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I guess it is time to make this lj-account of mine semi-private.
If you are new here & want to read more, make a commment here & add me.
I am always open for new people & will follow back.

But if you only come here for the graphic stuff, those Entries are still set to 'Everyone (Public)', so no worries. :)
P.S.: Just in case you need any of the Resources I am offering for Free on the Net... My Tags here on LJ
 
 
 
 
 
 
I've been doing an 365 Days Challenge with my Smartphone... not all are well done but some of my faves so far will be posted every now and then... :)

This one is from January the 01'st 2017

1/365 - 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
I didn't have the nerves to really finish a book in October & having been sick half of the month, so I just watched a lot of TV.

+ Oktober 2016

-Moving Pictures of any kind-
Contagion
Pratical Magic [(rewatch) twice] *
Finding Dory (Cinema/Theatre)
Belle
Containment – Eine Stadt hofft auf Rettung
Secrets & Lies - Season 2
After
The Baker
Watchmen (rewatch) **
Up
The Big Wedding
Teaching Mrs. Tingle (rewatch) ***
Exam
Infini
The Enfield Haunting (TV Mini-Series 2015)
Precious - das Leben ist kostbar ****
Terror - Ihr Urteil
Bob's Burgers - Season 2 (rewatch)
Z-Nation
The Walking Dead - Season 1-5 Marathon (rewatch)
Grosse Pointe Blank *****
Dead Rising
Murder She Solved – Frauen auf Täterjagd - Season 1
The Day of the Triffids - BBC 2009

-Books-
Just some political Magazines & E-Zines
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* = Love this movie, I recommend it
** = Still awesome
*** = We all had a teacher, we diliked/hated
**** = Alway crying, when I watch this
***** = Ahhh! Childhood & yummy young, hot John Cusack
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hello!

So, 5/6 of the Year gone and by now we all know that 2016 isn't what we thought it would be...

So let's make this short and sweet!
November Desktop Calendar. Simple, weird & with pale, fading colours. :)

I wanted to try my hand at a (semi-)pastel piece. With blurred lines between the colours.
I used the Secondary Colours. Then I created a Polka Dot pattern, which I gave a old paper Texture.
I tried to make it simple & not too warm.
November2016-DeskCal
I hope you like it.
But I also hope, that this weird Year ends fast...

To my F-List here @ LJ, in my next private update I will tell you what I did to be able again to not only post but to be able, to comment again... I still have a headache from it (and am so SORRY, that I didn't try it earlier).
I made it... I think tomorow November will start with reading my LJ f-list first thing... so much to catch up on. :)

Yours,
 Nokta

P.S.: Feel free to share this Calendar. And don't forget, Constructive criticism and comments in general are always welcome!

P.P.S.: I know, I need a new keyboard, sorry for the missing letters...
 
 
 
 
 
 
I have seen 'roundups', 'lists' & 'compilations' like this for some time (or better, years) now & since I wanted to post more often on LJ, I thought I would try this for every Months from now on.
So, here's my meagre start with September... the list is not complete because I forgot to write down a few movies.
I'll try to do better in October... :D

+ Septembr 2016

-Moving Pictures of any kind-
REC (rewatch)
Dolan's Cadillac
Boy/Shônen
Volver (rewatch) *
Die Frau von früher **
Medium - Season 1 (rewatch)
Bob's Burgers - Season 1 (rewatch)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (rewatch)
The Craft (rewatch) ***

-Books-
Duma Key -by- Stephen King (reread) ****
Ein Garten am Meer -by- Bertina Henrichs
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* = I love this movie so much! I recommend it
** = I had seen it partially for a bit over 2 years ago, but won't count it as a rewatch because I only watched it a bit before falling asleep
*** = Always a good thing to watch this one, ach 1996 was a good year in many ways... <3
**** = This Book is the Best! Very recommendable
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hi!

So it's almost October, my month... my favourite Month!!
Autumn is getting better, rainier, colder... :)

And with it all comes a new Desktop Calendar.
This time I wanted to make a loew key piece, since I really just tried my hand on smaller things, partially using traditionally pieces, which I digitalised.

I hand-dyed and aged a new Din A4 size piece of paper then scanned it. I used not just tea, but red cabbage.
I distressed parts of the paper with a tea bag, roughing its texure.
Then I created an aged piece of paper with the same dimensions, but digitally.

Afterwards I did blend both textures together... with old folding marks, scratches and all.
Adding the border and a few extras like the main star sign of the month (according to the Western Astronomy) I tried to give it the last final touches.

I wanted it to be a bit more simplistic, really focusing on mixing different mediae.

October2016-DeskCal
I hope you like it.
Feel free to share this Calendar. And don't forget, Constructive criticism and comments in general are always welcome!

BTW, September went by so fast... don't you think?

 
 
 
 
 
 
A beautiful clasp holding back knowledge, mysteries, stories...
Book-Clasp
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I would like to share this link in the hopes, that you will find some new people, too.
If it's not your cup of tea, just skip this post... :)


my thread
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hellö,
so it's 2/3 of the Year 2016 gone, hm?
Summer's end is nigh, at least meteorologically speaking.
The whole World lives on credit... foodwise.
And what have you been up to? :)
Me, I have been lounging and done some work.
Then some good old stay-cation and some more work. :)
Afterwards I went back to my monthly game of creating a wallpaer calendar for September.
While working on it I did notice, that I actually needed to work more on bevel, shadow and texture work.
I scanned some of my own hand stained papers to add a 'used' feel to the wallpaper. ( I stain with black tea, coffee, red & purple cabbage, etc.)
Also trying to work out a better type of cutting and blending to let items look more real.
September2016-DeskCal
Hopefully you'll like it.
We had some very hot days over here, somewhere between 30 to 38 °C (86-101 °F), which is so not typical for Northwestern Europe, and I didn't really like it.
What about you, lovelies? How was your Summer(northern hemisphere)/Winter(southern hemisphere)?
Are you waiting/wishing for some cool evenings? Colourful leaves?
Sitting in a cosy corner of your home with a book/pet on rainy days?
I would love to know.
Yours,
Nokta
P.S.: Feel free to share this Calendar. And don't forget, Constructive criticism and comments in general are always welcome!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Hey hey,

I hope you all had a good time so far... 2016 sure goes by fast. And with a new month another Desktop Calendar is there.
This one was more 'experimenty' so to speak. :)

This time I was trying to play with scratches, different shades & fog to create a texture form 'Scratch', using different layers & layer masks, too. I wanted to recreate a stitch border, with yarn texture and gaussian blurred shadows beneath the letters & numbers. Also I created a pattern & put it on top with opacity set very low.

August2016-DeskCal
I hope you like it. ;)

Work & health have been a bother these months
I hope to get into blogging again around end of August or beginning of September... when it's cooler and Autumn is closer.

I hope to be more around, too, at that time.
Anything you want to say? Anything new happening? Tell me! :)

Yours,
 Nokta

P.S.: Feel free to share... :) Also, Constructive criticism is always welcome!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hi! :3
I have had a rough month, and with my late father's birthday a few days ago, I was just not able to write, or rather I din't want to fill people's F-List with depressing yammerings of mine

I know it's the beginning of Summer in the Northern Heisphere, so I will try and keep it short for you all out there.

Although I am allergic to wood dust, and my skin won't get along with it.. I love, love, love creating stuff out of wood, like for example hair sticks and baord games.
I wanted to create a digital, wooden Boho-Style Table/Tray out of wood 'scraps'.
I used the clone tool, different layers & layer masks. Cutting wood digitally &amp; the use of the grid. option. Playing with drop shadow alternatives. Also a bit of dodge & burn was used again.
July2016-DeskCal
I can only hope you like this one. Since it's one of my personal favourites of this Year.

Are you heading for a staycation or do you have something planned for this year's Summer Holidays? Like going abroad...
And if you're from the Southern Hemisphere, does it feel stupid how blogs are so Northern Centric when it comes to the topic of Seasons and the likes? :)
Tell me, tell me...

Yours,
Nokta

P.S.: Feel free to share this Calendar. And don't forget, Constructive criticism and comments in general are always welcome!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hello dears!

May has gone by so quickly. I am shocked to say the least.
And though I am a tad bit late, I have the June Desktop Wallpaper with me.

For this I used the clone tool, different layers & layer masks. Changing the colouring, and giving it a slightly 'canvasy' look by using & mixing different textures.
Also a bit of dodge & burn was used, where it was needed.

I wanted to give it that grainy, stark feeling of some of those old retro photos. Being bolder with the colours yet having that slighly dreamy feeling.

Well, on to the Wallpaper for June 2016.

June2016-DeskCal

I hope it is to your liking.

What about you?
Did May pass too fast for you, too? Anything coming up this Summer?
I would love to hear about it!

Yours,
 Nokta

P.S.: Feel free to share this Calendar. And don't forget, Constructive criticism and comments in general are always welcome!
 
 
 
 
 
 
I would love to own one of these...
Usturlab
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Hallöchen!

As you know I have been ill for most of this months so I was 'able', or rather had the time, to look through a few 15 year old memorabilia and I remembered my time in the UK.
This unique shop, Tiger Lily, in Oxford which used to sell penis shaped noodles and opium scented incense sticks and that lovely, old hotel in London, Regent Palace Hotel, I stayed at for some time. :3
*sighs* Good times.

I did remember two things best.
01.) After the great fire of London, the houses were built of stone. Cut stone, brick stone, etc.
02.) Everywhere you go, you have those distinctive street signs.

I used the clone tool, different layers & layer masks to change the brick stone wall partially. I wanted to see if I could change these stones, without it being visible which part was and which was not in the end.
Then creating the centre piece in the style of Street name plates from London.
I also wanted to work out a (semi-)realistic looking bevel and drop shadow for this plate.

Ok enough of my blabbering, now on to the Wallpaper for May 2016.

May2016-DeskCal

I hope you like it.

P.S.: Feel free to share this Calendar. And don't forget, Constructive criticism and comments in general are always welcome!