Dinner Plates with Unique Colorful Designs for your Dining Room Decor

Psychedelizard Psychedelic Chameleon Porcelain Plate

Psychedelizard Psychedelic Chameleon Porcelain Plate

Looking for unique and interesting plates for your dining room collection?  In my Online Store there are dozens of original designs that you will not find anywhere else.  These beautiful and colorful plates will liven up your dining room and bring a splash of color to your decor.  Use for special occasions, give as gifts, or hang on the wall or display in the china cabinet as decoration.

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Excellent Copyright-Free Reference Photo Websites for Artists

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Photo courtesy of Pixabay

Most people are well aware that paintings are copyrighted.  But not many people stop to think that photographs are copyrighted too!  This includes derivative works.  Making a painting or drawing from a photograph is a derivative work, and unless you have the photographer’s explicit permission, you are not allowed to use it as a reference or sell your finished work.  This makes it difficult for the artist, especially those just starting out.

The best solution, of course, is to take your own photos.  But you only get out of it what you put into it.  Using blurry cell phone photos as references will not yield quality work.  In order to make a great painting or drawing, you must have a photo that is high resolution, in focus, and has a good source of light to highlight the subject’s form.  Another challenge is that people may want to draw or paint things that are not easily accessible to them, such as faraway places or exotic animals.   Not everyone can afford to travel.

Most stock photo websites have very strict rules against using their stock photos for derivative works.  Even if you purchase the image, you can only use it how they specify, which is usually as-is and on websites and for print works such as magazines. Royalty-free does not mean copyright-free.  It means the person buying the image pays a flat one-time rate, instead of a royalty (meaning each time it is used, you must pay a fee to the owner of the photo).

The solution to this is to find copyright-free photos.  These are usually labeled as Creative Commons 0, also known as Public Domain.  To learn more about Creative Commons labeling and what they mean, please visit this website: Creative_Commons_license

The following websites and Facebook Groups are excellent resources for copyright free / CC0 photographs. Read the rules for each website or group; some require attribution (including the photographer’s name/website as the reference whenever you post a drawing or painting made from that photo), and some don’t care.  Some require paying a small fee to access the photos, while others are completely free.  Most are completely public domain, but a few websites have more restrictions that you must follow if you want to use the photo as a reference. All of the Facebook groups are closed groups; you must join the groups to use their photos.

Free Websites

  • Pixabay – Completely free. Has the largest selection of public domain images of all of the sites.  Fantastic selection of animal photos. No attribution required.
  • Pexels – Another great free site. Has a great selection. No attribution required.
  • Flickr Copyright Free Search – Flickr has the ability to search for copyright-free images in their site, since users can set their copyright level.   A decent selection of public domain photos is here. No attribution required for any of the images labeled public domain.
  • Dreamstime Copyright Free – Great photos, all for free.  A good selection of animal photos. All images are CC0 which means no attribution required.
  • StockSnap.io – Free site, large selection. All images under CC0 license, no attribution required.
  • Paint my Photo – A great place for animal and wildlife photos.  Must sign up (free) to access, and they request a small monthly donation to subscribe (voluntary)
  • Wikimedia Commons – A great place to go for lots of pictures.  NOTE: Read the Creative Commons descriptions for each image; some are more restrictive than others.  Some require attribution.  Avoid any image labeled with SA (share-alike) as these require posting derivative works under the same license (something you do not want to do! This essentially means your drawing or painting is public domain.) Try to stick to images labeled CC-0 or CC-BY.
  • Google Images – Has a search feature that allows you to search for copyright-free photos.  When you perform an image search, underneath the search bar clock on Tools.  Then select “Labeled for Reuse with Modification” in the Usage Rights dropdown menu (the second from the right).  Then you can see only public domain images in their search.

Pay-to-Access Websites

Facebook Groups

Beautiful Jigsaw Puzzles Make the Perfect Gift!

Colorful Paisley Peacock Bird Puzzle

Jigsaw puzzles are tons of fun for the whole family!  They are challenging, and make a great gift!  They also can be framed once completed, and displayed as a piece of wall art.  I have several of my designs as puzzles in my Zazzle store.  They are customizable, meaning you can add text or even an image if you desire.  But they are best purchased as-is for a unique and colorful game.

The puzzles from Zazzle come in multiple sizes, with the larger sizes having more pieces.  They are made from cardboard and chipboard, and comes inside a gift box with the image printed on the lid.  View the designs below or visit my Puzzles Collection to see all of the available designs! Continue reading

Colorful Art Wall Tapestries to Decorate your Walls!

Psychedelic Neon Painted Turtle

Psychedelic Neon Painted Turtle Wall Tapestry

Tired of looking at your blank white walls?  Cover them with these unique and colorful wall tapestries!  These high quality art tapestries are available in three sizes, are made from 100% polyester with hand-sewn edges, and are machine washable. Featuring vivid colors and crisp lines, these highly unique and versatile tapestries are durable enough for both indoor and outdoor use.  Machine washable for outdoor enthusiasts, with cold water on gentle cycle using mild detergent – tumble dry with low heat.  Bring a splash of color to your home decor!

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New Drawing – Colorful French Bulldog

Colorful French Bulldog

Colorful French Bulldog

There is a new drawing in my Pet Portraits gallery.  It is a French Bulldog drawn with vibrant rainbow colors!  This is the first of a series of colorful pet portraits that I will be drawing as original artwork.  Meaning, these are not commissions, and both the original drawing and prints from the drawings can be purchased.  These portraits will be mostly of dogs and cats, although I may draw other pet animals as well.

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Colorful Coasters and Trivets for your Dining Room Decor

Psychedelizard Psychedelic Chameleon round sandstone coaster

Psychedelizard Psychedelic Chameleon round sandstone coaster

These colorful and unique coasters and trivets offer you a wonderful way to protect your furniture and counter top, while also adding a splash of color.  In my Zazzle Store are numerous fantastic coasters to add some art with functionality to your home.  And as with all of Zazzle’s products, these coasters and trivets are 100% customizable.  Add your own text or a monogram for a personalized product.  Or purchase them as-is for a unique and colorful piece of home decor.

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Decorate Your Home with Beautiful Affordable Art

No matter what your home decor style or color scheme, there is something for everyone in my online fine art store. Fill the empty space of the walls in your home or office with these colorful original high-quality fine art prints.  These unique artworks are printed with archival inks that will last for many years and  for an affordable price.  

Wolf Aurora Framed Fine Art Print

Wolf Aurora Framed Fine Art Print

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These Beautiful Compact Mirrors Make Great Gifts!

Rainbow Owl Compact Mirror

Rainbow Owl Compact Mirror

Among the many cool accessories available in my online Zazzle Store are compact mirrors. These delightful compact mirrors add some colorful flair to your purse accessories.  Compacts are an essential item for women on the go.  But why settle for a plain mirror when you can show off your personal taste with these 100% customizable mirrors featuring my colorful original artwork?  You can add your own monogram or text, even add your own images.  Or you can buy them as-is for a unique piece of functional art.

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Beautiful Wooden Gift Boxes, Trinket Boxes, and Jewelry Boxes

Chinese Dragon Keepsake Box

Whether you need a place to put your jewelry, small trinkets, or are looking for an original keepsake box to give as a gift, my store on Zazzle has you covered.  These unique boxes are made from wood and come in a variety of sizes and colors.  Even more, these colorful boxes are customizable, meaning you can add your own text or images to the existing products.  Or, you can purchase them as-is for a unique piece of functional art.

I have all of my popular designs available on all sizes of boxes.  Please see the examples below, or visit my store to see my entire collection of unique and colorful gift boxes.

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Unique Journals, Notebooks and More for your Home, Office or School

Colorful Paisley Peacock Bird Spiral Notebook

Colorful Paisley Peacock Bird Spiral Notebook

Every student, home office and workplace needs the right supplies to keep organized.  Why settle for plain and uninspiring folders and binders?  Jazz up that backpack or office with  unique binders and folders that feature my colorful designs on the cover.  No one will ever mistake your folder for theirs ever again!  Go back to school in style!

My store on Zazzle offers a distinctive collection of customizable three ring binders, pocket folders, journals, padfolios, and spiral notebooks.  Look below to see examples of my products and information about them.  I have all of my popular designs on all of the products, I have only included a small sample below to give you an idea of how the product looks.

As with all Zazzle products, these folders and binders are 100% customizable.  This means you can add your own text or images to an existing product.  Or you can buy them as-is for a unique and colorful product.

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