Last week's Freebie Friday was a chunk of plaster that you could download for use in your art.
This is a little tutorial showing two ways you could incorporate this type of element into your work.
The first way is more subtle. I created a background texture by blurring out a photo I took of a sunset and then heaped other textures on it in Photoshop while employing various blend modes. At the end, I layered in some of my plaster chunks and set them to screen, soft light and overlay blend modes so they aren't recognizable but added the texture I wanted to the image.
Here is the texture example:
After I felt satisfied with the results, I merged it all into one layer and saved as a JPG so that I could easily pull it into other compositions. I used it multiple times in this photo below that I captured at Governor Dodge State Park in Wisconsin.
So that is the more subtle route. Here is an example of using them directly in a composition. This is slightly exaggerated, I created this image just to show how they can be used. I started with a background image of canvas and then I brought in the plaster chunks to border the image. Then I copied in my photo of a Japanese Maple tree which had been filtered to look like a pastel sketch. I masked out portions of the image with watercolor look brushes. Finally I used watercolor brushes and the colors in the maple photo to paint on top of the plaster.
Using plaster in this way, just gives the image more of a three dimensional look and adds visual interest.
Here is an example in a finished composition where the plaster is more subtle.