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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