Category Archives: FREEBIES

Season’s Greetings & Happy New Year 2016

Just wishing everyone All The Best for 2016. It’s a whole brand new year ahead of us all, so let’s go make Change happen!

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Oh, and if you like the image, save it, print it out, give it to your friends. Happy New Year 2016! You’re welcome.

Yes, I did “go to the dogs” today, on New Year’s Day 2016. The trains and buses were eerily empty. I hope everyone had a good New Year’s Eve celebrations and remembered to keep their pets safe and sound from fireworks and loud partying noises. Sleep away your hangovers, my dears, and don’t forget your New Year Resolutions!

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(Normal services will resume on the 2nd of January 2016…šŸ˜„)

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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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Random GelliĀ® Prints I’ve Made

I haven’t been creating any GelliĀ® prints lately, as I’ve embarked on a Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing and now my time’s taken up with reading all I can on the subject, or doing my online Assessments. Next Monday, hopefully til the end of my course, I start my Work Placement with a vet clinic about 15 miles away from home. Wednesdays and Fridays then, will be when I go to the Dogs’ Refuge to sit with my fine, furry, four-legged friends.

Anyway, I was going through my vaults of GelliĀ® art print images, and felt it’s time to once again share them with you, dear friends.

Feel free to download, copy, paste, collage, print etc etc if you like. Tell your friends, too! Enjoy!

(The use of the name GelliĀ® is by kind request and permission from Gelli ArtsĀ®).

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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

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.

FREEBIES! GelliĀ® Print images

I must admit I haven’t been practising my GelliĀ® 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 GelliĀ® 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 GelliĀ® I now use the Ā® sign after it. This is with the permission of Gelli ArtsĀ®, with whom I have no affiliation. It’s so folks don’t get confused and think I work for Gelli ArtsĀ®, or am endorsing their product.

What I Have been doing, these past month, is using photos of my GelliĀ® 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!

Freebies! Backgrounds for blending

I always take photos of my artistic creations, for posterity and also to use as backgrounds for future photographic art projects.

Here are some close-up images of my recent run of Gelli Plate monoprinting experiments. Just a hodgepodge of textures and colours. Feel free to take them and use them as backgrounds for your own blending projects, perhaps. Or print then out and arrange them in a mosaic. Or cut shapes out of them for collage and mixed media. Freebies! Enjoy!

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Freebies from Paris

No, sorry to be such a tease. I meant Freebies from my recent project “Paris Ooh La La!”.

I took some close up photos of the project, which I will undoubtedly use in later projects as backgrounds for blending with other photos and clip art.

For what they’re worth, you are more than welcome to take them for your own creative projects. Enjoy!

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FREEBIES! (Remains of the day)

Yes, it’s time again to give away more backgrounds for your creative endeavours. These are close-ups of an Art project I did a short while ago. I like to keep such images to blend with other images for future projects. You may want to do the same too. Go ahead, indulge!

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It’s All Here…

…if you’re searching for a one-stop resource for everything and anything to do with Art & Crafts, and more specifically (in my case) Mixed Media, go directly to Interweave’s site here. Yup, they are the people that produce the bi-monthly eye candy called Cloth Paper Scissors.

Everything, and I mean even the kitchen sink, can be found on that site. If you want to learn how to carve your own stamps. If you’re curious about encaustic art. If you want to invest in some Gelli plates but don’t know where to start. If you’re curious about this thing called a “Sizzix Bigshot machine”. If you want to know the differences between watercolour, watercolour pencils and colour pencils. If you’d like to know the true capabilities of a Sharpie. If you’re after tips on making books by hand. If you want to learn how to do an emulsion lift transfer. If you’d like to know how to recycle household items into useful items. If you’re curious about Transfer Art Paper. If you want to know about Golden’s Ground Medium. If you can’t decide between Art Journaling and Collage, or want to do both.

It’s all here.

The magazine Cloth Paper Scissors embodies all aspects of Art and Crafts that utilise its namesake. I’d seen this bi-monthly magazine at my local newsagents, but they ran out of copies before I decided to buy it. The only reason I hesitated was because of the price – not Interweave’s fault, but rather the hefty profit margin that the newsagent slapped on.

Luckily, just as providence would have it, Interweave sent me an email (I’m on their mailing list) offering 50% off digital downloads of past copies of Cloth Paper Scissors. (This offer would have expired by the time you read this post, so I won’t bother with the link here. But don’t worry, there are other exciting offers on all the time). So, instead of paying nearly AU$20 per copy of CPS, for the sum of around US$79 I bought the links to download every single copy of CPS from 2004-2013. Yay, Happy Days!

But hey, you don’t have to buy anything from their site. There’s even a ton of FREE stuff you can download. Below is just One example from many.
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And, Interweave doesn’t just do Mixed Media. They also offer everything under the sun if you are into sewing, knitting, crotchet, beading, quilting, weaving, jewellery making etc. And they also do paint and paint techniques. The list goes on.

But don’t just take my word for it…those of you who already know about this motherlode of knowledge about Art & Crafts, will be nodding your head sagely. Those of you who don’t – why are you still reading this? Go online already and check out Interweave for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

From Interweave’s own “About” page:

Founded in 1975 by Linda Ligon, INTERWEAVE, part of F+W, is one of the nation’s largest craft media companies with businesses in magazine and book publishing, interactive media, broadcast programming, and events for art and craft enthusiasts. Interweaveā€™s mission is to inspire, encourage and support creative self-expression.

Interweave features:

18 craft-enthusiast subscription magazines and many more special interest publications.
More than 250 books in print and annually publishes about 40 best-selling, how-to craft books on the same subjects as the company magazines.
An extensive Internet network of more than 30 websites, including the popular online communities KnittingDaily.com and BeadingDaily.com, which bring together the best content from the companyā€™s magazines and TV shows with free e-newsletters, how-to articles and patterns, with an emphasis on community.
Several major events for fiber and bead, gem, and jewelry making enthusiasts, including the Spin-Off Annual Retreat and Bead Fests in locations across the country, attracting thousands of consumers and industry manufacturers and advertisers.
A PBS television series, Knitting Daily TV and major sponsorship of Beads, Baubles and Jewels TV and Quilting Arts TV.
The company is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado.