Thursday, 30 June 2022

Free July Clip Art Illustration, and New Strawberry Card Sheets


Digital Watercolour illustraiton of golden July Lettering, with a strawberry on top, and surrounded by daisies and grass. Free to download and use.
Free "July Strawberry," Illustration. Right-click
and save here to download.
Hello there

Hoping you're well and thriving today. And as you can see above, it's time again for a "month illustration" freebie (in this case, the warmth and strawberries of July). Southern hemisphere people, I hear you, and know it isn't summer everywhere. I'm British, and it often isn't summer in July here either :-) . But seriously, if you have a different perception of months and their symbols, please let me know what they are, and I'll see if I can illustrate them for you.

Anyway, how about grabbing this freebie graphic?

So if you'd like to use the "July Strawberry," graphic above  in a project, video or newsletter, go ahead and right-click and save (or click, or tap, depending upon your device) the image above. Links back and credit are always appreciated, but never required.

And if you'd like to let me know how you use it, please do, 'cos 1) I'm curious, and 2) I might be able to feature *your* project in a future blog post.

Even more strawberry-ishness


Photo of a Card featuring a drawing of ripe strawberries, and a mouse who has just stolen one of them.
Strawberry Mouse Card,
made by Mario-Kimberley-Scott from a design by
Clare Walker at Craftsuprint

And on that cute and fragrant note, will leave you for this week. Thanks for dropping by, and have a great weekend.

More soon.
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Friday, 24 June 2022

Watch This Space (And Something I Said I'd "Never Do"...)

How've you been? 

Around these parts, it's been a strange and bitty week. With lots I'll be able to tell you about soon, I promise. But not yet, as it just isn't ready.

Which left me deciding to come clean, and admit that I was going to turn up here (pretty much empty-handed).

And then I made a hand-lettering discovery...

Now, if you've been round these parts a while, you'll already know I have/had, historically, a love/hate relationship with it. I *love* looking at it when other people do it, (and on the all-too-rare) occasions when it works out for me.

But I hate it when it doesn't...Too many memories of being told just how bad my handwriting is/was over the years.

And yet, all things must change eventually, or so it seems. Enter the wonderful online presence of Hayley Barry. Who I encountered during one of those wonderful online art workshop weeks (and am horrified to realise, I can't remember now exactly which one it was).

But no matter for now, because you can also get a taste of Hayley's a-m-a-z-i-n-g teaching style and awesome hand-lettering skills in this YouTube video lesson (in which she guest stars on the HappyEver Crafter YouTube channel) and/or at Hayley's website, Type Affiliated.

I can't remember a time when a feeling of struggling with an area gave way to one of, "I *love* doing this," as when I encountered Hayley's teaching.

So, the obvious phrase to illustrate to practice everything from that lesson was, of course, "Watch this Space..." 
Watch this space in black hand-lettering on a white background.
The initial stage...



And then I did the thing I said I never would...

For reasons best known to myself (and which I don't understand very well) I have shied away from writing on dark backgrounds for the longest time. Something around feeling that they are depressing, not very uplifting or whimsical, I guess.

But something made me decide to invert the black and white of the original lettering. With results that I just thought I'd try out on Redbubble, for fun.

And then I ended up *loving* how it looked...

On the more usual items, like cushions and pillows...

Hand-lettered "Watch this Space" in white writing on a black cushion or pillow.
Click or tap here for more info...




But also on products that have appeared on Redbubble since I last did many uploads there...Pet blankets and bandanas...

Which of course, give me an excuse to post for your Friday pleasure (or whatever-day-it-happens-to-be when you read this) slightly gratuitous-but-totally-cute pictures of both a cat,

Photo of a cat on a watch this space pet blanket, with white hand-lettering on a black background.
Click or tap here for more info...


 and a dog...

Photo of a ,"Watch this Space," pet bandana on a cute cross-breed dog.
Click or tap here to find out more...



Hope that this floats your boat as well, and here's to changing self-imposed, but senseless, rules.

Thanks so much for reading down this far, and have a lovely weekend.

Friday, 17 June 2022

In the Lavender Garden...

Hello there

Hope you've had a lovely week, and are coping with the heat/cold/other weather oddity (delete as applicable) in your particular part of the world. Here in London, it's seriously warm. So, where better to take you, than a lavender garden?

Lavender fields in digital watercolour by Clare Walker
Click or tap here to see the full version of this design

This is a digital watercolour of mine in Krita, and it's based upon a trip we took to see the Fawcett Garden in Vauxhall.

As you can see from these photos, the garden is smaller than the mythical place in my imagination :-) (isn't that always the way?). But it is beautiful, and we got there at just the right time to see and smell, the lavender. (As ever, the Computer Man and I went together. Most of the photos are his, as he's much niftier with a camera than me).

Happy bees abounded...

Close-up photo of a bumble bee in lavender flowers

And there were roses, too...


As well as a general feeling of "Cottage Garden-ness"...

Photo of cottage garden style planting (lavender, roses and honeysuckle) in Vauxhall park
Photo by JimFernbank

Which is all the more amazing, when you consider that Vauxhall Park is just a stone's throw from the MI6 building in central London. 

The thing I loved best though, is that the park's lavender (which also featured in rows like these)...

Photo showing lavender beds
Photo by JimFernbank


is harvested every year, by volunteers, with proceeds from the resulting oil being used to fund the ongoing upkeep of the lavender garden.

You can't beat a situation so full of win-win aspects for everyone, can you?

And on that note, I'll just wish you a happy weekend (or week, depending upon when you're reading this).

And thank you for reading down this far into a long post :-).


Friday, 10 June 2022

A Tale of Restoration and Happy Mooching...

Hello there

I'm back now from a little break away from work and oh, can totally recommend it if you're feeling a need to re-charge.

Anyway, thought would use this post as a first little catch-up on what I got up to. First off, not *everyone* in London was knee-deep in Jubilee celebrations last week. The Computer Man and I know this, because whilst we were scoffing yummy bagels at the newly re-opened Camley Street Natural Park, so were quite a few other people. 

(Massive thanks to the Computer Man for so much, but especially in this case, this lovely photo...)

Photo of a Poppy and Bee, by Jim Fernbank
Photo by Jim Fernbank

The Camley Street Natural Park is amazing, not least because it spent a century or so as a coal drop storage yard, sandwiched as it is between  King's Cross and St Pancras railway stations (both originally built in the 19th century.

Yup, you read that right. You can now even enjoy a wildlife pond, woodland, and a just-beginning-to-bloom wildflower meadow, complete with bees and beautiful flowers like the one above, within shouting distance of  the Eurostar.

According to the park's  info-signs, several centuries ago, the area was once part of the ancient forest of Middlesex. And it absolutely gives me tingles to think of even a tiny part of that being re-forested and  renewed...If this place can be restored, anywhere can.


And the next step was inevitable...

And so, of course, after all of that,  the next step was inevitable.  A memento was needed. Which of course meant drawing that flower... (Yes, that meant digitally drawing in Krita. Clearly there's a big part of me that, mysteriously, doesn't perceive drawing on the computer to be something that interrupts a break...).

 I think the flower in question was  a poppy, though it was more beautifully exotic and "ruffly" than any poppy I've ever seen before. It started like this...
Exotic poppy sketch in digital pen, by Clare Walker


progressed into this...


Ruffly Crimson Poppy 1, By Clare Walker


and may or may not finish up like this, at least for now:

"Ruffly Poppy and Bee," by Clare Walker, Bounding Squirrel




I've absolutely no idea if it will turn into anything, and am kind of liking the sketch more than the colour at the moment.

And there was more...

And I discovered more-a lot more when there was actually time to browse around and do things for fun again. But as this post is getting looooong, I'll save that for another time.

Thanks for reading down this far-and have a lovely weekend.

More soon.

Thursday, 2 June 2022

Forget-Me Not Thinking of You Card, And a Sale...

Picture of forget-me-not thinking of you greeting card design, in watercolour with digital silver glitter

Hello there. Hope all is well with you. This week's offering is short and sweet as it's Bank Holiday here. But wanted to let you know that all my printable card sheets are 20% off until midnight on Sunday June 5th 2022, BST. Click or tap here for details.

The forget-me-not design you see here is new, and also part of the sale (including a matching background, and lots of different verses and wordings to suit all the different occasions on which you or someone you know might want to send it).

Have fun with this, and more soon.










Update on June 4th 2022: This design is now also available on fabric:



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Friday, 27 May 2022

Free June Rose Arch Illustration


Hello there, lovely people, and hope you are well, and thriving.

Can you believe that next week it will be *June* already?

A digital painting showing a hand-drawn arch of pink roses, and the word "June" written in white against the blue sky behind.
Free "June Rose Arch" Illustration by Clare Walker
Tap, right-click or click here (depending upon your device)
to download.



In anticipation of this, I have June's free jpg illustration ready for you, above.  It features a rose arch, with June in a blue sky, and plenty of room all-around to add your own text too, if you wish.

It's a digital pen and wash watercolour, hand drawn and digitally painted stroke-by-stroke in the wonderful Krita app/painting program.

As ever with my freebies here, it's your to use as you wish, as long as you don't actually sell the file as-is, or claim copyright (my full angel policy is here).

Just right-click, click or tap, (depending upon your device) to download this, and enjoy. (Credit and links back, if you use it, are *always* appreciated, but never required. If you do use it, let me know where it is, if you'd like. I love to see my stuff in use "out in the wild," and can sometimes help you to promote your projects and items too).


And there's more...

If you like the arch and want more, and/or are feeling weddingy/in need of a wedding card, then this arch also has you covered, in the form of an arch-shaped printable wedding card to buy here, and optional inserts for it here.

In any event, thanks for having a read of this, and if you're reading it as it's published, happy weekend!

Friday, 20 May 2022

New: A Funny Birthday Card for People Who Like the Outdoors

Hello again

Am dividing the posts as promise, because this birthday card for people who like hiking, walking, the outdoors and so on, is very different from the cartoon in the last post.

By default, the text says, "It's OK Sue. According to the app, we're in bright sunshine, and just have a nice flat walk ahead," (even though in the picture it's pouring with rain and there are mountains and lightening in view...click or tap here if you want to look at the details).

You can change the name (or anything else in the text) as much as you like, and can also change the message inside from, "Happy Birthday!" to anything you'd like (or make it blank, if you'd rather).

Finally, the card also comes in three sizes, small (pictured here) standard and big. (All the details are here).

This is my last post for today, I promise, but I hope it gives you a laugh, and/or is useful.

A Funny Wedding Card (At Last)

Hello there

Hope you've had a great week.

Am just popping in quickly to say that finally, this cartoon, has made it into a wedding card (just in time for wedding season). 


So, if you're looking for a funny wedding card, and/ or something a bit different to send the happy couple, this could be a great option for you. It's available ready-made (but still personalisable) from Zazzle, in 3 sizes, small, standard and large. and includes design on the inside of the card as well.


I've got a few fun spring/summer, designs to share. So rather than listing them all here in one loooong post, I'll be giving them all their moment in the sun (yup, pun intended) in a few short posts coming up.

So for now, I'll just wish you a happy weekend.

Friday, 13 May 2022

A Watercolour Daisy Painting, and Card Design


Watercolour daisiespicked out in negative painting against a watercolour background of turquoise, cobalt, teal and violet.
Click here for more info about this painting



Hello there, and hope you've been having a good week.

I don't know about you, but it's felt like a week for exploring new things (at last-hurrah!).

So I took the time to look into a new watercolour technique, by following this tutorial, by Joanne Boon Thomas.

With grateful and genuine thanks to Joanne (it's a super tutorial), I then proceeded actually to paint something completely different and the watercolour daisies you see above are the result.

Regular readers of BoundingSquirrel will know that I have form in this area: one day I will actually follow the steps outlined in a tutorial, I will, honestly ;-).

Found myself liking that which actually emerged enough to imagine it as a print, though,  and also to turn it into this printable greeting card:


Watercolour Daisy Card Front
Click here to see/buy the Watercolour Daisy
quick card printable sheet



Could proper, pre-2020 levels of mojo be returning? Are you feeling this too, in your neck of the woods?

We shall see, but at least there's something pretty for me to post and you to look at this fine Friday.

Hope you have a lovely weekend, and more soon.

Friday, 6 May 2022

A Floral Art Card For Mother's Day and Beyond...

Hello there

Hope all is well with you, and that you're able to enjoy the spring/autumn/other season wherever you are in the world as you read this.

Watercolour pen and wash drawing of a watering can, filled with small purple flowers
Watering Can With Purple Flowers, by Clare Walker,
Click here to buy as a downloadable card sheet.



This week's art features a piece of summer that will resonate with flower-loving gardeners everywhere, and I'm hoping that, in its various forms, it'll be useful to you whether you're celebrating Mother's Day, a birthday, or any other happy occasion you think this card would suit.

I need to shoutout to people in the USA and Australia (and maybe other countries?)  here. Am ashamed to say this is the first year that I've remembered that Mother's Day is on a different day for you than the UK (ie this coming Sunday), but I promise it won't be the last.

If you are one of those celebrating this weekend, or need a lovely birthday card quickly, there's still time to make a great card from the printable sheet here (pop the designs on some cardstock or thick paper and you'll have your card).

Or if you're looking to brighten someone's day with an ecard, you're welcome to download and share the smaller,  optimised-and-ecard version of the card below.

Free ecard showing a watercolour watering can and purple flowers, and the flashing words, "You're wonderful,"
Tap, right-click or click to download



Either way, enjoy these flowers, and your weekend or week (depending on when you're reading this).


PS. Update on May 10th: This design is now also available as a shaped card to print out and make. Many thanks to Marion Kimberley-Scott for allowing me to use her photograph of the design when made up, and for her skills in the making of it:

Photo by Marion Kimberley-Scott shows a watering can shaped card.
Photo and make by Marion-Kimberberley Scott, from a
design sheet by Clare Walker.

More soon.

Friday, 29 April 2022

*Two* Free May Watercolour Illustrations

Hello there.

Hope you've had a great week. It's that time again, for  an "illustration of the month" freebie.

 Today  I have not one but two free "May" watercolour illustrations for you to use in your posts and projects if you'd like. (With huge thanks to Marion Kimberley-Scott, whose wonderful garden pics and permission to use them as reference, inspired this project).

May in Hand lettering surrounded by a watercolour pink clematis wreath.
Free May wreath illustration
Click, right-click or tap
(depending upon your device) to download and use



The first (above) is a more traditional clematis wreath with the word May inside, and the second (see below) spells out May in clematis branches. I couldn't decide which I liked best, so am offering you both of them.

To download either or both of them, just tap, right-click or click (depending upon your device) on the image you'd like, and download it to use, (in any way that works under my angel policy...Which allows for pretty much anything, except selling files as they are, or claiming copyright, which stays with me). Credit is always appreciated, but never required.


May spelt out in pink clematis leaves and flowers a. blue watercolour sky.

Free May-in- Clematis illustration
Click, right-click or tap
(depending upon your device) to download and use




In any event, hope these graphics help and are useful to you.

And if you'd like more pink floral goodness like this, a set of clematis graphics is now up in my Craftsuprint shop.


Update on May 3rd. The very talented Marion Kimberley-Scott has also given me permission to post a couple of pictures she's taken of this design when made up into a full-sized card. With huge thanks to her, here they are. Obviously, they are her pictures and not for download, but you can click through to see more of her marvellous card makes here.

Make and photo of the Clematis birthday card by Marion Kimberley-Scott, using a design sheet by Clare Walker.

Make and photo of the Clematis birthday card interior by Marion Kimbereley-Scott, using a design sheet by Clare Walker.

Click or tap here to see more of Marion's skills at work, on this design, and others. As a card designer, I really don't know what I would do without her craft and photography skills. Thank you so much Marion :-).
Hope this helps.

Friday, 22 April 2022

Digi-Watercolour Art Journaling "Let Little Things Spark Joy"


Hand drawn digital watercolour jasmine and the words Let Little Things Spark Joy in hand-lettering next to it.
You are welcome to share this, "as is," including the watermark.



Hello there. Hope you're doing OK in the still-strange times in which we seem to be living.

I've always been focused on "happy art," and to that end, have been darting about enjoying spring this week, and doing my best to record happy thoughts (like the one above) in a digi watercolour art journaling style.

Focusing on the budding flowers, bees, spring sunshine and a thousand other details has been a good plan this week. So that was the thought I recorded here, and hope helps someone else too.

This is a hand-drawn (stroke by stroke) digital watercolour of little white jasmine flowers, in Krita 5, with digi hand-lettering, also in Krita.

Let the little things spark joy, white Jasmine pin
Let Little Things Spark Joy Pin/Badge


If you fancy this in your life, it's available on prints and postcards too, in my Redbubble shop. But for now, I'll leave you with it (and its "Happy Birthday," printable cousin in my Craftsuprint shop

and wish you a happy weekend.




Thursday, 14 April 2022

Happy Easter Chick Animated Gif Ecard


A free animated gif showing a happy chick breaking out of an egg, and wishing the viewer a Happy Easter.
Happy Easter Chick Animated Gif by Clare Walker,
 BoundingSquirrel.Com. Click here to download
 and use or share it.

Yes, Easter would appear to have snuck up on us again, and so before taking a break for it, I just wanted to send you my very best wishes, whatever your way of celebrating  this time of year (or not).

For me, nature and the arrival of new life and hope is always key in spring, hence this image.

If you'd like to share this gif/send it as an online Easter card, please do (right-click, click or tap on the image to download and use it). I don't insist on credit, but it's always lovely if you're able to do so, or link back in some way.

Hope all is peaceful well and happy wherever you are. Have a lovely weekend (or more) and I'll see you in a few days.


Thanks so much for being here, and more soon.




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Friday, 8 April 2022

New Digital Painting, in a New Old/Style

Hello there

How are you doing?

 If  you're feeling the need for some calm, this week, I've got a peaceful landscape painting for you.

Painting in digital chalks of a peaceful lake scene, with distant hills
"By the Lakeshore", Digital Painting by Clare Walker, BoundingSquirrel.Com


Yes, I painted it  digitally (but still stroke by stroke, in Krita 5). And for those of you into such things, yes, this does use a different brush to my normal set in there: digital soft chalk.

If you've been reading this blog for a *very* long time (and I do mean a very long time, around 9 years or so)... Firstly, *thankyou,* and second, you may remember that I used to do much more in this "digital pastel," style (such as the pics, here, and here, for example).

This new painting just happened out of nowhere, suggesting it was its right time to emerge. (And to answer the next question am guessing you might have, this is entirely from my imagination, and I have no idea at all where, or even if, this place exists quite like this in, "real life").

 I have a question for you too though, if that's OK. Do you prefer this style, or the usual pen-and-wash? Or both? I'd love to know, so please do leave me a comment over on Facebook if you've got a view on this.

As to what will become of this painting/drawing (if anything), am not sure yet. If you've any thoughts on that, please let me know that too.

And with all that said, it's time just to thank you for reading this, and to wish you as happy and peaceful a weekend as possible.

More soon.



A free animated gif showing a happy chick breaking out of an egg, and wishing the viewer a Happy Easter.
Happy Easter Chick Animated Gif by Clare Walker,
 BoundingSquirrel.Com. Click here to download
 and use or share it.

Yes, Easter would appear to have snuck up on us again, and so before taking a break for it, I just wanted to send you my very best wishes, whatever your way of celebrating  this time of year (or not).

For me, nature and the arrival of new life and hope is always key in spring, hence this image.

If you'd like to share this gif/send it as an online Easter card, please do (right-click, click or tap on the image to download and use it). I don't insist on credit, but it's always lovely if you're able to do so, or link back in some way.

Hope all is peaceful well and happy wherever you are. Have a lovely weekend (or more) and I'll see you in a few days.


Thanks so much for being here, and more soon.




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Monday, 4 April 2022

Free April Illustration


Hello again

This is a bonus post, because I realised I hadn't put up an illustration for April. As ever with these monthly illustrations, if it calls to you and/or you have a use for it, it's yours to save directly from the page (tap, click or right-click on the image to save it). Credit is always appreciated but never required (see my angel policy for details).


Square illustration showing April in hand lettering against a background of watercolour/watercolor patterned flowers.

Free April illustration. Click or tap here to download if you wish.



Hope this helps and more soon.


A free animated gif showing a happy chick breaking out of an egg, and wishing the viewer a Happy Easter.
Happy Easter Chick Animated Gif by Clare Walker,
 BoundingSquirrel.Com. Click here to download
 and use or share it.

Yes, Easter would appear to have snuck up on us again, and so before taking a break for it, I just wanted to send you my very best wishes, whatever your way of celebrating  this time of year (or not).

For me, nature and the arrival of new life and hope is always key in spring, hence this image.

If you'd like to share this gif/send it as an online Easter card, please do (right-click, click or tap on the image to download and use it). I don't insist on credit, but it's always lovely if you're able to do so, or link back in some way.

Hope all is peaceful well and happy wherever you are. Have a lovely weekend (or more) and I'll see you in a few days.


Thanks so much for being here, and more soon.


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Friday, 1 April 2022

An Emerald Anniversary Card and Digital Painting...

 Hello there. Hope you're doing well.

Digital watercolour of an emerald.



This week's offering is a digital painting that was always intended as an emerald anniversary card. In fairness to the couple now celebrating 55 happy years together (congratulations again!), I couldn't put these designs in a post until today.

Its painting (the emerald is in digital watercolour, using Krita) and design have taken up a fair chunk of the week...Alongside, of course  enjoying spring sunshine and then watching, open-mouthed, as that turned to snow...in the same afternoon. Am really not joking or exaggerating about that-it was the weirdest thing.

Anywaaaay, lest I be rightly accused of doing that British weather-chat thing, here's the card itself, which you can buy (and personalise, inside and out) at Zazzle:




Or, if you're feeling crafty (or need to download something today) you can also download a printable kit that makes a similar square version of the card (again with personalisable/customisable message options) from my Craftsuprint shop.

Picture of the Emerald Anniversary Kit contents, card front, insert, backgrounds, etc.
Downloadable Emerald Anniversary Card Kit



Whichever option works better for you, I hope this helps you or someone you know. 

Had thought that this could be a bit too "niche," so hesitated before posting this. But as we're 55 years from the beginning of the "Summer of Love," as I'm writing this, perhaps not... ;-)

Have a great weekend-more soon.

A free animated gif showing a happy chick breaking out of an egg, and wishing the viewer a Happy Easter.
Happy Easter Chick Animated Gif by Clare Walker,
 BoundingSquirrel.Com. Click here to download
 and use or share it.

Yes, Easter would appear to have snuck up on us again, and so before taking a break for it, I just wanted to send you my very best wishes, whatever your way of celebrating  this time of year (or not).

For me, nature and the arrival of new life and hope is always key in spring, hence this image.

If you'd like to share this gif/send it as an online Easter card, please do (right-click, click or tap on the image to download and use it). I don't insist on credit, but it's always lovely if you're able to do so, or link back in some way.

Hope all is peaceful well and happy wherever you are. Have a lovely weekend (or more) and I'll see you in a few days.


Thanks so much for being here, and more soon.


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Friday, 25 March 2022

Happy Easter Daffodils

 Hello there, and hope that life is treating you well.


Cheerful daffodils dance against a blue sky in this free e-card.
Click, tap or right-click and save this
free daffodil Easter ecard


I know it's a little early for Easter (17th April if you're reading this in 2022), but wanted to post this up for you in good time if you're wanting Easter cards. (The printed version of this card that you see below is available to buy in my Redbubble store here).


Happy Easter Daffodils Greeting card (photo of same)
Click here to buy this daffodil Easter card on Redbubble.


And yes, this card is similar to the illustration for the month, but a development of it. I wanted to add more flowers, depth and effects to these ones, and bring them alive as much as possible. Spring, with its gentle sun and gorgeous vitality, feels like it's in full swing here. It's my favourite season, so I challenged myself to pack as much of that feeling into this design  as I could into this digital painting (in Krita 5). 

In fact, this was really only ever going to be a painting at first-and then no sooner had I finished that and someone asked for an Easter card. So there I was, with daffodils mysteriously at the ready, and it all morphed from there. Am finally beginning to learn that sometimes, life really will work out, if you go with it, rather than trying to force any issue.

Enough waffling from me. Here's to feeling the joy of Spring when possible, whatever the actual season wherever you are.

That's all for this week, but thanks so much for being here, and more soon.

PS. If you're feeling in need of more daffodil designs and Easter downloads, there are also several in my Craftsuprint shop.



A free animated gif showing a happy chick breaking out of an egg, and wishing the viewer a Happy Easter.
Happy Easter Chick Animated Gif by Clare Walker,
 BoundingSquirrel.Com. Click here to download
 and use or share it.

Yes, Easter would appear to have snuck up on us again, and so before taking a break for it, I just wanted to send you my very best wishes, whatever your way of celebrating  this time of year (or not).

For me, nature and the arrival of new life and hope is always key in spring, hence this image.

If you'd like to share this gif/send it as an online Easter card, please do (right-click, click or tap on the image to download and use it). I don't insist on credit, but it's always lovely if you're able to do so, or link back in some way.

Hope all is peaceful well and happy wherever you are. Have a lovely weekend (or more) and I'll see you in a few days.


Thanks so much for being here, and more soon.


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Thursday, 17 March 2022

The "Spring Crocus" Cardmaking Collection is Here...


Image features a card front of watercolour crocuses, layered papers and ribbons
Click here to buy the "Spring Crocus" card front sheet
 from my Craftsuprint shop,
for instant download *or* print-and-post.

Welcome, to a post (and a part of the world-I realise it's not the same everywhere) in which Spring has sprung.

The "Spring Crocus" collection is a set of papercraft products that celebrate this, and it's lovely to be able to reveal this to you today.

Over the last couple of weeks, I've poured my heart and soul into getting the essence of spring to glow into the art work and the finished papers of this collection.

It's been a joyful, though full-on process, at which I thought you might like to have a peek.

(If you're a "Just gimme the papers," type of person though, then please do click or tap here...).

 But, to begin at the beginning...


The initial idea...

The initial idea came all in a flash, one sunny Sunday a couple of weeks ago, strolling through the park with my husband. It was the first in months where it had felt warm enough not to wear a coat... (Yay, as am not a fan of coats, or heavy clothing generally). Anyway... what with the not-wearing-a-coat, the sun, and beautiful crocus like this one peeping through the soil after the winter...(this is my hubby's photo-thanks Jim)...


Photo of a pale purple crocus with an orange centre, nestled in grass.
Photo by Jim Fernbank.

It was pretty easy, all-in-all, to begin to imagine "Spring Crocus" artwork taking shape.

Now at this stage, I remember a carpet of crocus having been there. But somehow, mysteriously, I failed to take a decent photo of it. (I wish I were joking when I say to people that I got into art because I really can't take decent photos, but, there you go...It's the absolute truth.).

What next?

So at this point, imagination and memory also took a hand, and lots (and lots...) of artistic licence.
After all, for me at least, the real point is remembering that feeling (often of joy, as in this case) and getting something down which represents it, (and on a good day, might even transmit that feeling) to another person. 

Sooo....

First, there was an initial sketch to get some shapes and colours...


A portion of sketchbook and a first crocus sketch



Which became a traditional and digital watercolour hybrid like this...

Watercolour graphic of a crocus cluster

And lots and lots of small pattern motifs that look really weird when you see them out of context, like this one...

small cluster of pen and wash watercolour crocuses




Until...

It all came together in a paper pack, card sheet, and even a sheet with inserts and verses...


Graphic showing all the Spring Crocus paper craft sheets
Tap or click here to find out more...

And so, if you've been one of the people I haven't got back to yet this week, this is probably why ;-) .


Finally...

Thanks soooo much for reading down this far, and really appreciate you being here, whether it's to grab the new papers, or mostly to hang out for the story and the pics.

Wherever you are, and whatever the season with you, hope this puts a literal "spring" in your step. And have a lovely weekend, when it comes.

More soon.



A free animated gif showing a happy chick breaking out of an egg, and wishing the viewer a Happy Easter.
Happy Easter Chick Animated Gif by Clare Walker,
 BoundingSquirrel.Com. Click here to download
 and use or share it.

Yes, Easter would appear to have snuck up on us again, and so before taking a break for it, I just wanted to send you my very best wishes, whatever your way of celebrating  this time of year (or not).

For me, nature and the arrival of new life and hope is always key in spring, hence this image.

If you'd like to share this gif/send it as an online Easter card, please do (right-click, click or tap on the image to download and use it). I don't insist on credit, but it's always lovely if you're able to do so, or link back in some way.

Hope all is peaceful well and happy wherever you are. Have a lovely weekend (or more) and I'll see you in a few days.


Thanks so much for being here, and more soon.


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