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Sunday, 20 September 2020

Illustrated Thought/Quote/Idea: Dream a New Dream (Daily Art Number 5)


After all that, got asked to keep posting more "dailies" here too... (Day four is on Instagram and Facebook). This isn't so much a sketch as a thought that wouldn't go away until it was illustrated in Krita.

Hope it helps and have a good day!

Friday, 18 September 2020

Free Pumpkin Clip Art

 Today's offering is free pumpkin clip art. (Digital clip art in Krita).

Just right-click and save (or tap and save this image). Use it however like as long as you don't sell it or claim copyright. (See my angel policy for details).

And yes, just in case you were wondering, this is also Day Three of my sketch a day challenge.

From now on, only a few of those sketches will be on the main site. But you can follow them all on my 
Instagram account and new-look  BoundingSquirrel Facebook Page.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Olive Branch Sketch (Sketch a Day, Day Two)


I like to research the plants, animals and parts of nature that I draw. Knowing something about them scientifically and culturally somehow helps the drawing to be find and its way more easily.

So, accordingly, I looked into olives. Did you know there are hundreds of different varieties?  In many shades. Some which never turn black. Some which spend hardly any time green. Who knew? Well, clearly lots of people. But it's been an education. (Pen and Komorebi Watercolours BTW).

More tomorrow.

PS. I will only be posting some of the challenge sketches here. But you can find (and comment) on them all on Instagram, and the new-look BoundingSquirrel Facebook Page.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Sketch a Day | First Day: Amethysts in Watercolour


These watercolour amethysts are likely to be the start of a new sketch-a-day challenge here. Why? Well, imagine the scene this morning...

Bouncy promotional email in inbox: "There's only 100 days til Christmas! :-)"

Me: Whaaaaaat?!**! Surely not! 

Followed, after more expletives, by a total determination to get something better, or at least more meaningful, out of 2020.. Or at least uplifting, anyway. That'll be my hope in sketching every day. Just some uplift-for me, for you, for anyone also who cares to look.

And yes, the sketching will likely to digital sometimes and traditional (like the one above) on others.

That's as far as I've got with this challenge so far. But watch this space for more. 

PS. I will only be posting some of the challenge sketches here. But you can find (and comment) on them all on Instagram, and the new BoundingSquirrel Facebook Page.

Friday, 11 September 2020

New Feather Pattern Fabrics

These gentle feather patterns have been in the works for a while. It seems appropriate that they've chosen to be ready, and finally uploaded, on a day and a date when, more than most the rainbow, iridescent hues of angelically-toned feathers seem appropriate.

In the first design, jewel-toned feathers fall gently against a dark background...

And in the second design, one of the motifs from the first design is overlapped many times to get a blue "rainbow feather" pattern effect.

In any event-enjoy your weekend, and more soon.

Thursday, 3 September 2020

New Digital Painting: Purple Aster Flowers


It's a quick post today. But I hope that my new digital painting of purple aster flowers will bring you calm and cheer. It's the first digital painting have done in a while (in Krita) and it's good to feel a return to something like joy in creativity, too. May you feel that too, if it has been missing for you. (And keep it, if it has not :-) ).

Hope all's well for you, and thanks so much for stopping by.

More soon. (Update: If you like this design, it's now available on gifts and homewares, or as a printable craft sheet).

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Video: How to Boost, Remove Backgrounds and Clean Up Scanned Ar...

 It's been a while since I made a demo video. And I got asked how to go about editing traditional artwork into a pattern motif in a low-cost way. This video is my response, and also gives you a peep into part of the pattern making process. If you enjoy it and/or find it useful, please do share it around.

Many thanks!

Friday, 21 August 2020

Beautiful New Art/Home Décor: Pink Gladioli

Hello there, and hope you're well and thriving.

Today's post is for you if you love flowers. Specifically, loose watercolour pink gladioli, whose splooshyness and sploshiness was a completely new departure for me when watercolour went on paper wet-on-wet... But it turned into something *amazing* when applied to aprons, clothes, shower curtains, and other items by the lovely people at Redbubble.com.

Thanks for dropping by today-more soon.

Thursday, 13 August 2020

A Deer Fawn Clip Art Freebie

Hello again-hope life is treating you well. 

It's been a few weeks since any free clip art appeared for you around these parts. So, in order to put that right, here is a cute little deer fawn for your enjoyment in any projects that take your fancy. Just right-click on the image and save to download.

As a heads-up... This particular image is a piece of watercolour pen-and-wash clip-art, drawn and painted on paper, and then scanned in. As it's therefore *very* handmade, imperfections are inevitably part of that process, please expect them and enjoy them.

If you're interested, I'll post more on  this more traditional process at another time. But for now, hope you enjoy this cute little deer fawn clip art in your projects.

Take care and more soon.

PS: Update on 21st August 2020: This little fawn wanted to go further, and is now part of a snowscene on cards and other items at Redbubble.

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Lavender Patterns and Cheeky Faces...

Hello again-hope you're thriving, and surviving the heat, if you're reading this close to when am actually writing.

First news here is a first for me. I'm dipping a toe into the world of sticker bundles. So, if you're a fan of them (whether for use in your art and craft projects, to pop in cards as small gifts, or for any other reason) a new 12-piece sticker bundle is now available on Redbubble.

(They're based on my original watercolour drawing, and available as stickers or magnets here).

But the lavender (one of my all-time favourite flowers...if I must pick a favourite) wasn't done with me yet. Before summer begins to turn to autumn, it wanted to play digitally, too.

Which led to a pattern. Which somehow, seems to include cheeky fairy faces, peeping out from among the lavender flowers, too. So it's now in the shop too, on items from mugs to shower curtains, and including Redbubble's newest offering: aprons.

It's hot and late (a strange combination, but true). So I'll wish you a happy weekend, and leave the tale of my adventures with a new watercolour set for another time.

Thanks for dropping by, take care, and more soon.