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The Recipe I Can’t Live Without with Deborah McMillion from the United States


We have a new section at and it’s called ‘The Recipe I Can’t Live Without’, within that we are asking highly successful mobile artists to give us their one recipe (tutorial) they can’t live without in relation to editing their images. Kicking us off today, is Deborah McMillion from the United States. She has created a wonderful portraiture family recipe . To read the others in this new series, please go here. (foreword by Joanne Carter)


“Spaghetti Bolognese

My mother was a good cook but she didn’t cook spaghetti. The Navy had ruined spaghetti for my dad by putting it in cans for C-Rations. Fortunately the few times dad cooked (“want C-Rations?”) didn’t ruin it back! This is not her recipe”.

Ingredients (safe ingredients)

SuperimposeX, Sketchbook,WordSwag, Formulas


SuperimposeHdOne photo of my mother, cut out, drop her in SB

Mom stirred-er-repositioned and painted. Sometimes I drop out the image, sometimes I double it and use it for blending modes, and many many variations on that the effects begin with the her llayer.

Sketchbook-my cloud photo, too busy. Solid black.


Cutting out plants lots from my photos/adding and layering


WordSwag for spring poem (Chaucer).


Final Redo hair edges and shorten. Add verse from Chaucer on spring and free-hand ribbon.

Collage was perhaps not invented by the Surrealists (one kind of decoupage uses many principals of collage but it is a craft, not fine art). The Surrealists made it into an art form and expression.

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