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Hi there! Welcome to the Evil Genius blog.

Consider this post your guided tour of all there is to do and see around here.

I’m Rose, your resident Evil Genius and head of Evil Genius Creative Solutions.

I’m also a digital artist and the author of The Foxes of Synn.


  • By day, I help new female bloggers and creative entrepreneurs who want to stand out online and create powerful change in the world around them without going broke.
  • By night, I create digital paper, quirky abstract art products, and premade graphic packages for ladybosses who are more into grunge than flowers and office supplies.

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This is a blog about art and being an artist in a digital age.
Things you’ll find:

  • Art–Duh.  Mine and others as I find cool things to share.
  • Art Resources–Textures, papercraft supplies, fonts, stock photography.  Things you might want when you make art.  I try to quality check before I recommend anything.
  • Blogging and business tips–Because if you’re an artist in the 21st century and you don’t want to starve, you need to know this shit.  I’ve been selling online and consulting for creatives who want to make a living since 2006.
  • Hodge podge of my life and stuff I enjoy because it’s my blog and I get bored talking about the same thing all the damn time.

Here are some things I’ve talked about before:

Here’s the 2017 Blog Schedule, if you’re interested in a particular topic or category.

[Texture Tuesday] Free to Use Texture

Free texture or scrapbook paper 12×12 in, 3600×3600

Spring theme,radial gradient

RBF_-03-31-2017-074

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Piecing It Together 2

100×100 pixel icon textures were the first type of abstract art I tried. This set is cut from my recent art share, The 80s Threw Up. I added some paper texture to these for more depth.

I made icon textures for years before realizing that I did it as a form of meditation or therapy. My process is/was to take a larger artwork and crop it into uniform colored sets like this. I have way more than I’ll ever use, and I’m sorry that the 100×100 avatar/icon seems to be a dying art. I’ve decided to post these anyway because I’m using my “LJ” techniques to build a new style.

 

grandpa-icontex-2.jpg

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Changes Are Afoot

The TL; DR version of this post:

I’m switching gears in my online work to focus on creating premade graphics packages for bloggers and entrepreneurs and print on demand products through Zazzle and FineArt America. So, the blog is going to become a complement to that and focus on art journaling experiments, resources for designers and artists, and the occasional topic of interest.

I’ll keep the blog schedule largely the way it is for now because I don’t think it’s possible to segregate art from the life of the artist. Tuesday there might be a second post for me to talk casually about whatever is on my mind.  Wednesday is for blogging and writing tips. The general leaning of the blog is just going to be more art-related than it has been.

I’m keeping Wednesday mostly because I feel like the blogging information is relevant anybody who would be on this site looking for stuff anyway. And, most often you can still expect me to share Feminist Friday content when I have it.

Hi!

The Much Longer “What’s Been Going on with Rose” Version of the Post.

If you’ve been following me anywhere else on the Internet, you already know that my grandpa died in February.

It wasn’t unexpected, but it’s been devastating. There have been a series of other family problems since then.

What you may not know — or may not remember — is that my brother almost died last February, and my physical health has been declining steadily since last summer. On top of that, I took a bad fall in September and I didn’t realize how bad or how long-lasting the problems would be until it was December and I realized I was still waking up in pain every night.

We won’t mention the US elections in November or the subsequent political landscape.

I fell again this weekend, and messed up my shoulder worse than it already was.

Lately, I’ve felt like a pinball in my personal life.

Online, I’ve spent a lot of time on activism and social justice projects.

I’ve really enjoyed the consulting and coaching work that I’ve done since last February, but with my health and everything else going on in my life, I don’t feel that I can give enough time and emotional energy to that type of client.

Although I love blogging, my blog hasn’t been a priority for about a year and half now. I didn’t mean for that to happen, but things have changed a lot since I started on WordPress. I thought seriously about just turning the blog into a static website and letting it sit.

I spent this March and April trying to figure out if that’s really what I wanted to do. I decided that I don’t want to shut the blog down, but I need to make a pretty drastic pivot if I’m going to continue.

Four years ago, when I got on WordPress, I had two intentions. I wanted to write about social justice issues, and I wanted to connect with other fantasy and science fiction writers. I formed a lot of great friendships in the intervening time, but the truth is that I spend more time interacting with those friends on social media channels than I do on WordPress anymore. As far as social justice, it’s always going to be important to me, but I didn’t realize how much it would cost me in terms of time, energy, and emotional well-being to blog about those issues on a daily or weekly basis.

I finally hit the wall last week and realized that it’s time for me to start getting paid to do social justice work if I’m going to do it at all. I used to think that it was “too important” to worry about whether I was getting paid to do it or not, but I don’t have unlimited resources or energy. So, I’ve made a decision.

I’ll continue to support and promote social justice projects like the Feminist Friday discussions on Part-Time Monster and anything else that my blogging friends throw my way, and I’ll have a post every now and then, but otherwise I’ll be looking for paid writing opportunities and working on building my own site for child abuse and sexual assault survivors with a self-sustaining model.

For the time being, I’m going to reinvent the Evil Genius Blog as primarily an art blog with Intersectional Feminist leanings. The schedule will stay the same for now, with maybe some additional content on weekends, and the focus will be “Art with purpose”

I see purpose being a lot of different things. Whether it’s practical, as in the merchandise and selling, political as in art as resistance or personal as in using art as an outlet and a way to heal.

If you’re intrigued, stick around.  If not, no hard feelings.  Go ahead and unfollow.  I’ll see you around the interwebs.

[Texture Tuesday] Free to Use Texture

Free texture or scrapbook paper 12×12 in, 3600×3600

Spring theme,textured gradient and dust

RBF_1.15_giveaway_D3_004

Click the image for full size. This will take you to my Flickr account.

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or

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Piecing It Together

100×100 pixel icon textures were the first type of abstract art I tried. This set is cut from my recent art share, The 80s Threw Up. I added some paper texture to these for more depth.

I made icon textures for years before realizing that I did it as a form of meditation or therapy. My process is/was to take a larger artwork and crop it into uniform colored sets like this. I have way more than I’ll ever use, and I’m sorry that the 100×100 avatar/icon seems to be a dying art. I’ve decided to post these anyway because I’m using my “LJ” techniques to build a new style.

If  you have use for 100x100px textures, you can download the set below.

grandpa-icontex-1.jpg

Download

***Get More Textures and Resources by supporting my anti-child abuse campaign on Patreon***

Ways I amuse myself…

Xandria–“Blood On My Hands”
lyrics

Silver stars in my black night
Cold as ice but beautiful
Wandering through broken shadows
The river of life is all filled with sins
The water I drink is the blood on my hands

No-one sees how I’m burning
No-one feels this yearning
So come taste this black poison – You never reach this heart
And forgive my obsession – Something tears me apart
From myself

Silver stars in my black night
Cold as ice but beautiful
Wandering through broken shadows
The river of life is all filled with sins
The water I drink is the blood on my hands

Waiting for my damnation – your prosecutor’s here
In my own accusation – you can’t run from yourself
Oh we’re living these lies all alone
So come on and throw the stone

Silver stars in my black night
Cold as ice but beautiful
Wandering through broken shadows
The river of life is all filled with sins
The water I drink is the blood on my hands

Pray to the gods I have sold in this game of live and let die
Pray for my soul in this world to deliver me from my sins
Pray…

All that’s been and all I see now
Only a ghost of what I called…

Silver stars in my black night
Cold as ice but beautiful
Wandering through broken shadows
The river of life is all filled with sins
The water I drink is the blood on my hands

Free Art Journal Kit

art journaling kit with free clipart papers and journal cards

If you’re new to art journaling or just want a coordinated collection of design elements to help a piece come together, this kit is for you.

-Start with a collage paper base.
-Ad embellishments from the kit or create your own to go with it.

You’ll have a gorgeous, creative, and inspired work without having to stress about what to use, where to find it, and how to create what you’re envisioning.

My art journal kits are meant to inspire and guide you. They’re small starter packs for you to explore, in digital format so you can reuse them without having to repurchase.

Simply print on heavy paper or cardstock, then cut and glue to your pages like a traditional collage.

 

Contains

 

  • 4 artist papers (4×6 in)
  • 2 PNG clipart (stars)
  • 3 journal cards (2×4 in)
  • 1 collage sheet (3×5 in)

 

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[Texture Tuesday] Free to Use Texture

Free texture or scrapbook paper 12×12 in, 3600×3600

Spring theme,textured gradient and dust

RBF_1.15_giveaway_D3_003

Click the image for full size. This will take you to my Flickr account.

Want more free textures and resources? You can  Sign up for my monthly email freebie 

or

Head for my Creative Market Shop and see what else you like!

The 80s Threw Up: Layers

Art journal:

Here’s a look at the unmanipulated layers from my last art share, The 80s Threw Up.
They look pretty basic, but it just took a few edits to turn them into something awesome.

Grandpa-14-layers.jpg


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