Category Archives: Digital Art

Happy Australia Day – From the Dogs

I created these 10 digital mobile photography art images on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4, for the Dogs’ Refuge where I’m a volunteer. The girl who normally does photography for the Refuge is still on holiday in her home country, so I suggested to the Staff that instead of trying to get our dogs to model hats, thongs (flip flops), towels etc with the theme of Australia Day, I could edit photos of the dogs instead, and add clipart and text to the images.

Not all of them might make it to the Refuge’s Facebook page, so I thought I’d share them here with you.

It was quite a feat to create them, in between walking dogs, sitting with them and distributing doggy biscuits. But I had fun doing it. It’s been a long while since I last did much digital mobile photography art, but nothing beats jumping right back on the bicycle, right?

Enjoy! Hope you like them!

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Inspiring Art from around the world

…or, from Pinterest, actually. But that’s just as good, as Pinterest is my spaceship to anywhere my Imagination tells me to go.

So today, my Imagination told me to look at my Pinterest board “Inspiring Art”. And to pull some of my favourites from that Board, and share them with you, my dear readers.

Just because.

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For information about any of these images, please look for my Pinterest profile and then take a look at the images in my “Inspiring Art” board. When you click on the image within Pinterest, you’ll be taken to the original source website for that image.

Quotes on Why We Need Art

Yesterday I wrote about why we need Art, especially in this mad new world of ours, where Money is God.

As I did my online research, I discovered many quotes on why we make Art, and why Art is important to us all. So today I thought to myself, why waste a good opportunity to share those quotes here with yourself.

(The following images are curated from Google Images):

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Freebies! Inspirational Quotes Digital Art by AlyZen Moonshadow

These were going to be a deck of inspirational cards that I meant to have printed out and sold via my eBay and Etsy stores. But, as it often happens, other projects and ideas overtook it, and so the project got shelved.

However, if you like, you may print these out on your own printers and use them as bookmarks, or laminate them and use them as your own personal Inspirational cards. Just please don’t pass them off as your own, or sell them, thank you.

What I might do with these is pass them to my Licensing agent to put them on homewares such as duvet covers, cushions, rugs, placemats etc. Also as canvas prints and framed prints, perhaps.

Enjoy!

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Freebie: Sit And Watch The Leaves Turn

Here is another inspirational/motivational card design from my partially abandoned project. Feel free to download and print it if you like. It makes a handy bookmark, if you, like me, still read real books.

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This one’s especially for my dear readers in the Northern Hemisphere, who are now entering Autumn and Winter.

Here’s a little Haiku I wrote about the turning of the seasons. Enjoy!

Red sun sets early
A gentle breeze blows through trees
Leaves twirl, turn and fall

Soon the Harvest Moon
Then evenings will draw closer
Now watch the leaves turn

Winter is coming
A mighty wind is brewing
More leaves are turning

Embrace the season
Be calm, and still your movements
Sit, watch the leaves turn

AlyZen Moonshadow

New Artwork – when needs must.

Now the weather is warming up rapidly in this part of the world, it’s getting too warm to wear my hoodie with the Dogs’ Refuge logo on it a.k.a my unofficial “uniform”. (Sorry, you poor folks up in the Northern Hemisphere who are entering your cold winter months).

I was looking for a t-shirt that said “Volunteer” at the back, but the Refuge’s shop had no stock. I then looked for a standard t-shirt with the Refuge logo on it, and in my size, but their stock was very low, and they said it could be months before new stock arrived. I really wanted to look the part, and have something to wear that said I belonged to the organisation. In the end, I bought the only thing they had available in a nice, roomy XL…only it was in a bright pink, not really my colour. SIGH. First World problems 😄.

So, what’s a girl to do, when faced with a fashion faux-pas situation like this?

Well, as a digital mobile photography artist, a girl doesn’t just make do. A girl makes. I decided to design my own t-shirts. The Kid and I are about the same size, so I’ve ordered the t-shirts in a unisex style, and in a 2XL, which, hopefully won’t be too large for me. We can share them as our Christmas presents.

Here’s what I came up with:

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I created this with the Dogs’ Refuge in mind. The clipart came from the App PicsArt.

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Here’s my very own pit bull, Shelagh, as the model for this design. Isn’t she just adore-a-bull? ❤❤❤

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Not to ourdone, I used my lotsabitsa Scruffy, as the model for this design. He’s hard to take photos of, as he moves about too quickly. But I managed to get this great shot of him.

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And lastly, this, because it’s rapidly becoming my motto these days. I wanted it to look bright and vibrant, yet messy and incomplete. Yeah, whatever. 😉

Freebie: Motivational Card. “Everything Big Starts Small”

Earlier this year, I started working on some images with motivational/inspirational sayings, that were to become a deck of cards. Each card would have a different front, and the backs would be a uniform background, with a different single motif and saying on it.

What with my creative juices going at a thousand miles an hour, I got caught up doing other things, and this series got sadly neglected.

So, instead, I’m giving those images as Freebies to my readers instead. Feel free to copy, paste or save the images you find under the heading “Freebie : Motivational Card”, which I’ll release every now and then.

Today’s card is “Everything big starts small”.
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Whatever you envision for yourself, no matter how farfetched or grandiose it may seem, if you’re serious about achieving it then you have to start somewhere. It doesn’t have to be a big gesture, it just has to be a step in the right direction. Set your intention, then let your feet follow. But you have to start.

From humble acorns come mighty oaks.

My Favourite Graphic Designs

Just a compilation of some of my favourite graphic design ideas and inspiration, curated from my Pinterest board “Graphic Design”. Here you will find business cards, logos, packaging, posters, etc. Quirky and clever uses of negative space. Beautiful bottles filled with just as beautiful (I hope!) food and drink.

I maintain my Pinterest board for inspiration, and add to it whenever I find examples of pretty packaging, fonts or advertising illustrations. Just in case one day I decide to have a professional logo designed for me, or some cutting-edge business cards printed…oh okay, just because I’m an eclectic magpie and like collecting beautiful things. :-)

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FREEBIES! Gelli® Print images

I must admit I haven’t been practising my Gelli® printing lately, having been drawn in a different direction by my latest mixed media photography art projects. If only there were more hours in the day, if only I could split myself in 2 or even 3, one to do Gelli® printing, one to work on my photographic art, and one to run around town doing other things.

No, housework is NOT one of those other things.

Also, you may have noticed that every time I mention the word Gelli® I now use the ® sign after it. This is with the permission of Gelli Arts®, with whom I have no affiliation. It’s so folks don’t get confused and think I work for Gelli Arts®, or am endorsing their product.

What I Have been doing, these past month, is using photos of my Gelli® prints in conjunction with other photos and clipart on my mobile device, to create images for ongoing projects.

So right now, I have over 200 close up photos of my monoprints. Of which you’re welcome to do whatever you like with the following:

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Have a great weekend, folks!

Project: Inspiration Deck Booster Pack

In January of this year, I started a new project of cards with inspirational sayings. My intention was to create a deck of 25 different cards, which could be boosted by another 25 later on. In February, I finished the first 25 designs, just in time for the Chinese New Year celebrations. You can read about that first deck, and have a look at some of those cards in this post.

A few days ago, I was playing with some Apps and filters, and decided that, instead of trying to fit my prepared background images into some sort of frame, why not simply use a white shape template placed over the image, as a mask? I could then place my text on the mask itself. That way, I wouldn’t have to worry about my text being hard to decipher over a colourful background.

So, here are just a few examples of the “Booster” pack of my Inspiration Deck.

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These are just the rough gems. I have yet to trim, resize and polish them, before they’ll be fit for printing.

With the first batch of the Inspiration Deck, I gave several away at my Uncle’s Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner. And a few days after that, I Abandoned several in my local area, by putting them into envelopes with the Art Abandonment tag stuck on, and leaving them in people’s postboxes. (I live in Australia, where putting mail in postboxes without it going through the Postal system is perfectly legal. Hence all that junk mail one gets).

I expect when I’ve ordered and received a deck of these new cards, another Art Abandonment exercise will be in my diary of things to do.

Bearing in mind though that this is still in the early stages…I’m still playing with a couple of other design ideas in my head, so it all may change at the drop of a hat. I know, I’m fickle :-).