FREE Grungy Backgrounds To Download

Here are some interesting grungy, rusty images I've had in my collection for a long time.  I thought I would share them with you in case you'd like to use them for  your own artsy projects.

Just right click on each image and save them to your own computer.  If you feel like sharing what you create with these backgrounds, I'd love to see them.

Have fun!!


More Free Downloads For July 4th Celebrating!!

Hello again!  If you're planning any creative projects for the July 4th holiday approaching, perhaps you'd like to use these vintage images from my personal collection.

Just right click on each image and save it to your own computer.  They are all in simple JPG format so they can easily be altered using Photoshop or other editing software.

As always, I'd love to see what you do with them.



NEW ART "Garden Of Eden" Mixed Media Collage

Here's one more piece in my "Gelli Kids" series that features my own Gelli plate printed papers used to create both the backgrounds and focal images.

This original piece is 6" X 8" on canvasboard and also incorporates recycled office supplies, dimensional paint and a bit of doodling.  I dithered for days about whether to add a quote to the piece but nothing spoke to me so I decided to leave it as it is.  

$74.95US for this one-of-a-kind piece, including free shipping to the U.S. and Canada.  Watermarks/copyrights do not appear on the original.

Suitable for framing or may be displayed as is on a small easel-type stand (the back is finished).

Thanks for looking and I hope you are having an awesome day!


"Garden Of Eden" original mixed media art

My Art Friends Do Such COOL Things !!!

Recently, I posted some of my Gelli Plate printed backgrounds for my blog followers to download for free to use in their own art.  I always encourage my friends and followers to share with me the awesome creations they come up with using my downloads.  I just LOVE to see what others can do with stuff I have made.  It feels like we have collaborated on art even though we may be thousands of miles apart and may never have met in person. 

Anyway, this past week two of my favourite people contacted me to share what they'd done with those backgrounds.  If you missed the posts of those backgrounds they are here:

Free Backgrounds To Download

More Free Backgrounds To Download

First up, my friend Gayle Bodine took prints of the backgrounds and cut them up to use in her own art journaling.  What she discovered with the little squares she'd cut from the larger prints is incredible!  Take a look at her blog here to see the fantastic examples she has shared:

Gayle Bodine's Blog Post

Gayle Bodine "Found Impressionist Landscapes"

Secondly, my artsy friend Kay Strum took those same backgrounds and printed them off to use in her handmade greeting cards and ATCs.  You are in for a real treat when you take a look at the next few images.  Wouldn't you just LOVE to receive a one-of-a-kind card like these?  Kay has a real gift for cardmaking!

Kay Strum Original Greeting Card

Kay Strum Original Greeting Card

Kay Strum Original Greeting Card

Kay Strum Original Greeting Card
Kay Strum Original Greeting Card

Kay Strum Artist Trading Card

Well, if these don't inspire you, I don't know what will!  Be sure to download those backgrounds yourself if you think you could put them to use in your own art.  And, as always, let me know what you create so I can feature your work here too!

All the best always, my friends.

New Art In The "Gelli Kids" Series

SOLD!  Thank you, Barb!!!

That should read $69.95US for BOTH pieces, and with free shipping to the U.S. and Canada.  The quote is a favourite from Robin Williams.

Featured Artist Album On Gelli Arts Facebook Page

The awesome people over at the Gelli Arts Facebook Page have created a photo album featuring some of my Gelli plate printed mixed media projects. Here's the link if you want to check it out:

Joanna Grant's Gelli Arts Photo Album

June Giveaway Winners Are ...

It's not a typo.   I've decided to draw TWO names for a CD each because of the great response to this contest.

The winners are Pam Robinson and Elizabeth Dimmitt.  Congratulations, ladies!  Be sure to message me with your snail mail address to send your prizes to.  I can be reached at:

And watch for my next giveaway on July 1, Canada Day!  Thanks to everyone who entered and who support this blog and my Facebook page.  I so appreciate it!


New Original Art Available

Just listed in my Etsy store is this 8" X 10" original mixed media piece on canvasboard.  The flowers are three dimensional and it is much brighter and more vivid than the photo shows.

Free shipping to the US and Canada.


Hello everyone;

June's giveaway contest is a copy of my Vintage Holiday Images CD collection.  There are over 3,000 images on this disk, for all holiday occasions:

July 4th
St. Patrick's
and more

All images are in simple jpg format and in the public domain so you are able to use them for all your artsy craftsy projects, including items you sell.  Please note that the collection itself is copyrighted, which means you cannot reproduce the images, either in print or digitally, for re-distribution of any kind.  Below are just a few samples of the great images in this collection.

All you need to do to enter to win this giveaway is go to the "Networked Blogs"  link to the right of this post and click on "follow this blog."  If you already follow my blog, just let me know and you'll be entered in the draw.  If you leave me an email address, it's easier for me to contact you if you win.  

If you want a second chance to win this great collection, visit my Facebook art page  and "Like" it.  Leave me a note that you've done so and you'll be in the draw twice.  And if you already "like" that page, let me know and you'll get a second entry.

That's it!  I'll make the draw on June 4th, so stay tuned.  Thanks so much for following this blog, I really do appreciate your support so much!