46..click on image which makes mover blocks appear and slide them to make image bigger

2013-01-23 15.00.22now top image covers bottom image..now the layering and effects can begin..

2013-01-23 15.00.29now go over to the layers box on the right..click on the arrow where it says normal and a dropdown box appears..the first choice is darken..click on that and see your image transform

2013-01-23 15.00.36..now go down the list and click each one to see the different effects..”save as ” each one in the file/save as option to a folder on your computer for future use

2013-01-23 15.00.49..next I chose “lighten”…some may not be to your liking but I save them anyway for future altering..

2013-01-23 15.01.00the “difference” option…

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…so just play around with layers..have fun…save each piece and experiment..im here for any questions..just comment or email me….Have fun..!..until the next lesson..practice, practice practice..this seems long but when you know each step, it takes only seconds to change..

Essence…A digital collage

Essence…A digital collage

This was created with 2 watercolor pieces of artwork..this one for the base

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and this one which was used for the flowers

bigdelight11111111111..I cut out the flowers and pasted them on the base digitally and played around with the layering tool using light and dark, difference and color saturation..I erased a little of the rough edges while it was still in layer mode..so it would just erase the flower edges and not the background..then I went into the effects mode and played with the distortion tool..displacement  in particular and softened the edges more..after I had the image in the composition that I liked I played with color effects..and here are some of my favorite choices

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