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Creating a Collage with BubbleFrame

BubbleFrame is one of the most fun apps for creating a quick collage on iPhone. In the app, you work with a square canvas, add a color, a pattern provided by BubbleFrame, or a photo from your own collection. BubbleFrame even changes some of their patterns according to the season, so you're not always limited to the patterns that you see. You can then add circular frames with an image and text inside over top of the background to create a unique collage.

Recently, Marmalade Moon used BubbleFrame for a weekend Christmas Card workshop and it was a big hit! The developer, Devin, is very kind and willing to answer any questions sent his way. He even provided us with a few free codes to gift to some of the participants of our workshop.

To learn more about using BubbleFrame, flip through the tutorial below, hovering over each image for detailed instructions.

We hope that you enjoyed this tutorial. You can use BubbleFrame graphics for many different projects, such as, blog graphics, avatars, and even greeting cards. To stay informed of the latest Marmalade Moon classes, including the possibility of a 2013 Christmas Card Workshop, sign-up to be a Marmalade Moon Club member!

What do you think you would use BubbleFrame for? Post your comments below! 

About the Author: Jennifer Lynn Bishop is a freelance graphic designer, artist, and iPhoneographer. Follow her artistic journey at Rainy Day Doodle. 

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Modern or Vintage?

iPhone collage: Vintage Happy Holidays Card by designer Jennifer Bishop.  

iPhone collage: Vintage Happy Holidays Card by designer Jennifer Bishop.  

Isn't it curious how vintage meets modern in the latest cutting-edge technology? Like using Instagram filters to emulate the look and feel of the old-school cameras Polaroid, Holga, Diana, Yashica and Lomo, while using a touchscreen device? 

We're getting ready for this weekend's Online Christmas Card Workshop, and designer Jennifer Bishop (who is helping me with the workshop) created these two exquisite designs, one vintage and one modern and crisp, as samples for what you can do in the workshop. Will you join us for a creative weekend? 

iPhone collage: Modern, graphic Happy Holidays Card by designer Jennifer Bishop.  

iPhone collage: Modern, graphic Happy Holidays Card by designer Jennifer Bishop.  

A Unique and Creative Technique for Creating Collages

Holiday Cards made on an iPhone

Holiday Cards made on an iPhone

I'm putting together a few samples for the Online Christmas Card Workshop, to give you an idea of what we'll be creating! Actually, it would be a great way to make your own invitation too! Or a New Years greeting... You can get a lot of use for this unique collage technique, and use it to make illustrations for your blog, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and Etsy store. What else can you think of that you could create with this technique? Hope to see you in the workshop

The Secret of iPhone Collages

Collage created on an iPhone

Collage created on an iPhone

If you’re interested in learning how to to create an artful, poetic, digital photo collage, you’re in luck! Award winning iPhone photographer Lumilyon has written the second free tutorial in her amazing series. This time she reveals how she creates her stunning, dreamy digital collages using her iPhone!

In this unique tutorial you'll learn:

  • one of Lumilyon’s techniques for creating a collage using an iPhone
  • how to create an interesting background with just one click of an app
  • how to extract an element from a photograph and collage it onto another
  • how to blend two two photographs together by blurring them
iPhone photo and art apps

iPhone photo and art apps

You’ll need 3 creative photography apps to follow along in this guide for how to create a digital collage using your iPhone:

  • Tiny Planets – Stereographic photos on your iPhone (free app!)
  • Juxtaposer – Fun and Intuitive Photo Compositing App for your iPhone and iPod Touch
  • BlurFX – Fantastic out of focus pictures

Now head on over to this priceless tutorial: iPhone Tutorial 02: Little Fishy Collages.

For more tips and tutorials, check out our library of Free Guides for Mobile Photography and Art.

The Art of Spontaneity

iPhone photo: Box of pastel crayons

iPhone photo: Box of pastel crayons

When your art is your work or when you're posting your creations online, the spontaneity is easily lost. You want your clients and buyers to be happy and you want to give your blog visitors a valuable experience. Your art becomes an achievement.

Part of you goes about your day thinking "this would make a good blog post" or "now I know how to solve that detail in the commission I'm working on". Sometimes you feel you're producing art and regardless of what mood you're in, the job is due tomorrow. Even though you love your job, it's partly become an obligation.

When you put your creative life on display or make a living as an artist, it's easy to loose sight of creating without intention, just for the sheer joy of it.

A blog or an online portfolio or posting on Instagram or Flickr can be a creative outlet in itself and a great way to stay motivated and hold yourself accountable for your creative projects. A way to document your creative journey and to connect with others.

On the other hand, posting takes a lot of time and puts you on a schedule. You can begin blogging for the comments on your blog, and maybe you start looking for validation from your readers, rather than from within yourself. In a time when we seem more busy documenting our lives than living our lives, it takes deliberation to find a peaceful space that hasn't got anything to do with other people or how they perceive us. To create a space that has nothing to do even with our own expectations.

A creativity lab. So can you plan to be spontaneous? Write your own permission slip? Can you make room for experiments, happy accidents and non-judgemental creativity? Find time and space to change your mindset?

This autumn I've reserved Friday afternoons for spontaneous explorations and I promised myself that I wouldn't display any of the art from these sessions here on my blog. It's been a process that's about loosening up, improvising, letting go of expectations, being associative, having fun and allowing art to unfold intuitively. I've been working quickly with natural media. Each Friday a new theme and different mediums. The emphasis is on getting into flow rather than stepping back and judging.

I've spent time getting messy with acrylics, oils, dry pastels, clay, oil pastels, watercolours, textiles, charcoal and gouache. Working on different types of canvases such as cardboard, different kinds of paper, wood panel and canvas. I'll admit that after the first two sessions I felt disappointed with the "result", even though the whole point was to let go of expectations, but after that it's been much easier to let go, have fun and step into the freedom of playful creating.

Brushes and water

Brushes and water

Mixing paint

Mixing paint

The Full Harvest Moon

Transient

The Full Harvest Moon. Layers of transformation, expanding creative expressions, painting, photography, writing, type... The past, the present. And finding a focus for the future.

I was standing in the museum of a castle ruin, reading fascinating (no I’m not being sarcastic) and informative text on those typical museum boards, when suddenly the graffiti on the wall behind the board caught my attention. Or rather came forward to me, like a wave of text, like light, layers and layers of graffiti carved onto the stone wall. And I started to photograph the graffiti, going from room to room, floor to floor, captivated by it, following its light, and forgetting everything else... The earliest date I found was 1609, and the most recent was 2009. It was like a living memorial to all those people. I imagined each person writing their name on the wall, carving glorious moments of stolen kisses, or writing a “here I am, I exist” in the middle of an everyday experience... I wondered if people ever recalled, later on, the moment when they crafted that graffiti...

When I returned from my journey to Öland, my best friend wanted to see my photos from my trip, but I mostly have loads of photos of this graffiti from the castle... One of the images, the one below, was the starting point for this collage, and was meant to be the focal point, and yet it didn’t make it in! Somehow it just got to be too much.

iPhone photography: Centuries of layered graffiti on the wall of a castle ruin.

iPhone photography: Centuries of layered graffiti on the wall of a castle ruin.

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