Monday, June 15, 2015

Going Watercolor with PicMonkey

Hi Friends~
Hope you're week's off to a great start.

Recently I cut a few long stems from my garden to bring inside and enjoy.

Lovely blooms of pink, red and yellow.

Using my photo programs, I created a pretty watercolor of this bouquet.

I use PicMonkey, or for quicker edits, PhotoScape.

Each has it's own specialties.

Here's another idea~

The photo was a little blurred.

  But perfect as a watercolor.

Lastly, a little bouquet of knock out roses.

From real to watercolor.

These watercolors were all completed using PicMonkey.
If you use this program and do not know how to get this look,
open the edits section under Effects then scroll to Posterize.
I had to experiment a lot to find this for watercolor. 
You would never think posterize would contain this edit, but it does.

From there you can raise of lower the percentages and degree of the changes then save your work.

In PicMonkey, 
I have the Royale version
 which is a pay ever two years program, but I'm not sure the free program has this edit version for watercolor.
You can try and see.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

*** Celestina Marie ***



Stacey said...

How pretty! I will definitely be looking for this feature. :)

eileeninmd said...

Hello Stacy, lovely flowers and the watercolors are beautiful. I love the red roses. Happy Monday, have a great week ahead!

Debbie said...

Your images are striking, Celestina.
I enjoy experimenting with the different programs offered, too.
Thank you for your encouraging comment at Seashells and Lavender the other day. You warmed my heart.
Love to you.

Dianna said...

Celeste, you are a clever lady to use the watercolor effect that is on the PicMonkey. It has been a while since I have tried using them. I'll check and see if the watercolor effect is on the free edition. Thank you for sharing your lovely roses!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Celeste!

This is so cool! I love the effect you get. I haven't used Picmonkey very much but will have to check it out and see what I can try using your instructions.
Thanks for sharing this great fun tool!

Love to you and yours!! Edie said...

Good Morning
Your roses are just so beautiful, you have so many different varieties!!! I love the watercolor effect. I have never tried this but now I am anxious to get out in my garden and take some pictures so I can try it. Have a great day today

Donna said...

Hi Celestina,
Your roses are so pretty, I can almost smell them from here:) That is such a neat feature on PicMonkey, I didn't know it was under posterize. I love playing around with PM. I don't have the Royale feature, but I'll look and see if the watercolor option is available on the free program:)

Valerie-Jael said...

Love the flowers and your edits! Have a lovely day, hugs, Valerie

Anna said...

Lovely !!!!!
I use for my pictures.
Have a creative week !

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Celeste! OH, I love Picmonkey! I use it mainly for making collages or my blog headers, since I have Photoshop to lighten or sharpen the image. This app look like FUN! I believe there is an app for iphone called Waterlogue that also gives you a watercolour effect! So many fun tools to play with! Your roses are simply gorgeous, especially that yellow one! Much love, Anita

Debby Ray said...

These are so beautiful! Picmonkey is my go to photo editor, although I do use Picasa and sometimes Photoscape. I also have the Royale version and know exactly where posterize is. I never experimented with it much since I wasn't real fond of that effect. Thanks for the tip...I will need to try that! Have to ever tried BeFunky? It has a free version with many great editing and effects...including a watercolor one that really like. It is a free download too. Thanks for sharing and have a great Monday!

Creations By Cindy said...

Ooh, I love how the watercolor effect turned out on your already beautiful flowers. Watercolor or oil based (Photoshop techniques) always make a blurry picture look GOOD! Love your pretties)
Hugs and blessings, Cindy

TexWisGirl said...

your roses are just lovely. i do hope texas and lousiana stay safe from more flooding this week!

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste, the watercolour effect, is just beautiful :O)
Wonderful roses!
Have a happy and blessed new week, my dear friend!
Sending Love and hugs,

Kim said...

What a really neat idea! I have seen that watercolor effect as an app for your phone, but I have never checked Picmonkey. I was playing around with filters there last week...I have the free version and didn't notice it, but I wasn't looking specifically for it. Now I will! What a great idea for blurry photos!!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Simply lovely effect... You've encouraged me to try it out. Watercolored through PicMonkey or just photographed your roses from your garden are beautiful.

1CardCreator said...

Gorgeous roses, Love the watercolor effect too! The Posterize function is free to all, I had no idea thats what it did till now. thanks for sharing. ~Diane

Linda M. said...

Celeste, Very pretty watercolor effects. I use Photoshop Elements to do this to some photos and I love the effect too. Enjoy your week! Linda

20 North Ora said...

Love those watercolor effects. Watercolor is my favorite method of painting. Seems I don't have much time to do it anymore. Must get back to it.


Sara - Villa Emilia said...

Such wonderful images! Your roses are lovely and the effects you have used are beautiful.
Have a lovely week!

Anonymous said...

Hi Celeste! Oh, these flowers look gorgeous in the water color thingy! Your could frame these. Hope you're off to a wonderful week.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful flowers and so cheerful in the house. I love the edits! Wishing you a lovely afternoon. 97 this afternoon in GA!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Beautiful! Love how the watercolor feature creates such a nice graphic effect. You have a great week too! XO, Liz

Julie's Lifestyle said...

What a great idea and your photos look so pretty! Have a nice Monday!

Kathy said...

Thanks for the tip. I'll have to try this sometime. It certainly works well for you!

Nancy's Notes said...

Celestina, what incredible photography! Your roses are truly exquisite in each photograph! I love playing with my photographs, isn't it just the best fun?
Have a great week!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Celestina such pretty pictures and thanks for sharing this great feature on PicMonkey. I use PM a lot but have never tried this effect. I can do watercolors with my smart phone but don't always have it with me. I'm going right over to check it out and don't be surprised if you see something on my next post, with great credit to you..Happy Monday.,Judy

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Dearest Celeste,
These all turned out lovely, and I think that was such a savvy way to make use of blurred photo as well. I had never thought of that, in fact I always get so aggravated with myself when I think I have a good photo to only find out it needs to be deleted. I enjoy picmonkey too and for this non-tech, gal it is so user friendly. Your knock outs are gorgeous, they are one of my favorite blooms and so well suited to our North Texas landscape.
Let us keep our fingers crossed that the rain stays away, our lakes just aren't dropping fast enough.
I enjoyed your visit today, it was so nice to hear from you!
Warmest of Hugs to a lovely Lady,

Joy Junktion said...

I recently paid for Picmonkey and am Loving it! I used Photoshop Elements for awhile but could never really understand the whole program so I was Thrilled to find picmonkey! Love your 'paintings' and truly your roses are beautiful! Many blessings my friend! Cindy

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Thanks you for sharing this great tip at our Cooking & Crafting with J & J party! Have a nipple day and week!
Julie xo

Sola Scriptura said...

Your flowers are just gorgeous! I love how you made the watercolor photos. Very clever, I will have to play around with the watercolor effect ;)

Unknown said...

Celestina, Thank you for sharing this tutorial. Very informative!

A Colorful World said...

Looks like fun! You got some great results.

Stephanie said...

Thank you for spreading beauty and charm, sweet Celeste. Your images were such a joy to look at. I love the water color effect....the knock out roses are my favorite :)

Thank you so much, dear friend, for sharing with Roses of Inspiraton. Hugs to you!

A Colorful World said...

I meant to tell you how much I appreciated you coming by and commenting on my quilting blog. I finally finished the embroidered fabric painted fairytale quilt and sent it to the family! It was a lot of fun, but took me a while, and I doubt if I will ever do anything that complex again for a gift. I oil paint, but haven't done a canvas in a few years except for a portrait of my brother's dog who passed on. I used to glaze tiles...check out my other blog, bluelotustile some time when you have a minute (I also posted the fairytale quilt on piece-fulness) to see the work I did then. I stopped when we moved here four years ago...never had my own kiln and it was pricey getting the pieces fired so I gave it up. Have sold or given away most of the tiles I made but I still have a few. I just love being concentrating on quilting and embroidery these days. You have such a fascinating blog, with interesting creative posts. Thanks for taking the time to visit the quilting blog and meant a lot!

Debbie Harris said...

Oh how fun! Amazing all the things we can do with computers, and phones I might add.
I found a place on my phone that I can change a photo into a cartoon look, so I did one of my husband and the grandkids got a real kick out of it. They couldn't believe it wad their "Pa" :-)

Enjoy your day, my friend.
Much love ~ Debbie

Anonymous said...

Beauty and charm on programs. I use other programs. Yours are lovely.

Now I am in doing small slides.

I did my older son a slide for his Birthday. Working on one for my sister in-laws Birthday. You use your own pictures and there is cute things applied you can put on. You need time. Not something you can just quickly do first time.

You should have a look. It is free.

Kizoa Free Photo Creativity. Write it in on your browser.

Unknown said...

I didn't know you could to this! Now neat! :)

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

living from glory to glory said...

Hello My Dear Talented Friend...
I just read your post about how doing this with a photoshop, I use Picasa and before I commented I tried it and it works wonderful! I did try it with a daisy picture that I had in my photos! What fun, I never would of known how to do this, so thanks so much for sharing the HOW TO...
I did love your roses so much!
Love, Roxy

Zaa said...

This is really lovely and exciting...Your roses are beautiful...I shall have to check this program out..Thanks for the inspirations... Hugs

My Garden Diaries said...

Oh I so need to try this as the affect is stunning! As are your incredible blooms!!! Happy day to you! Nicole xo

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Gorgeous blooms....I never tire at looking at pretty flowers. Pic Monkey is great! So many possibilities and I see you are creating some beautiful creations....xo

Art and Sand said...

I have never tried watercolor on Picmonkey. I have just the picture I want to try it on.

Art and Sand said...

I have never tried watercolor on Picmonkey. I have just the picture I want to try it on.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful roses Celeste...this program reminds me of that iPad watercolor app....

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

They are all pretty, but I really like the last one, because it looks like a greeting card. xoxo Su

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Picmonkey is so much fun to play with! Your watercolor photos are so pretty!

Dorthe said...

I`m not really good at this, dear Celestina Marie, but seing what you did, I surely wants to try it out, again ,too, -so thank you for links, and your beautiful examples !!
Hugs from Dorthe

Tete said...

I have the royal version now, too. I will go in and see if I can find the watercolor. I wonder what cows look like with this one???

Red Rose Alley said...

How fun to play with our pictures. I've never tried the watercolor on Picmonkey before. Your red roses are so pretty, and they caught my eye instantly. :~) The yellow rose is gorgeous too.


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

OOO, you have some beautiful blooms.

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Celestina Marie
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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..