2 Handy Ways to Use Stock Images

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Get Inspired With Background Images 


Oh, the blank sheet of paper. It can be so intimidating to begin a mixed-media project when all you have is a white sheet in front of you. Sometimes I like to slap on acrylic or watercolor paint as a background, just to have some color to get me started.

It can also be helpful to have a full background image on which to create, such as this one below from GraphicStock.com. It’s titled “Grungy Room with Silver Frames and Victorian Wallpaper” and it has my gears turning, thinking of things I can draw within each frame.


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Spice Up Your Collages

This brings me to the second way I suggest using the stock images: collage. This example of vintage frames with ladies’ silhouettes would be fun to cut out and add to a feminine collage, for example. These are all great elements that can be the foundation of a creative project ready to go.

But that’s just a small sample of the fun things you can find on GraphicStock.com. They have more than 250,000 graphics that are at your fingertips, all neatly organized into groups such as BackgroundsDesign Elements, and Nature & Wildlife.

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Unleash Your Creativity

With just a few simple steps, you can really flex your creative muscles. For example, use one of the frames and insert a photo of your loved ones like this (above).

It can be even as simple as printing out the templates and using them as invitations, holiday cards, and more. Check out these pretty cameo silhouettes. Use the outlines as templates and cut them to make gorgeous earring display cards!

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