Monday, August 28, 2017

Castle Coloring Page

This illustration is of a real castle in France.

I like medieval artwork and architecture. I also like to "geek out" on history now and then, so this illustration really pleased me when I ran across it online. 

While I've cleaned it up and resized it, it's still a Public Domain image. For more about the Ch√Ęteau de Coucy or the Coucy castle, you may visit this website HERE. I'm fascinated by it in that I used to reread a favorite medieval history book by Barbara Tuchman entitled, "A Distant Mirror," that traces the history of the Coucy family. (Please do not let anyone fool you - that book is not fictional. I revel in the footnotes and appendixes as well as the bibliography. See? I am a history nerd or "geek.")

Happy Coloring Creativity!

PPSColorMe™: Medieval French Castle

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)


Free and in the Public Domain.
Please give me credit for the cleanup job 
supplied to make this picture more fun.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Friday, August 25, 2017

ATC Acrylic Pour Background Set: Hot Flash Lava Lamp

Today's freebie is another color way of the "Acrylic Pour" series of ATC Background Sets. This time, the theme is "Hot Flash Lava Lamp."

As I mentioned previously, this began with my second try at using the technique known as "Acrylic Pouring" or "Poured Acrylics." The "cells" that developed in this small pour are so very tiny that it is difficult to view them without a little help. So I took a few pictures and then played with it for a little bit using Photoshop. I had to zoom in an awful lot before the "cells" could be enjoyed.

This led to my musing as to how to play with some photographs I had taken of this experiment using acrylic pouring. There have been 2 other colors before, Aquatic and Fuchsia. More recently, I posted one entitled, "Peanut Butter and Hot Chili Peppers." These are fairly recent posts, so all you have to do is to scroll down just a little bit and you'll quickly see them in other posts. I've already offered a duo of envelopes with labels to match as well, which you will no doubt find on the way when you scroll.

Happy weekend creativity!

PPSATC™Background Sixpack: 


Acrylic Pour "Hot Flash Lava Lamp"

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)



You are free to:
only give, keep or trade any or all of the ATCs
given in my Set above, with or without altering.
You are not free to:
ever sell any of my designs
unless otherwise specified by me
in the Guidelines (like this one).
Thank you 
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Friday, August 18, 2017

ATC Sixpack:Acrylic Pour Peanut Butter + Hot Chilis

For today's Friday freebie, I've gone a bit wild this time by choosing today's weird color way for my Acrylic Pour series.

After all, whoever heard of having hot chili peppers with peanut butter? Thai food often will contain a combination of peanuts and spicy flavors, so why can't I follow suit?
:)

As I mentioned previously, this began with my second try at using the technique known as "Acrylic Pouring" or "Poured Acrylics." The "cells" that developed in this small pour are so very tiny that it is difficult to view them without a little help. So I took a few pictures and then played with it for a little bit using Photoshop. I had to zoom in an awful lot before the "cells" could be enjoyed.

This led to my musing as to how to play with some photographs I had taken of this experiment using acrylic pouring. There have been 2 other colors before, Aquatic and Fuchsia. These are fairly recent posts, so all you have to do is to scroll down just a little bit and you'll quickly see them in other posts. I've already offered a duo of envelopes with labels to match as well, which you will no doubt find on the way when you scroll.

Happy weekend creativity!


PPSATC™Background Sixpack: 


Acrylic Pour "Peanut Butter + Hot Chili Peppers"

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)


You are free to:
only give, keep or trade any or all of the ATCs
given in my Set above, with or without altering.
You are not free to:
ever sell any of my designs
unless otherwise specified by me
in the Guidelines (like this one).
Thank you 
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Free Cinderella Coloring Page

Cinderella in one of her quieter moments, feeding the little birds who've come to pay her a visit.

This is a favorite story for many people. I love the old style hearth that's big enough to sit in. The whole setting is really wonderfully done. Though I've seen it in a number of spots online, I thought I'd offer my own version for coloring or tinting. I think this project would work best using colored pencils, but the choice is yours, of course. Don't you simply love her shoes?

Happy Coloring Creativity!

PPSColorMe™Cinderella Feeds the Birds

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)


Free and in the Public Domain.
Please give me credit for the cleanup job I supplied,
along with my straightening and resizing of this picture.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

ATC Acrylic Pour Envelope Set

For those who are enjoying my recent Acrylic Pour ATC Background Set, here are some matching accessories.

For the first ATC Background set in this style (Aquatic), you may follow this link HEREFor the second (Fuchsia) set in this style, you may follow this link HERE.

Happy Creativity!

PPS™ATC Accessory Set: Acrylic Pour,
Colors 1 and 2

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)


You are free to:
only give, keep or trade any or all of the ATCs
given in my Set above, with or without altering.
You are not free to:
ever sell any of my designs
unless otherwise specified by me
in the Guidelines (like this one).
Thank you 
for helping me to
keep free things free!


Friday, August 11, 2017

Now in Fuchsia: Acrylic Pour ATC Backgrounds

This new color way for the Acrylic Pour series of Artist Trading Card Backgrounds is the result of a few stray moments of break time color play.

I sometimes have time enough to offer something fun to play with in time for the weekend. Today's will be a new Friday Freebie ATC Background "Sixpack." ATCs are more fun than any sixpack of raspberry soda pop ever could be! (No calories plus they last for as long as we want them to.)

As I mentioned in my first offering in this series, this was my second try at using the technique known as "Acrylic Pouring" or "Poured Acrylics." The "cells" that developed in this small pour are so very tiny that it is difficult to view them without a little help. So I took a few pictures and then played with the most successful image for a while using Photoshop. I had to zoom in an awful lot before the "cells" could be enjoyed. Maybe my next pour experiment will contain some bigger "cells." I hope to be able to try it again fairly soon.

Happy weekend creativity!

PPSATC™Background Sixpack: 


Acrylic Pour "Fugue in Fuchsia"

Download HERE

Display
(lower quality than the download)



You are free to:
only give, keep or trade any or all of the ATCs
given in my Set above, with or without altering.
You are not free to:
ever sell any of my designs
unless otherwise specified by me
in the Guidelines (like this one).
Thank you 
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Monday, August 7, 2017

A Thank You Post for Dorthe

Dorthe Hansen is a Danish artisan with an eye for detail within design. She is also one of my favorite bloggers. 
Recently, she very kindly shared some of her work using an envelope of my design. I am thrilled with how she's chosen to use one of my ATC envelopes (from this post HERE). Dorthe's work stands out to my eyes as being special anyway, but it's an added bonus to see how she's used my envelope along with one of my color coordinated postage buttons for one of her pieces.

Dorthe is a Design Team Member of "That's Crafty!", and whose work has been featured in Simply Neutrals Tuesday. It's easy to see why her work must be so desirable. She lavishes very careful consideration on each and every detail. She knows how to blend neutral tones with more colorful ones. Some of my favorite designs by her use only neutral tones. Building layer upon layer, she likes to draw everything together into one story of her own making. Some of her work reminds me of delicately decorated pastries, each one unique.

She and I both appreciate the beauty of handmade lace, buttons and trims. There is something truly evocative of times past in such pretty items, isn't there? Dorthe's pretty works are loaded with old lace, buttons and other treasures. Perhaps that's one of the many reasons why I've always enjoyed visiting her blog.

Dorthe has informed me of her choice of materials along with how she's made use of my envelope within her designs. She writes: "I use the envelopes for my tiny tags created with fabric, finding one suitable in colors, for what I made.
Sometimes they are longer, but then I just let them stick out on top, I will send you a photo ."

Here are her 3 photos of one of her projects. I really like how she's used my envelope with its matching button.






Isn't this a nice gift for me to share here?
:)

If you'd like to visit her blog, Den Lille Lade, to see the rest of her very pretty work, you may follow the link located in her name at the top of this post or you may follow this link HERE. There is a lot to see at her blog, so be prepared to be tempted to linger if you go there.

My thanks to Dorthe for her generous gesture!
Happy Creativity!


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Free Butterfly Coloring Page

Time to get out the colors in your favorite medium as these butterflies need color!

This particular new PPSColorMe™page was so simple to update for coloring that it is Free and in the Public Domain
The Butterflies speak for themselves.

Happy Summertime Creativity!


PPSColorMe™Butterflies

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)


Saturday, August 5, 2017

ATC Sixpack:Acrylic Pour Aquatic Dream

I've finally found a few minutes for this new free ATC Background "Sixpack." More fun than any soda pop, don't you think?
;)

This was my second try at using the technique known as "Acrylic Pouring" or "Poured Acrylics." The "cells" that developed in this small pour are so very tiny that it is difficult to view them without a little help. So I took a few pictures and then played with it for a little bit using Photoshop. I had to zoom in an awful lot before the "cells" could be enjoyed.

Acrylic Pouring is a fun and challenging technique. Beginners can even try it on a shoestring budget. Here in the U.S. we have bargain outlets called Dollar tree or the Dollar Store that sell everything from smaller sized silicone spray lubricant (for squeaks in hinges, etc) to craft paints. An acrylic pour artists named Rick Cheadle has his own channel on YouTube, and there you may find his video entitled, "Paint Pouring On a Dollar Store Budget - Get Started Paint Pouring for UNDER $10." He's not as specific regarding exact ratios of everything, and yet I was stunned as his results using low budget supplies. It really inspired me to begin experimenting myself.

As another option, you can always play with my little experiment for ATCs, shown below.

Happy weekend creativity!


PPSATC™Background Sixpack: 
Acrylic Pour "Aquatic Dream"

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)


You are free to:
only give, keep or trade any or all of the ATCs
given in my Set above, with or without altering.
You are not free to:
ever sell any of my designs
unless otherwise specified by me
in the Guidelines (like this one).
Thank you 
for helping me to
keep free things free!

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