Summer Memories and Another Inkscape Tutorial

Today we Skyped with the princesses and their mommy and daddy! We miss them so much and what a joy it is to see those sweet princess faces. I am pretty sure they feel the same way…. about viewing their faces that is.  In fact, they spent a large portion of the time amusing themselves by making faces into the camera. I can’t say that I blame them because they are immeasurably more fun to look at than Grandma and Papa!

Princess number one is counting down the last half of her kindergarten year. She is growing up so fast and is now sporting an age-appropriate missing tooth in her smile, which she displays with pride. Her conversation is filled with important aspects of her life, interrupted by the giggles brought on by viewing the silly antics of her sisters and her on camera.

The best part of our conversation was when the eldest informed us that, “I have been crying about wanting to go to your house”.  While thinking of this precious child crying gives me no pleasure, I am happy that she wants to come to our house for a visit. It is an almost yearly event for their young family to travel to “Papa’s house” for a little summer vacation time, and I am happy that she is forming fond memories of the times we spend together there.

Thinking of summer makes me long for those peaceful sunsets on the lake. To help me dream of wonderful summer evenings, I used simple shapes and Inkscape’s gradient function to create these scenes. I’ve posted an Inkscape tutorial to show you how I created the background.  Take a look, and then please let me know if you find it helpful.

Happy drawing.




That October Holiday – Free SVG

Post updated on 10.18.2015

Okay… say what you want… but I really don’t like “That October Holiday… Halloween. There are several reasons for this, I suppose.  I don’t like creepy, scary, gorey, evil… stuff. I do like seeing the little toddlers dressed up going door to door; but please…. I don’t want adult-sized people in creepy costumes asking me for candy! When my kids were little, I got tired of trying to come up with new costumes each and every year. I usually ended up sewing something for them, which I suppose was fun for a couple of years, but lost its appeal when they got a little older.

Have you ever worked in an elementary school on Halloween? Can you say, “Chaos”? I think what really was the last straw for me in regards to this holiday was the year it was decided we were no longer allowed to display a Christmas tree in December. But, there seemed to be no restrictions for Halloween decorations when the next October rolled around.

Before you label me a “Halloween Scrooge”, let me offer you this free SVG. You can see by my little black cat here that I really don’t dislike everything about “That October Holiday”. If nothing else, October 31st is another excuse to get creative with Inkscape.

10-15-2014: If you’d like to see how to add a drop shadow such as you see here, check out this infograph tutorial.Inkscape illusration of black cat dressed in pumpkin costume

Happy drawing!


Blue Screens, Business, and Buzzing… and a Tutorial for Creating a Vellum Overlay in Inkscape

Inkscape sketch of little girl with flowersEdited 10-22-2014 Today is a wonderfully dreary, rainy, autumn day; it’s another guilt-free craft room day. I intended to sit here and do some blogging. Actually, I wanted to write a tutorial for some of the ideas I’ve been playing around with  Inkscape. However, nothing seems to be coming together for me. My PC has locked up a couple of times … oh the dreaded “blue screen”, I am getting interruptions from hubby who needs to talk over some business with me, and my iPhone is buzzing with incoming texts keeping me abreast of workplace “drama”. On top of that, I just can’t seem to focus. So instead of writing a new tutorial, I thought I’d tweak one that I have previously posted on the Inkscape Cutting Design forum. I ended up making some changes to the original tutorial. I had originally used Inkscape’s Clip Feature to eliminate the background from the photo. This is the method I used in my tutorial titled “Using Inkscape’s Clip Feature to Edit a Photo”. Click here if you’d like to look at that tutorial. I decided to use an alternative method this time which I think works a little better. The picture you see here is from a photo of my precious “princess #1” that was taken a couple of years ago. I used Inkscape to change it to a sketch, then added a drop shadow (for more on creating drop shadows, check out Papasue’s tutorial or my infograph ) and my Black-eyed Susans for color. In addition to learning how to eliminate the background, you’ll have a chance to practice using Filters and ExtensionsTake a look; I think you’ll find it interesting. Keep drawing! Laurianne