My Colouring Book Collection

My Colouring Book Collection | Life of Dahlia

Hey Everyone, Today I’m sharing with you my colouring book collection. These aren’t your average colouring book, these are for one more expensive and much better quality than something you might see intended for children.

The adult colouring book trend has been quite big in the last few years and I have gathered quite a collection. So far I’ve particularly loved the ones released by Johanna Basford which is what I’m going to share with you today.

I’m going to include links to the books on her website just in case you are interested in purchasing any of them, I will link them throughout this post in the names of each book just so you know where to expect to find them. None of these are affiliate links they are just so you know where to find them.

My Johanna Basford Colouring Book Collection

I’ve really fallen in love with Johanna Basford’s magical worlds that she brings to life through stunning illustrations or as she likes to call them inky tales. She created them but it’s up to us to bring them to life by colouring them in and this makes each copy so individual.

Ivy and the Inky Butterfly by Johanna Basford

My Colouring Book Collection Ivy and the Inky Butterfly by Johanna Basford
Ivy and the Inky Butterfly by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
My Colouring Book Collection Ivy and the Inky Butterfly by Johanna Basford
Ivy and the Inky Butterfly by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
My Colouring Book Collection Ivy and the Inky Butterfly by Johanna Basford
Ivy and the Inky Butterfly by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee

‘Ivy and the Inky Butterfly’ was released in 2017 and was Johanna’s first colouring book that also included a story. This book has some magical scenes and characters, it follows Ivy’s story, a young girl who discovers a secret door that leads to a magical world.

I’ve only coloured a couple of pages but my hope this year is to take more time to spend on my other creative hobbies including colouring, art journaling and photography.

I love the story of this book and I love the elements of curiosities as well as magical worlds and curious creatures.

World Of Flowers by Johanna Basford

My Colouring Book Collection World Of Flowers by Johanna Basford
World Of Flowers by Johanna Basford
My Colouring Book Collection World Of Flowers by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
World Of Flowers by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
My Colouring Book Collection World Of Flowers by Johanna Basford Coloured By Erin Applebee
World Of Flowers by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee

World of Flowers‘ is Johanna’s newest books it was inspired by her grandmother who was both an avid gardener and artist.

What I love about each of her books is they take you on an inky tale that’s just waiting for you to bring them to life through your own imagination and this one is no exception, it filled with beautiful illustrations of flora and gardeners delights.

Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford

My Colouring Book Collection Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford
Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford
My Colouring Book Collection Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford
Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee

‘Enchanted Forest’ was one of the first books that I purchased from Johanna Basford along with ‘Secret Garden‘ and is also one of my favourites. I keep going back to this one time and time again.

My Colouring Book Collection Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford
Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
My Colouring Book Collection Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford
Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
My Colouring Book Collection Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford
Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee

This book takes you on a magical journey into an enchanted forest filled with woodland creatures and magical castles. I love that even though most of her books don’t have words that have and underlying story and theme through out.

Lost Ocean By Johanna Basford

My Colouring Book Collection Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford
Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford
My Colouring Book Collection Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford
Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee

Lost Ocean‘ also has to be another one of my favourites, inspired by what lays under the sea this has some beautiful illustrations filled with octopi, exotic fish and magical mermaids.

My Colouring Book Collection Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford
Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
My Colouring Book Collection Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford
Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee

Like many of Johanna’s other books, this has a little treasure hunt which is placed throughout the many stunning illustrations, this one, in particular, has shipwrecks and pirates treasure to continue that underwater theme.

Magical Jungle By Johanna Basford

My Colouring Book Collection Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford
Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford
My Colouring Book Collection Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford
Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee

I picked up ‘Magical Jungle’ in 2016 not long after it released, as the name suggests this one has a jungle theme and includes some beautiful illustrations of exotic animals both big and small.

My favourite that I’ve done so far is this giant butterfly which I notice a theme of throughout her books and these have to be some of my favourites to colour in because I love butterflies.

Secret Garden by Johanna Basford

My Colouring Book Collection Secret Garden by Johanna Basford
Secret Garden by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
My Colouring Book Collection Secret Garden by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
Secret Garden by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
My Colouring Book Collection Secret Garden by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
Secret Garden by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee

‘Secret Garden’ was Johanna’s first book and includes beautiful gardens and creatures hidden throughout.


I love using all sorts of mediums to colour in from markers to pencils each one gives a unique look to the illustrations. And even if you feel like you are lacking artistic skills it doesn’t matter because you can easily create whatever your heart desires through colouring in these beautiful illustrations while diving into a magical tale all at the same time.

I think what I love about her books apart from the stories and themes is the focus on nature, I remember having to study Botanical Illustration when I was studying Media Arts in my early adulthood and these illustrations take that idea of documenting the many beautiful species of plants we have on our planet but with something extra.

One of my other hobbies is taking pictures of nature particularly flowers and I think that’s why I love these books so much when I’m colouring in these illustrations it gives me that same happiness as if I was out photographing nature.

What are your favourite colouring books? any recommendations? let me know

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Beauty Bucket List | Reflecting On 2018's & Goals For 2019 | Life Of Dahlia

Beauty Bucket List | Reflecting on 2018’s & Goals for 2019 | Life Of Dahlia

Hey everyone, last year I did my very first ‘Beauty Bucket List(the original creator of that tag was it’s me Hunter.) and today I thought I would share a reflection on my 2018 bucket list, I’ll talk a bit about what I achieved as well as what I could have done better at. I will also be sharing with you what’s on my ‘Beauty Bucket List’ for 2019.

2018 Beauty Bucket List| Goals Reflection 

Related Post: Beauty Bucket List 2018

The first image (above) is from late 2017 I think, and the others are from throughout 2018, I thought this would show how things have changed over the year.

1. Improve eye makeup skill 

I feel like I have really improved my eye makeup skills in the last year but I do still think I have a ways to go yet so I definitely want to keep trying to improve my skills.

I have learned a lot about working with hooded/ deep set eyes this year, I feel like on my eyes particularly more structured looks look much better than super blended out, this is where I tend to lose the eyeshadow when my eyes are open.

Here are some creative makeup looks that I did during 2018

2. Create more creative makeup looks

I think I had big things in mind when I wrote this down and I didn’t do as well as I thought I was going to but I’m proud of the more creative looks that I did do last year and I would love to continue to be more creative in 2019.

I think my problem was trying to do to many things with my time, blog, creative makeup ,etc, etc I just didn’t give myself alot of time to get creative like that.

The current look for my website & some holiday pics from my eriappbeauty instagram.

3. Put my all into my blog and Instagram (Personal Goal)

This was more of a personal goal than a beauty goal but I feel like I did do this but maybe to well I ended up too focused and didn’t take enough time for other things and my own well-being. I would love to continue this but I may be not as full force as last year, my health has to come first.

And I also feel like I got to focused on numbers and stuff like that but I have since decided that is not worth my time, I want to do things because I enjoy them and learn to relax more and give myself time to breath.

4. Adding sunscreen into my routine.

I actually did do this I purchased a couple of face sunscreens to try out and I have been also using more base products that contain an SPF 15-30 or more.

5. Learning some new hairstyles and put more effort into doing my hair.

I started out with good intentions but didn’t get very fair this is something I want to try and do this year.

6. Make a bigger effort to stick to my project pans.

I don’t think I did too bad but I did find some products harder than others to want to use which I’m sure is normal but I definitely want to continue to do project pans in my own time during 2019.

I tried to keep up to date with doing blog posts on my progress but I realized two things 1. I’m not really that great at it and 2. I really don’t like doing them. Which is why in 2019 I while I will be doing Project Pans I won’t continue posting about them, because its really boring and I want to spend my time doing something more creative with my time.

7. Get more use out of my nail polish collection.

Yep, I epically failed here in 2018 but in 2019 I would like to make a bigger effort to use my nail polishes.

8. Try different skincare (anti-aging.)

During 2018 I was really working on using up backups but I actually did try some new skincare on a few occasions toward the end of the year, I have now found a couple of new brands I like but I’m definitely interested in branching out and trying some more during 2019.

I have kind of stuck with the same stuff for so long and stick to a couple of brands that I love but I love trying new products so once those last couple of back ups are used up I might have to try something new.


I think I hit most of my goals and I did learn a lot so I’m quite proud of my achievements but I know there are a few things I would like to continue to trying and improve upon.


2019 Beauty Bucket List

Alot of this is a continuation of goals from 2018 like improving skills etc.

More examples from 2018

1. Continue to improve my makeup skills.

This is a given, practicing something will always help you improve, I would love to focus on eye and lip applications for this year.

During Liptember (September 2018) I really tried to practice my lipstick application aswell as trying out wearing some fun coloured lipsticks, I definatly want to keep doing this kind of stuff and maybe share some of my favourite lip products here on my blog.

More examples from 2018

2. Creating some more creative makeup looks.

I have a few creative makeup looks in mind that I would love to try so I definitely want to continue to trying to be more creative with my looks.

I also would love to just continue just being creative with my everyday makeup and maybe wearing a fun coloured lip more often or some bold colourful eye looks.

3. Continue to try and get more use out of my nail polish collection.

I have quite a decent amount of nail polish and I definitely feel like I don’t use them enough so I would like to make a bigger effort to do that.

I have been doing a big inventory of my makeup, nail, and skin/body care stuff so that I can better see what I have and as a deterrent to buying more. I want to go through my nail polish collection this year and see what I still like and what needs to be decluttered because its either too old or just not a colour that looks good on me. I honestly can’t see myself buying too many new nail polishes anytime soon I just don’t use them as much as I should so I want that to be a deterrent to buying more.

4. Focus more on what’s in my current makeup collection than always looking for something new.

I want to continue doing my palette series (which is inspired by Kat from Kitsnitch & beauty news monthly palette series) and do more shop my stash and project pans (in my own time) to get more use out of my collection instead of always looking to buy something new.

This is also partly why I decided to do a makeup inventory so I could realistically see how big my collection had gotten and deter me from always wanting to buying more stuff (like lipsticks, never realized I had as many as I actually do.) 

I’m not calling it a low/no-buy or anything official like that because I still want to have the ability to buy things but I just want to be better at being more mindful about what I am buying. I hope that makes sense.

I have found that I have a tendency to buy when I’m not feeling the best to make me feel better, this is kind of what I want to stop myself doing I think its more of a mental thing that I need to work on.

I found with the low buy I did last year I actually made myself feel really bad when I brought stuff so thats why its not official, I’m thinking of it as just learning to be more mindful with out the pressure I put on myself , I guess these things work for some people but not for everyone and I just have to find what works for me.

5. Trying something new with my hair.

I recently had my hair cut in a new style and I’m quite enjoying it, I would love to try and style it different ways, like curling or braiding etc.

6. Improve my false eyelash application 

I don’t wear usually wear false eyelashes that often but I do think they look good with certain makeup looks so I really would like to keep practicing putting them on.


I hope you enjoyed checking out my reflection on my 2018 ‘Beauty Bucket List’ and what I’m thinking for 2019.

What are your Beauty Bucket List Goals for 2019? let me know.

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Elements Series Aquaria (Water)

Elements Series – Aquaria (Water) | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Everyone, Today I’m sharing the last post of my Elements series, I’m going to be sharing my inspiration for creating the makeup as well as what I wanted to do for the final image.

I have to admit that while I had some idea of what makeup I wanted to do I played around with this image the most out of the series because whatever I created just didn’t feel good enough.

Out of my new images for this series, this was actually the first one I tackled but also that last one I finished because I just felt like what I created originally just didn’t look good enough to fit in with the rest of the images. I feel like this could have been a lot better but I am somewhat happy with what I came up with.

I think I just need to learn that art is about expression, not perfection, so to speak and that I’m not always going to have an easy time creating. Art isn’t always about it being easy sometimes you just need to sit on an idea before trying to create it.

Aquaria (Inspired by the Water Element)

The image I’m sharing with you today is ‘Aquaria’ inspired by the Water Element. In my other posts, I have mentioned that I feel like this series has really become about transformation for me, and this image is no exception.

In my final incarnation of this image I wanted my character who I think of as a mermaid or sea siren coming out of the water and transforming into a more human form. The rest of the story could be whatever you imagine it to be.

I think that’s what I love about art or my art especially I love telling a story through it, It might just capture a small portion of that story but then whoever views it can interpret the rest of the story as whatever their imagination can come up with.

Makeup

I really just wanted to play with some more blue and green tones for my makeup for this one and include some 3d elements with the jewels.

At the time I was happy with this but I felt like some of the elements didn’t pick up as well when I photographed it. If I could change anything I actually would make the lips darker and bring in more colour on my face and arms.

I actually wore a purple wig for this (which you will see in a behind the scenes photo later on in this post) but changed the colour in photoshop for the final image and for aesthetic reasons in the pic above (for sharing on Instagram).

And I picked out a blue dress to added to the colour them I was going for.

Here you can see some of those subtle details I was talking about with the colourful brows, lashes and liner. But thats the reason I love including close up makeup pictures because them you get to see how it actually looks.

I guess that’s the only downfall of how I like to do my images because I take them further away and add filters to create a painterly look to the final image it kind of gets a little bit lost. But you know it’s about expression, not perfection like I said.

Inspiration

This image was really just inspired by colours of the ocean, blues and greens. But I feel like my image took on inspiration from one of my favourite artist Brooke Shaden, Her image have very similar tones of yellow and she has featured water or oceans in quite a few of her images.

She has some great content on her Youtube channel, I recommend checking out if your an artist or photographer. She has been one of my favourites for many years, I have purchased her courses and her book. Not only do I find her art inspirational but her as a person and as someone who has anxiety and fibromyalgia.

Sorry went on a little tangent there I just love sharing some of my favourite artists.

The Photographing Process

This image had a very similar process to my Aura or Air inspired image, I start out taking my image with a blank backdrop it might be black, white or coloured depending on the image.

I went for a similar coloured backdrop but only because I had a totally different idea in mind when I photographed this character otherwise I probably would have gone for a white backdrop for more contrast.

The Editing Process

Okay so I re-edited this image like three or four times but with my final image, I decided to add in a setting, for this I used an image by Giga Khurtsilava which I found on Unsplash.com

In the video walkthrough, you can see some of my initial editing where I extended the background and changed the colour, most of that actually became irrelevant because I added in a background.

I also show the shading before adding in the background but this actually happened after. For colouring of my image, I used Photoshop Actions From Fineartactions.com and Texture Effects by Topaz Labs.

I love Topaz Labs plugin’s especially their Glow and Impressions which allow me to add a glowy and painterly look to my images. I’ve always loved painting but I legit don’t have the patience or skills to be a painter so when I can use something to give my images that look I’m there.


I’m really happy with with my series and Its really inspired me to get back into creating self portraits and sharing different content on my blog and social media. This is a part of who I am and I felt like I was holding myself back from sharing this kind of stuff because I was trying to fit in a mold and thats no who I am. This is just as much a part of me as is my love for makeup or sharing tips, so you can definatly expect more creative stuff on my blog from now on.

Thank you for continuing to follow me and read my blog, I hope you all have a lovely day,

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Background Image by Giga Khurtsilava on Unsplash.com

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Elements Series: Aura (air)

Elements Series – Aura (Air) | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Everyone, today I’m sharing with you my image inspired by the Air Element, this image is called ‘Aura’ which means Air.

This image I think I have had a concept for in my head for a while but I never did anything with it but I knew the concept or idea I had in my head would fit well with this image. I imagined this light airy creature floating in the clouds and I knew it would be perfect for the Air Element.

Aura (inspired by the Air Element)

I already knew this concept would take a bit to do but I knew I wanted to finally take the challenge on for this image.

I decided to order a new wig (which I had been wanting to do anyway and this just gave me the excuse to do it) so that I could have a decent quality wig to work with as my older one is cheap and just doesn’t look that nice without a hat on. I order the wig pictured and my green wig from my earth image of amazon.com.au they are both great quality and only cost me around $50 each.

I also knew that I wanted to include wings in this image because I wanted my character to have a fairy or angel look to her. I decided to go with some realistic fairy wings that I purchased a few years ago, these things are like my pride and joy they are stunning and just add a whimiscal look to an image.

Who says your to old to believe in fairies?

For my dress I decided to go with this light purple on that I had in my waldrobe, all the dresses or garments I use in my work are ones I picked up from second hand stores and (opshops) thrift stores. I’ve found some real gems this way.

Makeup

For the Makeup for this image I wanted to add some light blue or purple tones with some white lashes and lots of sparkle. Even if this doesn’t show of in the final image I still love it and again this is why I like to share makeup images along with my work because then I can share more of my concept with people.

I went for a bleach brow to help better match my wig because my brows are naturally dark I needed to lighten them a bit and for my lashes I wasn’t sure what to do initially but I ended up adding some white to them with a white eyeliner to enhance that light and airy look.

I added lots of sparkle to and under the eye using some shimmery eyeshadow and sparkly cosmetic grade glitter.

Inspiration

This image like I said I feel like I had actually had in my head for a while, I remember seeing a piece by artist ‘Selina Fenech’ in which she had a character in the clouds and I think that image just stuck with me. Her piece is called ‘Eye of the Storm’ and has a more stormy look to it with lightning and stormy clouds (You can find it and all her work via her website selinafenech.com) but I definitely wanted a more light and airy look to my image.

The Photography Process

The photographing process for this image actually took the longest out of all the images in this series, I had to photograph my character and then photograph extras. I knew I wanted to have my character floating or levitating in the air so I needed to photograph hair and fabric movement to edit in later on. (If you want to know more about how to composite or photograph hair or fabric I recommend checking out Brooke Shaden I learnt all this stuff from her.)

I photographed all these on a black background because it was a good contrast to my subject and I would have an easier time cutting out later on. Taking the hair and fabric photos definitely took up a chunk of my time during the photographing process, it had been a while and I was out of practice so it probably took me an hour and a half to photograph everything.

The Editing Process

The editing process on this image took a while I was probably working on this for a few days until I was happy with it plus I was having computer issues at the time so that made it take longer.

In the video walkthrough you can see that I started with the background layer which is by Tom Barrett on Unsplash.com, I don’t show it but I actually edited that layer and gave it some adjustments including colour adjustments as well as applying Topaz Labs Impressions, because the image was a bit grainy when I imported it but I also add this over my whole image later on.

Then I brought in my subject or character, I cut her out of the original image and then got rid of all that unnecessary black background. I also decided to scrap the wings and add in as a separate layer because they were askew in the original image. And also so I could add extra movement to make them look like they were moving.

I then extended the hair and fabric on the dress so that it looks like my character is floating. From here I add shadow, highlights and smokey textures. Then I add colour using Photoshop Actions From Fineartactions.com and a Sun Flair using Photoshop Filters.

And lastly, I add glow & painterly effects using plugin’s from Topaz Labs (Glow & Impressions (painterly effects)) and added in a texture layer over the top to give a canvas look.


Every time I get to write about the pieces in this series I just leave with a feeling of happiness and contentment. 2015-16 was a year that I felt happy to be creating and in 2017 & 18 I felt like I had lost the inspiration to create this way. I think because of my health and mental health I felt lost and uninspired or unsure how to execute the ideas in my head.

2019 I hope will be very different and I hope that I find my groove again and keep feeling inspired to create this way again.

Thank you for continuing to read my blog and follow me, you can see my whole series on my Instagram pages, I’ll be sharing this on both of them and you can find all the other posts on my blog.

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Elements Series Gaia (earth) + Series Intro

Elements Series – Gaia (Earth) + Series Intro | Life Of Dahlia

Hey everyone, earlier last year I started creating a series inspired by the Elements, I had been wanting to do a series for a while but I really just haven’t had the motivation or inspiration to know where to start.

I was really inspired to create a small series based on the Elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) because I thought the subjects could create some interesting imagery. As it had been a while since I had done anything like I thought this might be a good series to start with because there will only be four images that I will have to create.

After starting this series I decided that I wanted to not only incorporate makeup but take it an extra step and incorporate my love of photography and art by putting my characters in different environments. I have many skills in areas like photography, photo editing and compositing so I wanted to use this series as a way of getting back into my love of creating characters and sharing their stories through self-portraiture.

My original concept that I started with was fire, I did that back in April of 2018 and I kind of got sidetracked and found it hard to come up with ideas for the other elements. No one said Art was easy right?

So rolls around November and as you know this is about when I decided to take a bit of a break, which I felt like I desperatly needed. Once I took all that pressure of myself ideas started evolving in my head and now here we are after a couple of months of finishing this series and I’m ready to share it with you all.

Elements Series Gaia (earth) Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved
Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved

Gaia (Inspired by the Earth Element)

The image I’m sharing with you today is ‘Gaia’ inspired by the Earth Element, this image was actually the last image I created, but I think it may actually be my favourite.

I feel like this series has really become about transformation to me, in this image I really wanted to immerse my character into nature and have her almost blending in. I took the images in my backyard and immersed myself in nature by standing in between the plants and placing my camera in front of the plants.

Elements Series Gaia (earth) Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved
Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved

Makeup

I wanted my makeup to be more simple for this one but still have a sort of grunginess about it, I went with some green tones on the eyes and contouring. For the skin, I actually had the only concealer on I wanted it to look more natural.

Elements Series Gaia (earth) Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved
Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved

For hair I wore a green wig that I had recently purchased and added a bit of fake moss onto my skin to symbolise that blending with nature. I really wanted to go all out with this but I was pressed for time, as I wanted to make sure that I took them earlier in the day for the best lighting.

Elements Series Gaia (earth) Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved
Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved
Elements Series Gaia (earth) Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved
Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved

Inspiration

I was really inspired by the work of artist Kristy Mitchell, I have her book that features images and diary entries for her series ‘Wonderland’. I love the whimsical aspects of her images and the fact that she primarily takes her images in beautiful natural scenes.

So I wanted to take inspiration from that and actually set my character in a physical scene and not one that I created in Photoshop (which you will get to see in a couple of my other image.)

Elements Series Gaia (earth)  Behind the scenes Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved
Elements Series Gaia (earth) Behind the Scenes
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The Photographing Process

After setting myself up in my garden, I ran back and forth taking multiple photos and poses to get something that I could work with. I uploaded the images to my computer while I went and washed of my makeup and then loaded them into Lightroom to pick out the best image.

From here I import into Photoshop and this is where the magic happens. I’ll be including a walkthrough video below so that you can how the image started and what I did to get it to its final form.

The Editing Process

I just wanted to show a little bit of my editing process, I find it hard to capture during my editing process because I could be there for hours in some cases, but I want to share a little bit on how I edited this image.

I started with basic edits and fixing some spots in the background, I then fiddled with the moss of her face. From here I added colour using Fineart Actions from Fineartaction.com and then I create a new merged layer of my layers to add extra effects using Photoshop plug-ins from Topaz Labs. I used their Glow plug-in to add some extra glow to the image, Impressions to add a painted or painterly effect and then sometimes I add a texture layer which I will either bring into photoshop alone as a new layer or add via Texture Effects.

I thought that might just give my video some context. I’ve uploaded my video via my art youtube account which also features similar walkthroughs from other works I’ve done in the past.


I’m really happy with the final result of this and the other pieces I’m excited to share the rest of the series with you. (I will also be resharing my fire images with a re-edited post.)

Thank you for continuing to read my blog and follow me, to see my whole series check out my Instagram pages, I’ll be sharing this on both of them and you can find all the other posts on my blog.

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Video Intro Image Credits:
Candle: https://www.pexels.com/@tuca-bianca-116780
Bonfire: https://www.pexels.com/@vladbagacian


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