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.


Thursday, 1 July 2021

"So, I'll Be Along With Another Unicorn in About a Month..."

Unicorn picture: white unicorn on navy blue background.
Unicorn Picture/Art Print

One thing in short supply these past few months has been random conversational snippets as passers-by go about their business.  By which I mean, random snatches of conversation that last about 20 seconds, are complete in themselves, but beg sooo many further questions.

Well, like people themselves, it seems they're back around these parts, and,

 "So I'll be along with another unicorn in about a month,"

Unicorn dress, feautirng white unicorns on a dark navy background A-line dress.
Unicorn Dress 

 is one of  *the* best such snippets I've ever heard.

Naturally, it made me stop eating my lunch and look up. (Well you would, wouldn't you?)

And the person who said it turned out, indeed, to have just delivered a unicorn. Just not quite the type you might be imagining.

Unicorn Pin/Badge showing a white unicorn opn a dark blue background
Unicorn Pin/Badge

The unicorn in question was a pedalo, being delivered to a  recreational lake near us, with the head and neck of a unicorn in plastic, with the rest of the pedalo being suitably boat-shaped behind it. Said unicorn was joining its friends the dragon, swan and flamingo pedalos.

Unicorn backpack, featuring white unicorns in a pattern on a navy blue background.
Unicorn backpack

The strange thing...

The strange thing is, even though the pedalo was plastic,  I haven't been able to get more mythological unicorns out of my head since. The idea of them just would not leave me alone until at least one had been drawn, written about here,  and made available in more ways than I might normally choose or think about for a design like this. Hence all the many variarions of the unicorn design on the pics in this post.

If you're curious, you can find this particular unicorn on home décor, gift and apparel items here, or even on as unicorn fabric for your own projects, here.

*Free unicorn background*

And if you'd just like some free unicorns on an A4 size background (that's 300dpi, so printable if you'd like...) here it is. Just right-click, click or tap to download, depending on your device.

Free unicorn background, featuring white unicorns, stars and shimmers on a dark navy blue background.

Free unicorn background. Just click, right-click or tap to download

Back soon

Now, unlike the speaker in the title, am not aiming to be away from the blog for a month.

But there won't be a post next week. I'll leave you to enjoy this unicorn for now though, and promise that there will be more soon.


Friday, 25 June 2021

Poppies and Daisies

Hello there-hope all is really well for you.

As it at least keeps attempting to be summer here, I've been paying homage to the wonderful poppy meadows of which a great friend sent fabulous photos. Though they sparked the idea which then went off in a different direction, as ideas are wont to do, I hope I still did justice to the original place in this pattern.

Poppies and Daisies Art Print
See this design on more items here

That friend in line for something from this collection if she wants it, of course. But these items are available for everyone to add a splash of colour to life  that's bright and fun, but still natural and whimsical.

Hope you find something to treat yourself or a friend to within this. And in any event, have a great weekend.


Monday, 21 June 2021

Summer Solstice Illustration

Summer solstice image showing blue sky and see in watercolour and the words Summer Solstice in white ink
Yes, it's finally time for the promised Summer Solstice image I knew I had to post, to balance the Winter Solstice one here (and which you'll probably prefer to share today if you're in the Southern Hemisphere).

Originally, I meant to have the two images "matching" in some way. But it soon became clear this wasn't how this image (in digital watercolour, in Krita) wanted to be. This was a puzzle, until an obvious truth hit home.

The two solstice points in the year are opposites. So it makes sense that the approach, tone and feeling behind each is going to be, well, opposite also.

In any event, feel free to share this jpg image as it is if it's of use to you today, or in illustrating Solstices generally.

Happy Solstice, and more soon.


Friday, 18 June 2021

New Inspiring/Funny Quote Illustration: Life *Is * A Bowl of Cherries. But...

It's cherry season here. Somewhere in the course of the first few this year, I got to thinking the thought, "Even cherries have pips". Which evolved as you see below.

Picture of a fridge magnet with the words, Life is a bowl of cherries. But sometimes you have to spit out the pips, illustrated by a hand-drawn bowl of cherries.
Find this magnet on Redbubble

Just a fun thought for a Friday, which you're also welcome to share via the image below if you'd rather.

Illustration of Life is a Bowl of Cherries. But Sometimes You Have to Spit Out the Pips...

Hope you have a happy weekend. More soon!


Thursday, 17 June 2021

Free Happy Father's Day JPG Image and Animated Gif

Hello there, and hope you're feeling great and thriving.

If you have a father or father figure in your life, Father's Day is upon us this week.

So I thought that either the jpg image below, and/or the animated gif below that, may help you and that person to celebrate.

Free Happy Father's Day JPG graphic featuring sun rays and golden yellow text.

Simply tap, click or right-click (according to your device) and you'll be able to download and share the images.

Hope these are happy, helpful and joyful for you and those who receive them. More soon!


Thursday, 10 June 2021

New Sketchy Roses Pattern Collections to Mix and Match

Hello there, and hope this finds you well and thriving.

Today, am so happy to be able to present my new, Sketchy Roses collection to you. 

 It's a coordinated collection of my designs for your projects, in a light and fun style that nods to tradition, but is sketchily light enough to feel fun and happy too. Each design can also be used in either direction. The collection is available on fabrics, printable papers, and home décor/gift items too.

"Sketchy Roses," is available from Craftsuprint as printable papers, or from Zazzle on fabrics, in a  paler background colourway, because of the differences involved in printing on fabric.

Photo of a pink rose

The collection (in all  its forms) was inspired by the beautiful rose gardens we're lucky enough to have around these parts. (Thanks to The Computer Man who took these pics on a stroll we had.)
Photo of pale pink roses

And, just like the different, multi-coloured roses in a flowerbed, these papers and fabrics are designed to be mixed and matched together in your projects too.

Photo of single pale pink slightly wabi-sabi rose

Finally, if you love the designs, but aren't feeling crafty, I've also popped a "mix and matchable," selection of gift and decor items onto Redbubble. You can see the whole collection here.

Here's how just some of  those gift items mix and match together as cushions and pillows, and on a mixture of items.

More than anything, please have fun, and may anything and everything in this collection spark joy and delight for you, your friends and family, and the world at large.

More soon.


Thursday, 3 June 2021

New Cartoon and Pretty Pics...

Hello there

Hope you're thriving. It's been a week of being out-and-about (at last!). So please forgive me that the new project launch, about which more very soon) isn't this week.

But I do have a new cartoon for you. Which I sent to the Computer Man for his birthday. Upon receiving it and laughing heartily, he insisted that I put it up for sale (with a few details changed).

Funny Birthday Card for Husbands: Wife Alerts

And so, it's become the newest item in my CartoonsbyClare collection at Zazzle. (where you can change the wording as much as you like...It doesn't have to involve the word "wife", for instance).

In other news...

As good weather and being able to go out are now finally coinciding, so many beautiful things are there to be appreciated in London's parks and gardens. So we slowed down this week, and took some time to enjoy them.

One day soon... these rhododendrons (please correct me if you think they're something else) are highly likely to make their way into a design somewhere.

For now, they are just stunningly beautiful and in need of no other introduction over in the gardens at Kenwood House. (Pics are also courtesy of  The Computer Man, who also takes much more wonderful photos than he realises...).

Pale Pink Rhododendren photo by Jim Fernbank

Dark Pink Rhododendren photo by Jim Fernbank

I'll leave these with you to enjoy. 

Hope you have a lovely week, wherever and however life finds you right now.

More soon.


Friday, 28 May 2021

These Are Free Rainbow Gif Arrows (And I Need Your Help, Please)

A  right-pointing arrow gig image, flashing in turn through a rainbow of colours...

Hello there! I hope this post finds you thriving. Us too, though we're in the middle of a blog revamp here.

This pretty little rainbow arrow gif is  free for you to download and use (credit and link back are always appreciated, but never required). As ever, just right-click, click  or tap on it to make that happen.

But this time...

The arrows have an important purpose too.

With a huge thank you to my  computer whiz hubbie for providing me with lovely code that will just point you to my social media accounts and nothing else, I have a favour to ask of you, please.

The arrows are here as a reminder that you can find out about new posts on my social media accounts too. They're pointing to the right if you're on a PC or laptop, but could equally be pointing to the bottom of the page for mobile us (yes, we're making it easier in the revamp, please bear with us).

Not on social media?

(And if you're not on social media, or just prefer to get emails about updates, please subscribe to Bounding Squirrel on the Bloglovin network).

This is extra important just in case you're still getting emails about blog updates from the old Feedburner service. I don't think anyone is, as I started changing this, literally years ago and think everyone has changed options already.

But just in case, am letting you know, because Google are switching off key parts of that service. So if you'd like to keep following posts, please do join Bloglovin (it's free) and/or follow us on social media.

Many thanks!

And now, for something completely different...

After such an uncommonly techy email, it's probably best to leave you with something that's altogether quieter, calmer, but also available for you to use as a free image if you'd like. 

And this free rose PNG clipart file is  also a hint about things to come.  Update June 10th: The Sketchy Roses Collection has now been released. Click or tap here for more info...

Free pink rosebud png clip art image in pen and wash

(The rose isn't yet involved in any design at Craftsuprint, but everything of mine there is on  20% discount until the end of Bank Holiday Monday (May 31st 2021).  If you love to craft with nice images, do have a look if you can).

On that note, will leave you guessing, but thanks so much for reading down so far in a post like this, and have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, 20 May 2021

Free Inspiring Quote Image: You Can Do This...

Let's face it, life continues to be various kinds of weird for a lot of people at the moment. Which (maybe) is why this illustration popped into my head. This woman *is* managing to balance her strange and heavy load at the moment. Maybe the message, "You Can Do This..." that goes with it *is* all she needs.

This illustration shows a woman carrying a srange and heavy load and says "You Can Do It"
If you know someone who would appreciate this, it's fine to tap, click or right-click (according to your device) on the image on the left and send it to them. Please leave the web address and signature on it, though.


Also, if you'd rather send them something more physical (or have some encouragement yourself), I have stickers, cards, magnets, badges and more that carry the same message, available on Redbubble.

(You can see what some of them look like in the images below).

Buy on a tote bag here

You Can Do This sticker
Buy as a sticker here

You Can Do Tis Greeting Card Image
Buy on a greeting card here

And whatever you do or don't do, remember that you too can do whatever is in front of you. And that, better yet, you have the power to let other people know that they can, too.

Hope this helps anyone who needs it. More soon!

Monday, 17 May 2021

New Painting: Peaceful Willow Tree

Digital painting of a weeping willow by a river, with a duck.

Hello there. Hope you're doing well out there in your corner of the world. 

And if you're surprised to see the style of this painting, I'll let you into a secret...So am I.

If you've followed along for any length of time, you'll know that I do little digi and traditional watercolours, right?

And definitely not landscapes of any kind.

And yet, and yet, all of this changed, in trying out my new Luminance digital painting program from Pixarra. (That's not an affiliate link, BTW. Am just really impressed with the app so far).

It's so new to me that have not even had time to review it properly.

But if it helps in creating "places," that feel as peaceful as the underneath of that willow tree...You might be seeing quite a bit more painted with it.

Many thanks and more soon.

PS. You might know this already, but you can stay in touch with BoundingSquirrel on Facebook and Twitter

Friday, 14 May 2021

New Elephant Cartoon-And a "Creative Block" Solution...

Hello there. Hope everything is going well for you. And that you've had a smooth and peaceful week.

If, like me though, you've had things turn out now quite as you'd hoped, and a little trip into Creative Block Land, then am going to share a tool I found that may help, and the story of how it helped me.

Which, believe it or not, is linked to this new elephant cartoon:

A funny cartoon in which a lady who has adopted an elephant actually has to take delivery of it...

There I was, frustrated by project roadblocks, and feeling distinctly un-creative. (Which, thank goodness, is rare for me...but all the scarier therefore, when it strikes).

"What I need," I thought, "is a way of breaking old patterns, and creating new ones..."

And somehow, from that, the almost-magical discovery of the random word generator at, wait for it,

At random, the generator presented me with five words. One of which was, "adoption". Which got me to think about those, "adopt an animal and get a cuddly toy and progress report," schemes run by animal charities...

Which led me to wonder what it would be like if a person ended up with more than they'd expected...And hence the cartoon.

Hope this has give you a laugh, and/or, an idea to try next time you need your mind to break free.

Have a lovely weekend. More soon.

Friday, 7 May 2021

New "Bowls Superleague" Cartoon

Hello there. It's been a while since I posted a cartoon, but this week has been full of them. Now that at least one has been received (with joy, it seems...phew!) I can post it here.

A cartoon in which bowls club members appear tohave adopted an idea similar to the football superleague...
As this was a "custom-designed" card, it may take more explaining than your average cartoon. Basically, the recipient is a fan of both bowls and football (soccer if you're reading this in the US). 

Other salient points that might or might not need a similar explanation: 1) The bowls season has just started in the UK, and 2) There have been recent (unsuccessful) attempts to set up a football super league, involving eye-watering amounts of money, and no-one ever having to leave the league, no matter how badly they play.

So I started thinking about what would happen in a parallel universe, if those two things combined...

Anyway, if you know anyone who likes bowls or football, please feel free to share this with them if you'd like.

But the next project is different

The next project I'm working on should take much less explaining, and I'll be revealing it next week. I know that all the lovely people who read this blog (thank you!) come for different reasons. But I know that you also often like new designs, cartoons,  and/or items that you can use in your own projects.

As the next project combines both of these things, I'm hopeful (and hoping) that you'll love it.

I'll see you next week with that. 
Update May 12th: The next project has hit various snags. But I'll still be posting the art that is ready for you to enjoy. More soon!

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Wednesday, 28 April 2021

New Bluebell Painting: "Ringing in the Spring"

Hello there. Hope you're well and thriving.

And after a much-needed (staycation) break, it's time to reveal something new.

Enter this new bluebell painting. (Though am loving how it's turned out-and that it was inspired by a single walk in our local woodland, that was drenching itself in the magic and newness of spring).

In my original draft of this post, I was also going to be talking about how excited I was to have found a new way to get prints to you easily.

As am still having some  issues with that new service, that will have to wait. (And no, I don't want to name the service, because the teething problems could well be my own fault, and I don't want to be in any way unfair).

Which I guess is a roundabout way of saying that this print is still available, along with lots of other lovely items, in my Redbubble shop.

There'll be more soon, and thanks for waiting for this post!

PS. Update on April 30th: If you enjoy cardmaking and crafting, a sheet based on this painting is also available.

Thursday, 15 April 2021

New Design: Purple and White Anemones Are Surprising...

This week's design is a surprise. The purple and white anemones were originally created for all the lovely people who buy my craft sheets. Thank you so very much, and here's a link to the latest floral sheets in action there.

4 Purple Anemone Patterned Coasters

What surprised me though, is how unexpectedly bright, striking and beautiful they looked on other items, from stickers to shower curtains. And especially on the small and pretty items that are so great and easy to send as gifts, like coasters, scarves, and pouches.

Purple Anenome Zipped Pouch
And if you like this design (or have others you'd like to see) please do let me know on the BoundingSquirrel Facebook page.

Hope you enjoy this design in any event...and more soon!

Purple Anemone Patterned Scarf

PS and update on March 23rd. Have just realised that forgot to say I'd be taking a week's (staycation!) break to re-charge and soak in some of fresh air and lovely spring sunshine we now have. All has gone to plan, and, re-energised and re-inspired, I'll be back next week. Thanks in advance for your understanding and my apologies for not saying this last week.

Friday, 9 April 2021

New "Rose Girl" Design and A Dilemma...

Hello there. Hope this post finds you thriving, and (ideally) in temperatures much warmer than our own current *spring* cold snap.

In anticipation of all things summer though, this "Rose Girl" design appeared the other day. (I say "appeared," because was sat down meaning to draw something else entirely, and somehow this design happened instead). The whole business of creating things seems to be like that sometimes. You expect oranges, but get pears...And yet, it all works out.

Anyway, this led to a dilemma, because she's quite different to a lot of the things I normally draw (being a person, for one thing ;-)).

But after encouragement from some friends online, I uploaded her to my Redbubble shop, and am glad I did. Because it turns out she's rockin' it on greeting cards, wall art, magnets, pillows/cushions, and more.

Hope she brings you thoughts of peaceful summer days too. And in any event, have a happy weekend. 
More soon!

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Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Free "Sending Love" Animated Roses Gif

Hello there!

Hope things are wonderful for you whenever you're reading this. If you're also needing to send a quick message, or send someone some virtual roses for whatever reason, this animated gif/ecard features pink roses, and could be just the thing.

"Sending Love "animated gif features pink roses

As ever, just right-click, click or tap, according to your device and save, and you're good to send it like any other image.

Hope this helps and more soon!

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Saturday, 3 April 2021

"Chocs Away! Free Easter Rabbit Cartoon/ECard

Chocs Away Happy Easter Easter Rabbit Cartoon E-Card

Happy Easter everyone. Feel free to right-click/click/tap and share this image if you'd like

More soon.


Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Free "Floral Joy" Flowery Printable Background Paper and More...

Hello there! Hope you're thriving. Spring has sprung (at least temporarily :-) here in the UK, and sharing this background (which started off as a doodle, then just grew...) feels like a great way to celebrate.

Printable floral background featuring white daisies and other vibrant flowers in shaes of pink, purple, red and gold, with spring-green leaves.

As ever, just right-click and save, or click and save, or tap and save, depending on your device, and it's yours to use pretty much as you like (see my angel policy for full details).

Attribution's always lovely, but never required, and if you do you use it, I always love to see what happens to my stuff "out in the wild" if you're up for that.

More than a background

If you're looking for even more though, this background has a card and insert to match over at Craftsuprint, and also looks rather yummy on some lovely things over at Redbubble

The choice is yours and Happy Spring(/Autumn in the southern hemisphere!) wherever you are.


Thursday, 25 March 2021

Free Happy Birthday Animated Dog Gif To Share

Hello there-hope you're doing well and thriving. Today's offering is a free Happy Birthday gif. 

Free and cute animated happy birthday gif, featuring a dog whose ears go up and down...

I can share this little dog now that the birthday of the person for whom it was made has passed...And he's just too cute to sit in the dark on my hard drive, isn't he?

So please feel free to share and use it in your own projects if you'd like. Right-click or click/tap and save according to your device to grab and use him. 

(As ever, links back are always v. much appreciated, but never required).

Hope this is fun and useful for you-more soon!

Thursday, 18 March 2021

There Are *No* Art Police...

If you draw, write or create anything at all, you'll probably identify with this feeling...

The time when you wake up and feel (for whatever mysterious reason) that you're a failure, and/or will never produce anything good at all/ever again.

That feeling has been creeping up on me for ages. And this week, it was time to Deal. With. It.

What I didn't realise though, was by 'fessing up to the situation  in a social media group, I'd get quite such an outpouring of support (thanks everyone), mostly from other people, saying either that they'd been to that place often, or were there right now.

Which led me to feel that I really had to do something about this now, not just for myself, but in order not to leave a loop open that was clearly very emotive for a *lot* of people.

The solution I came to was obvious and fun for me, and though it's had a lovely reception in that group, I have no idea yet whether it would ever work for anyone else.

Basically, that solution was to personify an imaginary inner critic, have them throw all my worst fears at me in a drawing and then, simply, erase them.

Which is the story behind this cartoon/four-panel comic...

A comic in which a woman erases and is freed from an imaginary "art policeman"

The *really* interesting thing was that the act of erasing this heartfelt felt but fully imaginary "art policeman" felt incredibly cathartic. In other words, I really do feel free from a ton of inner criticism.

Hope helps for you or someone you know, and/or has given you some fun.

More soon.


Thursday, 11 March 2021

Free Periwinkle Printable Background Paper And More...

Hello there, and hope you're thriving. Something suspiciously like spring sunshine appeared here this week. Not only has it brought out periwinkle flowers in the park, but also in my artwork.

Periwinkle patterned background

This is a full A4 sheet that you can print as a backing paper if you want to. (My angel policy is here). Just right-click, click or tap (according to your device) and save, to use it.

If you like the flowers, but fancy this cheery but soothing pattern on something else in your home or life, my Redbubble shop has you covered.

It's fabulous on everything from a laptop skin to a shower curtain, and even as a more detailed piece of art for your walls.

The full selection of items is here in the shop, if you want to have a browse and see what you might like.

Other than that-have a lovely weekend, and more soon.