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Mixed Media Monday – Kaleidoscope Spring Photography

Kaleidoscope Spring Photography and Artwork by Adria Black

I am constantly trying to expand my skills in photography, and recently I’ve been working on learning my way around Adobe Photoshop to create digital artwork.  For the March Mixed Media collection, I wanted to really emphasize Spring.  Once I started playing around with my spring photographs, I discovered a very interesting way to create a compilation of photographs that look almost like they came from a child’s Kaleidoscope.  I really love how these Kaleidoscope photographs turned out, and now I just can’t stop making them!  The geometric designs are just so cool!

Creating Spring Kaleidoscope Photographs

All of these photographs were taken at Vander Veer Botanical Park’s Conservatory during their free Spring Show preview.  The Conservatory is an amazing place to visit in the Quad Cities Area.  Atizle and I try to make at least a couple of visits every year to watch the flowers and blooms change through the seasons.

Spring Flowers at Vander Veer Botanical Park's Conservatory by Adria Black (Spring 2017).
Spring Flowers at Vander Veer Botanical Park’s Conservatory by Adria Black (Spring 2017).

Next, I arranged 16 – 20 of the original image onto a canvas in Adobe Photoshop.  I continued to work with the images through the rotation features until I had a composition that I loved.  For these pieces, I focused on creating geometric patterns that felt balanced.

Spring Flowers Kaleidoscope Photograph by Adria Black
Spring Flowers Kaleidoscope Photograph by Adria Black

Geometric Patterns on Society 6 Products

These images turned out so beautiful and unless you look very closely you cannot see the original Spring floral images, but they still have that bright, Spring feel! These new Kaleidoscope photographs look so cool on their own.  But I think they look amazing when applied to the Society 6 products (which you can do with the majority of my photographs and artwork).  Check out this Kaleidoscope photograph on some of the Society 6 products.

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Spring Photographs from The Vander Veer Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa

Therefore, I created several of these kaleidoscope photographs using photographs from the Vander Veer Spring Show.  I loved all the brightly colored flowers at the Conservatory, as well as the pattern of the skylights.  Below you can see some of the other spring photographs that I captured at the Vander Veer Botanical Park Conservatory’s Spring Show in Davenport, Iowa.

Tropical leaves in Vander Veer Botanical Park's Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) - Photograph by Adria Black
Tropical leaves in Vander Veer Botanical Park’s Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) – Photograph by Adria Black
This windmill sits near the Koi Pond at Vander Veer Botanical Park's Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) - Photograph by Adria Black
This windmill sits near the Koi Pond at Vander Veer Botanical Park’s Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) – Photograph by Adria Black
Part of the Spring Show at Vander Veer Botanical Park's Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) - Photograph by Adria Black
Part of the Spring Show at Vander Veer Botanical Park’s Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) – Photograph by Adria Black

A Tropical bush in the Tropical Garden area of the Spring Show at Vander Veer Botanical Park's Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) - Photograph by Adria Black
A Tropical bush in the Tropical Garden area of the Spring Show at Vander Veer Botanical Park’s Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) – Photograph by Adria Black
Orange Spring Flowers and Yellow Daffodils at Vander Veer Botanical Park's Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) - Photograph by Adria Black
Orange Spring Flowers and Yellow Daffodils at Vander Veer Botanical Park’s Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) – Photograph by Adria Black
Vander Veer Botanical Park's Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa has a really cool monkey topiary hanging from the Conservatory's ceiling (Spring 2017) - Photograph by Adria Black
Vander Veer Botanical Park’s Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa has a really cool monkey topiary hanging from the Conservatory’s ceiling (Spring 2017) – Photograph by Adria Black

The Koi Pond at Vander Veer Botanical Park's Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) had some really cool reflections happening on the water - Photograph by Adria Black
The Koi Pond at Vander Veer Botanical Park’s Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) had some really cool reflections happening on the water – Photograph by Adria Black

Spring Kaleidoscope Photographs

Finally, I also created kaleidoscope photographs from these images, which you can check out below.  All of these prints are Giclee prints and therefore keep those vivid, bright colors that make Spring so special after the long Winter.  You can also get these Spring kaleidoscope photographs on all the other products that Society 6 offers, such as bedding, beach towels, pillows, tote bags, and cell phone cases.

Tropical leaves in Vander Veer Botanical Park's Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) that have been digitally manipulated with a kaleidoscope effect. (Artwork by Adria Black)
Tropical leaves in Vander Veer Botanical Park’s Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) that have been digitally manipulated with a kaleidoscope effect. (Artwork by Adria Black)
This windmill sits near the Koi Pond at Vander Veer Botanical Park's Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) that have been digitally manipulated with a kaleidoscope effect. (Artwork by Adria Black)
This windmill sits near the Koi Pond at Vander Veer Botanical Park’s Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) that have been digitally manipulated with a kaleidoscope effect. (Artwork by Adria Black)
Part of the Spring Show at Vander Veer Botanical Park's Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) that have been digitally manipulated with a kaleidoscope effect. (Artwork by Adria Black)
Part of the Spring Show at Vander Veer Botanical Park’s Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) that have been digitally manipulated with a kaleidoscope effect. (Artwork by Adria Black)

A Tropical bush in the Tropical Garden area of the Spring Show at Vander Veer Botanical Park's Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) that have been digitally manipulated with a kaleidoscope effect. (Artwork by Adria Black)
A Tropical bush in the Tropical Garden area of the Spring Show at Vander Veer Botanical Park’s Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) that have been digitally manipulated with a kaleidoscope effect. (Artwork by Adria Black)
Orange Spring Flowers and Yellow Daffodils at Vander Veer Botanical Park's Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) that have been digitally manipulated with a kaleidoscope effect. (Artwork by Adria Black)
Orange Spring Flowers and Yellow Daffodils at Vander Veer Botanical Park’s Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) that have been digitally manipulated with a kaleidoscope effect. (Artwork by Adria Black)
Vander Veer Botanical Park's Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa has a really cool monkey topiary hanging from the Conservatory's ceiling and I decided to digital manipulate the photo with a kaleidoscope effect. (Artwork by Adria Black)
Vander Veer Botanical Park’s Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa has a really cool monkey topiary hanging from the Conservatory’s ceiling and I decided to digital manipulate the photo with a kaleidoscope effect. (Artwork by Adria Black)

The Koi Pond at Vander Veer Botanical Park's Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) had some really cool reflections happening on the water that I digitally manipulated with a kaleidoscope effect. (Artwork by Adria Black)
The Koi Pond at Vander Veer Botanical Park’s Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) had some really cool reflections happening on the water that I digitally manipulated with a kaleidoscope effect. (Artwork by Adria Black)
A row of spring flowers at Vander Veer Botanical Park's Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) that have been digitally manipulated with a kaleidoscope effect. (Artwork by Adria Black)
A row of spring flowers at Vander Veer Botanical Park’s Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017)
that have been digitally manipulated with a kaleidoscope effect. (Artwork by Adria Black)
The gorgeous koi pond at Vander Veer Botanical Park's Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017) that has been digitally manipulated with a kaleidoscope effect. (Artwork by Adria Black)
The gorgeous koi pond at Vander Veer Botanical Park’s Conservatory in Davenport, Iowa (Spring, 2017)
that has been digitally manipulated with a kaleidoscope effect. (Artwork by Adria Black)

I would love to hear what you think of these new Kaleidoscope photographs.  Do you love them and want to see more photographs in this style?  Let me know in the comments below!  Also, don’t forget to check out the abstract tie dye patterns from last week, which are also part of the March Mixed Media Collection! All of these prints are available on Society 6, simply click on the photo of the piece you like and it will take you directly to the shop!

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