Free Coloring Page – Garden-style

garden-y coloring page -- free downloadYes, this seems like a good day for a free coloring page.

I’m working on a couple of new coloring book series. So, I’m happy to share one of the pages.

I draw these by hand, and then clean up the lines (just a little) in Photoshop.

So, they’re kind of irregular. They’re kind of organic. And, yes, they’re a style I’ve been drawing in, since my early teens.

(As a teen, at the local public library, I created each summer’s reading program artwork for the Children’s Reading Room. It was almost always in this style… wavy, wobbly, and fantastical.)

Here’s the link to the free coloring page: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8noedrX-LRwWW1VMnlWU0lIeE0

If you’d like to share the link with a shorter URL, this works, too: http://tinyurl.com/zwyp7rd

It’s a hand-drawn coloring page — 8.5″ x 11″ — that you can download and print as a PDF.

I’m preparing a new coloring book series in this style. It should be available in early 2017.

Free Coloring Pages from ‘Bold and Easy 4’

Bold and Easy Coloring Pages 4 - coverOkay, I’m enthusiastic about coloring books. And, I’ll admit I’ve been carried away by the success of my “Bold and Easy Coloring Pages” series.

This series has wider lines that are easier to see if someone has a vision challenge. And, in most cases, the coloring areas are larger. That makes them easier to color by anyone with dexterity issues like arthritis or difficulty holding a coloring pencil, marker, or crazy.

(The cover at right shows the most complex coloring design in this book.)

They’re ideal for special education teachers, seniors with some disabilities, and anyone who wants a book that’s easier to see and has bigger areas to color.

But… last week, in my enthusiasm, I accidentally uploaded the wrong interior for “Bold and Easy Coloring Pages 4.” And, besides having designs I hadn’t planned to include in the final edition, one page actually had an error on it.

The word “embarrassed” doesn’t begin to describe how I felt when I made the discovery.

Fortunately, I found it so quickly, only one person had bought the book. (The book now selling at Amazon is the correct one.)

If you’re that one person who bought it, please contact me and tell me:  What country you purchased it in, when you bought it, and how much you paid.

In return, I’ll send you an Amazon gift certificate so you can replace that book, and buy another one of my coloring books (or anything else you’d like to use the certificate for).

Meanwhile, here are two free pages from the corrected edition of Bold and Easy Coloring Pages 4. Download, color, and share them!

OOPS! The sample links aren’t working, and I’m looking for the glitch. (I’m guessing that the latest WordPress update — the one I use for this site — doesn’t play well with my sample-download software.)

While I’m debugging this issue, you can find more free downloads — including at least one from my “Bold and Easy” series at the Coloring Group website.

Here’s what they look like:

Sample 1Sample 2

New Coloring Book, and New Free Coloring Book Pages

Okay, I’m so hooked on coloring books, I may need a support group soon. (I am kidding. I can’t imagine wanting to be pried away from my art… ever!)

Lovely Designs 1, by Aisling D'ArtMy latest is Lovely Designs 1, and it’s a little different from my previous books. In addition to the 26 coloring pages (printed on one side of each page), I’ve included six “DIY” (do it yourself) pages.

When I draw my coloring pages, I don’t sketch anything ahead of time. Instead, I go right to work with a large pen or brush-style marker. I make broad, sweeping strokes to indicate the main areas of the design.

Next, I scan those drawings, so I can clean them up a little in Photoshop. That’s partly to erase any truly impossible lines I’d included. However, it’s even more useful to get a fresh look at the art… in a different scale (small), and in a different context (on my monitor).

LovelyDesigns1-Sample2It’s similar to how I used to explain my online diary, back when people thought that was weird. (Long before “blogging” became a trend.)

I used to explain how much easier it was to see what I was doing well — and not-so-well — in my life. On the computer monitor, it was like reading someone else’s story, not my own. (That may not be easy to understand, but — in those days — people weren’t so deeply enmeshed in social media and in each other’s lives. So, to read a “story” online was like reading a news story or diary by someone else altogether.)

Anyway, after I tweak my initial drawing, I print it so I can add embellishments and details, by hand.

Six of those un-embellished scans became part of Lovely Designs 1, along with three illustrated pages explaining how I embellish them… in case anyone else wants to try their hand at this kind of art, but needs a “head start” to gain more confidence.

Lovely Designs 1 - Left-hand editionAlso, Lovely Designs 1 contains two mandalas and two repeating patterns based on the same drawings.

For my left-handed friends, I’ve also created a left-hand edition of Lovely Designs 1. (I’m trying to do this with most of my coloring books. In my opinion, nothing about art should be inconvenient, ever. That includes having to reach across a coloring book, just to color the picture.) That’s its cover, on the right. (See the double-L logo at the lower right side of the cover, indicating a left-hand edition.)

So, anyway… the freebies have arrived. I’ve added them to the ColoringGroup.com list of free coloring book pages.

 

Art and Feeling Good

art and feeling goodWhen I create anything artistic, I feel good.  I’ve also noticed that my life goes better… I attract more good things into my life.

So, when Bob Proctor sent me this quotation this morning, I knew I wanted to turn it into a mini-poster and put it on my wall.

The quotation is:

“It’s really important that you feel good.  Because this feeling good is what goes out as a signal into the universe and starts to attract more of itself to you.

“So the more you can feel good, the more you will attract the things that help you feel good and that will keep bringing you up higher and higher.”

Of course, that summarizes The Secret in three sentences.  However, whether or not you believe in The Secret, this is still a happy way to look at life and the world around you.  It’s empowering, on a deeply spiritual level… and isn’t that what creating and art are all about?

Click here to download your free copy

Photo credit: Justyna Furmanczyk, Poland

New Freebie Adventure

This is a freebie for anyone who’s interested.  No strings attached!

Update:

I’m having such fun sending out free, artsy/creative postcards to people, I’m creating new ones and sending them — at random — in batches of 20 – 100 per week.

Card updates:

  • The original (orange & purplish, “Your year to create!”) cards are gone now.
  • I’ve sent a small (20-or-so) batch of b&w cards about making art with what you have, no matter where you are.  Those are no longer available.
  • My next 100 cards were glossy, printed postcards, and they include a mountain scene and a quotation about beauty.  Not signed or numbered, they were a “test run” with a different postcard design.  All of them have been sent now, too.
  • I will create more, spontaneous b&w cards and send them on whim, as well.  They’re not signed or numbered… just fun!

Starting with the August 2010 postcards, the artwork is generally my own.

To receive free artsy/creative cards in the mail, scroll down and use the form below.  No charge, no strings attached, and I don’t share addresses with anyone else.

Really, this is just one of those fun things that I like to do.

Here’s what I said in the original post:

I’ve now sent postcards to all former (paid) subscribers to my zine and “creative somethings.”

If you were a subscriber and didn’t receive your postcard, please use the paid subscribers’ form to update your mailing address.

Anyway, I have about 30 postcards left from the batch I had printed. I want to send them out, too. (Update: Remember, those have all been mailed now.)

In fact, I want to do this with every zine or gift-y, artsy item that I publish:

In addition to mailing to my subscribers’ list, I’ll draw names at random from the freebies list.  When someone receives that month’s postcard, it’ll be like receiving a treat.  They’ll have a free, 30-day pass to something cool and exclusive.

Some of the postcards will be a signed & numbered artsy something, in itself.

And, the info on the postcard will lead the person to the hidden location of whatever-it-is. (It may be a riddle or a mystery to solve, to figure out the download location. I want this to be a game, sometimes, but not too difficult.)

If you’d like to be part of the freebie pool of names/addresses, send your name & snailmail/postal address to me, using the form below. (It’s okay if you’re not in the U.S. I’ll choose a few non-US addresses each time, too.)

The first 30 (or so) will receive my current postcard, which is simply the “confirm your mailing address” card I’ve been sending. (You will NOT need to confirm your address.)

After that, you’ll be in the regular drawing for access to… well, I’m not sure what, yet.

FAQs

  • If this works out, I may turn the subscription area into something that new people can subscribe to.  Let’s see how this first step goes.  This has to be fun!
  • Some people were confused about my earlier call for addresses from former, paid subscribers.  If you were NOT a paid subscriber  — someone who signed up for a year of paper zines, probably in the 1990s — and you sent me your name + address during my earlier call, you do need to resend it with this form.
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Evergreen freebies

partyballoons2-illus-149x150In the past, I’ve placed a steady stream of freebies online. Many of them are still available, and “evergreen” (timeless).

Here’s a partial list of items that you can download and print for your personal use. All links open in a new window.

Please comment if a link is broken. I’m moving all of the freebies to new hosting, and — fingers crossed — hoping everything arrives where it should be.

EBOOKS

Journaling Your Past (full description)

Family History Shrines (full description)

Fresh Designs (quilting patterns)

ZINES

ATC Zine from Dragon*Con 2009, prints on two sides of an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper.

Musing – Volume 1: Issue 0 | Issue 1

TravelA single-sheet zine. That is, it’s 8 pages, printed on a single sheet of letter-sized (8.5″ x 11″) paper.

ART PRINTS

Reality/Imagination, the 5″ x 7″ (at 150 dpi) version of my digital ATC

Dreams Come True, a torn-paper collage (TIF format)

Edgar Allan Poe shrine print (best printed small-ish)

My digital ATCs – a dozen ATCs, ready to print, full size or larger

WORKSHOP AND CLASS NOTES

The Art & Science of Pocket Shrines (online version)

Breakthrough Shrines (online version)

Painting for People Who Can’t Draw – a 12-page supplementary lesson based on my Artfest 2004 workshop.

CLOTH DOLL PATTERNS

Margaret Mary Fitzcalory-Smythe – Designed to fit on an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper. Some people prefer her larger, as — at this size — her limbs can be difficult to turn and work with. (Fatten as necessary!)

Dangerous Women, Reaching for the StarsAlso designed to print on an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper. This is the pattern that I used for my very popular doll series.

ARTICLES, ETC.

Aisling’s Camp Memories project, from Astarte Mega-Zine

Paper doll parts – from my article in Art Doll Quarterly’s 2nd issue (TIF format, print to fill an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper)

VINTAGE IMAGES AND ART TO PRINT
Vintage postcards & paper items – print from the screen. Some are small. Most are in the public domain. (If you find any that aren’t, let me know immediately.)

Fresh Designs – free design book

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In the early 1980s, I assembled a book of quilting designs. That is, they’re guides for stitching on completed quilts.

However, you could use these same designs for many other kinds of art, especially fabric art. And, I included some suggestions on a couple of pages in this book.

For example: For a non-fabric art application, I might use some of these designs as templates to cut random pages from magazine photos, and create a collage.

In felt or fabric, they could be great applique designs.

In the early 1980s, this book was sold in quilting shops throughout the US, Canada, and Australia.

Now, I’ve scanned the pages of this book, and assembled them as a free book for you to download in PDF format.

How you can use this book and its patterns

You can use these patterns for your own original art, even art that you sell.

You can also copy these pages–or the entire book–and distribute it to friends, or even to students in a class that you teach.

You can use these patterns at your own website, or even offer the book as a freebie at your site.

Copyright

freshdesigns-page2I retain the copyright to this book and its designs. Here are the copyright rules:

You can’t charge for the book or its designs, but it can be a free handout in a class that you teach.

You must be sure that my copyright notice is on any individual pages that you distribute.

Also, don’t pretend that you created this book or its designs.

If you distribute the book–printed or online for printing/download–the last page in the book must be part of it. That’s where the copyright details are.

Please do not link directly to the PDF file at this website. You can link to this page… just not directly to the PDF file itself.

Download as a PDF

freshdesigns-page11smYou can download this book and print it at your computer. It’s in PDF format, which can be read by several programs, including the free Adobe Reader program.

To download your free copy of “Fresh Designs” in PDF format (about 5MB), right-click on this link and choose “Save to Disk.”

(Be sure to remember where you saved it on your hard drive, so that you can print it, later.)

right-click here for Fresh Designs download

(Please do NOT post the PDF link at other websites, forums or lists.)

Free Zine #1

A few years ago, I put together a single-sheet zine as a sample for my students in my ‘Make the World Your Art Gallery’ workshop.

It’s not an absolutely fabulous zine, and it’s not even much about art. It’s just a series of random pages. You could probably put them together in any order, and this zine would make equal sense.

front of single-sheet zine back of single-sheet zine

The page that says ‘Tour’ at the top is the front cover. When you print this back-to-back, the page that talks about travel should be on the back of it. (That is, inside the front cover.)

I had this online as a JPG, but that’s not the best choice for printing. It’s now a PDF, and it’s a 1MB download.

You may need to adjust the size or shift the paper so that the pages line up correctly, when printed back to back. But, when it’s assembled, it’s an 8-page zine from one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper.

Here’s the link. You can right-click to save it to your hard drive, or you can simply click and open it as a PDF, and print it immediately.

http://www.aisling.net/pix/zine1.pdf

Haunted New Orleans (#1) – ATC

new orleans haunted ATC Aisling D'Art

This is my personal journal entry about this artist trading card:

After a research trip to New Orleans, the mood and style of the French Quarter are still fresh in my mind.

The background is my photo (taken from Royal Street, at Pirate’s Alley) from our recent trip. The woman’s face is the Mona Lisa; I love how different she looks in various contexts. The crow on the New Orleans’ cemetery monument is from my January 2005 visit.

Layered over that, I placed a very subtle–mostly transparent–watch image from a 19th century Sears Roebuck catalogue. And, at the lower front, I altered a photo of tree roots from a Stratham, New Hampshire nature center.

The font for all text on the card is Casablanca Antique.

The original of this digital art included ten different layers, more than half of them partially transparent, to get these effects.

To print this card, right click on this link and save the image to your hard drive, and then print it at home. The original image is 3″ x 5″ at 300 dpi. (This is a larger file than I usually post, a little over 1MB.)

You can print the art as a small poster (at 150 dpi) if you like, or at its intended size of 3″ x 5″, or you could scale it down to a more traditional ATC size of 2.5″ x 3.5″.

I retain the copyright on this image, of course, but you can freely print it for your own non-commercial use, as long as you don’t alter it beyond rescaling the size.

Nevermore – Gothic ATC – Edgar Allan Poe

edgar Allan poe ATC by Aisling D'Art

This is another in my series of daily, one-hour ATCs. This is my journal entry about creating this card.

For some reason, I was in an Edgar Allan Poe mood this morning.

When I was little, the very first TV show that I can recall seeing was “The Fall of the House of Usher” on PBS, a dramatization of the Edgar Allan Poe story.

(I must have been about four years old at the time. I’m sure that it made an impression that is today reflected in my love of gothic art and ghostly themes.)

The background is a page from the 1817 Farmer’s Almanac. I own an original copy, and I’d scanned it for my clipart CDs (see below).

Next, I added a public domain image of Edgar Allan Poe, found online and altered to suit this card. I had used this image in my Edgar Allan Poe Shrine several years ago. The raven on his shoulder is art from that shrine as well.

Over his torso, I placed one of my 205 Eerie Images from a New Orleans cemetery. When I first saw this falling-apart grave, I thought of the Poe tale. As I made this art card, adding this Poe-like image a logical step. Of course, I changed the Hue and increased the Saturation; the latter by about 90%.

Photoshop trick:

To get the cemetery photo to appear only in the black areas of Poe’s clothing, I selected Poe’s torso with the rectangular tool, and made a copy of it. After pasting that to a different window and removing the background, I increased the contrast of the clothing so that it was sharply black and white. I cut out the black areas and pasted them as another layer on the positioned over the existing Poe clothing.

With the Selected areas still outlined, I switched layers so that I was working with the cemetery image. I inverted the selection and cut out (removed) areas of the picture that covered white portions of Poe’s clothing.

Then, I flattened the image.

Finally, I added the word, “Nevermore,” from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” and added a drop shadow to the text.

The finished image is 3″ x 5″ and you can print it at 150 dpi. Right-click on this link and save the image to your hard drive. Then, print it at 150 dpi if you’d like it in the original 3″ x 5″ size.

(Of course, you can reduce the card to the more standard ATC size of 2.5″ x 3.5″ and improve the resolution as well. I’m accustomed to trading art cards in Red Dog Scott’s swaps, and they’re often 3″ x 5″.)

This art is copyrighted, but you can print it freely for your personal use, as long as you don’t alter the design of the card.

RESOURCES

  • Clipart CD: Scanned pages of the 1817 Farmer’s Almanac (This image is old enough to be in the public domain.)
  • Clipart CD: 205 Eerie Images (If you own that CD, the image is PDRM0459.JPG. This image is copyrighted, but if you purchase the clipart CD, you can use the pictures permission-free in your own art.)
  • The “Nevermore” font is Black Adder, and the title/artist lines on the card are in Century Schoolbook.