1. Decide to screw around with fractals.
This was my first mistake – while I was in the process of creating the unicorns I posted earlier, I decided I needed a break, and so I rummaged around in my stock photos and picked something relatively easy, yet definitely quirky enough to be fun: a simple closeup of my husband’s eye, which I’ve used in any number of my digital collages.
Beautiful, right? Would that I could’ve just spent the evening staring into those eyes, but those same eyes were currently reading the fascinating novel tattooed on the inside of his eyelids; to put it simply, he was asleep, I was bored, and it was easy to cut and paste a couple of iterations of a very simple fractal:
2. Duplicate *All* the Layers!
I went bonkers. Completely nuts. Because of, you know, hexagons and stuff.
Then I had fun with layer styles:
And then, my favorite so far, came when I started screwing around with applying a simple gradient to the layer masks in a rotation:
It’s a good exercise in patience, but I had to trade a lot of ability to edit each individual eyeball, in order to keep my poor, long-suffering laptop from exploding. Had I kept each iteration’s triangles intact as their own separate layers, this pic alone would have had over 10,000 working layers!