January 31, 2016

Waterlogue App Tutorial

Back by popular demand, Waterlogue. 

After my last post using watercolors of photos around the house I was contacted by some of you for a tutorial on how to use the app. All I can say is easy peasy. 

You can do this! 

First...this is an App. 

It is available for iPhone/iPad and for Android products. I just noticed today that there is a version for Windows 10. 

My experience is with using the app on my iPad. Google to find the Waterlogue website and find the download or go through your device.  

Once you have the app installed on your device you will proceed through a few simple steps. 

First...you need the photo of what you want to work with on your device. 

You will be prompted to let Waterlogue have permission to see your device photos. (If you use Facebook you have done this.)

Click on the Waterlogue icon on your device to open the program.

The slide you see below is how it will look.

You will click on the small camera icon lower left of the slide. 

You will need to grant permission to Waterlogue to have access to your device photos. 

In the slide below, note the white box that pops up. Click on Photo Library. Scroll your pics until you find the one you want to paint. Click on it. The process will begin...and it takes a few seconds for your photo to change into a painting. 

You can also view the various finish styles. Just click/touch the finish style you would like to see. The app will create a small preview in the corner of your screen. I if you like the new version better than the original...just click/touch it. The transformation will begin.  

Almost all of my pics stay with the original version, "vibrant." 

Here is a valentine that I created in Canva, another fun program. The edges are crisp and clean. I thought I would show you how it transformed applying the Waterlogue App. 

First...I choose the pic. It is uploading because you can see the whirling disk in the middle. 

I click on "vibrant."  And ta da...I have a new pic. 

Click on the very small heart on the bottom right of the screen to save.  

When I click to save the pic...it is sent to my pictures in my device, since I gave Waterlogue permission earlier. 

I always save my pics to my iPad...and then send....to Facebook, to Instagram, etc. or in my case, I upload some to my blog. 

Practice using the App with pictures of your house, garden, dog, cat, grandchildren, etc. I like to transform all kinds of pictures. It is just so much fun, for me! Cheap thrills! At least cheaper than shopping,etc.  

Quick Review....

Here is one that I made at Christmas time. I like the original photo and thought it would make a nice still life painting. 

Botanicals are fun to work with also. 

I hope you have fun painting your special photos!

I know that there are other image editing apps out there...but this is the one that I use and can explain to you. 

If you have other App suggestions to try please leave a comment with the name of the app. 

Thanks for visiting.

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January 29, 2016

A Winter Watercolor Home Tour

Just for Fun... Here is a winter tour of the house, via Waterlogue. 
I have been snowed in and I needed something to pass the time. 
So, I decided to play with some of my photos. 

The Monster Flower Arrangement
It has been really cold outside and I have been playing with photos.  
I am converting some of my photos into watercolors with the fun Waterlogue app. If you have not played with Waterlogue you are missing some fun. ha! You can turn photos of your pup, your grandchildren, or a favorite location into a watercolor. Prints are especially nice if you print them onto a textured cotton rag paper. 
Turn your own photo/watercolors into note cards, or a canvas. There are so many ways you can use your watercolors. All of them are fun!

I remember always liking watercolor paints...but I'm not that artistic to paint freehand. But with this app I can create some nice looking paintings. I am even thinking of printing some to frame. Any way...here are some of the photos that are now watercolors. 

front door wreath

porch light

china cabinet

fall table vignette

while dusting the table

a Christmas table vignette

 a Christmas place setting

a corner of the dining room

view from the parlor

view from the front hall

coffee table vignette

parlor vignette

a favorite jar

the great room, before

the great room, after

the great room, another view

a table vignette in the great room

the lights of Christmas

kitchen dining

 a kitchen still life 

in the kitchen

on the back porch...

just rocking 

a sunny summer morning out back


Thanks for visiting today!

Note: I have NO affiliation with Waterlogue. I just love to play with the app. 
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January 27, 2016

Cooper Comes to America

We have an addition to announce! 

Not at our house...but at my brother and sister-in-law's house. 

Let me tell you the story...

CJ lost his golden brothers this year.

At seven, CJ was the was the youngest, 
and the only golden boy left in his house.

You all know that our family is crazy about dogs in general , and especially golden retrievers.  Once you have one...you are hooked on their gentle and loving personality.

Well, this last year has been full of tears and heartbreak with our Mikey, and two of my brother's golden rescues. We had to say good-by to all three of them.   

All three dogs reached their senior years and their individual health situations made us realize that they had done enough. They had run after all the butterflies and rabbits they could. They had fetched their last sticks and tennis balls. They had been steadfast companions as long as they could. They had done their jobs. It was time for a rest. 

My brother volunteers with AGA. (Adopt a Golden, Atlanta)  AGA has been involved in mercy flights for goldens that were abandoned to shelters or to the streets of Istanbul, Turkey. 

Istanbul Shelter

A caring woman in Istanbul is the contact person...who helps facilitate the dogs getting ready to come to America (i.e. Atlanta, GA)   Each dog has to be photographed and given a passport before it can be approved for the flight.

Let me back up a minute to mention how these goldens got into their sad situations. It seems that in Instanbul  goldens were viewed as status dogs for a period of time. When people tired of them... they abandoned them to the streets. The feral street dogs were too rough on them. The survival of the goldens became questionable in such a "survival" of the fitest situation.  

In comes AGA and people willing to sponsor a golden's coming to America.  I have lost track of how many dogs have come here...but I am thinking close to one hundred by now. 
Some of the dogs arrive in desperate health conditions. They are provided with surgery, treatments, meds, etc. to make them healthy. This where the donation dollars come in. 

As the title of this post suggests...there is now a Turkey golden in the family....at my brother's house. 

Meet Cooper!  When he came to America he had a Turkish name, Baris,  and was given the name Clarence, but after adoption my brother and SIL decided he was really a Cooper.   

Cooper is estimated to be three or four years old. He was lucky...he was taken to a shelter instead of being abandoned to the streets. He had food and shelter that the street goldens did not have. 

 Here is his passport.

Prayer beads were sent along with him. All God's creatures!

This is Cooper's first day at his new forever home. 
CJ has a new brother and a new buddy to run and play with now.

Cooper is the darker golden and CJ has thicker fur. 
That's how you tell them apart. It is hard for me...but I am learning.

It looks like they are winding down in this pic. 
They have had a big day...so it's time to take a rest.

Cooper has a very distinguished profile.

Here is Cooper all curled up with one of his new parents on the first night with his new family. He looks peaceful. 

And here is CJ at his special spot. 

 What is it about goldens that they like to rest their chin on everything? Our Mikey was the same way.

Cooper migrated to the floor to rest/sleep at the end of his big day.  He has a new big brother to keep an eye on him.  

Cooper has been in his new home about a month now, and my brother reports that CJ and Cooper get along just fine. 

This picture was taken one day recently. It looks like they are bonding nicely. I have seen other pics and they sleep resting on each other. A leg this way or a tail that way. ha! 

I wanted to bring you this "golden" story to warm your heart. 
I know that many of you are animal lovers...so I thought you would enjoy Cooper's story. 

I have asked my brother to send me new pics from time to time. I will put them on the golden "page" tab above. 

Thanks for visiting...and meeting our new family addition.
Post Script: Here is the facebook page for the AGA Turkey Goldens if you want to follow along, read, or look at pics of goldens.

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