Friday, 17 September 2021

A "500" Animated Gif For You...

Hello there, and hope you're doing well this fine Friday.

This  golden "500" gif is yours if you'd like it. (As ever, you can download it via the link below, and all links back are very much welcomed, but not required).

Free  500 animated gif, in which each digit fills up with a golden hue.
Free "500" animated gif-Click, tap or right-click here to download

It's also here because this is the 500th post on BoundingSquirrel. However long you've been reading here though, thank you so very much. Celebrations of numbers and time-frames (yup, it's been ten years, too) mean nothing by themselves.

But it got me to thinking...A blog that started off as basically a, "show and tell," space in which I navigated from being someone who couldn't draw at all to someone who can...What's next here-what can I offer you now?

If you have things you'd like to see, please get in touch via the social media links below.

But whatever plans I have for the future (yes, finally making all the freebies more navigable, and linking together posts so that you can follow up the things that interest *you* most easily) I do know that I'll continue to build upon what this blog has become...A space in which I do my best to offer you something fun, useful or joyful to look at or download each week.

 But once again, please join me on social media to let me know what *you* need from this blog.

And with that said, have a lovely weekend, and week ahead. More soon.

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Friday, 10 September 2021

Whimsical Watercolour Painting: Happy Hollyhocks

Hello there, and happy Friday.

Don't know about you, but I couldn't quite let summer go this week. Perhaps because it's been warmer than in the actual summer ;-). 

The late heat has also keep summer flowers in bloom. Which was a great chance to capture some happy pink hollyhocks in watercolour/watercolor. There's nothing quite like sploshing around bright, happy colours on a hot day).

I'm loving how these hollyhocks have turned out as prints...

Pink hollyhocks whimsical watercolour print on canvas
Pink Hollyhocks Canvas Print

But also that, somehow, they've sneaked onto home décor,

Cushion/pillow with pink watercolour hollyhocks on a cream background
Pink Hollyhocks Cushion/Pillow

Tall mug with pink watercolour hollyhocks on a cream background
Pink Hollyhocks Mug

as well as Redbubble's latest and very useful offering...(just about to be released as I type)...deskmats.

Pink Hollyhocks floral deskmat
Pink Hollyhocks Deskmat

That's all from here for now, but hope that some of the happiness and colour from these hollyhocks can make its way to you. Summer's been a long time coming ;-) .

Have a lovely weekend-more soon.

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Thursday, 2 September 2021

Free September Mushrooms & Toadstools Illustration

September illustration featuring watercolour mushrooms
Free September Illustration:
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appreciated if you use this

Hello there-hope you're well and feeling good. Am just checking in quickly with a September illustration, (of various mushrooms in watercolour (watercolor for US peeps!) that you're welcome to download and use if it helps with your projects.

There will be a lot of news very shortly, but it's still under wraps just yet. (And no, am not meaning to be mysterious...I just have to set up and test a lot of moving parts before making any announcements :-) ).

In the meantime, hope you enjoy this freebie, and have a lovely weekend.

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Friday, 27 August 2021

A Wedding Cartoon With A Difference?

Funny Wedding Cartoon in which the groom's vows include promising to take the bins out

I'm not sure where the idea for this cartoon (hopefully a *funny* wedding cartoon) came from. Except that as someone married (and happily, luckily, and v. grateful for it)...I was musing the other day about how the spun-sugar, soft focus, wedding-industry version of marriage doesn't always focus much on the nitty-gritty  aspects that underpin most successful relationships of all  kinds, whether formalised or not.

This led me to thinking about the scarcity of really funny wedding cartoons and cards out there.

Perhaps you could let me know on the Facebook page if you find this fun. And, if you're reading this in the USA, please also let me know whether you think this needs a separate US version that refers to "trash," instead of bins?

Many thanks, and have a lovely weekend!

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Thursday, 19 August 2021

Seashells-Just in Time for the Beach...

Hello there and hope all is really well there.

It's a relatively quick post today, to introduce a new design.

In honesty, I started on these motifs an few weeks ago...And then realised that it's August already and that beach season (here in quite far north in the Northern hemisphere, anyway) can be short... Luckily, the turned into a pattern that features gorgeous and restful watercolour  turquoise, pink and white seashells on an aqua background. (I believe the shells are scallops, sea snails, cowrie, whelks  (and not a shell, but oh so cute and beachie) starfish are included too.

So, whenever you're bound for the beach, this tote bagdrawstring bag, backpack or dufflebag would make  great companions.

Seashell patterned all-over print tote bagSeashell Patterned Drawstring Bag

Seashell Patterned backpack in Aqua, turquoise, pink, and white

Seashell Patterned Duffle Bag in Aqua, Pink, White, and Turquoise,

And luckily, this whimsical  design that can be lovely all year round.

Such as in this clock, 

Finally, the pattern's also on a range  there's also fabric on Zazzle, if you prefer to make your own items.

Hope you can find something here to love, and perhaps even send to someone else if you're looking for a gift, rather than a trip to the beach.

More soon!


Friday, 13 August 2021

New Artwork: It's OK to be Happy, People Need Joy


If you're in a space to be thinking about joy today, I have something for you.

It's OK to Be Happy People Need Joy-Inspiring quote-hand-lettered digi-art journalling
(To share this image, retaining the watermark, the link is here)

This was a piece of digi-art journaling (hand-lettering and painting, but in a digital art program...Krita, in this case) I got up to this week. 

If you've read these posts for a while, you'll know that this isn't the first discussion of "can art/happiness be justified when X is happening,". But this just wanted to come out, as a full technicolour reminder that joy helps the world rather than hindering it.

And yes, it's a little brighter and bolder than I might have necessarily done things for a good while. Some of the credit for that must go to the workshop I'm on this week. Am purely a participant, not an affiliate or anything, But if you've been having any kind of creative block, stuckness or general "loss of colour," in your life or work recently, it may speak to you too, and you'll find all the details at:

And finally

And finally, pretty much for fun, I did put this image onto Redbubble as well, and am enjoying the look of it on magnets, mugs, and the like, here.

So I'll leave you with some more visual goodies (clicking on the pictures should click you straight through if you're interested.

And more than anything, I wish you a happy and joyful weekend.

Thursday, 5 August 2021

New Cartoon Card (And I Got to Draw a Giraffe Again...)

Hello there

Hope you're well, and in the mood for some fun.

Have realised it's been ages since I posted a cartoon. So here's one  that's also now a card.

Funny Wildlife Birthday Cartoon Greeting Card
(Click through to enlarge the picture if need be).
Funny Wildlife Birthday Cartoon Greeting Card
by CartoonsbyClare

(with many thanks to the person who received it first for your positive feed back-not called Jan, obviously-that feedback is the reason I posted this for sale).

Looking back, it also seems that I have a bit of a track-record in enjoying drawing giraffes. I have another giraffe cartoon here, and an illustration from even further back, here.

(Yes, without wishing to ignore the lion on this card,  I do love drawing giraffes...It's something about their eyelashes, I think...)


Also, in my world this week...

Also, in truth, am knee-deep in doing all sorts of Christmas and seasonal designs that I just don't have the heart to share with you in the midst of what (in the Northern hemisphere, anyway) is prime summer holiday time. It feels like it wouldn't be fair.

However, hope this cartoon makes you smile. And if you have a friend who likes wildlife, remember you can customise the text on this card to say whatever you want.

In any event, hope this is fun. More soon.


Friday, 30 July 2021

Free August Sunflower Illustration

Hello there, and I hope you're thriving.

Today's offering for you is this August illustration in bright yellow sunflowers.

Free illustration saying August in sunflowers
Free "August in Sunflowers Illustration". Click or tap here to download and use.

This illustration is a png, so it can be used against any background and in lots of different projects, , subject only to my Angel Policy.

(And yes, I know it's only July when I'm posting this. But I thought you might like  to use it in monthly blog posts or newsletters, and so am posting it early here).

As to, "why sunflowers?", well it's because they're popular here at this time of year. (Even though there isn't necessarily  always that much sun to go with them). If you'd like me to make something similar with the flora or foliage from your part of the world, please just let me know on social media.

More sunflowers

Sunflowers might also be popping up on other items soon. (For example, they've already made their way onto fabric).

That's all for this week, but am wishing you a happy and sunflower-filled weekend, whatever the weather where you are.

More soon.


Friday, 23 July 2021

World Watercolor Month: "Home" Prompt Snail (Becomes an Animated Gif)

It's been a hot week here. But a hot week in #WorldWaterColourMonth simply means that the paints dried ultra fast.

Watercolour snail with a rainbow shell with a chimney pot on it.
Snail for WWM prompt Day 23: "Home"

It was one of the first times out for me with the Derwent Inktense travel set of watercolour inks. (Soo many thanks for a great birthday gift!).

And, whilst there's a long way to go, this snail made me smile, so thought I would post him (or her).

Then I remembered that I needed to wish a friend luck with their move, so realised that an animated gif was on the cards (which you can also download and use if you'd like). So...Ta-dah...

Rainbow snail watercolour animated gif saying Good Luck With Your Move.

Click, tap or right-click here to download this Rainbow Snail Good Luck Wth Your Move Animated Gif

And with that, I'll leave you to what I hope is a happy and lovely weekend for you. 
Take care, and more soon.


Friday, 16 July 2021

Christmas in July: Free Holly Clip Art

Hello there. After a break last week am back and offering as you do in the middle of summer (as it is here)...Christmas in July.

Handpainted Watercolour Holly Christmas Clip Art With Splattered Dots
Free Watercolour Holly Clip Art

Now, if you're new to the blog, this may or may not be a head -scratcher.

But if you've been reading for a while, then you'll know that as I like to join in with the whole "Christmas in July," movement, and offer a freebie to any person who's so amazingly organised that they're looking for Christmas supplies already.

Hence, today's offering is a hand-painted watercolour PNG holly sprig.

You're welcome simply to download and use them by right-clicking, tapping or clicking on the image (depending on your device). My angel policy explains the many ways you can use them.

(By the way, if you're reading this and it's not July, then of course, you can download this just the same at any time of year).

And if you'd  like to see this holly "in action", as it were, on some ready-designed craft supplies, then there's a DL-sized card front here, matching inserts (and verses) here, and an ultra-versatile patterned Christmas holly background here.

And with that, I'm off to enjoy the sunshine. As you do, in London, when you've just completed a  Christmassy holly sprig in July... :-)

Hope all's well with you, and have a great weekend. 

More soon.