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Tattoos 4Life- Tutorial

Although there other tutorials exist for the assignment, I found another way for someone to complete this.

Many people like to know what their tattoo will look like before even entering the tattoo parlor, so I googled around and found a Tattoo Font Generator online. It’s completely free and very user-friendly.

  1. Go to Tattoo Font Generator, or type in The page should look like this: Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 1.16.51 PM
  2. The generator then has many features you can customize: TextFontArc, Direction, Size, Style, Forecolor, Backcolor. Below I will give a description on what each feature represents:
    1. Text: Allows you to type in the words, letters, etc.
    2. Font: Allows customization if you’d like the letter to be represented as symbols, be in script, typewriter, etc.
    3. Arc: Gives the text a curved feature, rather than running straight across in a line.
    4. Direction: Which direction do you want the text running? Use this feature to customize Up vs. Down.
    5. Size: Customize the overall font size: larger or smaller depending on where on the body the tattoo will be placed.
    6. Style: Normal or Italics.
    7. Forecolor: Change the color of the text itself. The generator offers shades ranging from black to gray.
    8. Backcolor: Customize skin tone. This gives you a great idea of what the tattoo will look like against your specific skin tone.
  3. Because this generator is user-friendly, it shouldn’t take long to get the hang of customizing the different elements of your tattoo in order to best represent your personality. When completed, the generator should look like this with all of the features filled in: Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 1.11.34 PM - Edited
  4. In order to embed the final product in your blog post, I took the screenshot and cropped out the generated tattoo. You can do this with any photo-editing software. You can then upload this picture to your post and begin to tell the story behind your tattoo. The picture will look like this: Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 1.30.23 PM - Edited
  5. In order to add different color effects to each picture you will include in the collage to tell the different stories, use a photo-editing software like Pixlr.
    1. Go to Pixlr Editor.
    2. Upload the picture of your tattoo. Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 1.32.52 PM - Edited
    3. To change color effects, go to Adjustment in the top tool bar. Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 1.41.31 PM - Edited
    4. Scroll through this tool, choosing different effects for your tattoo (e.g. Invert, Sepia, Solarize, etc.) Here is an example of what Invert would look like: Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 1.35.33 PM - Edited
    5. Once you’ve chosen and saved your different tattoos, it’s time to upload them into a collage. I like to use this great website that allows you to generate collages for free: BeFunky.
      1. At the website, click Get Started. This will take you to another screen that allows you to edit the template/layout/patterns/etc of the collage. It should look like this: Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 1.38.36 PM - Edited
      2. You can then upload the different pictures you generated with Pixlr, and the finished product can be saved and embedded into your blog post!

Holiday Mashup

For my final Mashup Assignment this week, I decided to create and complete my own assignment called Holiday Mashup worth 3 stars! I wasn’t feeling super enthusiastic about any of the other assignments. With the holiday season coming up, I am feeling very enthusiastic about Thanksgiving and Christmas though! I decided it would be great to give people the opportunity to creatively mashup their favorite holidays and cultural traditions. The assignment asks you to visually combine your top THREE favorites, creating a new character and telling the story behind that character. The goal is to preserve elements from each holiday/tradition you choose, while also formulating a new holiday/tradition out of the combination. My favorite holidays are: 1. Christmas, 2. Thanksgiving, and 3. Easter. I combined these into one, cohesive character below!


This character is the thankful Christmas bunny! He still has all of his Easter Eggs filled with treats, but each also contains a slip of paper (like a fortune cookie) which gives the recipient of the egg one of the things the bunny is thankful for. He has two little buddies, the bird and the turkey who help him deliver the thankful eggs to all the little children, like how Santa gives presents to little kids! If someone was bad that year, they received an egg that asks them to do something nice for someone else. I think by mashing up these three holidays, I have created a unique character that challenges both children and adults to be conscious of their actions and to live gratefully, while also being rewarded for their kindness.

I created this image with Pixlr, an online photo editing software. I used clipart images to create this character, all found through Google searches. I then added each image onto the picture by opening them up as a layer through the copied URL. I resized and positioned each image to make one cohesive character image.


For my second Mashup Assignment, I completed Twittr for 2.5 stars. The goal of this assignment is to combine two or more of your favorite websites using a Photoshop software. You want to try and be creative, giving the site a new name while also maintaining some of the elements of each site. I decided to combine Instagram and Pinterest, two of my favorite social media platforms. Instagram allows you to post pictures with filters and captions, while sharing them with family and friends. Pinterest allows you to “pin” or save pictures of fun recipes, outfits, photography, etc. By combining the two, we have PINTERGRAM! A fun and versatile website allowing you to take pictures of your likes and interests, and giving other users the ability to save these pictures in their own folders for later use or entertainment. Here is the logo that would be used!


I created this image through Pixlr, an online photo editing software. I simply cropped the current logos for both PInterest and Instagram and then copied them directly next to each other. Then for the image logo, I used the Instagram camera and placed a clipart image of the PInterest logo onto the lens of the camera.


My Favorite Friends and their Emoji Twins

For my first Mashup Assignment this week, I decided to complete Mashing Friends and Emojis for 4 stars! I was very excited for this assignment, and I am obsessed with emojis and using them in all forms of texting conversation. The express your feelings in a unique way that words cannot do on their own. Words definitely hold a lot of meaning, but I think it’s very cool how a symbol/picture can also hold just as much, or more, meaning than the word itself! I decided to use two pictures of my favorite people, Douglas and my sister Diana. Surprisingly, this assignment wasn’t too hard because I have a number of choice pictures of the two of them making funny faces. Here are their emoji twins!

BeFunky Collage

I created this collage through BeFunky! It’s a great website that gives many templates and options to create picture/video collages. All I had to do was pick my desired template and then upload the images from my computer. I found the emoji images through a Google search, and already had the images of Diana and Douglas saved on my computer. I love that without even trying, they both perfectly match their emoji twins 🙂 Douglas got the annoyed face emoji. In this moment he was definitely annoyed because I was taking too many pictures. He usually lasts for about 3-4 pictures, then gives up and shoots me one of these faces. My sister stole my phone at one point this year and took several beautiful pictures like the one above. I chose this one because it immediately made me think of the emoji sticking its tongue out!

What do you think? Are they twinning?

Emo Love Poem- E.E. Cummings

For my remix assignment this week in DS106, I was randomly generated and assigned Poetry Art [Remixed]: Go Emo. The original assignment asks you to take a favorite poem and create a poster for it using photo editing software. The remix then tells you to remix the assignment with a dark/emo theme, using black colors and dark images. I looked through the original poems people had posted for the assignment, but none of them were my favorite, so I decided to stick with one of my favorite poems by E.E. Cummings. Here is my emo poster poem.


Clearly the remix changes the meaning of the original poem. The original carries a meaning of deep and profound love that transcends the soul and mind. It’s often read at weddings and anniversaries to this day, providing a great example of the love that many couples wish to experience in their relationships. However, with the “emo remix” one can see the poem now holds a darker meaning. The black colors and sad couple in the bottom corner give the poem a somber tone, rather than an uplifting and powerful tone as before. It comes off much more depressive and melancholic. However, I think the love of this couple still transcends time and space.

I created this image via Pixlr. I used images found through Google as the background and used the text feature to add in the text of the poem.

Screenshot 2015-11-19 at 1.22.47 PM

5 Second Film: “Please sir, could you spare me a chip?”

For one of my final video assignments of the week, I decided to complete 5 Second Film! This assignment is simple, asking you to make a short, 5-second film capturing a joke, special moment, etc. I do not believe it should be rated for 4.5 stars given that there isn’t much video editing involved, so I rated it lower. However, this assignment now rounds my total stars up to 19.5 stars for these past two weeks.

I decided to take a video, yet again, of my pug. She is such a character, and I knew that I could capture a quality moment in her life worthy of film. This particular movie showcases her expert begging-skills. Notice how her eyes expertly follow the chip, never breaking eye-contact. [Not pictured: We ended up giving her a chip. What kind of pug mom would I be if I didn’t share my food with my best friend?].

I just recorded this video on my LG G2 phone and uploaded it to Twitter. Also, thanks to the new statistics tracker implemented on Twitter, I can now see how many people have viewed my Tweet and directly interacted with the video. Thanks Twitter for making me more aware of my social media presence! 🙂

Name that Book!

For one of my last video assignments over these two weeks, I decided to complete Name that Book! I was very excited about this one, being an English major and lover of books. Now I finally had the chance to title my very own book, that maybe I could possibly write you sense my hesitation? Just the thought of sitting down and writing an entire book is daunting, however it’s something on my personal bucket list. Here is what the assignment specifically asks you to do, for 3.5 stars.

For this assignment, use the app Vine to visually create a book title. Find objects, landmarks, or think of some other creative way to verbally or physically represent a book title. Then record them in quick succession using the app. Then upload the video and have your classmates guess the book title!

Can you guess the title of my book?


Back story: The book I’ve always wanted to right is more of a personal reflection/memoir to my late mother. She passed away from cancer my freshman year of college, and it’s such a pivotal moment in my life and transition to adulthood. Her life and death literally made me the person I am today, and for that she is my hero. Someday, I would like to write a book, no matter how short or long, documenting our relationship and the power and strength she displayed until the very end. She’s my inspiration always. The title of my book comes from her Life Verse in the Bible, Philippians 4:13. There’s your hint for the title! Maybe someday this dream will become a reality, but for now I have the unending memories of her life on repeat in my head until I set them to paper.

A Christmas Pug Miracle!

Another of the video assignments I completed this week was What Do You Love? for 3.5 stars. {Choose something that you love and make a video of it! You can take pictures or videos and combine them into one final video. Try to find music that has to do with the thing you love and add it to the video. Make sure to add a title and give credit to those outside sources! }

Many people, hopefully, can already tell from my other blog posts that i LOVE PUGS! Literally, they are my life, so obviously I had to make a video showcasing pugs and they’re little curly tails. However, in an attempt to tell you all something new about myself, I decided to include elements of something else that I love which is CHRISTMAS! It’s my favorite holiday/time/season out of the entire year. And yes, I am one of those individuals who sports the Christmas gear and decorations directly after Halloween. Don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving too, but Christmas is just something special all by itself. If I could make it Christmas every day, I honestly think life would be perfect. So given now that you know I love pugs and Christmas, here is a video I created showcasing my two favorite things. Enjoy these little puggies dressed in their Christmas best!

I found all of the images for my video through Pinterest, and credit is given at the end to each Pin. I used a Christmas song found on Youtube which I converted to an mp3 and then uploaded to Windows Live Movie Maker. The entire video was assembled and edited via the Movie Maker.

I think this video tells a great story of Christmas joy and pug smiles. I honestly got all giddy and happy inside when I watched the final product! It reminded me not only of my pug back home, but of the coming Christmas season and the great joy I feel being around family and friends during my favorite holiday. I hope that you all got similar feelings and are looking forward to celebrating your respective holidays with those you love most!

Signing Words

For one of my first video assignments for Weeks 10 & 11, I completed Signing Words for 4.5 stars.

{This assignment requires you to take a video of yourself or someone else and finger spell a word or a phrase in Sign Language alphabet and let others guess what you have spelled. Make sure you do a word that is bigger then 5 letters so you can learn some of the letters.}

I didn’t have much experience with Sign Language before making my video, however, at my church the pastor’s wife signs the entire sermon and worship songs for those in our congregation who are deaf. Because I witness this every week, I’ve always been interested in trying my hands (literally) at Sign Language, though I’ve never had the opportunity. This was a fun assignment to complete!

For this assignment, I recorded myself signing the MYSTERY word (Do you know what it is?!) and then uploaded it to Windows Live Movie Maker. From there, I customized the transitions, title page, credits, etc. I hope you enjoyed it! Also, here’s a picture of the American Sign Language Alphabet in case you would like to decode the word I spelled above. And sorry in advance to anyone who is extremely proficient in sign language, I had no idea what I was doing!

Dramatic Chipmunk and Pugs- The Hitch Cut

For my second video assignment this week, I decided to complete Do The Hitch Cut for 4 stars.

[Alfred Hitchcock, the legendary master of suspense, shares a brief 90-second lesson on how a simple change in a three-shot edit can result in evoking a completely different response from the viewing audience.Can you do the Hitch Cut? Make two versions of a short three-shot video — in each instance maintaining the first and third shots, but changing out the second shot in each. Can you get a completely different result from your viewer?
Virtual Bonus Points for attempting this assignment with something different from just the changing face of a character as in Hitch’s example.] 

I used clips of a dramatic chipmunk and a couple different pug clips found on Youtube which I then converted to mp4 and downloaded to my computer. I then uploaded these to my Windows Movie Maker and added all of the clips together for this final product!

The first video clip is of a pug running aimlessly into the camera. Dramatic chipmunks response thus becomes one of alarm (maybe disgust) at the clumsiness of the pug. Switch clumsy pug with “I love you” pug now. Dramatic chipmunk is now cold and heartless for denying this pug’s love! Who wants their “I love you” to be responded to with a cold, shocked stare over the shoulder?!