The key word in the title is "challenge."
And Donna's challenge this month is "Layering Textures."
My first challenge was to find out what in the world a texture is! So I read the helpful articles that Donna linked, as well as her own suggestions on layering textures. Ooooohhh...so that's what a texture is.
The second challenge was to learn something totally new (I have never added a texture to a photo!) and take the plunge! Here goes...
I began with this cropped photo of one of my favorite subjects: Coffee. Coffee that tastes even better when served in a Friendly Village cup and saucer.
Because I am familiar with PicMonky, I decided to use the textures that they offered. The first one I tried is "Smudge" (the fifth choice in the possible "smudges").
Then I got (a little) more adventurous and applied another "smudge" (this one the fourth choice) and faded it to 40%. I liked how this texture sort of framed the cup of coffee.
The last texture I tried was PicMonkey's "Paint" (the second of the "paint" choices). This time I was really brave and erased the texture over the coffee and the cup, leaving it in place over the remaining parts of the photo. I liked that effect.
Then with a final burst of creative inspiration, I decided to add some text.
Thank you, Donna, for challenging me to learn something new!