Monday, 22 December 2014

2014 Xmas Designs FREEBIES

#Xmas #E-cards #julievaux #free #png

First a Blue Star you can print out and trim for collage or adornments or whatever.

You can add your own backgrounds to this png !

or use this finished card !

actual files will have larger print sizes. 
Remember your  browser will resize these depending on your browser and device being a mobile tablet laptop or larger screen?

Friday, 19 December 2014

Xmas Ecard FREE

You can download this #free #xmas #ecard a #png file so long as you do not make commercial use of it. By commercial I mean printing it out and selling it or claiming its your work etc.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Xmas Ecard

Yes I was playing with the layout
I will try another version of this !

#xmas #e-card #free #freexmascard #sydney

This is a png so you add a background to bring out the colors better!
have fun playing with it!

I will be doing some more better cards after I finish uploading one final round of designs to Red Bubble. Kinda busy at the moment moving my stuff into what was the spare room running ads trying to get rid of stuff that was in there and culling clothes and fretting about shelving. 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

COLLECT now before the NEW YEAR CULL

Want #collectibles for #gifts ? Due to me acquiring a new camera and having several new designs to upload after Xmas I will be culling deleting removing several designs even if they have NOT made 100 sales. So get those potential collectibles now!

#Collectibles? yes remember people If I make 100 sales of any design it will be deleted to increase the future value for you!


I do NOT do NEW YEARS SALES however keep an eye out for any discount code bargains #redbubble is offering!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Question marks

A selection of #questionmarks to inspire your own #calligraphy or #typography

Copyright Julie Vaux 2014

Yes I am working on a question mark design! Show you soon!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Great Wave

#sydney #design #redbubble #gifts 

Copyright Julie Vaux 2014

My latest upload to #RedBubble
Available on Tote bags prints and a hecka lotta other stuff

Visit view maybe even Like and Share ?

Red Bubble

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Red Bubble now has Cups and Mugs etc

#redbubble #jvartndesign #julievaux

Please visit and view and hopefully share

My first red Bubble cup design

I'll be putting up more on the weekend!

Saturday, 8 November 2014

For Remembrance Day

#11ofthe11th #remembranceday

As older veterans pass away I would like to see Remembrance Day evolve into an occasion for remembering why we should value peace over war.
I had a grandfather who was a genuine Lighthorseman.

Remembrance /  Memorial day is this Tuesday. 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Chi Rho Challenge 2

Here's a logogram of the letters C H and R joined.

#chirho #chirhochallenge #sydney #typography 3design

Download and use it as a starting point for come up with something better?

and if you're better than me at editing nodes and please help other challengers with an improved version. This should work as a drop cap for documents but I suspect some bumps and odd curves will show at a larger size.

Here are two variants I created using #inkscape 

Spread the word about the #chirhochallenge 

visit here for more ideas or if you're a better type design suggest improvements?

Saturday, 1 November 2014


Lets see if we can create some interesting  typographic art using the #chirho theme and #inkscape or #gimp or your digital software preference. Tag it #chirho or #chirhochallenge on Twitter FB Google plus or anywhere.

Look up ChiRho first.

Now you do not have to use Greek letters or Celtic Uncials unless you want to but please use a C or a Greek Chi x a H and an R or Rho?

Here's a couple of ideas I had !

These are COPYRIGHT even if they are just samples of design process.

Starting in #inkscape I created this.

Copyright Julie Vaux 2014

After exporting a png version to #gimp I added some drop shadow.

Copyright Julie Vaux 2014

I like the letter combo of the C and H  but that R needs work! Maybe darker or a different font? 

Back to the svg stage in Inkscape . I'll show you the next version in a few days!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

All this ... TEE

Many thanks to whoever bought a All this ... TEE

You can get one too at Red Bubble

TRIANGLES in Inkscape

#Inkscape #Triangles

Don't like adjusting the settings to create unrounded triangles using the Polygon tool in Inkscape? Try this !

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Get Gibberish!

#sydney #fashion #typography #visualhumor #julievaux #JVartndesign

Red Bubble Tee Design Copyright Julie Vaux 2014

I am very happy to report a sale of my Gibberish design. Apart from it being good I sold a tee it means some one got the joke and also  that I got the ssymmetry just right so its a visual pun!

You can enjoy this too! 

to view this and other designs by me.

Also maybe buy something tell a friend or two?  Xmas is coming! 

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Your October 2014 Freebie

Mmmm looks a bit harsher in the Blogger window but its png you can have fun playing with it !  Edit away! Its free for non commercial uses but do consider using the paypal tip jar?

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Good Design Good Writing the Same Rules?

Good Design Good Writing
Do they share rules?

Think about it

Here's some famous design guidelines or rules or principles


or minimalism is good

equivalent to the advice to AVOID EXCESS VERBIAGE?

The Three color rule = Avoid using too many adjectives and adverbs?

Include and Balance your WHITE SPACE

Know when to make a pause? When to end a section chapter or paragraph?


Do lengthy essays begin in blog posts or journal articles?

Should you try to summarize an epic as one illustration ?

Is a giant milk crate pointless even if you claim its ironic pop art of a cultural item?


Okay that one is kinda obvious?

How many design philosophies summarized as rules or principles have you come across that can be applied to multiple media visual social written etc?

Yes I'm being philosophical but its a cold wet afternoon in Sydney!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Whats Glyphika

The next post is the 250th and I'm trying to think of or find something special to share. Meanwhile what's  Glyphika ?

The major them is Calligraphy and Typography but  I also post reviews of art and design books and discuss certain memes and themes and yes PR my own art.

Related blogs that sometimes feature art posts are  Metousia  Ancient Greece and the Classical tradition  and Technozi Asian culture of the Sinitic sphere.

For this anniversary week I may bump up a few older posts for new followers to check out! 

Saturday, 13 September 2014

My Red Bubble A Reminder

#Fashion #style #redbubble #sydney #design

Just a reminder I have lots of totes prints cards and tees  up on

Share the URL please. I need some sales! I just HAD to buy a new camera cos the old one died ... well it was a decade old ... !

You can also follow my work at JVartndesign  FB Twitter Deviant !

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Your free September Ecard

This is a PNG file. You can add a background. If you came here from Twitter or Facebook that version was jpg. Enjoy.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Wireframe Spheres in Inkscape

Oddly you can't make #spheres in #inkscape but you can generate cubes and wireframe spheres! Here's some examples of what happens if you add filters.

The dialog to generate wireframe spheres is in the Extensions menu.


Sunday, 17 August 2014

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Awesome August

#Sydney #FreeEcard #August

You can upload or download or whatever just SHARE this one!

Its a png so you can add a background layer if you want to !

The font is American Uncial. This was crafted using Inkscape.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Let us consider teapots.

Teapot design has created a variety of shapes but the basic issue is the ratio and proportions of handle and spout to body. Many of the earliest Chinese tea "pots" copied wine ewer shapes but to brew tea you need a round body. 

Do you make that round body interesting by painting or decorating it or by changing the actual shape? 

Here's two Chinese antiques in styles and shapes still used today.

Both beautiful both different approaches.

and here's a Shino tea vessel with a different approach to attaching the handle.

Something to to think about.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

White Houses in Japan

I rarely comment on architecture but the house in this book are such weird and wonderful and strange yet functional examples of design I just had to share!

The book with text by Chua Yen Ping and photos by Sergio Pirrone features a wide variety of housing including this :

Yes that is an actual home! 

Even if you're not normally into architecture you will find the designs intriguing!

Saturday, 28 June 2014


My designs are now available on 
TOTE BAGS from Red Bubble

well not all of them yet  but I will be releasing three to four designs each week that were resized for the totes or are brand new! Come and visit!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

My tote bags on Red Bubble

I hope you're seeing a link to my tote bags on Red Bubble. I'm about a third of a way thru the update. Some older images need to be cropped to a square ratio and larger size and  reuploaded. If you see any flaws be patient folks. While I culled some stuff there's about 100 images to look at decide whether they'll work square and then do a test upload to see if they'll work without cropping and then ... well who thinks artists don't work ...ack by the time my new glasses arrive I'll NEED them and not just cos I damaged the frames of my current pair ... squint focus squint focus zoom in and out ... edit and tweak!

Saturday, 7 June 2014

J sampler

January June July All start with J  so here's some letter shapes to hopefully inspire your typographic designs from a variety of fonts. What can you do with the letter J?

Friday, 30 May 2014

Birthday BG file giveaway

People on my personal FB wall seem to think this might be usable by others?
It's a background texture file. You can edit it anyway you like but some credit or a link back here would be appreciated? It was crafted with Gimp using a combination of 3 filters over a pattern. This will also be available from my Deviant page JVartndesign.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014


What with my broken arm and other stuff I have not been a happy camper this year.
However If you have a sense of irony or are feeling cynical you might want to share or even download these?

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Birthday and other wish lists

I have created a wish list on Amazon. As well as this wish list you might want to check out my other wish lists in case you find something you like for yourself in my recommendations. Please go to Amazon and search by my name Julie Vaux as there are several lists. Thank You.

Thursday, 15 May 2014


Sorry folks my arm is still on the mend but I may have something to share next week. I've only been able to use the keyboard with both hands instead of one finger for any kind of editing or typing the last few days after breaking my right arm.

S O O O  N !

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Web Banner Demo Using Gimp


Using the small web banner template in Gimp I applied a very basic standard pattern which clearly needs to be made more interesting!

Next I added some  Ripple

Then Cubism 

Better but lets try Embroidery as well

Finally some text

Now go experiment yourself!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Shift and Ripple

This blogs posting frequency will be reduced to once a week due to my arm fracture. Folk you're only getting one today cos I had material prepared!

While fortunately we have Medicare in Australia I will be unable to work or work much at anything  for three weeks at least since essentially I'm one armed since the fracture is radial and I have an immobilizing sling on my right arm.

Okay here's two before and after shots.

The first is a web version of a poster on Red Bubble.

The second image is recent redo in which I added Shift and Ripple to the original.

I may upload the second later this week since thats a command I can enter one handed. Its just the pain is very distracting even with meds just wiggling my fingers to keep the circulation going.

Shift and Ripple are Gimp filters!

copyright julie vaux 2014 

now don't forget to zoom in for the fine detail!

differences may be less obvious on a small screen!

copyright julie vaux 2014 
there must be some minor coding differences cos my chrome laptop browser shows a darker bg in the laptop and in gimp  but you get the general idea of how shift and ripple can combine?

enjoy the technique idea and be inspired to do better than me!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Return of the Queen

Return of the Queen

Who else admires #CliffChiang's version of the Olympians?

I do like the character design especially the peacock feather cloak with its references to the Argus myth. Good strong clear lines contrasting with dark areas giving the colorist plenty to work with. 

Friday, 21 March 2014

Making Brocade ... well trying to

I've been trying to figure out how to combine #GIMP filters and plugins to create a effect that looks like #brocade.

Here's a few of my experiments Copyright Julie Vaux 2014 so please don't download them yet. I will share some of them when I finish the experiment!

Yes that is the kanji / hanzi for brocade JIN or nishiki in Japanese.

The closest I could get was a combination of three and no none of them were Clothify or Weave and Embroider is too slanted and stitch like!

Can try anything that alters horizontal rows of pixels and let me know if you find something that works better please?

Sunday, 16 March 2014

WAC Ceramics Hidden Vessels

Yes I do or will kiln allowing have at least one piece in this show maybe more?!
The show will feature works from students in all of Kwi Rak 's wednesday #ceramics classes at the Workshop Arts Centre in #Willoughby #sydney #nsw.

Pop in Thursday or visit Friday or Saturday.  

Friday, 7 March 2014

International Woman's Day

This is my final #IWD sticker badge button whatever giveaway!

Don't forget to check out my other two posts this week for more.

You can download edit and add to and resize these png files but please do include a link back to me so people can see more of my work?