Brand New Facebook Group!

One of the things about other art groups that bothers me is they seem to be just strictly sharing art/scrapbook pages or sharing ads.  There  doesn’t seem to be much interaction between artists. I am a social person and like to get to know my fellow artists and scrapbookers!

By joining Artfully Yours, Leslie’s Facebook group, members are encouraged to ask questions of each other, share tips and tricks and just overall have fun getting to know each other. In addition to all that, you will get alerted of Artfully Yours, Leslie sales before anyone else and get access to freebies that are exclusive to those in my group.

Sharing your art and scrapbook pages is highly encouraged, even if Artfully Yours, Leslie products are a small percentage of your completed project.  With that said, I am not looking for my group to be a scrapbook CT dumping ground.  Using other designers’ products in your art that you share are more than ok and definitely acceptable, but please don’t share links to another designer’s store.  However, crediting them is perfectly fine (and encouraged!)

I hope to see you in the Artfully Yours, Leslie Facebook Group!!

Artfully Yours,


I couldn’t wait to play with my dandelion Photoshop brush set! This isn’t my usual style of art, but, I had a great time playing, just the same!

I started with a couple of backgrounds from the Misty Sky Artist Background Pack and changed blend modes and opacity.   Using a couple different styles of brushes from the Dandelion Brush Set, I stamped three brushes in three different sizes, copied each one and made the top ones larger.  On the bottom dandelion stamps, I chose a brownish color, then changed the blend mode of the color layer (not the brush layer) to Hard Light.  The effect was quite surprising in that it blended the black center into the brown.   Next I chose some foliage from the Hand Painted Purple Passion set and used a bit of Warp to change up some of the angles of the leaves.

Playing with some brushes that come standard with the newest version of Photoshop – 2018 – I dotted in the blow-away parts of the dandelion (I don’t know what else to call them 🙂 ). The stem from the dandelion to the ground was drawn in using a hard brush and then I stamped in a brush from the Textured Brush Set 1 on the sides, enlarging them and changing the blend mode to Color Burn.

Texture 2-9 from The Cynthia Collection Part 2  was layered over the all of these layers and set to Soft Light blend mode with an opacity of 55%.

To bring some light back into the center I placed texture 3-6 of Painterly Backgrounds Set 3 over the top of everything, set the blend mode to Soft Light, 100% opacity, then masked out the edges to keep them dark. (One of my styles is a heavy vignette on the corners and edges, but sometimes to make them look darker without being totally black, I bring in light elsewhere for the illusion of more darkness on the corners and edges.)

There we have it.  A “hand painted” digital art composite!

Hope your day is filled with creativity!

Artfully yours,

P.S.  You will notice over time that I am not very creative with titling my art.  Words don’t come to me as easily as images.  I guess I’m ok with that.  I don’t exactly have any choice 🙂



New Blog Link and Free Texture!

Oops!  Silly me!  I forgot I owned a domain already and I could just create my blog here instead of at the generic WordPress blog site!

Anyway, I added to my last blog post a link to a free texture to get you started!

Hope you are having a great day!

Artfully Yours,