Bamboo Fun!

I can’t draw.  I’ve never been able to.  But I can trace and I can color.  Not just can I, but I actually LIKE tracing and coloring.  Enter my new toy:  The Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen Tablet.

I originally got it to help me draw diagrams for my patterns, but I think it’s going to be able to do a lot more.  There’s a lot for me to learn, but here’s what I’ve done so far:

Picture 1:  Photo taken at our local botanical gardens.


Picture 2My sketch using the pen tablet in Photoshop.  I think this could be done using a mouse, but it’s much easier with a pen.  I created a transparent layer over the original and started tracing on the transparent layer.  Then, I deleted the layer with the original photo and here’s what I was left with.

arbor sketch

Picture 3Coloring in using the mouse in Photoshop.  I used the paintbrush tool and reduced the opacity so the colors wouldn’t color over my black sketched lines.

Arbor Sketch

I can already hear some of you Photoshop and graphic design people out there thinking, “Poor girl, I can’t believe she’s posting this sorry stuff.”  :o)  But for me this is big!  I’m no artist, but maybe with some time I could pass as slightly better than a 7 year old.

36 Responses to “Bamboo Fun!”

  1. 1 beki May 28, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    I think that’s pretty darned cool!!

  2. 2 Tina May 28, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    You did such a nice job. I’ve been looking at one of those. It looks like so much fun.

  3. 3 Karyn May 28, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    I am COMPLETELY impressed!!! I’ve been eyeing those tablets and wondering what the heck people use them for. Now I know!

  4. 4 Blondie May 28, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    This is very cool- I love what you’ve done! Keep up the great work.

  5. 5 Sue B May 28, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    oh way cool! Oh that is really too much fun – I gotta get one of those too!

  6. 6 Sion May 28, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    I love this! =) I can tell that you had fun making this, which I think is the most important thing when it comes to art.

  7. 7 Stefanie May 28, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    I need to get me one of those!

  8. 9 Joseph Becher May 28, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    That’s really cool. 🙂

  9. 10 Jennifer May 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Oh wow. I think that’s MY botanic gardens too!

  10. 11 randomrevelations May 28, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    You have such a photographic eye. I probably have walked past that spot 100 times and not stopped to notice. Too busy chasing crazy people. Will you do my portrait next? From the neck up, of course. Oh, and on my good side. And only from a 27* angle from the horizon. And during the wee dawn hours. I look best from that light.

  11. 12 Mearaid May 28, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Looks pretty good to me.

  12. 13 Dana Dickson May 28, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Cool idea – love the outcome.

  13. 14 Judi May 28, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    I really like that! There is so much potential for adding that into your work. It looks like so much fun. Love it!

  14. 15 Julie D May 28, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    That looks like fantastic fun! As a kindred-spirit “non-drawer” I feel your pain…..I’d love one of those tools too!

  15. 16 Tina in Bosotn May 28, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Oh, no! This looks so neat! Looking forward to seeing more creations with your new toy. 🙂

  16. 17 melissa@yummygoods May 29, 2008 at 5:41 am

    i am an Illustrator user, not Photoshop, but i think what you did is awesome! I want a wacom and I want one NOW. My birthday is in July, in case anyone wanted to know.

  17. 18 katie May 29, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Hey, I think that’s AWESOME! Wow. I have always thought those tablets would be fun.

  18. 19 lera May 29, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Very nice, Linda. Your Photoshop skills far exceed mine 🙂

  19. 20 Julie May 29, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Wow! I’ve been researching the Wacom tablet myself, and it’s nice to see someone crafty who’s got one. I like using the computer to draw, and the mouse just does not cut it. I think I’ll get one when I get a surplus of money… so that means maybe Christmas!

  20. 21 Elizabeth May 29, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    I think that looks great. Just think of the cute cards you can make!

  21. 22 Jason May 30, 2008 at 8:52 am

    Very nice pictures and I love the Bamboo

  22. 23 Melanie May 30, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Well I’m impressed! I can’t draw either. I did a sketch of a crow today for a cushion I’m planning and hubby (bless his dear little heart-I have a deep freezer planned for him one of these days LOL) asked if it was a landscape of hills. I honestly didn’t believe I was THAT bad, but he couldn’t even see the crow when I told him! I think I may actually NEED one of your gismos. 🙂

  23. 24 Heddy_e May 31, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Ya know, I have one of those tablets and never really learned all there was to do with it. Thanks again for a great idea!!

  24. 25 Michele June 1, 2008 at 9:22 am

    As a Photoshop novice…I’m VERY impressed!

  25. 26 alisonmc June 2, 2008 at 12:23 am

    This discovery is big for me too. Makes me wonder why I’m bothering to learn to draw properly and suffering the taunts of my friends at my ineptitude with a pencil and paper. All hail Photoshop!

  26. 27 celeste June 2, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    go on witcha’ bad self!

  27. 28 Tiff@Three Peas in a Pod June 3, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Great Job!! I went to the site. Those tablets are pretty neat!! maybe I can convince hubby to get one!

  28. 29 Mary June 3, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Thanks for the idea! I got the Bamboo about a month ago, and I downloaded some free drawing programs from apple, but I never thought of using it with photoshop. Your drawing is lovely.

  29. 30 Claire June 4, 2008 at 6:05 am

    That is a really cool tool. I don’t think you should put yourself down!!! It looks great to me!

  30. 31 Linda L June 12, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    I am so glad I read this. I have a Wacom Tablet with my 4D Embroidery program. Like you I can’t draw, but I am a darn good tracer. This is such an even better idea using Photoshop to add color. I think you did a great job! Thanks for sharing this.

  31. 32 June 17, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Great post!

    I check in each day and always learn something new.


  32. 33 Elle F. June 22, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    I got a Bamboo Fun for Christmas, and I never thought of doing this! It’s a cool method, thanks for posting it!

  33. 34 industrialpoppy June 27, 2008 at 8:59 am

    I love your drawing! I have never even heard of the tool, but will definately look into it!

  34. 35 Beth June 28, 2008 at 8:20 am

    My husband and daughter bought one of those (or some similar Wacom product). As far as I know, they’ve never used it. I’ll have to show them your post to inspire them!

  35. 36 Christine February 3, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    You did an amazing job! I am really interested in the Bamboo Fun Tablet and your post has helped me a lot. Blessings!

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