My partner and I adopted Mia, a rescue dog, in February which means we’ve walked more and explored local parks. When taking Mia for a walk, we spend a lot of time standing still waiting for her to satisfy her curiosity in all kinds of wildlife and plants, to stop sniffing and continue walking.

With a warm spring in the UK my neighbourhood park has looked lovely – full of daffodils, bluebells and crocuses – and I’ve fortunately had the time to absorb it. The scenes, and colour in particular, reminded me of Impressionist landscapes by Claude Monet and Louis Oscar Griffith.

'In The Garden' by Claude Monet

In The Garden (1895) by Claude Monet (Wikimedia Commons)

'The Iris Garden at Giverny'

The Iris Garden at Giverny (1900) by Claude Monet (WikiPaintings.org)

So, how about making an Impressionist-style landscape image on an iPhone? I used Percolator, a photo mosaic app for iOS, to create the following image. Granted, it’s no masterpiece worthy of Monet but I’m pleased with it!

Spring crocuses

Let’s run through the steps to create an image like this using Percolator.

  1. Find a landscape photo with strong bands of colour. I used this photo.
  2. Open Percolator, select Choose photo and browse to the source photo.
  3. Open the menu options by selecting the coffee mug icon.
  4. Start by selecting Extra fine in the left-hand column, Overprint in the centre column and Light & Sweet in the right-hand column:
    Grind, Brew and Serve
  5. Expand the options by selecting the arrow to the right of the Extra fine label. I used Average to set the size of the circles and Saturate to perk up the colour of those crocuses and the hedgerow. You may need to select the Re-grind button to apply the settings.
    Extra fine options
  6. Expand the Overprint options. Choose ¾ in the centre column and Full in the right-hand column:
    Overprint options
  7. Expand the Light & Sweet options. I used Rise-n-Shine in the centre column to add a spring sunshine feel and Brown Bag in the right-hand column for the canvas-like texture:
    Light and sweet options
  8. Once you’re happy with your image, select the heart icon to save the image to your photo library or share online.
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