A new piece, hand-drawn and digitally manipulated…both old-school and new-fangled.
This is where I started…a Zentangle-style drawing from last year. (I’m trying to mine my own materials as a starting point more often. Anything to avoid the scary blank page!)
After selecting a square section of the scan, I pasted it several times into Photoshop, flipping the image across from itself to create symmetry. After I had a larger symmetrical image, I “cut out” some shapes and placed another version of the image behind (the cut-outs are layer masks in the top layer below):
The image that is underneath the openings is still on its own layer, so I decided it wanted some contrasting color. I manipulated the top and bottom layers separately to bring the colors up, cropped it tight, and called it finished!