First Night Design | Venetian Harbour, Chania #Art

Venetian Harbour, Chania © Sarah Vernon
Venetian Harbour, Chania © Sarah Vernon

This photograph of the Venetian Harbour in Chania, Crete, was taken by me on this occasion and not Mr FND! My idea was to create a watercolour with the gentle lines of a preparatory drawing showing through.

My first layer was the bluewatercolor from Angie Makes in Photoshop’s Normal mode. This I followed with the Beguiling-18 texture from 2 Lil’ Owls in Linear Burn. As you can see, I’m getting a lot of mileage out of those two backgrounds! Next came the Venetian Harbour which I put in Screen mode. To create the line drawing, I used the Trace Contour tool; this is not the best tool in the world but since I wanted the bare minimum showing, I knew it could work. To top it off, I used another 2 Lil’ Owls texture, 2LO Confetti 8. Putting the latter in Multiply mode was the perfect finishing touch.

The original harbour photograph © Sarah Vernon
The original harbour photograph © Sarah Vernon

The last time I tried to create a watercolour effect with this photo — some years ago now — it was disastrous and very obviously ‘Photoshopped’ using their ‘watercoloor’ tool. Not a good idea. I’m much happier this time round!

Incidentally, the mosque in the centre of the picture is the Mosque of the Janissaries, now an art gallery. If you ever find yourself in the harbour, by all means have a drink but don’t, whatever you do, eat a meal. The quality is appalling and you would be better off going up the side streets to find good, authentic food. Most important of all, avoid the taverna that sells very pink and very green cocktails — coloured fizzy water at best! We were each offered one for free having allowed the owner to do a quick run round the harbour on my mobility scooter. Never again!

Here, for your delectation, is a recipe for what looks and sounds like an excellent green cocktail from



1 oz Malibu Rum
1 oz Cuban Rum
1 oz Batida de Coco
2/3 oz Midori
1 oz Pineapple Juice
6 leaves Mint Leaves

  1. Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour into a tall glass with some ice.
  3. Enjoy!

No, I’ve never come across Midori either!

Available at the following galleries:
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Fine Art America
Fine Art England
Saatchi Art

Take care and keep laughing!


30 thoughts on “First Night Design | Venetian Harbour, Chania #Art

  1. Great post, and thanks for the green cocktail recipe:) One of these days we will sit together and ‘play’ with watercolour which you can then weave your magic with through photo shop….sound a like a good plan to me….have a lovely day and keep smiling:)xx

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      1. Pictures have been posted on my FB page….please take a look – two of my son wearing your tie….looks fab:) I have liked your First night Design FB page…do you have a personal one that I can send these to…..Janet. xx


    1. Bless you, Pete. If you ever do visit, I shall take you to a restaurant in one of the cobbled streets off the harbour which is run by an Irish lady married to a Greek: excellent Greek food, often with her own touches. (Cheap, too!)


  2. Both harbor pictures are so lovely, Sarah. I can’t believe how blue the water is in the original. It’s simply stunning.
    And although it’s been a few years since I’ve had the good fortune of visiting Crete, the picture strikes a chord of familiarity.
    So many good memories – mostly of meals!

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  3. A you know l have been able to reblog your posts for a while now and thanks to WordPress they changed their app on iPad and thus l need a request that is can you add a link to your site I each post and l can click and reblog your great work. Regards Ian 🌷

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    1. If you’re saying what I think, Ian, it sounds as if you’re not seeing the Reblog button. I know WP have made more of their problematic changes and some bloggers don’t have their ‘like’ or ‘Reblog’ buttons showing. As far as I can see, everything is showing as it should on here. Patience may be the watchword here!

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      1. On the iPad the links only open certain links when a blogger adds their site as an attribution it opens their site. I know the reblog button is their but on the iPad if each post has this on it your site plus it will open directly on the right post.

        Regards Ian

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          1. It’s ok do not worry it’s that apps use a different method now and all l was asking is if you just add this to bottom of every post you will increase your reblogs and visits as l found a number of people using Apple iPads are experiencing similar problems.

            Just add this nothing more next time you post https://

            Hope that explains it – sorry to be a pain.

            Thanks Ian


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