Thursday 23 May 2024

New Freebie: Blue Leaf Outline Patterned Background

Image shows a mid-dark blue background, with the outline of leaves in a lighter blue-the pattern covers the entire background.
Tap or click or right-click here to
download this background

Hello there, and hope all is really well with you.

This week, I've been experimenting with creating patterns by using  the Krita 5 app in an entirely different way.

Am still not entirely sure I have the process down smoothly (when I do, there may even be a celebratory video showing *everyone* how to do it if they want to).

It's funny, isn't it, how using something familiar, but in a very different way, can sometimes feel harder than starting from scratch?

In the meantime, have a free download...

Whilst I perfect this though, I thought I'd post this background, as am pleased enough with it that it should make its way into the world and be useful to someone. 

So, if you'd like to use it (for anything other than selling it as it is) please do, either by downloading it here, or clicking, tapping or right-clicking on the image above to do so.

Note: the file I uploaded was A4, but whether it turns out that way when you download it via the blog, am not sure. Still, if it's useful to you as is, I'm delighted. And if you'd like, feel free to let me know what you've done with it (maybe via Instagram, where I've recently started posting again).

That's all for now, but as ever, thanks so much for being here.

More soon.

Thursday 16 May 2024

Bougainvillea Joy: A Bright New Floral Pattern

Image is a moving gif with various product images showing the bright pink, sketchy watercour trailing florals of the Bougainvillea jJoy Pattern.
Tap or click here to see the whole
 Bougainvillea Joy Collection on Redbubble.

Hello there, and hope all's well with you.

It's been a really busy week here. I've been participating in the "Trailing Florals", challenge being run over at HistoryRepeating.

Whilst am making absolutely *no*  claim to being able to create patterns in any historical style, it was fascinating to see someone who can do such a thing (Barbel Dressler) at work. It was also massive fun having a go at translating that into my own (very sketchy, soooo much more whimsical) style.

The gif above is moving (or should be!), and shows the pattern in action over at Redbubble, if you're in the mood for some bright joy and maximalism. 

To get a better idea of how this my trailing floral pattern (based on happy memories of bougainvillea on sunny childhood holidays) turned out, this static snap shows it on fabric at Zazzle...

And yes, if you're a card maker or crafter, I am hoping that a new bougainvillea themed design will be up in my Craftsuprint shop in the next day or two.

I have to go now to check that that actually happens:-) . 

And  as ever, there will be...

More soon.

Thursday 9 May 2024

Floral Cards You Can Print in a Hurry...(And More)

Hello there, and hope all is very well with you and yours today.

And yes, as you've probably guessed this post *does* contain links to lots of my floral printables, if you're in a part of the world celebrating Mother's Day next Sunday (12th May 2024). Like this flower-pot-shaped card sheet...

Image is a snapshot of the pink flowers in a flower pot, shaped card, available to buy as an instant printable at Craftsuprint.
Tap or click here to buy the full sheet as an
instant printable download at Craftsuprint.

Or this lilac-shaped card...

Image is a snapshot of a watercolour sketch style bunch of lilacs in a vase. The shape is such that cutting around them makes a shaped card.
Tap or click here to buy the full sheet as an
instant printable download at Craftsuprint.

Or this watering-can, suitable for Mother's Day and beyond:

Image shows a watercolour watering can shaped card. The can contains pale purple hydrangeas
Tap or click here to buy the full sheet as an
instant printable download at Craftsuprint.

Most of these can be used year-round...

 But, if you're reading this at any time and are in need of a quick card or some printable wrap, most of my sheets can be used for lots of different occasions too, and at any time of year. The card sheets, for example, have labels on them to make them suitable for birthdays and/or other celebrations.


And, if you're reading this in the UK, and happen to be in 2024 as you're reading too, you may be scratching your head, and/or panicking. If so, please take a nice, deep, breath. You're right, UK Mother's Day was and always is in March. It's just that I know a lot of my readers live in other parts of the world, and I very much want to make sure that everyone is included in posts wherever possible.


Finally, thought that you might also want a sneak peak at some work-in-progress, regardless of your location. 

Well, actually, not quite "regardless", because this watercolour line and wash sketch is most likely to become a "New Home" card. It just doesn't have any of the fancy design round it yet. Watch this space for that.

Work in Progress Floral Door Sketch by Clare Walker
(Line and wash watercolour/Krita 5
digital watercolour combination).

I'll keep you posted on the progress of this design and in any event, thank you *so* much for reading down this far.

Next week, am doing a design mini-course/challenge, so I don't yet know if  I'll be posting then, or the week after. But I can say that there will be...