B: Batiks with Butterflies and Blouses

This is my 200th post and I’m celebrating with lots of butterflies and blouses!

I didn’t realize that bloggers celebrated their milestones until I was beyond my 100th post, so I promised myself I’d do it with number 200. Today is also the letter B in the April A-Z Challenge. And it’s the week in the Snappy H’appy Challenge that we explore mirroring with our photos using apps.

I hope you’ll B H’appy with my 200 butterflies and blouses (don’t worry it’s really only 25). ๐Ÿ˜‰

I began my exploration into mirroring with this photo of a butterfly on the grass.


I used an app I found for my Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Note. It’s called 1000 Filters (free). They have 16 different mirroring effects. I tried them all. Here are the butterflies that came out the best.

I felt limited with the composition of that photo so I found one of my Idaho butterfly shots.

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I think it made for much more interesting images.

You notice that they finally become a pattern, like a piece of fabric. That’s because the mirroring effect can build on itself. Keep mirroring and it multiplies!

Then for a completely different subject I picked a photo of some blouses in my closet.

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First I played with just the green and brown section, and the green and red together. But my favorites were the reds and oranges.

And then I had a really cool idea. Did you notice the “face’ in the second set of butterflies? I took that and applied the water-color effect from SketchGuru and voila. Batiks! (remember those?)

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I hope you enjoyed my 200th post and all of my crazy explorations into mirroring. I think I’ll use the original butterfly face as my pick of the week for Snappy H’appy. As always I welcome your comments on this or any other part of my blog.


For Batiks, Butterflies and Blouses.

For Batiks, Butterflies and Blouses.

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Please visit the gang at weliveinaflat for other wonderful mirroring effects.



54 thoughts on “B: Batiks with Butterflies and Blouses

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  2. Meghan Post author

    Thanks! Yes, I just started a post using some new patterns created by flower photos as a background for cutouts. I’m not totally happy with what I’ve got so far, but I’ll see what I can do today.

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  4. sassmuffins

    For starters, congrats on your 200th post. I am impressed! And I am also impressed by these photo to art challenge submissions. Batiks…yes I remember those. Had one lovely one with a zebra on my wall for many years (can we say 70’s!!!). These are really lovely. I am thinking yes, this is a great idea for fabric patterns! Wow. Or lovely digital photo backgrounds? Very cool.

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  12. Jackie

    Congratulation on your 200th post! I love it! It was fun to read and your images are very cool. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Meghan Post author

    Thanks! I know right? I have so many photos in my archives that would be fun to play with. I just wished the app saved them in a higher resolution.

  14. Y.P.

    congrats on the 200th post!!!!! woo hop – and lovely photos in this post – you are so creative. Love all the color the most. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yvette

  15. Meghan Post author

    Thanks Felicia! I’m part of a challenge that explores all sorts of apps and their effects. It’s really fun. Luckily most of the apps are free.

  16. Felicia

    Congratulations on your 200th post!! That’s quite the milestone and one to certainly be celebrated! I absolutely love these pictures too. I have never tried mirroring effects before. Thanks for the idea, I’ll have to give it a try at some point!

  17. Meghan Post author

    It would wouldn’t it! But my sewing days are over… making costumes for umpteen plays pretty much took the joy out of it for me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. Eileen Taylor

    This would be a good tool for working out a design for a quilt. I love some of your results.

    <a href=http://in-my-playroom.blogspot.co.uk/>Eileen @ In My Playroom (also doing the A to Z Challenge)</a>

  19. stacybuckeye

    Wow! Very cool app. I love the one that looks like fabric, I want to wear it ๐Ÿ™‚
    Congratualtions on 200 posts. I’ve never kept number of the posts just he years I’ve been blogging (6+).

  20. Jaimie Ramsey

    This is SO COOL!! I LOVE butterflies and once I got to watch Batiks being hand-made in Bali, Indonesia. What a beautiful art form.

    So glad I came across this today (visiting from the A-Z Challenge)! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Justine

    I love that, really cool, butterflies are just stunning esp the second one. Wow and what a cool ap I tried to find this for my Iphone but I think it is only for android? What fun you have had with it. I wanted to ask, I think I did before but sometimes I am losing comments/replies back, how did you get the cartoon of yourself, that is really cute and I would love one ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Meghan Post author

    I know right? I’m amazed at the orange boxes. I got some really cool green ones (I didn’t like the green and red) but I thought the post was getting a little long so I left them out. They might show up in another post. That app is really cool, even though it seems to only take square format (not that you can’t crop after). After mirroring, you can move it around and get all sorts of parts of the design, then save and do it again…. etc.

  23. Meghan Post author

    Yes, the closet is arranged by color… what can I say? It pleases me to have a few pockets of prettiness in my life, living in a house with 4 men and 4 animals and a garage packed with motorcycles and parts that migrate into the house constantly (well, not the bikes ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I see you on Bongo’s blog all the time (LOVE him).

  24. Meghan Post author

    Your comment on my post for your challenge got me thinking and is why I played with the watercolor effect on this one. Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Meghan Post author

    Thanks! I’ve always thought it would be fun to create fabric patterns… now I understand how some of it can be done.

  26. Meghan Post author

    It is! And the app is so wonderful on the touch screen, you zoom in and out and move it around to find something that appeals and voila! Thank you!

  27. Kuruk

    Beauwooowooootiful! Miss Firebonnet, if Buffy is up to it, I’d like to revisit maybe doing a haiku post together. Woooowoooooo, Ku

  28. Genevieve

    So your closet is arranged by color…? Or is that just for the picture? Either way, nice job. The effects are really pretty. And yes. I saw the little face!

  29. weliveinaflat

    The one with the clothes was the most surprising for me. Whoever would have thought that such a simple photo could have generated such complex and pretty designs! So that’s my favourite, but I like the repeated patterns of the other sets that, like you say, start to look like fabric patterns ๐Ÿ˜‰

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