Saturday, April 9, 2016

Spring Color Challenge

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Digital Designers Spring Color Challenge

Even though there is snow on the ground here in south central Michigan, I refuse to let that alter my spring mood and my desire for creating lovely 'springy' digitals! I decided to do a search of spring colors at Pinterest and found this lovely 2016 Spring Colors palette! I love it! I immediately saw FLOWERS! My favorite things to design!!

These are Pantone colors!
Here is a sneak peek of one of my freebies that I will be posting here soon! I've got clip art flowers and matching digital scrapbooking papers (JPG files), and maybe soon, even some pretty floral frames, (PNG files)!

Spring Berries
Visit our Pinterest Board for more beautiful digitals from the Digital Designers Etsy team here!



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Thursday, March 31, 2016



Easy Abstract Coloring Pages

Did you do this as a child? Have you ever scribbled on paper and then colored in the shapes?

Using Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils on Fabriano watercolor paper.

I sketched out lines, just scribbled them, this way and that way! Once I have it all colored in, then I will use a small paintbrush and water on each shape. After it dries, I may use puff paints, texture paste, micron inks or glue to create an interesting painting!

Finished Abstract
As I stated in a previous blog post, I said I was going to start creating more coloring pages. I like to sketch while I watch good old movies at night. I haven't been sketching much lately, except for trying to come up with some abstract drawing ideas as I'd like to post them as canvases and wood panel prints at my Zazzle shop.

Abstract 1 Freebie 
Copy and paste this abstract, scribble drawing to your computer! You can color it in and use textures and filters using Photoshop or GIMP or print it out and color it in as you like! The size is 8" x 10" so it will fit and print fine centered on an 8.5" x 11" size paper of your choice.

Here's my rendition!
Instead of printing out the template above, I kept the lines as a PNG file, with a transparent background, great for using in art programs that can handle layers.

I used Photoshop and placed a textured background first. I then colored in the sections, adding patterns and textures that I had created to each section. I used some filters too. It's just easy and fun, a good way to enjoy creating without having to worry about messing up, or getting messy!

If you don't have Photoshop, use the free art program called GIMP. Just Google it! YouTube probably has some tutorials if you need!

Abstract 2 Freebie
I remember creating tons of these scribble drawings as a child. Simply scribbling my pencil on paper and then coloring in the shapes with lots of different colors using crayons, watercolors, or chalk. I liked gluing tissue paper on first and then coloring the shapes too, what fun! 

Abstract 3 Freebie
Who would have thought that our childhood past time of coloring was going to become so popular!? Popular enough to see coloring books for 'adults' in the checkout line at the department or grocery stores! Amazing. I tried to get my 'color me' products noticed at Zazzle when I first started creating there, but it just didn't catch on all that great! I should have done more with it!

Abstract 4 Freebie
It's no wonder children are so happy! They can get lost in their toys and making things with blocks and legos, coloring or drawing, reading wonderful books, in their constant creativity! That is what we need to get back to. Our time needs to consist of those moments when we shut the world out and just sit and draw and color! We are all born artists, we just choose to continue to create as we get older, or grow away from our natural born creativity and stop. 

We forget about how wonderful it was to create out of clay and mud! We forget how exilerating it felt to build a fort! Whether out of blankets and the couch or outside, using hay bales or digging into a hill, using branches to camouflage it, we were on our own and always creating!

Abstract 5 Freebie
So, go ahead and take a break from the world! Copy these images, save them to your computer and then print them out on your favorite substrate, if your printer can handle it, even canvas if you choose! Then paint, texture paint first, use craft paints, oil paints, markers, crayons, do a collage, do anything you choose! Just do it! Have fun! Forget all the world and just enjoy!

Abstract 6 Freebie
Have fun with these simple line drawings! Create your own too, trace objects on paper, such as your hands, the kids' hands, utensils, cut out shapes from cardboard, use that imagination!

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March is On!

Hello March!

One more month until spring!

And I cannot wait! I am posting springlike fabrics at my Spoonflower fabric shop and drawing springy things today! I've been in the springtime mode for about a month already, since February weather was so kind and mild. It really has been a mild winter here in south-central Michigan. 

I've been thinking about sewing too! I have tried to use my sewing machine a few times but it just won't sew. That makes me feel sew sad! (I know, bad ... ) The tension will not work right and I've tried to adjust everything I can think of, from top to bottom.

It's an old Singer sewing machine in a table cabinet and I've had it since around 1971 or so. It's even got discs that do embroidery borders too, very advanced for that time, when I got it. I just love that old machine and I really don't want to part with it! But I am needing a new one, so I can start on some new projects that I've been wanting to make. Or, if I can find a person who works on old sewing machines, that'd be great! It probably just needs a tune up! 

Started researching surgers, surging/sewing machines and I'd love to get the one reviewed as one of the best, a JUKI. I think that it is the name of the one that I used many years ago, when I worked for WACO PRODUCTS as a seamstress. 

I am so in the mood to make some cute stuffed toys, stuffies, poofies, pillows, stuffed animals, whatever you call them! I ordered two of the patterns I designed from Spoonflower and will probably order a surger within the week so I can get started creating!

Update: I got myself a serger! It's a Brother, I love it already and I haven't even used it yet! It was rated 2nd for serger machines for 2016, all around best purchase, yes! It was on sale at Amazon.

I purchased my two 'sew so easy' patterns from my Spoonflower shop. They are small stuffed toys created on fat quarter size fabrics.

There are so many sewing crafts ideas rattling around in my head now!! And, as the weather gets nicer, it gets more and more ideas! This year I'd like to make some macrame wall hangings, wind chimes and crocheted window hangings. 

Whew! I'm getting overwhelmed just by thinking of all the neat things I would like to make! Guess I'll get back to submitting some more pretty patterns to my fabric shops in the meantime. Then it's time for a tea break and time to sketch. YOU have an awesome day of creating!

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Happy New Year!

Hello 2016

Drawing Coloring Pages

I am going to try to devote more time creating 'hand' drawn illustrations this year. Santa was so kind in gifting me with Micron Ink Pens and I am enthused about using them for sure! Even though my hands don't quite work as well as they used to, they're getting better and I am going to see a specialist at the end of January, so maybe I'll get help in loosening up my RA hands.

It's funny how far away I've gotten from drawing with pencil on paper. When I discovered digital art, (PAINT on the computer was the first art program I found), I completely stopped drawing. I couldn't wait to create anything I could using the most simplest of simple programs and really knew nothing at all about graphic art or Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel or any of the programs that artists used back then. It took me a long time to catch up to the world of digital art too. When I started working for a home decor company back in 98, that is when I got my first glimpse of a MAC and creating digital art with Photoshop. I LOVED IT!

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I've not purchased any new art programs since I got PS C3, except for Art Rage. I don't even have the latest version of that because I have an old computer and they don't support Windows anymore. I will get the latest Photoshop Suite when I do get a new computer though, and definitely upgrade my Art Rage. Trying to decide if I want to go to a MAC or not too, more to research on that! 

I had joined a couple of art groups at Facebook where we submitted our hand drawn by pencil or paint on real paper or canvas creations, but I didn't stick to it. I'd always revert back to experimenting and creating with digital art. There is so much to learn and so much you can do easily and quickly.

Maybe it's because I don't spend as near as much time sitting at the computer now as I used to and I still want to do something creative with my time. When I'm sitting in my easy chair or resting my knees on the couch I just yearn to do something while I'm watching tv or listening to music. I tried crocheting but it's just not gonna happen. Not yet anyway, need to get big yarn and big crochet hook! My hands don't want to cooperate at all for that!

Now, with all the popularity of 'adult coloring books' and coloring pages, it's inspired me to create a page or two. I've already created some line art illustrations, coloring pages that are freebies offered here on my blog. Just click on the 'Coloring Pages' page tab to the right. Also, click on the 'Freebie's' page tab!

One page which is for sale at my Etsy shop has been quite popular too, the victorian houses coloring page.

I created 'color me' products at Zazzle many years ago! It just didn't catch on for me like it has now. Sure wish I would have created more and just stuck with it! Oh well, there is time to create more.

So, with that, I'm going to go create some fun coloring pages, line art, digi stamps, or whatever you call them! Have fun coloring! I know I do!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015



Here is the color palette for December

HERE is my contribution for the December Color Challenge. A pack of 30 PNG swashes. Use them to make corners, borders, for digital scrapbooking, creating greeting cards, party invites or whatever your creative mind can think of!


Here is another pretty freebie, a floral frame PNG file with hearts and flowers. Perfect for Valentine's Day or any time of the year! Click on the link below to download it!


Free Glitter Hearts
Click the link below the picture to download from DropBox!

Visit my HeARTs shop at Etsy for these cute frames!

Visit the Digital Designers Team blog for more freebies!

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