Black Diagonal Stripes Collection


This collection provides the following:

Patterns Description: The patterns provided here are black diagonal stripes combined with other colors. These colors are based on the hexadecimal values that match HTML color names with the exception of Purplev2. There are 22 patterns total.

Tiles – This folder contains the tiles of the patterns by themselves.

Tiled Samples – This folder contains sample graphics that show the tiles in use for a banner sized 674 pixels wide and 274 pixels tall.

Displayed Together – This folder contains compilation files to help user compare what each of the tiled samples looks like in comparison to all the others. This sample display is provided in PNG, XCF, and PSD formats.

SVG base – This file is the vector used to make these tiles. This will allow user to expand to other color combinations and resize as needed.

Contents – This file is to describe the contents of this collection.

License – This file describes what is and is not allowed by the user.


With the download of this collection, the user receives permission to use these files in the following way:

1. You may use these files to create graphics or use on websites, including non-commercial and commercial purposes.

2. You may NOT re-package and sell the entire collection.

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Helpful Inkscape Bookmarks

I have been spending a large portion of my weekend learning how to use Inkscape, a free and open-source vector graphics editor. So, here are some useful bookmarks on some of the lessons learned.

Creating Patterns in Inkscape
Erase / Cut Out From Objects – Inkscape Beginners’ Guide ep25
How to Erase in Inkscape
How to Crop in Inkscape
how to make simple cup in inkscape
[solved] How to select transparent objects?
Inkscape: How to Trace Bitmap
Inkscape: remove stroke preserve size/shape
Inkscape Tutorial: Vector Image Trace
Path Difference Problem – This one is linked specifically to remind me of the following: “First, you must have paths to work with, not objects. Not groups either. Then the path that will be subracted must be on top (in z-order) of the path from which it will be removed (bottom minus top, if you will). Both paths should be selected, of course, before performing the operation.

And when you click difference (or keystroke), look at the status/info area at the bottom of the window. I it will give you some helpful information about what’s happening (or not happening).”

Quick Tip: What are Clipping and Masking in Inkscape?

The result of the weekend’s efforts is my latest T-shirt design:

UPDATE 12/08/2017 1:40PM – I will add new bookmarks as I come across them.

How to Put Text in an Arc Using GIMP

For my recent snowman idea, I was thinking of having the words “Happy Holidays” appear arched over the head. I decided against it in the end, but I learned the process involved in getting it done in GIMP nonetheless, as well as a couple of mistakes to avoid.

1. Use the Path tool.

The other sources I found said to get the path first, but the order doesn’t matter so much as making sure you have the right path or layer highlighted for what you’re doing. In any case, that’s where we’ll start for our example.

The path tool:

2. Make the arc.

For the purpose of our example, click on the left lower end of where you want the arc to start and then click on the right lower end of where you want the arc to end. You should have a straight line, or at least straight-ish. Then place the mouse at the middle of where the arc is going to rise. Click and drag the path upward. We now have an arc. You can fiddle with it more in other ways if it’s not quite what you want.

3. Make the text path.

Now that we have our path, I suggest naming it. I named mine, “ArcExample.” Make sure this path stays or is selected in the paths dialog for this next part. Add the desired text and keep it as a separate text layer. Right-click the text layer and select, “Text along path”. Alternatively, you can highlight the text, right-click it there, and pick “Text along path.”

Warning: Don’t make the text too big.

I kept having this problem in my own process and eventually realized it was because the font I chose was too big so take note to avoid that.

When you do have the text at a suitable size, a new path outlining the full text on the arc we made earlier appears.

4. Select the text path.

Go to the paths dialog, find the one just created, name it if desired, and right-click, then pick Path to Selection.

5. Fill the text color.

Fill it up with the desired color.


Deselect, hide path, and it’s done:

VisiHow: Write Text in an Arc in the GIMP App
Techwalla: How to Curve Text in GIMP
YouTube: How To Warp Text With GIMP Change style and color of text with text along path (gimp)

I Wanna Draw a Snowman

I am brushing up on my design skills and decided to try TeePublic. One of my favorite tweeters, @EbThen (formerly @erabrand), puts her design work there, and after comparing it to Zazzle, I thought it might be better-suited for some ideas I had.

Here is my first batch:



I drew this snowman using Paint Tool SAI and GIMP, and I had my child’s fondness for snowmen in mind.

You can buy it as a T-shirt, long sleeve T-shirt, crewneck, hoodie, kids T-shirt, kids long sleeve T-shirt, onesie, phone case, laptop case, sticker, notebook, mug, pillow, and tote.

Purple Flame
This purple flame is based on a flame I found at IstarAart on Etsy, thanks to a recommendation on the Zazzle forms to look for “digital” item of interest to a given person (in my case, a flame). It is a subtle tribute to my favorite King of Fighters character, Iori Yagami.

You can buy it as a phone case, laptop case, sticker, notebook, and mug.

Deep in the Heart of Texas
This phrase from a popular song about my home state.

The stars at night are big and bright

*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*

Deep in the heart of Texas

You can buy it as a mug.

Be simply ready for bed to catch some Z’s.

You can buy it as a T-shirt, tank top, long sleeve T-shirt, baseball T-shirt, kids T-shirt, kids long sleeve t-shirt, and onesie.