Marbled Leaves in Photoshop

I had planned on doing something for Halloween, but got sidetracked on a number of other things. One of these side projects was creating a pattern using the leaves from last weeks post. I got it done, decided it needed to become a stencil, and while working on the stencil, found images that I wanted to turn into stamps, and started down that path. Long story short, it was like the children’s book- “If you give a Moose a Muffin”- where I finally circled back to the original project of the leaves, but that left me with no time for a Halloween project. So, that will need to be put on hold until next year 😉

In my leaves experiment, I was working with a Gelli Arts print in Photoshop to add some color to my leaves. I also had another print that I was using to try to give the illusion of water, so it would look like the leaves were floating on a pond. In my mind, I wanted to make the leaves look as if they were swirling around on the water. So I used a filter from the Filter Gallery (Distort-Wave). I was on the wrong layer and instead of rippling the water, it rippled the layer that I was using to color the leaves. I loved the way it turned out, although it wasn’t what I had planned originally. It looked like marbling.

Here was the print I started with for the leaf color:

Gelli Art Print Abstract

And here is the way the leaves turned out. On the right, image I added a light effect to look like there was sun shining on the center of the leaf pool.

Marbled Leaves

Try one of the distort filters and see what you can come up with!

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