I think I’ve always loved nature. And stones. Or rocks. Call them whatever you like. When I was about 10 years old, I had a red rock that I just loved. It was probably about 4-5 inches in width, and about 1 – 1.5 inches in depth. It was red with flecks of white, and it was smooth, with a lovely patina on it. I don’t remember where I got it, but I remember carrying it around with me a lot. And I remember the day I couldn’t find it. When I asked my Mom where it was, she told me that she had thrown it away. She didn’t realize it was special to me. She thought it was just a rock.
I don’t know if that experience influenced me… or not… but I collect rocks. From my favorite places, from places we go on vacation… from my front yard. There’s just something about them… history, texture, character. If they make me smile… or wonder when I look at them, chances are I’m going to pick them up. Some deserve a special place on a display shelf, and some are sharing “living space” in a jar on my desk, where I can look at them when I want.
Two weeks ago, I released my Personal Use kit, Rocky Mountain Dreams. In that kit I included an inspirational stone. I loved it so much, I created a whole commercial-line of stones. (Stones, and Stones, the Collection.)
This week, I just couldn’t get stones off my mind. This time polished stones. Pretty stones. Stones that you could use as beads!
So I set to work creating two sets of Polished Stone Beads, as well as a String Photoshop Style, perfect for use in creating a string of beads, or just about anything!
To use the String Style, just create a straight or curvy line (thin, about 15 – 35 pixels works well), and then apply the Style color of your choice to create the perfect string to thread your beads.
Try the String Style on thin Text, or shapes, or stitches! There is no limit to their use. And the polished stone beads? String them, or create a bead scatter with them; tuck them into your clusters for added interest.
If you would like a refresher on how to use layer masks to easily make your ‘threading’ look realistic, you might enjoy reading my tutorial: Working with Layer Masks in Photoshop.
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