This is so exciting...the fact that you can extract anything from any photo and make it into a pattern!
I used a photo I had taken of a rose for this project. It isn't a great photo at all, but it had a solid background -- making it easier to extract -- and I think it worked okay... The following is the photo I used:
First, though, I have a slight issue, Helen. On two of the papers I posted below (both with the red backgrounds), there seems to be some sort of halo around the roses. Do you know why that would be? I don't notice it so much on the other papers. Or...maybe my eyes are just playing tricks with me... :D
Here was my first attempt:
Here I added a hue/saturation layer to add a little color to the roses:
I'm really not sure if I care too much about this next one. Maybe it's all of the grey on the front of the rose that I'm not sure I like. I also noticed -- because it shows up more with the black -- that the stem looks too chopped off here:
Finally...I made a pattern and a paper from the original colored rose. In this pattern, I removed the stem: