Friday, 21 January 2022

New Digital Painting, And A Wacom One...

A digital watercolour winter snowscene

Hello there, and hope you're doing really well, however that looks for you.

Am popping in today to share a new digital painting with you, created with my new (and gorgeous, oh-so gorgeous...Did I mention it was gorgeous? :-) ) Wacom One digital drawing tablet, in Krita 5.

Am still working out the whys and the wherefores of it, but am loving it so much, so far. The pen feels firm and solid, the detail that's possible is incredible, and in the time have had it so far (ie, since Christmas, thanks to the -equally wonderful- Computer Man...) it hasn't once crashed, or crashed any other program.

Should stress am not affiliated with this in any way (not least because it was a Christmas prezzie from said Computer Man) and so am, so far,  just speaking as a delighted and enthusiastic user.

How this picture came about

As you'll have noticed if you've been here before, this is pretty different from most of my previous paintings and designs. In part at least, that really is down to the much finer detail that's been made possible by the change of tablet.

In honesty though, it's also because when I created it, had been having quite an explosive day (with admin...It's always admin ;-) ). And so, after tussling with a totally-weird-new-requirement-with-which-I-won't-bore you, I had an extreme need to cool off.

Immediately, my mind daydreamed off into a peaceful snowy landscape, that evolved both in my mind and on the screen simultaneously (if that makes *any* sense at all). It's a new way of creating for me...I've always been a rather a, "let's keep the end in view", sort of person.

But this new approach was oh-so-calming...Just as I hope this picture is for you.

If I don't put a link in somewhere to where you can buy it (as a winter background for craft projects, in this case) someone, somewhere is sure to ask me why I haven't. So here it is.)

But my main aim for this was my own peace of mind, which I very much hope you can share in, if you need it, as well.

More soon, and have a lovely weekend.

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Friday, 14 January 2022

Free Valentine ECard-And a Canva Review


Hello!

Really hope that this post finds you well, happy, and thriving in the best way you can.

This week, I felt like ringing the changes, so thought you might like a quick ecard video as a change. If you like it, please feel free to use and share it as much as you wish.

It uses my own images (which you can buy in my Craftsuprint shop, if you prefer) and music ("Blue Dream") by Cheel, licensed for free via YouTube.

And yes, I know Valentine's Day isn't until next month. But it's another of those cases where uploading this now, it gets to be "in the system," as it were, in time for Valentine's Day itself.


Trying out a new ecard creator

I created it using Canva.com's free ecard creator (and no, that's not an affiliate link or a promotion in any way). Then, I uploaded the video to YouTube, as normal.

As a first time user, I loved how easy it was to use the Canva ecard creator. Having said that, I'd already created my own images for the card, and just had to upload them. Plus, the card/video editing process at Canva is far from sophisticated, and leaves the end result a bit "jerky".

 On the other hand, it may be something (like most apps and software) that reveals its more detailed tricks and features the more that a person actually uses it.


All in all...

All in all, I'd probably use it again, but maybe only for simpler projects and/or if a quick result was crucial.

Hope this helps in some way, anyway,  and have a lovely weekend.

More soon.

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Friday, 7 January 2022

A Funny Space/Tech Cartoon...

Hello there

If you're feeling in need of some Friday fun, this is my first cartoon of 2022.

You're welcome to share this, but please keep the signature
 and watermark on it if you do. Many thanks!

By the way, if you know someone who'd like this on a birthday card (or any other kind, as it's customisable), I've also just put this up for you to buy at Zazzle.

That's all for now, but as ever, there'll be more soon.

Have a lovely weekend.


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Tuesday, 4 January 2022

January Umbrella Illustration



 
Digitally painted illustration in which the J of January is a red umbrella, the second a of January is wearing a stripey red and white woolly hat, and the word has snow falling onto it, against a pale blue watercolour background.
Free "January Umbrella Illustration" by Clare Walker, BoundingSquirrel.Com

Hello there.

Like most of the rest of the world, it seems, I just can't believe that it's January. How did that happen?

Anyway, this is the first working day here in England, so a happy new year to you, and I hope that the previous couple of weeks have been however you most needed them to be.

And yes, this is also January's illustration, with apologies if you usually like to download them waaay earlier.

And yes, I've gone with the snow, though it was actually about 16 degrees C here in London on New Year's Day (how?). And I know, also, that you probably need another version if you're in a different climate/latitude/hemisphere altogether. (If this is the case, feel free to use the swanky new BoundingSquirrel contact form here to let me know what would work better for you).


Just to let you know...

As ever, you're welcome to download this image (right-click, click or tap the image, depending on your device, to do so) in accordance with my angel policy.

That's about all for now, but have a lovely few days, and there'll be more soon.

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Friday, 31 December 2021

2022 Animated Gif Image To Share...

2022 animated gif-each number fills up with rainbow colours and then a background of rainbow splatters appears behind it.


 Hello there

Just popping in quickly, because wanted to send you the very best of wishes for the New Year...

And thought you might find this little 2022 animated gif useful. (And it is very small and light, as I deliberately cropped and optimised to give you a small image for sending wherever you'd like. Just click, right-click or tap, depending upon your device, to share it).

See you again in a few days. More soon!

Sunday, 26 December 2021

Free Winter Snowberries Illustration for the In-Between Time...

Free image downloadDigital watercolour of white winter snowbeterries on a pale green watercolour background, and the text Just to say hello..."



Hello there

Hope you're doing well, even if we have now gone into that strange time that isn't quite Christmas, and not quite New Year.

Which, by the way, gave me me the idea for illustrating and popping up these snowberries. The Computer Man looked over my shoulder as I was picking out an image for this post, and agreed that it was "wintery, but not Christmassy". So it should be perfect if you need it, to drop a hello or thank you to someone, online or off. Just click, right-click or tap to download it, and feel free to use it in any of the many ways you can under my angel policy.

Thanks so much for being here this year. More soon.

Update and PS: These snowberries are now available to buy as a printable card front at CraftsuPrint. Click here for details.

Thursday, 16 December 2021

This Year's Christmas ECard Solves a Mystery...

Hello there, and as we're now officially in the second half of December, reckon I can say it... Happy Christmas.

As ever, there's a Christmas Ecard for you to enjoy (and send on to others if you wish).

This year, an ongoing Christmas mystery for many of us is finally solved in this ecard... 


Free Christmas ecard cartoon gif, in which Rudolph has flashing fairy lights on his antlers, Santa looks exasperated, and the caption reads: Suddenly, it had become very obvious just why the fairy lights were always tangled when it was time to put them up each year...
You are welcome to share this ecard with others.
Just click, tap or right click, depending on your device, to download


It's also the time of year when all of us (me included) tend to get focused elsewhere, and even consider taking a breather for a few days (gosh). 

This will be happening here too...I'll almost certainly be posting things here before the New Year, but won't be on a regular schedule again until January.

So, just wanted to send you love and thanks for all your support this year, and very best wishes for the festive season and beyond, however you celebrate it, or not.

And, as ever, more soon.



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Friday, 10 December 2021

Free Angel Illustration and More...


 
You may download and use this free angel illustration
Right-click, click or tap to do so.

 (Credit and links back much appreciated, but not required)


Hello there

Hope life is treating you excellently, whether you're reading this as a regular reader (in which case, thank you) or new here and in search of the angel illustration/graphic/clip art above.

In either case, this illustration is free, and with its rainbow lights background, can very definitely be used all year round, and not just as Christmas clip art.

Note: this image is also available at the top of my angel policy/terms of use, which let you know the many ways in which you can (and a very few in which you can't) use this image.

 
In related news...

In related news, I'm making some gentle changes to this blog which should make it easier for you to use.

As part of that, I've had to start collecting some data on this site, though am still committed to only ever collecting the minimum possible, and keeping data as safe and private as I can.

 The first benefit of the changes for you though, is that the blog now has a proper contact form. Please do use it, and get in touch with any suggestions or thoughts you have about the blog.

In line with all this, there are also changes to my privacy policy. Do take a look-the page even includes a  new privacy policy illustration to sweeten the experience, along with the ever-popular "cookies" illustration that you're also still welcome to use.

Sooo...

Please bear with me as some blog changes happen. Watch this space, for example, for an easier way to follow this blog again.

(It's not easy to make a post that's mostly blog-housekeeping appealing, I know, but hope the little angel goes some way to making up for it).

In the meantime, thanks for reading this, and have a lovely weekend.

More soon.




Thursday, 2 December 2021

Free December Holly Clip Art Illustration



Hello there. Hope you're doing wonderfully well. And unaccountably, just like that, it's December, and time for some new (and free) clip art to celebrate the month. 

As ever, you can download without signing up to anything, and you can use it in any of the (many, many) ways allowed under my angel policy. (Links back are always appreciated, but never required).

It's just a short post today, because I've got lots of new and exciting things to share in upcoming posts. 

Just thought I should get this to you ASAP, so that you can use it in your December projects if you wish.

Thank you ever so much for being here, and more soon.


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Friday, 26 November 2021

Daisies and Cornflowers: Design, Discounts and a Freebie...


Free Daisies and Cornflowers Background paper
Just tap, click or right-click to download this free Daisies and Cornflowers Background Paper


How are you doing? Deals are a great thing, but it can all feel a bit overwhelming when your inbox is stuffed with them, as mine is when writing this Black Friday.

So if all you need is a handy and cheerful floral background (that you can use in either direction) please feel free to download and use this, with no sign-ups or anything, as usual.

If you still have that shopping vibe (and boy, do I salute your stamina if so :-) ), then this is also available in lots of lovely items at Redbubble (who have some lovely "CYBER5" discounts at the moment, though I genuinely don't know for how long) on fabric at Zazzle (their codes look like today only, but don't quote me on that) and at Craftsuprint (where a 20% designer discount on all my downloadable printables lasts until the end of Monday Nov 29th 2021).

And whether you shop 'til you drop or just curl up and be cosy, have a lovely weekend.

More soon.


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