Monday, 30 December 2013

Burrawatch Calendar Prints Now Available

I have 3 Burrawatch Calendar Prints available from Cafepress.

Please visit


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Saturday, 28 December 2013

Monday, 23 December 2013

2013 Xmas Card 3

Your third card to download and share

I think that just about covers ALL the Xmas Adjectives?

Friday, 20 December 2013

Christmas Card TWO

#free #xmas #ecard #julievaux

Here's this year's second free downloadable ecard

this is a png file with print resolution just resize and add a background but as it is a freebie please no commercial reuse or sale

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Christmas Glory

This is a free e-card you may download and reuse it to send to friends and family BUT it is  not for resale or commercial use

Tuesday, 17 December 2013


I have a new calendar up on Red bubble  called
so thats 3 now Spiral Delights Snapshot Haiku and Albescere

Visit and View

Here's the cover for Albescere

Friday, 13 December 2013

Snapshot Haiku

I hope you like the cover I designed for my calendar Snapshot Haiku

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Each page is available as a separate print

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Play with your letters

This is another just for fun post!

Or if you teach typography you might enjoy using this to test your first years ?

Can you name all the fonts and filters used? 

which letters are deliberately and slightly out of alignment?

Which had their nodes and paths tweaked to change the letter forms and where ?

Monday, 9 December 2013

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Decorative Ds

Yes I've been playing with Inkscape again!
Each of these letters has had at least one change if only to the color.
Hope these gives you some decorative inspiration if only to do better than me!

Monday, 2 December 2013

FIGHT the tyranny of Arial

#Arial #font #typography

Some people love Arial I have mixed feelings about it which lead to a rather heated discussion on a forum and inspired this piece ... yes I suppose I'm being silly and yes this isn't a brilliant masterpiece of typography but it may amuse some people perhaps apart from me?


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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Definitively December

Some varianst of the letter D for you to study and compare.

They're all 144 point aligned on an invisible grid.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013


Some one challenged me to do something cute and sentimental 

Copyright Julie Vaux 2013 Sweet Bliss Poem and Design

Hmph this looks fuzzy again on this browser though it looks less soon on my own laptop when I did a final edit in GIMP?

I may try another version with a different font and less color 

HOWEVER if you like this one please visit

and tell a friend or two or three dozen or hundred?

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Christmas Cards A "DARK" XMAS CARD

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Looking for unusual cards? Try this one available from

or just buy some "nice" flower prints for more traditional  gifts and there's other stuff come and take a look!

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Discarded Designs


TV and other media sometimes gives the false impression one can whip up a design and finish it in a matter of minutes or hours never days or weeks.

Well yes sometimes one can be on a roll and get a design to finishing point in one day but I always try to leave the design for a day or two and come back and take one last look and THEN look at it on a number of browsers and sites.

Sometimes it looks great in Inkscape or Gimp but once I upload at a smaller or larger size to Facebook Google Plus or Twitter ro Red Bubble or CafePress or Deviant it looks different.

This series was inspired by 1 Corinthians 13 :13

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Looks great expect for the little problem of the uncial t touching the i and making faith look like fath or fach on a small PR sized thumbnail

other alternatives I considered for this

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I may yet use this but on dark colored tee shirts only.

and this is me playing with filter combos

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Would work as a print on paper or an album or book cover but fabric ?

So finally I tweaked the letter spacing on the first design.

Hopefully it will now work at ALL sizes!

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I've probably over emphasized the initial L but if it draws your eye to the rest of the lettering ...?

This will be up on Voxy Visions

Thursday, 14 November 2013


You know Doctor Who?

Well Ditko's Doctor Strange is another 60s creation.

Ditko's lesser know earliest works were for 1950s pulp stories.

We've had Thor and Iron man and Wolverine and othe Marvel Movies and Agents of Shield has had some references to 60s gadgetry with Coulson's flying car  but  when oh when will we have a Doctor Strange movie and will it reflect Ditko's style in any way?  I hope so! 

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Dunand and Design

One of the most famous and fabulous of the French Art Deco Crafts masters was Jean Dunand whose workshop and designs fused Asian lacquer and enamel techniques to 20th abstract designs.

Anything by Dunand is highly collectible and beautiful such as this vase above ... but ... he and other European Master Crafters tended to design and create for an ELITE MARKET unlike American Art Deco Industrial Designers or Ceramics Designers.

With the advent of 3d printers perhaps very so we can copy objects like this for a wider market ... or ... even better ... figure out how to make such objects in cheaper materials without losing any of  the loveliness?

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Halloween Four

This is 4th and final Free Halloween Ecard.

Check out the other 3 on this site.

I have included the "plain" version without versions and the final png with filters so you can apply your own favorite plugins and filters.  Enjoy!

Hallowe'en Three

A chance to play with uncial and remember people hallowe'en isnt just haunts and horrors and sweets

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Hallowe'en One

Although I'm not American I thought I'ld make a few ecards for friends and followers

Friday, 25 October 2013

Fire andFlame copyright julie vaux 2013

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something inspired by #sydney #bushfires view it as a work in progress
it needs a few more edits and a good background

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Friday, 18 October 2013

Kawaii !

Here's a really neat book on kawaii!

Manami Okazaki geoff johnson prestel 2013 lots of great images interviews with designers and history of kawaii enjoy!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Occupy October

Check out my latest Red Bubble Design

Occupy October

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Available on clothing and as a sticker. Let me know if you would like to see it as a print or card as well ?

Monday, 7 October 2013

Making Planets with GIMP - Part TWO

In part one we started with a texture brush before using Map Object - Sphere

Here's where we left off last time

Now for a whole planet and I've also blurred and softened the textures.

Great for a moon or ice world but lets try more color

Go into the color tools and colorize.

I choose greens.

Probably could be a bit flatter but those darker greens could be clouds or seas or something. Go enjoy your own experiments!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Making Planets with GIMP - ONE

Making Planets with Gimp

There's a rather good filter that turns flat objects into a SPHERE


but you have to give it  something to work on!

I used a textured paint brushs and then added CHROME

oops once and rough but  applying CHROME might I lost my transparent Background !

So a bit of editing with the eraser and


WE have the beginnings of something

A bit more shadow and tonal contrast added using smudge and eraser and other tools and brushes that darken and lighten

Part Two the whole planet and some color !

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Alpha Demo Two

The letter Alpha Segoe Font Unmodified in Middle with Inkscape filters added to 4 other characters. Yes you can use all those lovely Inkscape filters on non roman characters.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Only 100 a reminder

Prints like this one available on Red Bubble. Use the link below.

Copyright J. Vaux 2013

Friday, 13 September 2013

Zed Study

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A collection of Zeds for your study and contemplation. Enjoy and use.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

McDonaldtown Graffiti Two

More Graffiti from McDonaldtown. Both copyright to me. These were taken mid year 2013. They may have been removed or painted over by now?

Thursday, 5 September 2013

McDonaldtown Graffiti One

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McDonaldtown station is a stop mostly used by rail workers and a few local residents and apparently by graffiti artists. If you're ever at that station look to the wall to the north. Lots of graffiti!

Monday, 2 September 2013

Recycling Blue 9

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The first image is a png file based on a svg created in Inkscape using the Polygon and Color tools and the 2 handles on the Polygon.

Then I opened the png file in Gimp.

For each of the Gimp edited images three different filter plugins were combined.

I'd love to see these patterns on paper or fabric . However I don't have the funds for a major quality print run  and marketing too.

If you would like to use buy or license these or other images please contact me.

P.S. don't forget to check out my Red Bubble Gallery using the link below or my Cafe Press Shop.

You can follow me at JVartndesign on Twitter and Facebook.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Fancy Some Fabric?

Enjoy the flier and please contact me if you need some fabric there's lots more too much more aaargh!

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Fancy fabrics or why this blog is running late AGAIN

Fancy some fabric was created using Angelic War a font and this image is set to be larger than the original. I am STILL shudder Yes still sorting from my mother's room ... how one adult could squeeze so many fabric in a small space ... seriously it unpacked to more boxs than the bags it was in!

Anyway I'm going to be running Ads on Facebook and Gumtree for the next couple of weeks and if it doesnt sell its off to the salvos or op shop !

Now at the larger size some spacing errors that are NOT immediately obvious are showing so take and use this demo as a warning be extra careful with spacing and kerning if you're using Angelic War!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

3 Mountains an Inkscape Filter Demo

If you're trying to create "painterly" effects you can do it in a SVG program

Try these filters and don't forget to experiement with different combos of filters and plugins. I'll show you an even more texture version soon!

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