Gratitude & Freebies

^This is a present for you!^

I know a lot of us are going through tough times right now. Things are rough - the economy sucks, politicians seem to be going crazy, family members get sick, people are being laid off. Yikes, there's a lot of hurt going around! And a lot of stress. I wish there was something I could do.

I know when I'm feeling down, what helps me fight the stress the most it is to keep gratitude in my heart. (I know this is all very sappy, bear with me). I think about how things could be worse - I think about the positive things in my life - what I have to feel fortunate about. Gratitude helps so very much.

I was thinking about this all the other day as I watched my Facebook timeline fill up with a lot of rather depressing status updates from friends, aquaintances and members of my Facebook Fanpage. I wished there was a way to give all my "virtual friends" a gift, a little warm fuzzy to cheer them up. If you all lived in my neighborhood I'd bring you a batch of chocolate chip cookies. But you don't....So what to do?

So I'm doing what I always do - I'm sharing art. I love to share freebies of course (desktop wallpapers HERE, Geek Kid Crafts HERE) but I wanted to share something that people could share forward, that you could pass around, email to a friend etc. Hmmm....

Then this week I read this article about butterflies and it all kind of came together. The article says (in a nutshell) that scientists have discovered that butterflies, with their looping trajectory that looks random and directionless, actually follow a flightpath.

I thought this was such a great metaphor for life, especially the kind of life many of us are living right now. As much as our path may loop and dive and appear to veer off course, we must still keep our eyes focused on the future and our wings committed to the flightpath.

So there's your gift (above) .... please feel free to share it however you see fit! (No commercial usage of course)

And I promise to make you more. Because I'm so grateful for you.

 

 

Geek Valentine - FREE Download

Yay! This month's craft is Geeky Pop-Up Valentine Card. The color version can be downloaded HERE.


If you want to color it yourself, you can download the black and white version over at the GeekMom.com blog HERE.

(In fact check out the GeekMom.com blog for lots of geeky valentine stuff! Including last years geek valentine cards.)

 

The cool thing about this Pop-Up is that the heart face comes with accessories. So you get to customize the look of the heart face however you wish!

Hey Girl . . .

I was recently asked to create a steampunk valentine for a website promotion. As I brainstormed (something new? adapt something I already have?) my brain traveled down the rabbit hole and I ended up giggling to myself over this idea. This is NOT what the people who asked for the valentine are looking for, BUT - it is very amusing to me. Obviously its a play on the Hey Girl Ryan Gosling meme. But I find Tesla a little sexier.
Anyhow sharing it with you here. ;) Hope it gives you a giggle.

ZOMBIES vs GINGERS - FREE Holiday Download

 

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE COLOR VERSIONCLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE B&W VERSION

IT'S HERE! It's finally here! Every year I try to do a freebie holiday download.

Other Holiday Freebies have included Holiday Cards, Geeky Gift Tags and Printable Nutcrackers.

I'm so happy to say that this year, I went with a Zombie theme.

Click the cover images to DOWNLOAD. There is a BLACK & WHITE version for people who want to color it themselves, and a COLOR version for lazy people like me who just want to throw a little glitter on it and call it a day.

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PLEASE NOTE: This is free, it was a labor of love and I put a lot of work into it. All I ask in return is that if you like this free printable craft, and you download it that you please share the link across your social networks. Thanks!

Free Fairy Bookmark

So I had this idea the other day....

A fairy bookmark where the fairy wings poke out the top of the book, and look at first, like a butterfly that is sitting on the edge of the book.

This afternoon I cranked out a prototype, and I'm going to share it here with you now. For Free!!! ;) I love you guys!

DOWNLOAD THE PDF BY CLICKING HERE

Color and assemble the piece and share your pictures with me!

I love your feedback! 

Here's what it looks like assembled. 

Happy Holidays - Witchy Style

I've got a little gift for you for the Holidays! 

Click the thumbnail for larger size Here's a close up:

click the thumbnail for a larger view

It's a greeting card you can print yourself!

This image is a new addition to my fun series of pin-ups - Witchen Kitsch™ I've formatted the image so that you can easily print it yourself on a standard 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF.

The card folds neatly in half twice. If you trim the excess white paper you end up with a card that is about 4 x 5, which fits into envelopes for 4.25 x 5.5 sized cards.

Enjoy! And Happy Holidays!

 

(If you'd prefer to send e-cards please feel free to download the first image from my site and send it via email  to your Holiday mailing list.)

 If you'd like to watch some of the painting process for this piece - check out the recordings on my LiveStream page HERE.

NOTE: Of course all rights are reserved and please don't use this image for commercial purposes. Thank you!

SkwerlArt Tweetstakes

Alrighty Folks! Let's have us a Skwerlgrrl Art Sweepstakes on Twitter!

Here's the rules:

1. Read Skwerlgrrl tweets to see some song lyrics posted.

2. RT or reply @skwerlgrrl with the hashtag #SkwerlArt - in your reply include either more song lyrics from the song I posted - or the Title of the song.

3. Tomorrow Morning (May 1st) I'll choose a winner from the CORRECT entries. I will choose ONE winner RANDOMLY.

4. Only enter once - don't keep retweeting the same thing a bunch of times. It won't improve your chances and it pisses the Twitter people off.

THE PRIZE:

The prize is a $12.00 gift certificate to my online shop. This is the same price as a signed print. So you can use the Gift Certificate to get a free signed print and only pay shipping to where-ever you are in the world. Or you can use the Gift Certificate to offset a larger purchase.

I have links on my site to other sites that sell merchandise I license - like shirts and figurines. The gift certificate DOES NOT apply to those items. It only applies to items I sell. The items I sell directly are prints, necklaces, and lockets only.

 

EXTRA INFO:

If you like my art and aren't already following me - please do!

Consider signing up for my mailing list! You get a discount code to my shop when you sign up (cannot be combined with other offers)

This little shindig is Twitter only. I'll consider running other sweepstakes on other networks at other times. Let just stick to this for now!

Post any questions in the comments and thanks for participating!

Journals, Skins, Freebies & Steampunk Art

Alright people lots to share!

New Journals from Modofly!

These journals are so awesome! I can't even begin to describe how totally cool they are in person.

And they are made in the USA! These ship directly from Modofly - not from me.

So if you want one CLICK HERE. 

 

 

 

 

Skinit - protective skins for your electronic goodies

Skinit has 4 of my images available as skins for just about every electronic device you can imagine.

There are two Steampunk designs, one Wolf, and one Kitchen Witch available  - CLICK HERE

 

Free Desktop Wallpaper!

And last but not least SteamBee is finally available as a free desktop wallpaper.

Download him HERE

 

Thats it for today!

Cheers!

>>-Brigid->

A Sketch a Day? We'll See

I've never been a terribly prolific artist. I don't crank out a big body of new work in any given year. I'm pretty comfortable with that - as I think there are pros and cons to prolific vs. non prolific - so for the most part I don't sweat it.

That said I have this exhibit coming up and I kind of need to have some ART for it. And while I am comfortable on the whole with my process I would like to become just a tad more prolific. I'll never be the type to offer up to the masses a new painting every two days. My process just doesn't allow for that. I'm not knocking anyone! I am in awe of those of you who have that ability - it just ain't me. But, that said, practice makes perfect.

Drawing or sketching daily regularly may not make me better but it does keep my head and my hands in the space they need to be.

I think back to times in my life where I have for whatever reason been actively DRAWING DAILY and it was a tremendous boon to my overall creative spirit. It just got the juices flowing and the head in the right space for overall creative energy. That is something that I really need right now. With the responsibilities of daily adult life constantly struggling for my attention its hard to be in the right creative mood when I am "supposed" to be.

So for a while now I've been trying to just draw or sketch for a certain amount of time every day. I don't have a perfect score. Not by a long shot. But it still has been great.

I've made sure to go ahead with this exercise even when I have plans to work on a larger piece of art that same day. Sometimes I just sketch for 5 minutes sometimes an hour. This does wonders to get me into the creative mood and I've felt more connected to my work overall when I've allowed myself this warm up time for sketching. Most of the pieces I have been doing have been small ATC/ACEO* sized images in either graphite or silverpoint.

The other day I did a larger one.

It's available as a print (directly from me so yes it is signed!)

Many of the larger drawings will end up in the show in November. Most of the smaller ones I plan to give away. ;)

Cheers!

Brigid

 

*what is an ATC or ACEO? It stands for Artist Trading Card or Artist Card Edition or Original - they are 2.5x3.5 inches in size. More info here.