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Got to clear these off my desktop.  My blog’s going to look like something very threatening with all these blinkin’ blinking icons.  Made with ArtRage 2.5 and Picasion.  If you see something you like and all the blinking doesn’t alter your state of consciousness, rt click to download to your computer and then upload to whatever web community you prefer to haunt.

Swirly vine from here:




Edited to add:  Oh look!   Weeks after posting these, they’ve stopped blinking!  Wonder why?  If you download to your computer, they should blink again.  -LSW


I spend time every day over at the forums for the ArtRage community….it’s a wonderful place to visit and the members are most definitely above par.   The environment is warm, friendly and gives me quite the creative boost.  Anyway, from time to time I post photos up with a challenge for people to interpret them artistically.  First, I posted flamboyant red parrot tulips.  I was quite surprised at the amount of participation!  Great fun!  So, next, I posted a challenge featuring blue irises.  Again, there were so many interesting and intriguing, as well as down-right stunning, entries that I was a bit agog.

I want to take the opportunity to highlight one submission in particular:  it’s by an artist dubbed Belvrog and I think it is extraordinary.  The first time I glanced at it, I thought it was a fine photorealistic rendition.  On second look, however, I just about jumped out of my seat.

Belvrog’s creation:

And, the original photo (irises belonged to  neighbor):

Nifty, eh?

dandelionA few days ago, I took my favourite garden stock photos from this Spring and converted them into black and white sketches.  To make them useful for just about anybody (i.e., including those of us who are not using the fancier graphics programs), I’ve saved them all as jpegs.  There are 33 files compacted into a big fat zip file.  You may download them from my Deviant Art account (select the download option in the upper left-hand corner.  These are free for you to use just as long as you don’t redistribute them without acknowledging me as the original source or claim the originals as yours.  Have fun!

flowergridI’ve been meaning to make these for quite a while and sure am glad that I did!  These are F*U*N!  Okay, so here’s what I’m talking about:  a handful of stencils or black and white clipart, whatever you want to call it, for making flower scenes.  Daisy-types, individual centers, roses, daffodils, foliage, stems……this should really give you something to play with.  Also included is a variety of containers to put the flowers in as well as a few butterflies and similar critters.  Tested out with great success by my 4-yr-old with the ArtRage 2.5 program and I am not ashamed to say that I also had a very pleasant time trying the stencils out.  I have many pleasant plans for these…..

Because there are so many images, I’ve combined them into a zip file that is hosted over at Deviant Art The files are all jpegs, offered with black or white backgrounds.  You photoshop people can easily convert them to pngs as you like.

Not into digital art?  These would work quite fine printed out onto card stock and traced as templates…..glue them into cards and collages!

These should tile quite nicely to make repeating patterns for webpage backgrounds  or desktop backgrounds.  I think they’d also make super cute stickers……made using MisterPaint’s wonderful stencils with the ArtRage 2 program.