Occasionally I get to employ my graphic design background with my fine art creations. For example, in the new children's book I am working on, Duncan's Magical Garden, I've created a intricate border design (as a separate painting) then the portrait of a black bunny (the main character) which was also done as a separate work of art. In my computer graphics program I combine the two paintings to create a new composition (shown above) which will be the final illustration for the new book.
I often use this same technique to change one of my miniature paintings (ACEOs) into a format for bookmarks and greeting cards. Its fun to come up with a different composition and also to refine a piece or even change a certain part of the painting I am not happy with. Sometimes when I finish a miniature painting, there are parts of the piece that I am really pleased with, but other areas I'm disappointed in. In my graphics program I can take apart a piece and keep what I am happy with while removing what is disappointing to me. The little mermaid bookmark (below right) was created form an early ACEO in which I felt I had given the beautiful mermaid a nose and forehead that was perhaps a bit, er, too strong. Remember, these works of art are only a few inches square, so that little nose (being size of a pencil tip) was easy to make too big. So, I was able to give little mermaid a "nose job" in her new role as a bookmark!
Below is how Ms. Mermaid looked in my original painting;
Below are a handful of my unique bookmarks and their corresponding originals: