10 Inspirational Quotes about Art

Hi guys, below are 10 inspirational quotes about art by famous artists!  I created these images using Canva.

Enjoy and feel free to share them on social media and other places!

Inspirational Art Quote Degas
Inspirational Art Quote Banksy
Inspirational Art Quote Thomas Merton
Inspirational Art Quote Rene Magritte
Inspirational Art Quote Charles Horton Cooley
Famous Artist Quote Marc Chagall
Inspirational Art Quote Pablo Picasso
Motivational Art Quote Michelangelo
Inspiring Art Quote Francis Bacon

Let me know which ones you like the best by leaving a comment below, or share your favourite art quote if I missed it!

If you want some more inspirational quotes check out these posts:

Cheers,

Julie

Galaxy Yin Yang

galaxy yin yang art print

Hey guys!

I have a new design to share with you all today, Galaxy Yin Yang.

I’ve made several of these zentangle inspired yin yang designs and have been re-purposing them in various ways ever since.  I thought this time that it might look cool layered over a galaxy background!

Here is how it turned out on some of the products in my Society6 and Rebubble stores:

galaxy yin yang carry all pouch

Carry-All Pouches

yin yang throw pillow

Throw Pillow

Yin yang t-shirt

Women’s Fitted T-Shirt

galaxy yin yang sticker

Galaxy Yin Yang Sticker

galaxy yin yang cell phone case

Mobile Phone Case

yin yang chiffon blouse

Chiffon Women’s Shirt

I hope you guys like it, let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!

See more products in my store.

Hopefully I will have time to work on new designs this weekend, these past few weeks have been a bit crazy, but stay tuned and make sure you follow my blog so you don’t miss my next post!

Have a great week everyone.

Cheers,

Julie

Cleaning up Line Art using Photoshop and Illustrator

cleaning up line art in photoshop illustrator

Hello friends! Today I would like to share with you my design process, specifically how I clean up my line art drawings using Photoshop and Illustrator.

Smoothing out your line art is especially important if you are selling artwork through Print on Demand stores like Redbubble, Zazzle, Society6, etc.

This is just one of many ways I create designs, and a technique you can use to turn black and white drawings into digital line art — which you can then use any way you choose.

How to Clean up Line Art using Photoshop and Illustrator

  •  Start out with some ideas in your sketchbook, and make a short list of designs to try drawing.  I often look online for inspiration and have a few things in mind before I get started.
sketchbook
  • Once you have a design you like, re-draw it lightly on a clean page in pencil.
  • Go over the pencil drawing with a black Sharpie or another fine black ink pen, to get something like this:
sketches black and white
  • Make sure you erase all pencil lines.
  • Scan each design separately into Photoshop.
line drawing in photoshop
  • Clean up the image as much as possible using tools such as desaturate, Brightness/Contrast, Curves, and erase to clean up any little black dots or dust bits that are showing.  
  • You can also use the colour selection tool to select the black line only, then create a new layer and fill it in with black. Once I am finished with this step, I save the file as a .PSD.
  • Next open the .PSD file in Illustrator, and use the Live Trace or Image Trace tool to turn your design into a nice smooth vector image. This is a great tutorial on using Live Trace in Illustrator that I often follow.
live trace in illustrator
  • The result of this process is that you get much smoother lines. This is important if you are having the designs printed, especially in large sizes.
  • Save the image as a .AI file.
  • Open up the file in Photoshop and set the pixel size to something large, like 10,000 x 10,000 pixels.
  • Fill or colour your line drawing however you like.  I like to use layers, fill with gradients and use layer settings (ex. Screen) or just paint on another layer using a drawing tablet.  There is basically an endless variety of ways you can use your line art.
  • Save your finished design as the correct file type and size(s) for the POD site you are creating for.  I always save a .PSD file as well (with all my layers in tact) so I can open it again later and use the same design multiple times.

Here are some examples of work that I have used this technique for:

tangled black and white yin yang mandala live trace illustrator
pot head teapot live trace illustrator tutorial

And there you have it!  Hopefully you now have a little bit of insight into how I create my designs for sale, and maybe even learned a new technique to try out for yourself.

Feel free to leave any questions or comments about this process in the comments section below.

Have a great week everyone!

Cheers,

Julie

12 Easy and Free Art Tutorials (to get your creative juices flowing)

12 easy free art tutorials

Hello art lovers! Today I wanted to share with you all a list of fun, easy and FREE art tutorials to help get your creative juices flowing!

The tutorials include a mixture of different mediums. Some are to be done by hand and others are digital. Most of these I have done myself or used for inspiration in my own work.

To see my full list of art tutorials and inspiration check out and follow my Pinterest board on the topic!

12 Easy and Free Art Tutorials

1. How to Make An Amazing Outer Space Scene in Photoshop

2. How to Paint Beautiful Watercolor Agate Slices – Beautiful watercolour paintings I haven’t tried yet but have been meaning to.  

3. How to Create Repeat patterns in Photoshop – A great one for designing prints for Society6 and Zazzle.

4. How to Draw a Rose Step by Step – Lots of good tutorials on this website including this one!

5. Doodle Prompt – Viscera Phantasma – Beef up your sketchbook with this simple but beautiful doodle prompt!

6. Creative Art Journaling Tutorial – Optical Art – A cool op-art YouTube tutorial. YouTube is a great resource for art tutorials!  This creates an image similar to the one used in the featured photo.

7. Plastic Bag Printmaking – Want to try your hand at printmaking? This is a super simple monoprint tutorial using only acrylic paints and plastic bags!

8. Face Drawing tutorial – Step by step drawing tutorial on different parts of the face.

9. A simple and fun collage art idea! 

10. How to Paint Water with Acrylics – A little bit more of an advanced painting tutorial. Find more great acrylic painting tutorials on this website!

11. Galaxy Painting Tutorial – Paint a galaxy by hand with this simple YouTube tutorial.

12. Lino-cut Printmaking Tutorial – My own tutorial on how to make hand-made lino-cut prints!

Thanks for checking out my list and I hope you are planning on having some fun doing these easy tutorials!

Feel free to share your own art tutorials or your favorite ones in the comments section below.

To check out my artwork please visit my portfolio, or you can follow me on Facebook or Instagram to keep up with my latest art, sales, and promotions!

Cheers and have a great week everyone,
~Julie