Inkscape Tutorial… How to Draw a Tree Branch

I’ve wanted to learn how to do screen capture videos for quite some time. It’s such a great way to make Inkscape tutorials. Well, I finally stopped procrastinating and took the time to figure it out!

I’ve created two now. The first tutorial will walk you through drawing this little birdie. I haven’t posted it yet because it still needs a little work. But I do have the second one here for you which will show you how to draw a tree branch.

I use this method quite a lot in my drawings. Look here for a tree I drew. In this example used stroke with no fill to give it a “sketched” appearance.

I hope you enjoy my tutorials and learn something new about Inkscape.

Happy drawing.



Mid Summer Musings

Summer is now upon us and in fact is almost half over. Oh… this is the season that goes by way too fast. But we are enjoying every minute of it and I trust that you and your loved ones are as well.

I was looking over some of my previous posts and drawings and decided to play some more with this one I created with Inkscape back in April, when summer was still a dream. I love the hymn titled “It is Well With my Soul” , written by Horatio Spafford, and so I added the title to this peaceful scene.

Happy drawing!


Whimsical Wonder

illustration of cone flowerAs I’ve mentioned before, I enjoy photography.  I especially love to take photos of small things…. little bugs, tiny flowers, an unusual leaf… the kind of things many people walk right by without a notice.

If you’ve traveled much, you may have seen me. I’m the photographer crouched down snapping a picture of a small, barely noticeable flower while standing at the edge of the majestic Grand Canyon! My husband thinks I’m a little nuts… and I suppose he’s right. But what fun is it to shoot pictures of what everyone else is looking at? Of course I’ll take a photo of the canyon. But what I really want to do is capture what others miss. Our Creator has given us so much more to enjoy if we take the time to look beyond the obvious.

Drawing with Inkscape is just another way for me to express what I see everyday. There are times when I want to illustrate the obvious… like photographing the Grand Canyon. But I’ve found that what I enjoy most is drawing things the way eye see them… with a sense of “Whimsical Wonder”!

If you’d like an SVG file of my Cone Flower shown here, click here. I have begun a small collection of free clip art that can be downloaded for your personal use. This particular illustration was drawn in such a way that it would be appropriate to cut and use for scrapbooking or card making.  However, you are free to edit it in any way you like for your own purposes. If you enjoy any of my clipart, please let me know how you are using it.

Happy drawing!


Gradients, Alignment, and cool stuff like that… More Keys to using Inkscape

One of the keys to making things look a little more realistic when drawing in Inkscape is using Gradients. Gradients add dimension to your drawing and the appearance of more natural lighting. (I have much to learn when it comes to using this function effectively, and I plan to explore it further… so stay tuned!)  I use simple Gradients frequently in my drawings to “spruce them up” a bit. Take a look at the image below and you’ll see that I’ve added a Gradient layer to each of the keys.

illustration of keys hanging on hook

Click here to see my latest tutorial. It will take you step by step through the process of drawing an image of a key. In addition to applying Gradients, you’ll practice using the Alignment feature, which is something I use A LOT!

Happy drawing!