Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A Reminder I'm on Patreon

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

The Comma - A sampler.

The comma takes to be be misused in Modern English either by being under or over used.

While its rarely used in Titles I though a sampler of how it looks in a LARGER point size might be a useful reference? Yes I did insert a space before the comma so the comma is easier to see. Its not visual irony or bad punctation.

Enlarged commas might also be useful on posters for creating vector objects as backgrounds?

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Edwardian versus Kunstler

Another comparision demo #inkscape #fonts #edwardian #kunstler
My comments below

Very very similar but I think the Edwardian works better than the Kunstler?

Both of them need clearer stronger Zs?

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Greek Lettering - Mosaic Versus Manuscript

Here's two closeup of the lettering of the word MARK or rather MARKOS contrasting how lettering for mosaics and manuscripts differs in "WEIGHT"

This is a closeup of a Byzantine mosaic.
Note the Lunate Sigma and the style of the Alpha. 

Now consider the handwritten letters on this manuscript page and how the letter coloring matches the illustration of the saint writing.

Study how material medium and location influence the layout of the lettering and the shape and weight of letters.

One set on a slightly curved surface made up of smaller tiles and the other written in ink on a tinted background on vellum.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Mark and Manuscripts

#stmark #illuminedmanuscripts #illustration

Here are three different approaches to depicting #SaintMarkEvangelist in Illumined manuscripts on parchment.

A semi abstract Celtic approach from the Lindisfarne Gospel

yet byzantine manuscripts use other styles

and finally from the Grand Hours of Anne Duchess of Brittany

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Here are some modern fonts clearly influenced by hand writing.

Given how similar I and J are in some fonts and calligraphy styles I hope my choices are show how emphasizing the top bar made it easier to distinguish the two letters?

Do also check my prior post on J letter forms please?

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

I to J sampler

Here's a sampler crafted suing #inkscape showing I and J forms and the relationship between them.

I hope the forms and fonts I have selected show how a simple lengthened pen stroke for emphasis may be started the idea of a separate J letter? I've tried to contrast fonts clearly inspired by handwriting with nib pens to related more modern print fonts.

There will be another post on the related topic of how I think the top cross bar forms of upper case J in many modern fonts developed.

Saturday, 20 May 2017


Here are links to THREE of my NEWEST DESIGNS and they are available on things that are NOT #stickers Too ... like #phonecases or #studiopouches or #tees and stuff


A closeup look at the eyes of an alien intelligence

A Mighty Tree even more awesome on posters !

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


#inspiration #logo #typography #inkscape

Three designs and my comments on the progress and design.

1) Still not happy with flames filter ... on a larger scale you can see the outlines of the letters showing thru the layers with the gradient and the flame filter thinking of a redo with just gradient over torn edges maybe for a flame effect? Does it express the idea that Inspiration be be like fire?

2) Light but Elegant Good for a Book Cover?
     A simple edit of fill and stroke colors and stroke size
But too formal for some contexts?
Maybe also good for pamphlets or workshop posters?

3) A bit retro hippie? Does reflect concept of Inspiration as something fluid and not quite fixed while still having crisp clean edges ?

4) For my fourth idea you'll have to go to
where its set  as an early access $1 reward. You can also get a freebie if you visit there!

Saturday, 13 May 2017



the IPA uses these and other symbols for "R"sounds

r alveolar trill Scots Welsh 

R uvular trill Swedish and Norwegian

ɾ tap or flap alveolar Portugese Spanish Italian 

Do you know which ones represent the R sounds in your language or dialect? Its actually more likely to be the tap / flap alveolar which seems to be the most common sound.

Modern English has a R sound with a symbol like an upside-down r called the Alveolar Approximantɹ  

There's also a symbol for a sound used in German French and Portugese.    ʁ

Do designers need to know linguistics?

Well yes a little for what if you were working for a community that uses one of these and wants a multi-lingual text say for a poster?

Or you are a graphic designer / typographer asked to help edit a linguistic text book? 

Something to think about?

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Two New Typographic Works

#typographicart #australia #ostraya #visualpun #inkscape

Hey people here's two new typographic works in contrasting styles!

Copyright Julie Vaux  "Youse say Ostraya" 2017
First a piece with texture filters playing on the depiction of Aussies having "rough" accents and our tendency to avoid palatalized final sounds in everyday conversations.

Copyright Julie Vaux "Winged O" 2017 
Second a piece demonstrating how Inkscape can be used to turn letters into objects and (semi)abstract shapes.

Both these designs are now available on Red Bubble on tees and stickers and other great stuff!

Saturday, 6 May 2017

The Aussie R and YA : A Personal View

You may or may not have seen #IPA #symbol charts before.
After I post the charts I'm going to discuss what those symbols mean to an actual speaker.

What you thought I was French Canadian or British?
Some people just don't read profiles!?

You'ld think given our multi-ethnic and multilingual population we might have more deviance form British or American English perhaps towards Irish or Scots English or sounds from Italian or Greek or Cantonese or Serb-Croat but no.

The melting pot effect has given us the sounds about and an accent allegedly NON RHOTIC.

We have an initial R  but R at the end of the words and syllables in works like park or lurker tends to merge with other sounds.

To native speakers who have NOT studied linguistics it sounds like a final R to us but an R sound that changes vowels to a full rounded longer sound. Frankly to me it sounds like a lot of other dialects of English are far more NON RHOTIC especially the dialects used in some of the Southern states of the USA! I have wondered why despite having many people, adults and children, who are bilingual in a variety of languages that have far more palatals than English, like Italian, or Vietnamese, that we have SO FEW!

The most notorious example of this is AUSTRALIA which tends to be pronounced formally as OSTRALEEA or informally in the broadest Aussie accent as OSTRAYA.

Its the whole rounding thing again with R at the start of a syllable also effecting sounds that follow.

If you're trying to describe Australian English without using IPA symbols I would suggest you type "arh"to emulate that rounded lengthened sound and not "AH".  

I tend to shift from formal or informal rhoticisms depending on context and who I'm speaking to  or what I'm reading aloud, and I sometimes apparently stress my "R" to the point of sounding less Australian for various reasons with one of them probably being a grandmother who had a Glasgow Scots English accent and speech therapists teaching a standard closer to British than Australian English.

We do have an R but it tends to fuse with other consonants and vowels! 

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

"Gender free" THEY General or Singular?

#THEY and what good grammar and good design have in common


Last week I blundered into a discussion of the usage of THEY as a singular pronoun and argued unsuccessfully AGAINST it and had people claim I must be a "white patriarchal ...." etc etc etc

Yes I know English lacks UNgendered pronouns but most of the usages cited of THEY by others who claims it is and can be SINGULAR actually are not.

My issue with using UNgendered pronouns is one of SEMANTICS and AMBIGUITY  also the use and abuse of concepts like "binary constructs".

The problem overlooked is that biological or social gender is NOT the only binary distinction or contrast of many pronouns. A lot of cited examples of "singular" usage or "notional plurals" that I saw during my research could also be described as usage of they their and them as GENERAL forms.

The GENERAL versus SPECIFIC contrast is equally important in English.

Lets look at this sentence.

Alex brought THEIR laptop to work.

A certain type of theorist states that this colloquial usage is not just okay but wonderful because its gender free!

I don't care what biological or social or sexual gender Alex identifies with however ...


Using THEIR instead of his her or this or that ONLY tells us Alex brought a laptop to work not who owns it or for what purpose. Alex could have been repairing or fixing some one else's laptop and brought it to work to return it to the owner.

THEY is a PRONOUN used to describe NUMBER often in a GENERAL context.

Anyone can claim they have no gender or they were alone but one is not many?


is paradoxical which is fine and useful in some contexts but if you want to be more precise you could use this or that or not?

So what has this to do with DESIGN?

I've noticed the following parallels.

White Space / Punctuation
Rule of 3 / minimizing use of non primary clauses
Minimal adjective / adverbs / Minimal use of ornament

Complex structure in paragraphs requires grammar to convey meaning

Complex detail on an object requires organised pattern

Now I'm pushing the parallels further into speculation

Prounoun agreement is like Color Harmony?

Using the right word is like using the right medium or tool?

Saying THEY THEM THEIR is singular or a valid replacement for SINGULAR forms is a matter of context. Your friends and personal acquaintances may know its your personal style and preference but other people are going to be thinking WTF are they being so vague ?

Your choice: Ideology or Information?

Design parallel: Insisting THEY is singular cos you say so and its deconstructist, post-strucuturalism, or  genderfree, is like telling a customer despite them asking for an original print or drawing that they will be sent a digital copy of a file or vice versa.

THEY may be evolving towards becoming a GENERAL pronoun but please don't confuse GENERAL with Singular?

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Inkscape Demo Tiger Fur Filter

#inkscape has a #filter in the #overlay menu called #tigerfur
Here's my test of it!

Starting with a orange square seems to work best and it seems to work on a small scale but this one looks like it would require some extensive further edits to look like real fur of any kind!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

OM in several scripts

#om or #AUM in several #scripts.

All of these scripts have some partial relationship or link to the #devanagari script or closely related derivatives thereof. Except the Chinese which is there for contrast.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Easter Sunday

#eastersunday #resurrection

I have seen many paintings of the resurrection but still after all these years I think this is one of the best ever created! Grunewalds Isenheim Altarpiece

Don't forget tho it functions as part of a larger altar piece 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Saturday, 8 April 2017

That Josh Davidson Guy

Its Palm Sunday when a carpenters son from Galilee entered Jerusalem so I'm thinking this works for this Sunday and next Sunday.
Share it!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Easter Ideas Two

#easter #superhero

Feel free with mess with people's heads with this!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Easter Ideas One

Here's an idea for an #EasterSunday theme #card design

Yes this is NOT hand brushed or inked or watercolor on paper
This was created in #inkscape

Take a stimulated "handwriting" font thicken the the stroke make it the same color as the fill
then in this case apply the rough and glossy filter since I thought it best matched the font
but do try your own font and filter combos!

However if your church does not have anyone who's a calligrapher or typographer and the local graphic designers are all booked up doing weddings or whatever INKSCAPE IS YOUR FRIEND !

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Inkscape Demo Gouache Oil Painting filters compared

#inkscape #comparison #gouache #oilpainting #filter

The Gouache filter in the Textures submenu still seems to be the most useful filter for digital painting in #inkscape

What i probably should do next is compare Inkscapes Gouache to Gimps Oilify ?

Saturday, 25 March 2017


This will also be available on my #Patreon site for you to download and use!

If you don't want to right click here or want to link to my patreon please visit and use this link

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Todays #inkscape #filter #demo is a comparison of Gold Splatter to Gold Paste

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Qbist on Gimp

If you're looking to create strong #geometric patterns with #gimp you might consider experimenting with the #qbist #filter as a starting point.


Some hints : Combine filters Think about XY co-ordinates. Don't just pixelize or shift or oilify.

Rainbow Bridge Copyright Julie Vaux 2017 

This is Rainbow Bridge one of my latest designs on

It started as an image generated by Qbist in Gimp.

Saturday, 11 March 2017


#inkscape #lent #memo #ecard #typography

If you saw the A on Paper post I was testing new effects and papers for this.

Share it with a Catholic or Protestant friend who practises a traditional Lent?

Saturday, 4 March 2017

A on paper

#paper #texture #inkscape #filter #julievaux

This weeks experiment changing the colors just slighting and then adding just one filter to try to get an ink soaked into paper effect. It seems to work best if you change the color to a VERY dark brown!

I've taken the epaper oblong I created for the bottom layer and saved it at the bottom of the image for you to crop off and reuse. Again if you're looking for a paper effect combining Texture with Distort works with most colors in #inkscape

If you want a smoother texture you'll probably have to export to #gimp and do more edits.

Start in Inkscape though. I 've seen some small scale textures made in Gimp that work on web pages for banners or small areas but used for a complete a4 page or larger ...

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

K.I.S.S. and Jokerman

Inkscape #jokerman #font #demo

What to do with all those ornamental Fonts that come with Windows 10?

Heres one demo of 2 simple edits

I am rather glad though there are few English words with J and F ? 
A bit more thought should have been given to the top cross bar in the J?

Friday, 24 February 2017

Three Reasons to Support me on PATREON

#patreon #julievaux


1) LOW Tier and Free to All Rewards very low ONE DOLLAR

2) I offer multiple rewards EACH month

3) USEFUL Awards

 While sometimes I post prints I also post a variety of useful BACKGROUND files in PNG format you can use as a starting point for your own works, textures, svg objects,etc.

And if I reach my gaol a mere 500 pr month I can post extra rewards and spend LESS time on marketing n PR posts n more time creating demos and rewards for you!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017


#redbubble #julievaux #oneworld  #logo #typography

An example of the K.I.S.S. guideline

Copyright Julie Vaux 2017 

I stuck to three colors and just one filter for this design. Hopefully they have worked together to turn a standard Windows font into something stronger and more special.

Regarding the message: One keeps still seeing the insert adjective Lives Matter tag being used on twitter. Wanna fight xenophobia and racism and others forms of bigotry?

We all share ONE WORLD. Modern Genetics tells us we are all ONE RACE ALL HUMAN.

You can get a sticker or something else at

RED Bubble

Friday, 17 February 2017

Raised Objects

#SVG #Inkscape #object #relief #filters #demo

Here's 5 examples of how Filters create 3d illusions in #inkscape

The Object in the upper left hand corner is a fairly basic polygon/star with Fill and Stroke.

I duplicated that and added Filters

The strongest effect is the Neon Bevel Filter but it makes the color pinker and the color changes using  the Relief Print from the BUMP submenu.

On the Bottom row :

Using a Linear Gradient on the stroke and not the Fill makes the object look tilted in Inkscape but NOT in the Google Chrome browser.

Dark Emboss shifts the colors towards Magenta 

I rather the effect of Thick Acrylic Filter Perhaps with a different color it could create an eroded rust effect?

I'm going to test this with Fill and Stroke set for the same colors to see what happens.

Have fun and create textures with Inkscape! 

Please consider supporting my experiments and demos via #patreon 

or use 

so I have some wiring that needs repairs on top on the plumbing issues 
so your support will help spent on something practical not a luxury!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017


A Digital Delight for #valentinesday #valentine #dearlover #romance

Download this to add to your own e-card !

Don't forget to check for rewards! 

Friday, 10 February 2017

Asian Love heart

#love #heart

for those of you who are not on #DeviantArt I'm sharing this here too!

Yes that is the character for LOVE - AI 

This was made with #inkscape beofre being exported as PNG.

Sigh now that I'm seeing it in the web browser I can think of two other edits I could have made!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

A Reminder - Red Bubble has Gift Certificates

#shopping #valentine #gifts #giftcertificate 

Forgot to put your Express Shipping Order in to #redbubble ?

You can give a #Giftcertificate  via email !!!

Learn more

and then go visit

Friday, 3 February 2017

Making hearts from a Triangle

#inkscape #valentine #heart

Make a triangle  in #inkscape rounded or unrounded
 Fill with Red Blank out Stroke make the Object a path so you can use the Node tool.
 Add a few more Nodes  Edit curves with the handles.
The Heart of the Left is A Bevel Filter and the one on the right two combined filters to create a wet into wet paint like effect though one is a bit extreme if you want a more fabric effect test the other Texture filters?

Hope I've given you some useful ideas for Valentine Day digital crafts.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Making Hearts from Spirals

#valentinesday#inkscape #spiraltool #hearts #geometry #maths #education

Geometry and Mathematics Teachers you can use Valentines Day to teach about CURVES.

One of several ways to make curves in Inkscape is the Spiral Tool.

If your students don't have this or a similar program they can draw curves by hand.

I set the Spiral Tool to make a very open arc then used Duplicate and Flip Object and then a simple RED Fill. 

If you do use a software you can talk about how the program parameters relate to algebra and then lead the discussion to equations for  CARDIOIDS?

If anyone says ...yes but this is pointless we can download clip art 

NO its NOT because you can teach about how Clip Art is Created!

There are a couple of other ways to make heart shapes without a digital pen or tablet and pen in Inkscape. More about that next time.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Memorial Card

Something personal this time.
I'm sharing 2 e-card so relatives attending a funeral on Monday can download it here.
So #wollongong #wright #hamilton #ecard #lynch #mudge  etc Dear  Cousins

I started with this text and font and added a background actually 3 layers or objects and changing the lettering from black to white to blue in case anyones browser acted out.
There are a few other tweaks and edits.

Hopefully any relative who downloads this will have no trouble printing it out or sharing on the web.

Non Family reading can use it respectfully as a design sample.

A note if I did this on paper or board as a sign I would have had to use white or silver ink or paint and go buy the expensive black paper so the white outline wouldnt buckle the paper when I applied gouache or acrylic.

With a digital design you don't have to worry about whether you used too little or too much water.

Audrey wasn't a painter but "into" music and other things but I don't think given family traditions she would be offended by my using the card as a brief lesson. 

If you are a family member and you know a relative who can't make it Monday do share it with them!

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Materials Filter Demo

#inkscape #materials #filter #demo

I was originally trying to make Silver Moons and was testing a base blue gray color as a starter when ...well all of these circles are just  one INKSCAPE FILTER applied over a base color.

I may repeat this with three different base colors or three different shapes to show you how important what goes UNDER the filters is.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Rain Sequence

#rain #digital painting #inkscape

Yes just THREE SVG OBJECTS created and edited in #Inkscape were used!

The #Hanzi for #rain with a color change and a gradient and texture filter.

Then a plain blue square for a background.

Move the hanzi over it and raise to to top and then I exported the misty hills object from a different work and duplicated it changed the size and color and finally flipped one copy and changed the color for a cloud on top.

Finally I will import this# png into #gimp Crop it do one final Color edit and then I may offer it as an reward on #Patreon.

Why not do it in Watercolor? Doing it as a digital painting means I can keep SVG Objects and reuse them in other works and by combining filters  I can have an effect that looks like wet into wet on paper but have it over a solid background! Or change the whole background if I want to redo  it!

I'll let you know when I put the final edit up on Patreon.

Saturday, 14 January 2017


#veganurbanraptors #redbubble #cockatoos

A new range of theme linked designs is going on on RedBubble called VEGAN URBAN RAPTORS
inspired by my visitors the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos !

Visit Enjoy!

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

#Magneto #font #sampler #typography

November last year I HAD to get a new computer and it came with a few new fonts pre-installed.

Magneto was one of them. I like the look of the UPPER case but I think with this font you would have to work with it either all upper case or all lower depending on the text. Probably a good font for Posters or LARGE LOGOS? However large bold letter forms do have certain advantages for what I call typographic art  so watch for experiments !

Saturday, 7 January 2017



#inkscape #blue #colorswathe #colortest #browser #test

Which of these "web safe" colors do you regard as "True Blue"

And will they still be blue posted in different browsers?

That pale streak down the middle of the smaller oblongs is the result of two overlapping gradients

I note in my browser despite one side being darker there's a neutral tint in the middle

and the blue violet looks more purple than it did in Inkscape.

This should automatically appear in Google Plus and I will share it to Twitter later.

As the image includes tints mid hues and shades should be a useful color test of browsers?

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Peace and Rainbows

#inkscape #demo #rainbow #filter #peace

So here's my first sampler for the New Year.
I started with the word peace in a very plain font and a websafe mid green

Tinted retains the greens the most.
Melted adds purple and violet
Warped seems to add both reds and blues.

Hmmm I think I'm sticking to Tinted the next time I get the urge to use rainbow filters instead of gradients.

Finally a question for my followers? What color do you associate with Peace?