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Thursday, June 11, 2015

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).

Friday, May 29, 2015

Graphic Design Video Tutorials

I am going to start making a series of video tutorials for this blog about graphic design, book cover design, digital illustration, design programs and how to use them using Photoshop, Artrage, Sketchbook pro 7, Corel Painter, etc. What subjects or techniques would you like to see?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

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

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

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

Paperback Book Cover Design

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.

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

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

Low Cost 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

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

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

Overcome Evil With Good

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.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Chugging Along as a Professional Artist

It's been awhile since I have posted. Since most of the freelance graphic design jobs available on the internet have started going to workers in India who only charge $2 an hour, I have had to spend a great deal of time finding other ways to make a living as an artist. Likewise, when eBooks and eReaders first came out I was making good royalties from my eBooks. Not so much anymore. I have been working at helping other authors with cover design and formatting services. That keeps me pretty busy these days.

I do hope things turn around on both fronts. I have heard that many employers are not satisfied with the quality of the service they are receiving from overseas graphic designers. I've also found new markets for my eBooks. I will continue chugging along as long as I have paint, pencils, and a computer. I love what I do and maybe someday it will pay off in more than just personal satisfaction. Hang in there my fellow artists. Without us the world would be a very dull place.

Monday, June 23, 2014


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Sunday, June 22, 2014

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

Friday, May 2, 2014

Iron on T-Shirt Transfers

Iron-on T-Shirt transfers, featuring my original designs, are now available in my Etsy store. Just click on the link to pick your favorite design and get started creating T-Shirts, tote bags, apron, etc. The instant downloads are for use with any inkjet printer and transfer paper. I will be adding new designs on a regular basis so check back often. Let the creativity begin!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Free Listings on Etsy

Get 40 free listings when you open a new store on Etsy. Just follow this link to get started. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Etsy Store

After much shopping around and comparing sites to sell original artwork and my upcoming t-shirt line, I have opened a store at Their fees are very affordable and the shopping cart functionality is built in. To build a new website with the features they offer would be cost prohibitive. If you are looking to sell handmade items; artwork, clothing, jewelry, etc. check them out. In the meantime you can visit my store:
Tanya Provines on Etsy