Looking much more interesting on the gold gradient background:
And here I emphasized the gold. It reminds me of sky scraper windows in the sunset, with some warped reflections of other windows included.
I added ripple effect. A bit over the top, but I'm wondering could it be used as a portion of some other design (that is, cut and paste small sections of it to other images). Few designs have no potential at all. :-)
The next two are based on a pattern that Gimp creates for you when you go to Filters: Render: Pattern: Diffraction Pattern. You can fiddle with a lot of settings to get different kinds of patterns, but once you fiddle during a Gimp session, that it is, you can never go back to the plain version. So the patterns just get more and more fragmented and broken up. It resets when you restart Gimp. Probably a bug and not a design feature, eh? Anyway, the patterns that result are pleasing but rather blurry. The center rectangle is more the original pattern, with a bright background showing through. I learned finally to adjust just one color at a time in Color: Hue-Saturation. That way I could choose more yellow, to hide all the green and make it another color, etc. Otherwise I would have shifted all of the colors and once and would have been stuck with a lot of too too bright variations. The rectangles in the middle of each outside row have been colorized, so that they become shades of one color. I toned down the saturation as well; this helped to calm down the overall design when they were combined. I added a frame that I drop-shadowed to place it above the images.
Here is another version, with bump mapping applied to the rectangles. This one has more character and the blurriness of the original images no longer matters.
Which brings me to my new "favorite design".....these are things I do that every time I come back to them I smile. Opposite of mehhh, I guess. I made two layers with one of my new orange/green/blue gradients, in square shapes.. This gradient has a lot of clear sections, so much of the background shows through. Then I took each layer and warped it, very precisely (clicking exactly in the center, choosing to have a large amount of the image affected by the warping). Here is how it looked as I warped the second layer:
This is with one layer warped, the other not. I added a gold-shaded gradient background, in either a circular or square shape. What is cool is that the lightest portion of the gold gradient aligns with one of the square shapes. Again, thanks to the precision of drawing the gradients by starting exactly in the center of the image.
Here it is with the second layer warped in the opposite direction:
Then I started playing around with the gradient background colors. Just as I had mentioned that some stamps and gradients seemed difficult to use in more than one project, I can see myself wiling away many happy hours with this orange/blue/green gradient. Aqua version:
Mossy green version:
Shaded pink version. Nothing to learn by showing all these others, I just revel in the color variation. Probably someone one day will do a study that shows that cooing over colors is mentally and physically good for us! At which point I will market my blog as a health product.....
Same image, with colors shifted a bit, and bump map applied to one layer. There is now much less of a circular feel to it and more of a spinny feeling.
With colors inverted:
And the background color changed:
Here is the background alone, without the colored layers.
This was a combination of an open, criss-crossed gradient above a warped background gradient. I added bump map to the lower gradient:
Added bump map a few more times, or maybe lighting effects with it's bump map addition.
And turned it mostly green to calm it down a bit.
That same useful multicolored gradient, in overlapping conical shapes. The background is formed from a bucket tool pattern, bleached to yellow from its original bright orange shades.
Here I added cartoon to the pattern to make it stand out more underneath the conical gradients.
And here I I-Warped the background:
Ahhh, I'm supposed to say something to bring it all together here, and to head us in our next direction, but really all I'm thinking about is I need to go out and get fresh coffee, and I'm almost done reorganizing the papers in my bedroom, and I still have a host of other things I want to get done, though in fact it's been a really productive 4 day weekend. Of course, it should be, that's what the extra two days are for, eh? This is how I expect retirement to start out, before the thrill of all that extra time wears off and I start my next enterprise in life..... Perhaps I will add some ruminations about art and crafts to this blog by the end of this evening, proving that I also found time for a bit of philosophy.