Today’s layer is #4 and consists of two images. One is the color paint layer and the other is how I have used the colored paint layer.
To start, I created a yellow/gold layer based on colors contained within the original design layer. I use the rectangle tool in Photoshop to create a layer. Then I make the layer a specific color using the color picker tool and choosing from my design. This way I keep all of the colors in my final picture compatible with each other.
After I have chosen the color I use a Snap Art filter to make the solid color more of a brushstroked color. I use short brush strokes, lots of color variations and lots of saturation and contrast. This makes a nice textured pattern that has some awesome color variations. Again they are all the same color tones as the original design.
Now I vary the transparency of this layer. If you look closely you will see the original design peeking through a bit. This maintains the visual consistency of the underlying design while using other colors to have an overlaying picture.
There is no rhyme or reason to what color I use and where. At this point I have surrendered my image to the universe. When I feel a certain way I know I have found my color. Then I vary transparency and again when I feel a certain way then I leave it. Lots of slight manipulations trying to find a specific visual image. Every time I try to “think” my way through an image I lose the magic of it. I have learned to just let go and see what it is I am meant to create 🙂