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The Best Woven Wall Art & Where to Find It

The Best Woven Wall Art & Where to Find It • Little Gold Pixel

The artwork that worked in our old bedroom doesn’t work in our new bedroom. This is a good thing, mostly. Here, we have vaulted ceilings that make our space light and bright, less like the dungeon we previously suffered.

The empty wall over our bed has been giving me pause. What to put there? What will feel cozy and yet still maintain the lightness of our new space?

I’ve been considering several ideas, including tapestries and large coastal prints, as is my specialty.

But then, subconsciously almost, I started collecting images of macrame and woven wall art. It is, of course, somewhat trendy, but I think that speaks to a wide need for coziness right now. Hygge is definitely having its moment.

Want to take a peek inside my virtual shopping cart? I have a lot of choosing to do.

Woven Wall Art & Where to Find It

My favorite artists have Etsy shops. If you go and search for “macrame wall hanging,” you will easily fall into a rabbit hole of awesomeness. Large stores that have an online selection include Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and West Elm.

Click on the links beneath the images to buy the wall hangings.

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Serial Chiller Free Art Printable / Freebie Fridays

Serial Chiller Free Art Printable • Freebie Fridays • Little Gold Pixel

Freebie Fridays is a weekly feature on Little Gold Pixel in which I share a freebie — art printables, wallpapers, etc. — for you to download and enjoy.

Spring break is finally here! I’m so excited about this, not because I’m a student but because I’m a mom who values sleeping in past 6 a.m.

7 a.m. wakeup times, here we come! It’s almost as good as an all-inclusive resort in Mexico.

Hmm, maybe not.

But still, it’s pretty damn good.

To celebrate, I created this “punny” Serial Chiller free art printable for you. Is the script elegant or creepy? I’ll let you decide.

Serial Chiller Free Art Printable

Art is a high-res 8.5×11 (U.S. letter). This free version is watermarked with the Little Gold Pixel logo. The unmarked version in larger sizes is available in my shop.

Tools used: Photoshop

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The Easiest Way to Create Gold Foil Text in Photoshop

The Easiest Way to Create Gold Foil Text in Photoshop • Little Gold Pixel

Have you ever seen text filled with gold foil and wondered how to make that happen?

Questions like this have been landing in my inbox more frequently lately, so I thought I’d put together a tutorial on how to create gold foil text in Photoshop.

As with anything in Photoshop, there are a million different ways you can do any one task.

Rest assured, this is the absolute simplest way to create gold foil text, especially if you aren’t technically skilled in Photoshop.

Gold Foil Text in Photoshop

First of all, you will need to Google search “free gold textures” and pick out your favorite (you will find links to sooooo many).

Most of these textures are for personal use only. To find textures you can use in designs you want to sell, check out Creative Market or The Hungry JPEG. I wholeheartedly recommend Gold Rush — it has seen me through many a gold-related project!

Lastly, I put together this 2-minute video tutorial to show you the rest of the steps (which are oh-so-easy).

Hope this helps! Before you go, what would you like to learn in the next 2-minute tutorial? Drop me a line here and let me know!

30 Amazing Free Pineapple Printables

Before we get to the meat of this post, which is a roundup of 30 free pineapple printables from all corners of the Internet (yessss), I have something I need to get off my chest.

It’s probably a bad idea for me to admit this in a public forum, but what the hell. See the pineapple in that photo? The one my hand model of a father is holding up? I cut that thing open.

No big deal, right? Well, it was my first time.

Yes, I managed to avoid cutting up this little slice of heaven for the entirety of my life. I’m relied solely on the kindness of others, of grocery store strangers and family members and literally anyone but me to cut open a pineapple.

And guess what? It wasn’t that difficult.

I had it built it up in my mind to be this giant task, like I would need a chainsaw to hack through this thing.

Do you have a proverbial pineapple in your life? Something that seems so difficult to do that you put it off over and over again?

Learn from this pineapple newbie: It might not be so difficult if you just hunker down and hack away at it.

Now, on to the free pineapple printables. That’s why you’re here, right?

Free Pineapple Printables

Some people may say this trend is over, but I refuse to be over the glory of the pineapple. I will exalt it till you find me withered and gray and clutching a spiny pineapple husk, whispering, “My precious.”

The thing is, I realized that I had seen a lot of free pineapple printables out there, but every time I go to find a specific one, I have to start the hunt over again. No more, my friends.

Behold, my favorite 30 free pineapple printables!

Most if not all of these are for personal use only, to be downloaded at the site of origin. That means click on the link to get to the printable you want to download, and say “thank you” to the artist while you’re there. It’s only polite.

The Golden Pineapples, left to right, from the top:

one // two // three // four // five // six

The Bright Pineapples, left to right, from the top:

one // two // three // four // five // six

The Black & White Pineapples, left to right, from the top:

one // two // three // four // five // six

The Yellow Pineapples, left to right, from the top:

one // two // three // four // five // six

The Funky Pineapples, left to right, from the top:

one // two // three // four // five // six

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Free Minimal Hexagon Art Printable / Freebie Fridays

Free Minimal Hexagon Art Printable / Freebie Fridays

Freebie Fridays is a weekly feature on Little Gold Pixel in which I share a freebie — art printables, wallpapers, etc. — for you to download and enjoy. 

It’s been one of those weeks where I’ve been dusting off the cobwebs on some of my older designs. Often they were almost done, but for some reason I dropped the ball and walked away before adding them to the shop.

This one I found in a folder called “hexagon,” a file all by itself. An island of solitude on my desktop of craziness.

 

Free Minimal Hexagon Art Printable / Freebie Fridays

It is appropriate, isn’t it, that such minimal hexagon art had such a simple title. I mean, look at it. Unassuming and stoic, tumbling through space in a world of uncertainty. When will it see the light of day?

Today, apparently.

Free Minimal Hexagon Art Printable

I should warn you, this bad boy is a high-res 5×7 PDF. It has the teensiest of watermarks inside one of the hexagons (almost an Easter egg). For personal use only. Play nice.

If you want a huge, high-res poster with no watermark and in a multitude of color choices, they will be in the shop shortly.

Tools used: Illustrator

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This Adobe CC Font Trick Saved My Sanity

This Adobe CC Font Trick Saved My Sanity • Little Gold Pixel

Hi, my name is Vanessa and I have a font problem.

Namely, as my font collection has grown to number thousands (haha, no joke), I’ve grown increasingly frustrated with the traditional method of scrolling through the list of options in my Adobe Creative Cloud apps.

Scrolling.

Scrolling.

This Adobe CC Font Trick Saved My Sanity • Little Gold Pixel

I just wanted to be able to group my favorite fonts together by type so I could test them easier, you know? Hand-drawn scripts, sans serif, serif, etc.

Well, I figured out that I could create CC libraries for each of these types, and add my favorite fonts to each library. Then they’d be available for me in every program to test, toggle and in general dance a happy dance.

Photoshop? Check. Illustrator? Check. InDesign? Check.

It takes a little bit of time up front to set things up, but then you save hoooooours of scrolling. Hoooooours.

Adobe CC Font Trick: The Video Tutorial

I created a short video so you could check out my Adobe CC font trick. It really is simple, and oh so satisfying.

That’s it! No more endless scrolling to find your favorite fonts! Hopefully now you know how to easily create a library in the Creative Cloud, add your fonts, and apply them to your text in any Adobe program, including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Adobe CC Font Trick: The Free Worksheet

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Since you’ve made it this far, I have a little bonus for you. Click the button below to get a copy of my Illustrator font worksheet. Just change the free Montserrat font to your favorite fonts and save to your libraries!

This is an .AI file tucked in a ZIP. Enjoy!

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Frame Game: Sophisticated Gallery Wall for a Tiny Guest Bath

Frame Game is an occasional series in which I take readers’ gallery wall requests and find art that fits their personalities. Click here to see past Frame Games.

Today’s wall was inspired by Melissa, who is seeking inspiration for her downstairs half-bathroom.

In her words:

“This is a very tiny space that is not at all welcoming. Everything in the room is a drab eggshell that we cannot paint since we (my husband, newborn son, and I) are renters.  We’re early 30s and want something bright but sophisticated and welcoming to our guests.”

Some of the specific loves she mentioned were tiffany blue/aqua, Rifle Paper Co.-esque florals, monograms, jellyfish and Mark Rothko. She’s an avid reader, and loves films such as “Stranger Than Fiction” and “Her.”

Guest Bathroom Gallery Wall Option 1

I feel Melissa’s pain. I, too, have a tiny half-bath for guests that I’ve been mulling over for a few months now.

The guest bathroom is a little tough. You want it to reflect who you are … but the best version of who you are. Personal, but not overly so. Proper, but not overly so. A delicate balance.

Bright but sophisticated — the two don’t go together as often as you might think.

I wanted to make sure there was saturated color on Melissa’s wall, so I stayed in the blue family. She said she likes tiffany blue and aqua. Unfortunately these colors aren’t used often in a sophisticated way, so I landed more turquoise/azure. Other accent colors to bring up the fun vibe but keep the sophistication on track: maroon, pink, sea green.

This first option below calls on her love of jellyfish to really draw interest. These scientific illustrations by Dr. Haeckel are sure to be conversation starters. I also found some painted botanicals that reminded me of Rifle Paper, and a monogram that fits nicely. The abstract ocean art is a vague nod to Rothko.

To download these printables, click on the links below the roundup to go to the original download pages.

Guest Bathroom Gallery Wall Option 2

Melissa did say her half-bath was tiny. Maybe seven frames won’t fit comfortably. Here is a second option with five frames.

The centerpiece here is another nod to the Rifle Co. And I loved the bright, fun vibe of the agate slices. The juxtaposition between the black floral and the turquoise/azure rocks really balances one another.

Top it off with another abstract and a Jack Kerouac quote for the book lover, and this little wall packs quite the punch.

To download these printables, click on the links below the roundup to go to the original download pages.

Interested in being featured on the Frame Game?

If you’ve been reading Little Gold Pixel for a while now, you’ll notice that this is the first Frame Game in several months. I’ve been prioritizing client gallery walls (see here for packages), so this free version has become a more rare feature. I’m still working through requests in the order they were received, however, if you still want to join the queue.

Just be aware that the Frame Game queue is quite long right now, and wait times could be a year or longer.

If you have a pressing decor dilemma you’d like me to solve in the meantime, I do offer gallery wall consultations with a guaranteed delivery date of a week or less.

Feel free to contact me to be added to the looooooong Frame Game queue (and send me a link to your fave Pinterest board, and some likes/dislikes).

Speaking of the long queue, Melissa’s request came in late summer 2015, so I’ll be curious to find out what she has done in the meantime with her bathroom, and whether she and her family (including the now-toddler) still live in the same place!

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P.S. The frames featured in this post are mockups. Check the individual download pages for details on ideal image size. Want to print something huge but it’s sized at 8×10? Consider a larger frame with a mat.

St. Patrick’s Day Luck Art Printable / Freebie Fridays

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I knew I wanted to make a luck-related free St. Patrick’s Day art printable for you, but I also knew I didn’t want to use any of the following: shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold. Not that there’s anything wrong with those things.

It’s just that I have a kindergartener who will happily provide plenty of art from school in this vein, so I wanted to skew more … sophisticated.

Then I came across this free for commercial use font by Simon Stratford called Get Lucky. It was rather fortuitous. Dare I say lucky?

What’s not to love about this? It’s simple, it’s elegant, it looks like a motherlovin’ slot machine.

Enjoy!

Free St. Patrick’s Day Art Printable / We Make Our Own Luck

Art is a high-res 8.5×11 PDF. For personal use only. This version contains a Little Gold Pixel watermark. Watermark-free version in larger sizes and different shapes is available in the shop.

Tools: Get Lucky typeface, Illustrator

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Never Forget Your Passwords Again

I haven’t always had the best methods for remembering passwords.

Up until a few years ago I was keeping my passwords the old-fashioned way, on a ratty pile of Post-it notes that had long ago lost the ability to stick to anything. Each entry had a long list of crossed-out passwords, each one expired and needing replacing. Instead of just replacing the Post-it, I wrote each new password next to the old password because that’s not confusing at all.

Finally I wised up and started a list in the Notes app on my phone.

Oh, you mean the one without a passcode on it or any other form of security whatsoever?

Yep, that’s the one.

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I’ve always been envious of people like H, who seem to have a never-ending memory well for passwords, all dating back to their very first Hotmail email address.

Then again, if you’re anything like me and not an alien like H (love you babe), and you have several websites, shops, affiliates, ad networks and other irons in the fire, you’ll be excited to hear that I’ve finally solved my security problem, and I’ll never forget my passwords again.

Never Forget Your Passwords Again

Never Forget Your Passwords Again • Little Gold Pixel

After signing up for Keeper Security, I was still a little skeptical about entering all my private info into the app (hesitant to leave behind my beloved Notes, no doubt), but I read up on the best-in-class security features and decided to give Notes the old heave-ho.

The app boasts complete privacy; only the user can access and decrypt their information. I have mine set up on my phone to allow access only by thumbprint. So, unless you’re planning on drugging me and using my finger to access my blog and write a post for me (hahahaha), fuhgeddabout trying to get into my password portal.

I really love that the app is super simple. There’s not a lot of extra noise, just add your “records” and go. Signing in to various accounts via phone is ridiculously easy.

Never Forget Your Passwords Again • Little Gold Pixel

Also, the “records” aren’t just passwords to sites. You can also store and share sensitive files, videos and photos. Like, say, you are always being asked for your license plate number but again do not have that memorized (true story). You could snap a pic of it and secure it within the app, available for use as needed.

Or, say, you are working on some top-secret music with your husband (true story) and you want to share some demos back and forth, Keeper Security‘s your app.

To give the app a chance, click here for desktop/web access, and click here for mobile devices (both Android and iPhone).

Edgar Allen Poe Forget Quote Free Printable

While I was making fun of my poor password memory, I came across this quote by Edgar Allen Poe that made me chuckle. It’s so true, so naturally I had to create a printable.

This is a high-res 8.5×11-inch PDF. Play nice. For personal use only. This copy has the Little Gold Pixel watermark. Feel free to save and put in your Keeper Security vault for safe keeping. For full printable (6 sizes up to poster size), purchase from my shop or Etsy.

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10 iPad Apps All Designers Should Have

10 Best iPad Apps for Designers • Little Gold Pixel

For the past few months I’ve been testing out various design-related apps on my iPad. Many of them became fast favorites. Many ended up in the trash.

Some of you have asked for recommendations, so I thought I’d do a quick Top 10 roundup for you. The best iPad apps for designers, if you will.

Before I get started, a small caveat: I do not have an iPad Pro, so no Apple Pencil (yet). Everyone says the Pencil is a game-changer. I’m sure that’s the case, but as of now I am pleased with the stylus I have, the Adonit Pixel. It has pressure sensitivity, and palm rejection works well in most apps, so no complaints here.

iPad Apps for Designers: Sketching

Procreate

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What you can do: You will see this on the top of most designers’ app lists, and for good reason. It’s well worth the $5.99 price tag. It comes equipped with brushes galore, plus there is a thriving market online for even more brushes you can upload.

Favorite features: Color wheel is top notch, and adjustments for brush size and opacity are super convenient

Tayasui Sketches

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What you can do: This free app has many of the same capabilities as Procreate, but with fewer brush options.

Favorite features: I love this app for practicing my hand lettering. Also love that it has a shape builder you can fill with a variety of patterns.

Adobe Sketch

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What you can do: Working with the Creative Cloud (you should have a subscription), you are connected to your libraries, to Photoshop, to stock images, etc. All the functionality to create away from your desktop.

Favorite feature: The acrylic brush looks so REAL. Painting is lots of fun.

Paper 53

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What you can do: Sketch, take notes, diagram, mix colors. This app is easy to use on the iPhone, as well. Easy to sketch something rough, then type notes in it, so very multifunctional.

Favorite feature: I love the roller brush and the color-mixing tool.

iPad Apps for Designers: Vector

Adobe Draw

10 Best iPad Apps for Designers • Little Gold Pixel

What you can do: Similar things as with Adobe Sketch, but whereas Sketch partners with Photoshop, this integrates nicely with the Creative Cloud and Illustrator so you can work with vector art.

Favorite feature: Honestly, the ease of drawing directly on the iPad is just so much easier. I can make better vector art this way.

Assembly

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What you can do: Geometric vector art, easy. This free app is so much fun, and deceptively easy. The slogan is “graphic design for everyone,” and it’s easy to see why when you start playing around. Combine shapes to create anything from logos to complex scenes.

Favorite feature: All of it. It’s a blast.

iPad Apps for Designers: Inspiration

Adobe Capture

10 Best iPad Apps for Designers • Little Gold Pixel

What you can do: This app, like the other Adobe apps, is a seamless Creative Cloud experience. It works great on the iPad and iPhone, using the device’s camera to capture inspiration around you, including patterns, color palettes and brush textures.

Favorite feature: All of the above. I use it often.

Behance

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What you can do: Browse projects in the creative community to keep a pulse on trends and become inspired.

Pinterest

10 Best iPad Apps for Designers • Little Gold Pixel

What you can do: Fall down the rabbit hole that is Pinterest. (Pinterest, I love you.)

Favorite feature: The little white circles in the corner of each pin. If clicked, they reveal similar pins. Like I said, it’s a rabbit hole.

Pigment

10 Best iPad Apps for Designers • Little Gold Pixel

What you can do: Color to your heart’s delight. I hesitated to include this under “inspiration,” but honestly I find that doing brainless tasks like coloring helps unlock my brain and open me up to new creative possibilities. So, yes, it’s inspiring in that way.

Favorite feature: The premade color palettes are pretty inspired.

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