Saturday, July 25, 2020

Caturday Art for Christmas in July

We like to participate with Caturday Art on Saturdays and thought today's creation reminded us of Christmas with the reds and greens with berries.
Brulee on her Ess having fun with graphic art

Christmas in July began in the South 84 years ago on July 24th and 25th in 1933 at a girls' camp called Keystone Camp in Brevard, North Carolina.  

Today is known as Christmas in July. Some television stations, such as the Hallmark Channel, have shown Christmas movies during the month of July. It's believed the tradition of Christmas in July began in the South during the hot summer month of July because the climate is typically hot and either sunny or rainy/thunderstorms, as opposed to the cold and snowy conditions traditionally associated with Christmas celebrations in the higher latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere. Some people like to watch various Christmas movies to celebrate this day, while others actually decorate their homes in Christmas/holiday decorations. However one chooses to celebrate, we think it's a fun idea because it's currently in the high 90s with thunderstorms here today in the deep South in South Carolina.

We chose a new "effect" from LunaPic today for our Caturday Art Creation. The new effect is Berry Art. Here's a simple explanation on how to create a fun graphic design, such as the one we did today. 

Brulee resting on her ESS beside her Sleepypod
Brulee resting on her curvy scratcher next to her Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed

We began by uploading the photo above into LunaPic. We've found if you load the photo first that it's very large and difficult to see everything without moving the screen around. Instead, we'll open LunaPic and then click on an effect to use. We did the following steps:
  • Open LunaPic
  • Click on "Art" and scroll down until you find the effect you'd like to use.
  • We clicked on Art and then on Newest Art Effects
  • When we found an effect we wanted to try, LunaPic asked us to upload a photo (see screen capture below)

  • We uploaded the original photo (see above) by clicking "choose file" and this was the immediate result

  • Once you have the design you want, you can click on the "save" button below the graphic.

As you can see, Brulee's eyes are a bright orange color. We like to change the eye color to a more green color to match the girls' beautiful green eyes, so we then upload the photo into PicMonkey. Some of the things we do in PicMonkey you may not be able to do with the "free" version.

Once we uploaded the photo we saved from LunaPic into PicMonkey, we begin messing with colors, copyright overlays, changing Brulee's eyes, and resizing the photo. We'll share more about how we work in PicMonkey at a later date. We were pleased with our final Caturday Art creation.

Caturday Art Creation of Brulee

As you can see above, when we tried to adjust some of the colors in PicMonkey, the green became a little lighter, but we liked it because it mimics the "softness" of Brulee's fur.

After we were pleased with our final design we saved it and then uploaded it into Canva to create our opening graphic.

We hope you enjoyed our creative process and the final result today.

You can see more Caturday Art Creations by visiting Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty.

Would you like to comment?

  1. WOW Brulee, that really is very pretty and you look like the Spirit of Christmas!

  2. Thanks for walking us through your process!

  3. That is some great art! And we enjoyed your tutorial about how you achieved this effect!

  4. What a pretty effect for Brulee!

  5. Very nice filter, sweetie😸Pawkisses for a Happy Christmas in July🐾😚😻

  6. That effect is stunning ... and appropriate! My favorite part is that you changed Brulee's eyes back near her natural color - which is a different shade of green than the rest of the picture - and really makes her eyes stand out more. One's eyes goes RIGHT to her eyes, making her the focus of the picture!

  7. The photo edit came out really cool! I totally watched a few Christmas movies last month when I noticed them on. I'm a sucker for cheesy Christmas movies and can't get enough of them in December, so figured why not watch a few in July this year haha. I think it drove my fiance a bit batty but I had fun!

  8. I missed this one! How could I Christmas in July is so relevant for us in New Zealand because it IS winter here!

    I love the photo edit. These mini tutorials make this accessible to others and this gets a huge thumbs up from us.

  9. This was really interesting to read! I have taken part in 'Christmas in July' a few times in various ways, but I've never really dug into the history of the tradition!


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