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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Discover Tips and Tricks for Shading With Colored Pencils

This post is for all of you grown-ups who love to color. Be sure to check out my coloring books for adults that are available on Amazon. You can see links to them on the left sidebar. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Free Accounting Software for Freelancers

As a freelance artist, I don't need a full blown, expensive accounting software program. For years, I have use Express Accounts for free. As long as I certified that I was using it for a business with fewer than 5 employees I could use it for free. Well, today I opened it and tried to post income received and got a pop-up telling me I had to purchase the full blown version for $99 with no way around it.

I was upset, to say the least. Thus began my hunt for a new accounting program that I could use. The one I decided to go with is Manager. It's totally free, has great customization and lets me record income and expenses, accounts, etc. and generate an income statement for tax purposes. It's exactly what I needed. It may suit your needs, too. You can download it here.

Needless to say, I uninstalled Express Accounts after printing out an income statement and transferring the transaction information to my new Manager program. Freelancers have to cut costs wherever we can and Manager let's me do just that. Thank you Manager developers.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Announcing Colorings Collection Store for Adults Who Love to Color

Who doesn't love to color? It's not just for kids anymore. Coloring is a great way to relax and unwind. I have become quite obsessed with making designs to color so I have opened a new store to share my designs. I add each new design to my store and make it available on shirts, greeting cards, and totes. Each time I have 24 new designs I will compile them into a new coloring book.

Scroll down and look on the right to see my latest designs or click on this LINK to go there now. Happy coloring everyone!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Truth of Turning Off Pen Pressure on Samsung Galaxy Note

When I purchased my Samsung Galaxy Tab 12.2 tablet I actually thought I was getting the note version with pen pressure. Apparently, I clicked on the wrong button at some point in the purchasing procedure. Well, I kept the tab and downloaded several drawing apps from the Google Play Store. I really enjoyed them but still had that craving for pen pressure sensitivity. Biting the bullet, I ordered a Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2.

Now, I could have sold the tab but I decided to keep it for watching Netflix, web surfing, checking e-mail and use the note strictly for doing digital drawings and paintings. The note is awesome for use with apps such as Artrage, Sketchbook Pro, Scribmaster, etc.

When I started using vector programs on it to do coloring book pages, I found that I needed a way to turn off the pen pressure sensitivity in order to get uniform lines. Why don't I just use the Galaxy Tab for that, you may ask. The answer is, the tab uses a conventional stylus and it is nearly impossible to start and stop a line in the exact spot you want it to. I haven't completely solved this problem of getting the S pen to produce uniform lines but I seem to get the best results when using the Scribmaster app. If any of you have found a good way to deal with this problem, please post a comment. Here are links to the articles I found most useful in my quest to find the truth of turning off pen pressure on Samsung Galaxy Note.

Android Central Forums

Some of their suggestions were beyond my bravery factor. Implement them at your own risk and let me know about your results.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New Adult Coloring Book

Just finished approving the proof for my second adult coloring book. Here's a sneak peek at the cover for Fashion and Food, Relax in the Shade Adult Coloring Books, Vol. 2. Of course, I will post a link to it when it is available on Amazon. Update: It's out! Click on the link on the left sidebar to get your copy today. Let the coloring begin!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

At Last, Play apps on Windows 7

Have you ever wanted to play your favorite apps on your computer or laptop but you have Windows 7 and don't want to upgrade to Windows 8? Well, now you can. I found this really cool program that let's me do just that. It's called Blue Stacks app player. You can learn more about it and download it here. Best of all, it's free (for now anyway).

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Announcing: Adult Coloring Books

My latest book is now available on Amazon. It's an adult coloring book full of flowers, animals, birds, and still lifes. Coloring has become popular among busy grown ups as well as the elderly. It's a great stress reliever and quite relaxing. I wanted to do a different take on the coloring experience so I added values and shading to my line drawings. That allows the colorist to create depth and volume to the drawing by using darker shades of the main colors in the places that are darker in the drawing. You can see this effect in the example page from the book below.

I am working on the second volume of this series now. To see this first one, look on the left side of this blog and click on the picture of it. Let me know if you have suggestions for subjects and themes in future volumes. I published this one through Blurb Books because their templates are so easy to use but I may try Amazon for the next one to see if their cost is any lower. Hope everyone enjoys my Relax in the Shade coloring books.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Do You Watch The Bachelorette?

I've watched every season of the Bachelor/Bachelorette since it began. At the end of each season I tell myself I will not watch it next time. After a long day of editing images for my next book, I turned on the TV and, guess what? The Bachelorette. Yep, they sucked me in again. A few minutes is all it takes and now I'm doomed to watch it all the way through to the final rose. Oh, well. There are worse things I could be doing. Beautiful nightgowns, handsome men, exotic places, not a bad way to spend my evenings. Only thing is, I think they should have a seniors version of the show. Why should young people get to have all the fun? Who's with me on this?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Discover Special Needs Children's Books

I have written and illustrated more than 100 books and eBooks but this is the first time I have done a 32 page children's book. Sammy the Silent Songbird was inspired by my son who was born with hydrocephalus, is learning delayed, and has a seizure disorder. He constantly amazes me with all the things he CAN do. I really enjoyed working on this book and hope it provides inspiration to children and their parents. I plan to do a series of Differently Abled Books. To see a preview of the book, scroll down and look to the left or just click on this link. Sammy the Silent Songbird

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Do You Need a Paperback Book Cover Designed?

Congratulations to Linda Holmes-Drew on the publication of her first novel. I am honored to have designed the cover for it. It's available on Amazon and other retailers as an eBook and will soon be out in print. Contact me if you need a cover designed for your next book.

Monday, January 12, 2015

EPUB and MOBI formatting

EPUB, MOBI, and Kindle fixed layout formatting services and eBook/book cover design services are available. Email me with "eBook" in subject line and we can discuss your project.

Friday, January 2, 2015

At Last, Maximum Canvas Sizes for Android Drawing and Painting Apps

Have you ever wondered what is the maximum image size you can get from a drawing/painting app for your android device? Wouldn't it be nice is they listed that information in the description? Well, I wondered that myself so I have compiled the following list from the apps I have downloaded on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 12.2. Maximum image size is usually dependent upon the screen resolution of the device itself. Hope you find this list useful.

Corel Painter Mobile
2560 x 2560 pixels

SketchBook for Galaxy
2560 x 2560 pixels

Autodesk Sketchbook
2560 x 2560 pixels

Clover Paint
5000 x 5000 pixels and up

Infinite Painter
2560 x 2560 pixels

Scribmaster Premium
5120 x 3200 pixels

ArtRage for Android
2048 x 2048 pixels

ArtFlow Studio
4096 x 4096

Monday, December 8, 2014

Do You Need a Bargain Website, Shopping Cart, Blog?

As an artist, crafter, author, photographer, or anyone who needs to promote their work, wouldn't it be great to have a low cost website with the ability to offer a shopping cart for services, digital downloads, and physical products? Wouldn't it be even better to have a blog with it and only have to sign in once to work on your website, add new products, post to your blog? Well, I have found a way to do all that and more. Click on the link to see the website I am building for myself. It's a work in progress as I will be adding more products and services soon.

121hub is a personal branding and web design site. We help YOU build AWESOME websites.

Each new member gets 2 awesome websites they can design themselves with our easy kind of- plug and play- type design system.  Once you input your information and images you can select a website “theme” from our theme shop and with a few clicks you will see your site LIVE within minutes.  Don’t like it?  NO PROBLEM! Change your whole site look with just a few more clicks.

Our Theme store has great themes to choose from, and we are adding 2 new themes you can select from EACH WEEK!  And the best thing. You can change as many times as you’d like.. No extra charge!

ALSO:  our storefronts…. We don’t take any listing or sales fees! Unlike some other guys who are always reaching in your pocket… WE LOVE ARTISTS AND ARTISANS... CREATIVE TYPES and ANYONE who is trying to earn their living from the sweat of their own brow…. Earn your money… We only want to make it easier for you to do so, and Easier for people to FIND YOU!

We have only one priority.  It is now what it was at the beginning, and it will always remain the same - serving the members and making them MORE SUCCESSFUL… and, OUR FOUNDERS are smart enough to do it.  (FUN FACT: they already know how!)

Here are some more facts to think about.

       Founding Members
       1 – 5,000
       Original Hand Stamped Founding Member Coin
       Two Awesome Websites
       Two online stores
       Online Resume
       Designer printed resume (constantly updated as the site is managed) Q1 2015
       Search Engine Optimization
       Your Own Permanent Address on the web

Finally: If you aren’t computer savvy, we have THE BEST customer service around.  We have web design concierges who can help you with anything from getting your web design complete to custom logo and banner design to social media marketing. 

If you want to check out some videos: See them here at:

If at any time you want to cancel your membership, you can and get a refund for unused membership fees.

To sign up and log in, please go to
Once you log in you’ll see our dashboard
Click on the Hammer to get to your Work Website side and the Heart to get to the Play Website side. 

Here's a short to do list:
Tanya Provines
121hub Concierge
See you at the hub!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

High Resolution Digital Art on a Tablet

I've just discovered the coolest thing ever. Splashtop lets me access and control my computer on my tablet. What does this mean? It means I can access and run all the drawing programs on my PC; Photoshop, DrawPlus, etc. on the touch screen of the tablet and draw directly on the screen of the tablet with it all actually being on my computer. You put a streaming software on the computer and an app on your tablet. The personal use account is free. This is probably common knowledge to many folks but it just turned my artist world right side up!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Free Sketchbook Pro manual

I recently purchased a 10" tablet and was looking for a sketching and painting program for it. After doing some research and trying out several free versions of different programs, I decided to get the paid version of Sketchbook Pro made by Autodesk, Inc. It has more features than the others and the ability to change canvas size.

Finding a copy of the manual for it required quite a bit of research as well. If you are looking for one, here is a link to the English version. Be advised that this manual covers the full blown version on Windows/Mac. If using the program on an Android tablet, like I am, you can still find information on the tools available in the limited version.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Free Healthy Hot Dog Recipe

As an artist and a diabetic, I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen almost as much as I enjoy experimenting with graphic design. I was able to combine the two with this piece. Enjoy!

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Overcome Evil With Good Prints, Totes, Pillows

Sometimes I choose to jump in and start drawing with no particular subject or theme in mind. This allows my subconscious to express whatever it feels a need to. "Overcome evil with good" is a bible passage that is near and dear to my heart. This drawing expresses it in a way far more powerful that I would have created had I started with that theme in mind.
This method of drawing is art therapy for the artist. Elements of art and principles of design that are embedded in us become the tools that allow us to turn subconscious thoughts into visual reality. 

You can see my interpretation of "Overcome Evil With Good" here:

Friday, July 11, 2014

How To Eliminate Paper Texture of a Drawing When Printing

Have you ever done a magnificent drawing and when you try to sell it as a print it looks awful because the paper texture and tiny bits of who knows what show up? An easy way to clean up the drawing is to scan it into your computer, if it fits on your scanner, or take a high resolution photograph of it. Open the jpeg in Photoshop and use the magic eraser tool to eliminate the paper background. Be sure to also click the magic eraser tool on any small areas withing the drawing itself that you want to be a smooth white.

Save the image as a jpeg and voila, your drawing is magnificent once again. You can see an example of one of my sketches I used this technique on HERE.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Discover the Best Place for Self-Publishing eBooks

I am one of the thousands of authors who distribute their eBooks through Smashwords. Mark Coker, the owner, works tirelessly to promote independent authors. Easy to use publication process and a free step-by-step style guide are available at Smashwords. Follow this link to find your next favorite book or set up your own self-publishing account.
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Discover Diamond Hunting in Arkansas

My boyfriend, Jack, and I enjoy taking off on the weekends to explore new places and take a break from our work. Our most recent trip was to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. It occurred to me that our trips would make great eBook material. I published the first volume of Jack & Tanya's Weekend Adventures today. You can see it here...CLICK