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FREEBIES! When PicsArt met Pixlr Express

I’d originally intended to use some geometrical backgrounds found in the app PicsArt, along with geometrical effects found in the app Pixlr Express, as the backdrop of a new Lenormand project. However, these backgrounds took on a life of their own and proved too distracting and so that idea had to be shelved.

Not wanting to just let the images go to waste, though, I’ve decided to share them here with you. All I’ve done is blend the PicsArt backgrounds with some colourfield backgrounds I created, or with other random images I’d created in the past. Remember, these were just building blocks for a project that got shelved.

Feel free to save them perhaps as your smartphone’s wallpaper. Enjoy!

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P/s: I’ve since created my Le Geometrical Lenormand deck, however utilising only the effects found in Pixlr Express.

Looking for public domain images? Try these.

In the course of my own inner Lenormand revolution or evolution, I’ve been scouring the internet for images that I can utilise for my divination card decks. I’m terrible at drawing. Having said that, I’m good at using photo editing Apps to change the way my photos look, so not being good at drawing isn’t quite a disadvantage.

Just very recently I learnt that the British Library has released a MILLION images into the public domain, via its Flickr account.
Also, Archive.org have done the exact same thing.

What this means is that if you are searching for images to use in your artistic endeavours, whether as clipart or to print out and use in scrapbooking, etc…then before you buy images from other people, you should consider these 2 FREE sources first. Save yourself some money!

And guess what, there are many more organisations and museums out there that have recently jumped on the bandwagon and made their treasury of artwork, photographs, illustrations etc available online for everyone. It really is a revolution, albeit a quiet and peaceful one. This brings accessibility to a whole new world of Art and Photography like never before. I for one intend to make good use of this manna from heaven.

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Here’s the link to the British Library Flickr site: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/britishlibrary/

Here’s the link to the Archive.org Flickr site: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/internetarchivebookimages/

Definition of Public Domain:
NOUN
the state of belonging or being available to the public as a whole, especially through not being subject to copyright or other legal restrictions.

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Will you be my No.222?

Congratulations to the very next person to Follow my humble blog. You will be my 222nd follower, and as already promised here, this is what you will receive as a Thank You (see below).

This is the freebie. It’s A4 size, full resolution.

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All you need to do is drop me a line on alyzenmoonshadow@hotmail.com with your contact details and postal address, and I’ll be sure to post your freebie out to you. :)

Oh, and since some of you who already follow me have asked, ditto if You email me your details and I will send You a freebie too. Limited to 5 (as I’m not quite rolling in money hehe). Offer good on emails received by 20th October.

Namasté! 🙇

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FREEBIE!

I have, after 16 months of blogging, finally cracked the ceiling and surpassed 200 followers. That’s not many, by most accounts, but these followers still follow me even after realising that I blog every single day. And despite knowing that my posts could be very random, from a funny anecdote, to Life philosophy, a poem, an expression of sadness, a rant, curated images from my Pinterest boards, inspirational quotes, the sharing of my digital imagery workflow, recipes, gardening etc. Maybe they don’t read every single entry that I post, but I appreciate the fact that they are still following me. So, I am very grateful to you all!

Besides, the number of followers you have isn’t necessarily an indication of how good a person you are. Look at Hitler, he had millions. Jesus Christ had twelve. Just sayin’ ;)!

Anyway, when I wrote this initially I was on the cusp of getting my 200th follower, and I thought it was time again to give out freebies, to help celebrate this milestone. Just one freebie this time, though. And not a virtual one, either.

However, I got my 200th follower before I finished writing this piece…so now the prize will instead be awarded to my 222nd follower. I like number repeats :).

This is what you will receive:

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This is one of my images from my ongoing Oracle Cards Project, created using my Samsung Galaxy S4 and Android Apps. It will be printed onto glossy photographic paper, A4 size, signed on the back and shipped out to you. I will contact the lucky winner via your blog or email. I will find a way! :)

(The lucky winner will get a mention in an update on this post).

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My Art Abandonment Project “REMNANTS” PART 1

A little while back, I wrote about the Art Abandonment Project. And I decided to have a go at abandoning Art myself.

I bought a set of 5 brown blank cards and string envelopes from my local KMart. I think it cost me under $5. I have always loved those envelopes which you secure not by licking a gummed flap but instead twist the attached string in a figure 8 around a circular brad.

I don’t usually create my art in a square format, so I didn’t have any real pieces to fit the square cards. What I did have an abundant supply of, however, were many prints on tissue paper that I had rejected because of imperfections in the printing process itself. Meaning streaks, smudges, incomplete prints, inaccurately lined up prints, prints where the colours of the inks had run, prints where the tissue was torn in places. These are what I would use on the blank cards. Waste not, want not.

Plus, I also had to hand a number of embellishments and stamps that I could use to spice up my handmade cards.

imageFirstly, I spread acrylic gel medium over the front of the card blanks, then adhered my tissue prints to them.

imageI then cut around the card and put aside the cast-offs. I’m sure I’ll be able to find a use for them…as gift tags, perhaps?

imageHere they are, with their extra bits chopped off ;-).

imageAnd here they are with their corresponding envelopes. I’ve put one in and done the figure-8 bit to close the envelope, just to show you. There’s another card inserted halfway into its envelope.

imageThese are the 5 cards I’ll be abandoning. I shall seal them with a coat or two of spray varnish. I’ve already printed off some Art Abandonment tags onto watercolour paper and vellum, which I will use on the envelopes, so that the lucky recipient of my Abandoned Art understands what it is all about.

To be continued in Part II next.

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Some Things Are Free

It’s true. Every year in May, our local Council have a Green Verge Collection. Meaning cuttings and prunings from trees, NOT grass cuttings. In July, there is a White Goods Collection, which includes any junk lying in sheds, such as old TVs, bicycles, microwaves, etc.

Last year, I collected a cast-off pruning from my neighbour Ray’s Frangipani (Plumeria) tree. (Ray passed away from skin cancer this January, he was a very nice old guy and we used to chat outside his house whenever our paths coincided). I read that Frangipani could be propagated from cuttings, so I simply stuck Ray’s cutting into a pot and hoped for the best.

For many months, Stick, as I called it, remained true to its name. Then the Australian Summer came in October and with it the swimming season. Hurrah! Each day, the Kid and I would plunge into the deliciously warm water of our swimming pool. My 11-year-old son taught his Mum how to dive, how cool is that! I’m blessed to have such a smart, well-behaved kid.

Anyway, the pot that Stick lived in was by the swimming pool. And I noticed one day that Stick was sporting two little nubbins of tender young shoots. Over the Summer months, as we swam, we observed Stick put out more leaves and start to turn into a proper Frangipani youngster. Whenever we watered the plants by the pool or topped the pool water up, we made sure that Stick got a good watering too.

Old Man Ray may be gone, may he rest in peace, but his legacy lives on everytime I look at Stick flourishing in its pot.
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This year, I decided I would be braver and try and get more cuttings or prunings. My idea of gardening is simple: stick it in the ground/pot and water it. If it grows, good-oh. If it dies, oh dear.

It worked for Stick. So this year I went cycling around my area looking for potential candidates. I found 4 plants that fit my “Stick” criteria: Poinsettia, Bougainvillea, Hibiscus and Frangipani. And I found some nice examples from my neighbourhood. The poinsettia I asked nicely for, as the owners of the house were pottering around their garden when I fetched up on my bike. The purple bougainvillea I only got 1 cutting of as the thorns proved too much for my bare hands. I got 2 different colours of hibiscus – a pink one and a frilly red one. And I got frangipani prunings from 3 different houses just the next street over. I’m hoping they aren’t all going to be the same colour. Now all I have to do is find somewhere to stick them all in, and then wait.

Who says nothing can be gotten for free?

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imageMy bike laden with the spoils of my verge cuttings conquest.

Actually, upon looking at the plants around our swimming pool, I noticed too the Jade tree or money plant cuttings that I’d taken from Ray’s verge. And the Purple Aeoniums I’d salvaged from someone’s garden 3 years ago when we lived in Ascot near Perth. And the Aloe Vera that I’d rescued from somewhere else. Hmmm…maybe my gardening skills aren’t so bad after all?

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FREEBIES! Romantic Backgrounds

Whilst still on the subject of St. Valentine’s Day, here are my digital gifts to you, dear readers. Once again, feel free to use these images in any way you like, but please give me a shout-out or give credit to my name #AlyZenMoonshadow.

Here then are 8 prepared backgrounds for your romantic purposes. Print them out, stamp them with declarations of love, write love notes on them, use them as digital wallpaper or collage elements, bind them together into a handmade book for your beloved, blend them with your own images or art…the only limit is your own imagination.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Remember, though…True Love is Forever, not just on the 14th of February each year.

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ST VALENTINE’S DAY GIVEAWAY

Hello, my pretty lovebirds! It’s St Valentine’s Day, and I have some freebies for you to share with your loved ones. Just please give me a shout out when you’re using the images #AlyZenMoonshadow, thanks!

These were made using only the App PicsArt and its new pack of Valentine’s words. The Oriental backgrounds came from within PicsArt’s own Collage section. I blended the images with some backgrounds created with Impressionist Fingerpaint, Frax and Percolator .

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

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