I use GIMP and Inkscape for all my digital art creations. I love GIMP and with every new version, we get slick new tricks. I found some GIMP related posts that look promising hanging around the web. Here are some more how to hints and tips on GIMP. Open source software is the best way to go. This shows how to create awesome looking collages.
Now that you have some links to GIMP, how about some more Freebie Digital Sheets? This Decorative Illustration sheet filled my mind with ideas for some mixed media collaging. I downloaded it for my assemblages.
This sheet is brought to you by Norma Frances via flickr. Her ATCs and digital collages are engaging and fun.
Decorative Illustrations -
FREE TO USE
Norma Frances' photostream
Those two digital collages are Norma Frances. I am just in love with her work. And she has lots of digital freebies that can be used for your mixed media work.
Well, folks, now I'm off to try and make my decision on a color palette for my new banners. It's taken me three days just to narrow down my choices. I need to just decide and dive and in and start working on the banners, buttons, avatars, and clickable boxes. If you are stuck and need some color planning yourself, check out these online color palette generators.
My favorite for graphic design for the web is DeGraeve.com. You just enter in the url of any image and it generates the palette for you. I have over 50 pages saved of palettes and narrowed my choices down to 30.
COLOR PALETTE GENERATOR
This palette color scheme designer is fun to play with but is TOO fun and I end up getting distracted by all the pretty colors.
COLOR SCHEME DESIGNER
This one is just your basic run of the mill color schemer, but it works and is easy.
COLOR SCHEMER ONLINE V2