New Snowflake Clip Art and Snowflash Illustrator Digital Brushes On Sale

Just released is this set of snowflake clip art and the corresponding AI CC digital brushes and a vector version for AI CC. If you can't take advantage of the digital brushes you can still embellish with the snowflake clip art in PNG and GIF files. This set is $3. https://www.etsy.com/listing/481293912/snowflake-clip-art-gif-and-png-images?ref=shop_home_active_1 Snowflakes, clip-art, clip art, digital brush, Adobe Illustrator, brushes, winter Continue reading New Snowflake Clip Art and Snowflash Illustrator Digital Brushes On Sale

Newest Free Butterfly Clip-art

Using the Wacom, this butterfly was created in Photoshop with an air brush, and then a filter was applied. Of course, I used my favorite colors. Don't hesitate to send in request. I will do my best to accommodate reasonable requests and post them as free clip-art on this site.
Mushroom Butterfly Clip-art PNG Image
Mushroom Butterfly Clip-art PNG Image
-Beth  
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Illustration of the Chippewa Legend of the Dreamcatcher

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Nokomis watches the spider.
While participating in a three day education course as part of an assignment, I chose to illustrate the beautiful, Chippewa Legend of the Dreamcatcher. I used acrylics and examined paintings and photos to build a concept of how this scene might look. although the legend mentions a window, I placed this scene in a wigwam, because I found references to wigwams but not other types of housing. Although I did not fully capture the beauty of this legend, I wanted to share my interpretation. Dreaming means much more than sleeping, and I hope this image will inspire you to look into the history of dreaming in Native American culture. I have been told that I am 1/16 Algonquin; my maternal grandmother is mostly of Native American decent. I was able to feel a connection to the idea of finding spirituality though the process  of dreaming and hope you can too. -Beth

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Newest Watercolor, Sunflowers Painted from a Plastic Flower Model

I am exploring watercolors and feel more successful today than I usually do, in part, because I used a square edged Daler and Rowney number 8 brush instead of a smaller, pointy tipped brush. This brush allowed for much more natural flow of the watercolor than I normally experience. My model was a bunch of silk sunflowers, because they are a bit easier to work with than the real ones.  Once I completed my pencil sketch, I began right away with the color and stayed put until I was finished. I know myself, and that I am very unlikely to revisit a work, because I will not be happy with it later. Here it is. Let me know what you think if you want to. http://www.artpal.com/creationcreature/?i=53048-13
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Windy Day by Beth Ashton October 19, 2016

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Art Using Craypas and Tempera

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At the Edge of Existence
I was recently exposed to a method of creating imagery with sharp contrast and vivid colors using tempera and craypas, also known as oil pastels. The first step was drawing and coloring in an image using a smooth, thick coat of the craypas and then painting a coat of black tempera paint on top of the craypas. By placing the dried painting over a source of light, such as a window, the image below is revealed, and strategic removal of the tempera with a scratching instrument will expose colors that appear vivid in contrast to the darker tempera. To create solid areas of rich black in the paper, leave the paper white where shadow or outlines would be instead of covering them with oil pastels. The black tempera will soak into the paper in these areas creating contrasting black lines. My example can be seen at Artpal and is available for sale as a print. http://www.artpal.com/creationcreature/#i1  

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Learning to Use the Wacom CTH-670 with Pumpkin Art

I bought a Wacom a few years back but never felt comfortable using it. Since that point, I lost the pen that works with it but just replaced it. I'm trying again. I have developed decent control over the mouse, but the pen has to be better. This time around, I have been more diligent about learning to adjust settings for the pen within the Wacom application. On default, the pen works quite nicely. I have an inexpensive model, the CTH-670 and am using it in Photoshop. My first experiment was the creation of this pumpkin. I intend to make more Halloween art, because Halloween is right around the corner. -Beth
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Pumkin Made with Wacom
 

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Humming Bird and Peony Zazzle Art for Wedding Invitation and Thank You Cards

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Humming Bird
My newest Zazzle Creation is a wedding invitation and thank you card using my newest water color, a humming bird hovering beside peonies. You can check them out here. My intention is to continue developing my ability to paint flowers, because my favorite wedding invitations and cards feature beautiful floral scenes. -Beth

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Old Lace Friendship Card

This is the newest addition to my Zazzle shop. To create this card I began by making a floral, lace design in Adobe Illustrator. I modified the design by creating an art brush in Illustrator using a white zigzag within two white parallel borders. This became the brush stroke for the larger flowers in the lace. I then created a white scalloped center to allow a space for text. The design was enhanced by adding a green, burlap textured background and a shadow effect on the lace and center. A flower was isolated from the design as a simple flourish decoration.
-Beth