Hot House Collection – JPEG 12″ Digital Pattern Papers + Free Budgie PNG Clipart

Hot House Collection – JPEG 12″ Digital Pattern Papers + Free Budgie PNG Clipart

10 vibrant digital pattern papers featuring tropical flowers, dots and budgies. These papers can be used for scrapbooking, origami, cards and crafts; or even printed out and used for wrapping paper. Each JPEG ‘paper’ is 12 x 12 inches when printed and saved as a high resolution 300 dpi jpg. Available in the shop. LICENSE INFORMATION You can choose your intended usage in the shop. The following options are available: LICENSE CHOICE: Personal/Non-Profit use – credit appeciated but not required LICENSE CHOICE: Commercial use, credit to www.Mels Brushes.co.uk is strictly required LICENSE CHOICE: Commercial use. No credit required Free Budgie PNG Clipart Click on this to download this guy. He’s a high res PNG. For personal use only. A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a...
11 Cubecart premium skin resources

11 Cubecart premium skin resources

If you own a Cubecart ecommerce store or are setting one up, you may find that decent off the peg templates or ‘skins’ are few and far between. Below I have gathered together and reviewed a list of places to start looking. There is a lot of potential for great design for Cubecart skins, just as already exists with WordPress, but I do feel there is a way to go yet.  Hopefully we will see more quality skin designers appearing over the coming year, as I believe there is a big market for them. Please comment if you know of any really good ones that I’ve missed, or have ideas about what sort of skins you would like to see designers making. CubeCart Forums – Try this first for loads of commercial skins posted by different designers. It has the advantage of being chronological, so the newest skins appear first! Lots of talent to be found here if you delve.. Cubecart Skin Store – Lovely clean and simple skin designs, probably my favourite of the bunch. Price for a V4 skin is £15.50. Live demo not working for all of the skins though. They also offer skin installation at a very reasonable £5.00 or another £10.00 for doing it within one working day. You can your skin tweaked too, for which you email with details to get a quote. Kiss My Cart – Offers a choice of 18 version 3 skins and 23 version 4. The site is clear and easy to navigate, and you can see a live demo of the skins in action. CC Skins – These...

Corona Save The Beach art contest update

We have have just seven days until the end of the Corona Save The Beach art contest. There is still time to enter! If you are looking for great exposure and publicity (plus other prizes)  for your design work why not give it a go? Click here for info on how to get started. The contest brief is based around beach conservation and is helping to raise awareness of beach conservation and littering. The entries have been pouring in, with some incredibly inspiring photographs, painting and digital art. Below are some of the recent entries. Click the thumbnails to view full size on Deviant Art. The Brief Submit artwork in any medium on the theme of beach conservation, litter and pollution. This could be sculptural – created from actual litter and debris you find at the beach, and then photographed (great examples of environmental beach litter art can be seen here) or you could even create sand sculptures! If you don’t live near a beach..  You can submit photography, digital pieces, photo manipulations or traditional art depicting the plight of our beaches and the need to conserve them. Still need tempting to open up photoshop and give it a go? Here are the prizes.. 1st Prize Designer “Corona by Custo” beach bag designed exclusively for the Save the Beach campaign by Custo Barcelona [link] (worth 50 Euros each) 1 years Deviant Art subscription Free graphics stock from Melsbrushes [link] – an incredible 62 items on offer including brushes, vectors, repeat patterns, scrapbook items – it’s a store grab! Free advertising slot for 2 months for your art or design...
No time, no time..

No time, no time..

I haven’t disappeared off the face of my blog – I’m so busy with other work right now I have had NO time to do any designing. Driving me mad, I’m itching to open up Illustrator and get creative. But.. unless I work all night it’s not going to happen. However, I did get to work and play at Glastonbury festival last weekend. I was VJing for the Rabbit Hole, described as “Visited by the adventurous and run by lunatics, it falls somewhere between Monty Python, the X Factor and a badly out of control genetic experiment”. They’re not wrong.. It was good fun, and inbetween I managed to see Neil Young (phenomenal), Red Snapper, Easy Star All Stars, Amadou and Mariam and even a bit of Tom Jones (actually I fell asleep during Amadou and Mariam’s set then woke up surrounded by screaming Tom Jones fans and then couldn’t escape). Here’s me having tea at my...
‘Best of’ Lists – Design resources, trends and inspiration 2009

‘Best of’ Lists – Design resources, trends and inspiration 2009

Lists within a list… Everyone loves design bloggers ‘best of’ lists. If you have a week or three to spare, here’s a round up of the most useful lists of 2009 to get you up to speed with what’s hot right now. If you come across more, add them in the comments Free Resources Lists 25 Best Sites to Download Free Vector Files 30 Excellent Resources for Graphic Design Freebies 45+ Best Icons, Vectors & Other Graphics Resources 50 Free High-Quality Icon Sets The Ultimate Collection Of Free Vector Packs The Ultimate List of The Best Logo Design Resources Top 50 Free Photoshop Brushes Resource Sites – Mels Brushes is in at No. 22! Well, I’m more thank halfway there… 😉 36 Must Have Backgrounds and Patterns Resources for all Designers 100 Greatest Abstract and Grunge Fonts 50+ textures for Your Design Appetite and lot more Resources Best Photoshop Tutorials, Brushes and Textures of February 2009 101 Design resource sites Best Design Inspiration Lists 100 Great Resources for Design Inspiration – Probably the only list you’ll need this year Top 10 Logo Design Inspiration Galleries Top Design Blog Lists 29 Web Design Blogs You Must Follow 9 Design Blogs to Follow in 2009 Design Trends Web Design Trends For 2009 Logo Design Trends 2009 – Showcase 11 Great Resources And Inspirations Of Current Design...