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April's TOP Subs of Unframed-Nature and NEWS!

Journal Entry: Mon May 20, 2013, 1:53 AM

Welcome to APRIL 2013’s Top Submissions of Unframed-Nature.

Thank you for being here whether you are a Member yet or not!
We welcome you and your support! :thanks:

We continue to grow each month, with more talented artists of a variety of art media!
We are nearly at 4,000 Members!

A GRAND Welcome to ALL of Our NEW MEMBERS!

:squee:  :clap: :clap: :clap:  :squee:

And a HUGE thank you to our loyal Members who have been submitting your fabulous Nature Work to our Group for a long time now.
Without you, we simply wouldn’t be here. :aww:


We usually have an ALL-MEMBERSHIP voting, as we believe this is the Group's Group, but once in a while, we have a few months during the year, where only the Admins. vote.

For APRIL, we had an ALL-Membership voting, and so we thank ALL of the Members and Admins., who took some time out to vote on what they thought were the best submissions for the month-
we appreciate their time and efforts!

:clap: :heart: :clap:

:new: If you have not yet seen this, it would be a great idea to do so, since we do have a couple changes in our original general folders, and also since we have added NEW folders for 2013:
COMPLETE FAQ and Folder Rules for Unframed-Nature:iconhappysunplz: Welcome to Unframed-Nature,
and to Our NEW Complete Group FAQ & Folder Rules for 2013!
:iconwhiteflowerplz: Introduction and Welcome! :iconwhiteflowerplz:
First, I would like to take a moment to wish ALL of our Admins., Members, and Friends of our Group,
Below you will find our Group's New FAQ, New Folder Rules, and New Folders for 2013.
This Group News Article, intends to contain everything you need to know, in order to understand what we are about at Unframed-Nature, and what types of art work we are looking for, in each one of our folders.
We have made a few changes to our current folders, in order to hopefully clarify a few issues we've had during the past year, and we've added a few NEW folders, in hopes to give more meaning to our group, with both a

If you only need to know something very particular, scroll to the section that you need.

:note: Also, for your convenience, and the convenience of our Admins., the inside of each gallery folder has all the information and rules for each folder!

Let’s continue to submit our own BEST QUALITY work, enjoy it, improve upon it, enjoy the work of others, and Nature in general. It’s what it’s all about-
combining our art with our love of Nature, and coming together under that commonality!

Without further ado...

Please Enjoy The Voted Top Submissions of APRIL 2013.

[:note: Each section/folder has a small group, at the VERY TOP, where those had received just slightly more votes. These will be copied to the Featured Folder.
The others are in no particular order.]

:iconflower-plz: From: Birds, Invertebrates, Aquatics, Amphibians, Reptiles

Two beautiful dolphins under wave by Vitaly-SokolSecurity by AF--Photography.:Cattle Egret in Flight:. by RHChengHey rabbit by Svenimal
.:: Eastern Spinebill ::. by Whimsical-DreamsBee On The Dahlia - Macro by JocelyneRLynx spider by melvynyeoFacing the sunset by BogdanBoev
:thumb368427718:Bald Eagle 01b by s-kmpSnow Bunting IV by nordfoldJourneys End in Lovers Meeting by TerribleTer


Parrot portrait by JuhaniViitanen:thumb367563993:Killdeer At Monterey by coffeenoirColourful by llemonthyme
Family portrait by ForrestBumpColored Pencil Goldfish - 2012 by Pearl-KitsuneDipper at the Falls by FreyaPhotosEurasian Golden Plover II by nordfold
Yet Another Winter Raven Portrait III by CanislupuscoraxStupid nut! by melodi996Blue Magic by JoycelynSiewScared by Zx30
Hi...Big Boss is back again by plumita1Grace 2 by charmgal27Ferocious grackle on the grass. by JocelyneRChameleon by Gbrlit
I Found a Place Called Spring by clippercarrilloPuffins4 by HansmarMesange charbonniere 06 by raskal27600Owl in lavender by Redilion
Primavera by plumita1Amazing Hummingbird by GrouperRuby-crowned Kinglet by Ryser915uhu by tikitaki
Bird Colonel by papatheoHelp me buddy! PLEASEEE!!! by Seb-Photos.:Great Blue Heron:. by RHChengMagnificent golden eagle by Rebekka85
Eurasian Eagle Owls (Bubo bubo) Fledglings by MariaDeinert

:iconflower-plz: From: Wild Animals

Afternoon visitor by mkueglerLion in the morning light by DaSchuComfy by DeviantTeddineFox by JMrocek
Shakar by HeatherzartPuma concolor 19 by catman-suhajust chillin' by Lou-in-CanadaFace to face by Bisanti


:thumb364289779:Spa for the cool bears only by ISeeTheLatticeSicista sp. by ohlopkovThe cry of the wolf by Morgan-Lou
Excuse me but... what's your name again? by KrilonerAfrican Black-footed Cat by SilkenWindsOcelot by philippeLSnow leopards: thoughts about spring by AldemButcher
Queen of the Night Portrait I by OrangeRoomSmile by ratinrageYoung Eager Hunter by AldemButcher

:iconflower-plz: From: Domestic MAMMALS

Jump hurdles by ZoranPhotoExpressing Thanks by TeaPhotographykeara by BenCrowlePhotographyPure by CheckAvailability
:thumb336857890:Day 87 - Lady-like by MonsterBrandWaiting by Like-A-KittySheep and Volcanoes by FlorentCourty
Kitten by BiBiARTs:thumb365654901:Beagle's Eagle Eye by TeaPhotographyThe Dreamer by sesam-is-open


. by anihilacjaDaydreaming by El-Amigo-ChicoCallie grin by lozzzyCat in da Hood by Tako-Yakida
My friend's an idiot by VikarusNew Members of the Family by JocelyneRKatie Shows Hugs and Love by TeaPhotography'Sup? by ThreshTheSky
There she goes by WolfskussIn The Fog by Deb-e-annHis Highness: The Cat by alexgphotoSpots by CheckAvailability
Little Cat V by luisbcSweetest by TeaPhotography

:iconflower-plz: From: Nature Much Closer

The Sound of the White Bells by TammyPhotographyWindflower by maska13Lonely by JunJun510Look Closer by doktorda
Vivid by Deb-e-annTulip Magenta by BiBiARTsDaffodil Days by TeaPhotographySPOTLIGHTTT by Anj3lla
The one perfect flower by MirachRavaiaWhite Grotesque by AldemButcherO N E in a M I L L I O N by BlueAnomiSOnion Flower by Roses-to-Ashes


poppy flower by VasiDgalleryTROUT LILY FOR JOCELYNE by AudraMBlackburnsArtroots by IngeloreSpring comes softly... by LadyAliceofOz
:thumb366190869:Iridescent Flower II by luisbcColours of Early by sannwaldAutumn Berries by JessicaDobbs
:thumb366767507:Pure Magic by alexgphotoPearls of Green by PhotopathicaWet Tulip by FauxHead
Little Miss Sunshine by SchwarzWieEbenholZAllure by JQ444:thumb366864951:Hooked on Friendship by TeaPhotography
Spring Is Here by Lior-Artthe chosen one. by awfultoseePuff, puff, puff by Clu-art:thumb368169688:
La paquerette by rdalpesThe Moment We Come Alive by Kara-aOur King by adanielescuBrought by sun by Tinna-92
Hiding from the Rain by alexgphotomidnight dance by MookieKidthe feathers by LinaAokishroom by awjay

:iconflower-plz: From: All ‘Scapes

- Behind the Trees - by ldinami7eGranite Reflections by davidrichterphotoThe White Sea by Lior-ArtWinterdowns in Spring by surrealistic-gloom
Gold And Shadows by NellekeTulip field by porbitalSpring Awakening by Clu-artMexico - Agua Azul by lux69aeterna


Mountain Majesty by FlorentCourtyAge of Reason by dmgutheryDer Morgen by feigenfruchtMisty Mountains 01 by lokinst
Sullen Skies by simonebyrneIceland - at the top by Pharaun333Insane Moment by FlorentCourtyIm a Dreamer by A2Matos
Essence by werol-Where fairies live- by Janek-SedlarLast snow by bellaricca-- Fog -- by MK-NI
Racetrack sunrise by porbitalMorning Glory by tvurk:thumb365051656:spring 1st round by Pippa-pppx
Where You Should Be, Where I Am. by craigbutikoferSleeping volcano by MaximeCourty

:iconflower-plz: RE-Featured From: “The Group’s Donors’ Folder”
To be Copied to the Featured Folder, and then eventually :+fav:'d by:

Tulips Leaves Out Of The Snow by surrealistic-gloomIn The Forest by surrealistic-gloomVeggy Vortex by awesome43Whoa WHOA by mk-kayem
Fat Cat by mk-kayemPurple Punk by BlueAnomiSThe Graveyard. by CapnSarahSoulis: Pelican by soulis0
Soulis: Sunflowers Over Water by soulis0Soulis: Impression, Costa Maya I, Mexico by soulis0Soulis: The Magnolias of New York III by soulis0Blue-2 by Lust0fADeeperPain
Silent Snow by Lust0fADeeperPainSpecial Thank You by Lust0fADeeperPainMale Blackbird by Lust0fADeeperPainGod Bless Ming by WDWParksGal
Tree of Life Unobstructed View by WDWParksGalMum pic directly off iPhone new submission option by WDWParksGalFrog in Bamboo by nordfoldDragonfly IV by nordfold
Eurasian Golden Plover II by nordfoldPlumeria II by nordfoldSnowy Dogwoods by bewilderedconfusedKitt by bewilderedconfused
Golden Eagle by philippeLLost in Thought by philippeLFlipper and Flipperette by philippeLSuspended by philippeL
Surviving the Depths of Winter by TeaPhotographyCelebrate Good Times by TeaPhotographyYellow Flower by CarolynYMWaterfall by CarolynYM
White-throated Sparrow by CarolynYMTell Me Your Secret by sesam-is-openHeron II by Sasa-Van-GothSoulis: Impression, Sunflowers I by soulis0
Birds 2. Sri Lanka by jennystokesSunny-Peeps by awesome43Sherlock by cindy1701dWith Devotion by BiBiARTs

:iconflowerthnxplz: Our Group’s MOST Recent Donors of :points: POINTS :iconflowerthnxplz:

Baggage by VampirbieneGrowing by VampirbieneSunday evening show by VampirbieneFresh Spring by Vampirbiene
Happy April by VampirbieneTwo in the woods by Vampirbiene




Thank You To All My Friends here on DA by BiBiARTsMy Daddy by BiBiARTsFlying With The Moon by BiBiARTsTulip by BiBiARTs

Bohemian Waxwing II by nordfoldBar-tailed Godwit by nordfoldEuropean Herring Gull by nordfoldPlumeria VII by nordfold
Makarska III by nordfoldAfter a storm comes a calm by nordfold

Of A Rose And A NightingaleOf A Rose And A Nightingale
The Nightingale seemed to enjoy silence and peace of night when he could just sit on a branch of an abandoned tree and compose his breathtaking melodies to express the wonders of this world spinning so fast...
One night he decided to come closer to where people lived and he smelled the sweet perfume of a red Rose - a beauty shining through the night...
He sat on a nearby bush and sang her songs of bright stars and a palm's warm touch, of how deep kisses taste and how cold tears feel on one's cheek...
She was listening to him with passion and the more emotion he put into his songs, the more she blushed...
Once He sang to her again and asked "my pretty Rose, aren't you afraid a pair of hands will pick you to make you a sweet gift? I so fear that moment when they may try to take you away from me"...
She smiled on him and replied "no, my precious Songbird, I am looking forward to that moment - that's what I live for - to be a symbol of love; I can't sing like yo
Crimson TidesCrimson Tides
Wind speaks harsh words
To poppy field inhabitants
Mice rarely argue
And flowers just sway
Dancers dressed in balance wheels
Practise pirouettes
Counting down petals
Until the lesson's over
Time took its tax on four-leaf clovers
And lovers returned home
After reapers collected
Almost every grain of sun
Troops of gold diggers
Put their shovels and spades to rest
Leaving the scene tranquil
For crows to announce the curtain call
Empire brought down to its knees
Keeps the hope alive
With help of hallucination
Promising rebirth for the chosen ones
Structures will break
But painters will remember
The crimson tides now buried
Under frosty ornaments

Malaysian Passion Flower ~ The Lotus by ArtBYbeverlyBlue's Moon! by ArtBYbeverly
For Shweetheart by Applemac12Jeckle 2 by Applemac12


:iconheart5plz: Our Group’s MEMBERS of THE MONTH :iconheart5plz:

Thank you to these fabulous Members who have been loyal to our Group in various ways- submitting their work, plus voting each month, and supporting our Group in many other ways, too!
We are very grateful to them for all they do and for being a fantastic part of our Group here! :heart:

Nestharon :iconnestharon: :iconflowersplz:
Tooth Fairies. by Nestharon:bigthumb216133604:Elemental World. by Nestharon
A Fairy Lover.
Night came late today,
Why did it delay?
Laying in my bed,
I hear them singing once again,
Their song in the night,
Giving birth to my heart,
Helping me to see the boggart,
And by seeing, a fairy love shall be born,
But the question is-
How will it end, and will they mourn?
Miles and miles she had walked,
With many she had talked,
And by many was she mocked,
But she never gave up,
Because at the end,
She knew that everyone will be shocked,
When she will return with, A fairy love in her heart.
Nature is how I am named,
And with power I have came.
Hear me Shout,
And the ground shall Sprout.
Watch me as I shad Tears,
Until your precious cities shall fall in Fears.
Make me feel Sadness,
And I assure you that my storms will bring you Madness.
If I fall in Anger,
The world will burn in Fire.
Now at the End,
I showed you I do not Depend.
So please keep me Clean,
Because I like this planet Green.

nordfold :iconnordfold: :iconflowersplz:
European Greenfinch 04 by nordfoldArctic Redpoll by nordfoldAutumn feather by nordfold
Lepus timidus V by nordfoldHibiscus II by nordfold

:icontulipplz: Promoted to Moderator :icontulipplz:

Thank you for all of your hard work, loyalty, and diligence with our group! You're awesome!!

Melinda RavingEagleMedia :iconravingeaglemedia:
Garden of the Gods by RavingEagleMediaHairball by RavingEagleMediaBig Kisses by RavingEagleMedia
One of those Days by RavingEagleMediaVocal Training by RavingEagleMedia


:iconteamoplz: Admins. for Unframed-Nature! :iconteamoplz:

We are still taking applications if you are interested in joining our team!
Please read the following application, and then answer the questions inside, and then NOTE your answers to me,
Tea, TeaPhotography

Administrator Application for Unframed-NatureUnframed-Nature's Application for Administrative Position
Accepting Applications for Administrator Positions at Unframed-Nature is now: OPEN!
Before you apply, please know that volunteering for a large and active group here on dA, such as Unframed-Nature is a real and true commitment, which will take up some of your time on at least a weekly basis, maybe more.
Unframed-Nature is special in many ways, but from an Administrative view point, it is very special because we have always had good luck with our current Administrators, most of which have been with the Group, as Administrators, for a very long time.
We are a very friendly Team, both with each other, and with the Members, as well. This means when we do have to decline works, we do give a reason, and we are friendly about it.  It means, that upon occasion if there is something that we disagree about within the Admin. Team, we disagree nic

:note: And remember, it is NOT as formal as it looks, and of course you do NOT need to know everything,
but it is a very helpful tool for us to assess who might know what. :aww:

:thanks: :heart: :thanks:

:iconballoonsplz: Our Group’s NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS! :iconballoonsplz:

:trophy: Our Next BIG CONTEST... :trophy:
is CLOSED, and nearing the END of the Judging Process.
The results will be out in another few days... thank you for your patience!


Read ALL About it HERE:

:iconearthplz: Unframed-Nature's EARTH DAY, EVERY DAY Contest!:iconjoyloveplz: Welcome to Unframed-Nature's Next BIG Contest :iconjoyloveplz:
:iconearthplz: Spring THEME 2013: "Earth Day, Every Day" :iconearthplz:
About Earth Day, And How It Relates To This Contest
Earth Day is Global Holiday which began in 1970!
This year in 2013, this international celebration which aims to promote awareness, education, and action in order to help preserve and protect our Nature on Earth, falls on Monday, April 22nd!
I have gotten to know more and more about many of our very skilled and creative Members. As a result, I have come to realize that not only do we truly enjoy and love Nature, but I have gotten the feeling that so many of our Members genuinely CARE about our planet, and CARE about wanting to be helpful in protecting the beauty and our natural resources, that we seem to love so very much.
There are so many environmental issues, which do, in fact, adversely affect Earth, our common home.
Sometimes, it can seem


dancing flower by pbheaven


You will just LOVE them!


:trophy: Upcoming Themes :trophy:

Because we've had a BIG CONTEST all through April, and part of May,
we did not have monthly Themes, during those months,
and there will be no theme in June, either, to give a bit of a break to all of us.

We PLAN to resume Monthly Themes in July:

Details to be Announced, later.


:iconspreadmoreloveplz: Coming SOON... :iconspreadmoreloveplz:

Our VERY Special Edition News Articles, have begun!

Volume One:

Unframed-Nature's Special Edition Article VOL. 1:iconhello3plz::iconhello4plz:
:iconcuteheartzblue: Welcome to Unframed-Nature's Special Edition Article, Vol. 1 :iconcuteheartzblue:
:iconlovethesunshineplz: MAIN PURPOSE :iconlovethesunshineplz:
In Addition to our FIVE original folders that we've had since the beginning of 2012,
and the News Folder that we added in the middle of 2012,
we added FIVE Special Folders to our Group, at the beginning of 2013.
The main reason we did this, was to bring a deeper meaning to our Group, as far as our love and concerns for Nature.
With special news articles after every three months, which will reflect the work submitted to these folders, we are able to help share and spread awareness about particular issues that have an impact on Nature, which we would likely care about given the original idea for this group, to begin with.  If you joined this group it is because you love and care about Nature,

Next one due in JULY!

Please tell others about these special folders, so that more Group Members and Potential Members,
will have the benefit of submitting to them! :thanks:


:icondonatepointsgreenplz: Points for Our Group :icondonatepointsgreenplz:

First of all, Unframed-Nature can not thank enough our very generous Members, and Administrators alike, who have Donated and continue to Donate :points: Points to our Group! A few of them have done so, multiple times! :rose:


As we look to 2013, for our Group here, we DO plan on having AT LEAST our TWO MAIN BIG Contests, that we usually host- one in the Spring and one in the Autumn...
the first one of 2013, is IN PROGRESS!

We would also like to host more Monthly Themes, which we treat as Mini-Contests!

We have had two monthly themes so far... and we hope to resume them in July, Sept., and Aug.


And of course we would like to have enough :points: again, to renew our Super Group later in 2013...

To achieve the above in a great way, feel free to donate to our Group!

The Widget is HERE:
:points: Unframed-Nature-PTS :iconunframed-nature-pts: :points:

Any and ALL Donations are always HIGHLY appreciated... and you will read there how you will be recognized and rewarded for your kind generosity!


:iconteamoplz: Affiliate Groups’ NEWS & CONTESTS :iconteamoplz:

:icondawishingwell: is an awesome wonderful Group!
It’s where “Wishes Can Come True!”
So if you have a dA wish, come check us out!
We also hold and participate in a variety of special and positive activities...

Here are our most recent Articles:
WishingWell WeeklyThe Wishlist | Granted Wishes | Featured Member | Featured Print
Point Features | Well Wishes | Tuesday Treats | Feature Friday |
Wish Jump May 17 2013 GRANTEDEDIT 8: GRANTED! Missing Features will be added during the weekend
EDIT 7: 398 points remain!
EDIT 6: 551 points remain!
EDIT 5: 641 points remain!
EDIT 4: 983 points remain!
EDIT 3: 1068 points remain!
EDIT 2: 1764 points remain!
EDIT: We're down to 1914 points left!
Hello~ :icondancingfrogplz: We're trying to complete the missing ancient wishes from the list; we granted one today (used to be 8 so now it's down to 7 wishes remaining from that list-let's see what can be done!)
We'll display the occasional wish per month (normally 2 wishes) ; ones that will require quite a bit of work. We'll all work together to grant that wish. Remember, you don't need to completely grant to help. In fact, that's what we're encouraging. You can help, little by little. Each helper will be rewarded. Here's our wish:
Authors-Club wishes for supergroup status; so far, their donation account Authors-Club-Fund has received a combined total of 2782 points from various members so ther
Fabulous FridaysWelcome to Fabulous Fridays! Heart
Here at #dAWishingWell We aim to grant wishes. However, we can only do this with the help of active members.
Here is a thank you to the outstanding deviants who have granted many wishes lately!. Clap
This feature is now Bi Weekly, in case you didn't notice from two weeks ago. :lol:

Granted: 150 points (each) have been given to =Emberguard, *Sunnimi, *TheTwinkieDragon, and ~Wragziez

:bigthumb372013473: Tuesday Treats: Heartbeats!... kathump kathump kathump ...
Heartbeats mean so much! It means life, it means love, it means acceptance, it means security, and so much more! What does a beating heart signify to you? What does your heart beat for (or who)? Find a deviation that shows how, why or what your heart beats for and link it in a comment on this blog! One deviation per member please. Each submitted deviation will be featured in the next TT! Enjoy and have the best day ever!

Last week, we were chillin'...

Have a suggestion? Just send the group a note with subject of Tuesday Treats Suggestion!
Monday MusesWelcome to our new activity on Mondays - Monday Muses!
It's all about the artists and artworks that inspire you! :painter:
There are many ways someone can be an inspiration. By displaying inspiring community spirit, or providing helpful resources for example. Or maybe you just stumbled over an amazing artwork that simply knocked you off your feet and inspired you to make something of your own right away.
No matter what it is, we want you to share it!
Simply pick an artist or deviation you find inspiring in some way, and post them in a comment on this journal. Please also include why you chose that artist or artwork.
Your suggestions will be featured next week!
This week's Muses are:
:bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen: :bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen:
"A fabulous emoticonist and simply an amazing person, he brings such funny emot

Come check out this amazing group, and help us make dA dreams come true!

:rose: :rose: :rose:

:icondevnews: is a positive group spinning the world of dA NEWS your way!
Simply JOIN, to find out what’s going on in the dA world around YOU! :nod:
We, our group, of Unframed-Nature has been featured with them many times,
among so many wonderful things reported here... It’s a work of heart.  :heart: :love:

Some great examples:
CR Newsletter - March/April 2013 Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13: :
Table of Contents
1. Gallery Makeover Project
2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
3. Community Projects
4. Official Contests
5 Project Educate 2013
6. Art History Project
7. The Artist's Toolbox
8. Celebrating Diversity
9. News from the Chats and Forums
10. News from the Galleries
1. Gallery Makeover Project
About the Project
Trad. Typography
Fan Art
dA related
Digital Art > Drawings & Paintings 
Multi-Submit and Scheduled SubmitTwo heavily requested tools to make submitting art to deviantART even easier than before have just been launched to Beta Testers!

Multi-submit is a tabbed interface built into the Submit page which allows you to upload and submit multiple deviations at once.
There are several ways to upload multiple files:
Drag and drop several files onto the Submit page at once. Select several files from your by opening the "Select file from" modal and dragging to select, or by using control+click (command+click, for Mac users) to highlight several files at once.
Submit an entire stack from your by hovering over a stack and clicking Submit!You can then change settings for each one, and then save them for later or submit them to your gallery. In addition, the Submit page will retain the order and settings of any files uploaded, even if you navigate away fro
Buttons as Content-Holder boxes by CypherVisor
Journal/Gallery Skin Feature: LightHere is a generous feature of 'Light' themed journal and gallery skins. Hope you enjoy the features!
 Basic White Journal Skin by danlev SWEET-ness Journal Skin by Gasara 
Gallery Skin CSS - CLEAN and SWEET by Kaoyux Pure + Night Gallery CSS by Gasara Gallery Design - Joyjoyjoy by SanguineEpitaph 
Coffee Journal CSS by kuschelirmel-stock :thumb362178614: .:Pink Cross by ginkgografix 
#DevNEWS Front Page Design by GillianIvy
It's still day one of eCSSited's birthday celebration weekend. We have plenty more planned, so go and watch or join the group if you want to stay updated. :)
CSS Did You Know? - May 16th, 2013Volume 11
CSS can be difficult when you're unfamiliar to it. So that's why we're writing these articles! If you have any suggestions or would like to write a section in future CSS Did You Know? articles, please note CSS-DYK. :)
Journals are like Ogres by GillianIvy
Color Models and Transparency by jonarific
Journals are like Ogres
They both have layers!  And they both can make you cry.  The deviantART journals have two different structures.  The original 'Old School' layout where everything is named .journalbox, etc.  And my preference, the newer gruze structure.  I prefer the gruze expressly because it is chockful of layers.  Kinda like cake or onions, but ogres makes sense too.  You can still make a basic simple journal skin with the gruze structure and it has so man
Syn's Dithering TutorialWhat is dithering?
Dithering is a pixel art process used to blend blocks of colour together or help apply a texture to a pixelled surface. Within emoticons it is most commonly used when making pixelled backgrounds, however it can be used in a number of other areas, e.g. massive emote bases, pixel objects etc. In this tutorial, we will focus on how 2 colours can be blended with dithering.
To break dithering down into simple terms, it is achieved by simply taking the colours from the two blocks of colour and placing individual pixels of each on the opposite side. This creates a region where the two colours merge together to create a more blended colour transition instead of a clear line between the two.
Dithering can seem like a complex process, but it's really not. Once you get the basic idea and technique, it's just all about practice and over time you'll learn how to apply it to a number of different situations. There are many dithering styles which can be


:icondeviantheart: promotes Positivity!
Current Contests, Projects, and Initiatives:

Heart Art Submissions Open!Heart Art Curator Icesis
Submit HeartArt Here
:heart: Heart Art
Submit your 3 most positive deviations to the current Heart Art folder, and you might earn points and features! You have two opportunities each month to participate, once in Week 1 and again in Week 3. Don't delay! Check out the activity guide for more information ♥
:new: Two votes are needed to have your work added to the folder. Please consider what you are submitting. Hearts, smiles, love, happy emotion, laughter, red, etc are just a few of the things you can submit (so many more possibilities), but simply cute or well done submissions that don't appear to be "HeartArt Material" will be declined.
10 Super Group Status Project-Major Changes Grant supergroup status to 10 community focused groups.
Your group doesn't have to be large by any means, just aimed to support the community and your fellow deviants. :heart:
:eager: I can't do it without you. If you'd like to donate, go Here or go to Astrikos and click through drop down menus.
All donations from here on out will go to that cause! :dalove: Thank you!
If you see a group that has a community based goal, come and tell me. :heart: (notes) I will track it and at the end, I will use a randomizer to select 10 of those groups.
I will feature the donators. (when the goal is reached.)
Thank you. :heart:
Other things you can do besides donations
:+fav: this article so more people can see it.
Super Groups Wishes~ Comment here if you know a group to be eligible
Request basis.  CLOSED!
:icontheartofmanipulation: :iconstargroups: :icondeviantartheroes: :iconrising-artists: :icona

Come check out our other Initiatives, Projects, and Features!


:iconenchanting-nature: one of our newest Affiliates,
is truly a MOST beautiful beautiful group, which lives up to its "enchanting" name! :D
Their TWO most recent News Articles:
:bigthumb372140324: Enchanting Nature Feature IIHello everyone! :heart:
This feature is dedicated to showcasing the most charming, beautiful and breathtaking photos I've come across! I hope you enjoy it and find new additions to your faves. Some of these artists are underexposed and really deserve some attention! :hug:


Abiogenesis II by asalisinasa
Daisy by DanielHeydecke 
A Life Lived by andyhutchinson
r e d e m p t i o n by poppy412 Green vs Purple by WTek79

It is worth checking out this group, and please feel free to JOIN!

:iconphotos-of-the-season: is hosting a Contest called:
"April Showers Bring May Flowers"
Read all about it HERE:
April Showers Bring May Flowers contest! *UPDATE*Seeing how it's Spring time once again, I felt like I should create yet another contest, in fact, I might try to create a contest for each season this year, but let's focus on right now. I had a good idea for a Spring contest, as the title says, the theme of this contest is May flowers brought on by April showers. I'm not saying that in order for you to enter this contest, it had to rain in your location within the past month, but it could help your chances. The main idea is May flowers, as long as you submit photos of flowers that were taken within the month of May (this year) you have as good of a shot as anybody at winning.
Here are the rules:
1) You may only submit 3 photos
2) You can only submit photos taken within the month of May 2013
3) The subject must be of flowers
4) As always, just photos.
5) I encourage you to submit the maximum of 3 photos that way you have a better shot at winning
6) No photos that have already been submitted to the group
7) Clearly, cheating won't be to


:iconrezzanatakol: dear friend and supporter of our Group,
is hosting a Contest about CLOSE-UP Flowers!
Please read:
Hi dear friends:wave:
I hope all you are fine and happy:heart:
Please forgive my English if I made mistake with my writing.

As you know, I gifted 3 person, 3 months PM with some great artist's help.I have some more.I thought it can be nice to make a contest to gift them other artists.For this case I organized a competition before  end of the spring or fall.I know it is Spring in here but some people having Autumn somewhere:)) I had totaly 1.227 points.They are not enough even for 2 persons. I just sold 2 works after started this contest.I will buy points with them when they added to my account:)) I will make journals end of this contest for the winners, judges and all competitors. 

1-  Our subjects are close-up flowers  and little plants  in the nature. it can be Spring or Autumn flowers or plants.  No fruit flowers please! But little wild fruit

And do consider joining this contest!


:icontreelovers: is hosting a BIG and Year-Long Community Project called:
“Art for Trees”
Read about this wonderful and worthy project HERE:
Art for Trees - project:iconspringtree-1plz::iconspringtree-2plz::iconspringtree-3plz::iconspringtree-4plz::iconspringtree-4pl5:
"When is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago. The second best time? Today."
- Chinese proverb
2014: This is the 3rd year of the project. There are many people supporting it, featuring it in their journal and offering art. BUT... There have been NO trees planted for it in the last year (I don't count mine). So, instead of talking about it, how about getting up and actually planting a tree, if you are able to? There is a lot of wonderful art waiting for you as a reward!
Trees are important, valuable and necessary to our very existence. It's not too hard to believe that, without trees we humans would not exist on this beautiful planet. Trees are the largest and longest living organisms on earth. To grow tall the tree has become a miracle of engineering and a complex chemical factory. It is able to take water and


The FOUNDER of the above Affiliate Group, :iconmirachravaia:
who is also a very good friend and support to our group HERE,
is hosting a really fun and wonderful GAME here on dA, and you could
WIN HALF the Points :points: in her POINTS POOL!
Check out the Article about it HERE:
sifro. - solve the codes and win points! IMPORTANT: the login into the submmitting system currently doen't work. I'll try to fix it somehow, but until then, the "Try it without login" link still works. If you submit the solution to a cipher, it will give you a link to the next one. It just won't remember your position in the game, so better save that link, or remember the solution so you can get it again.
:new: July/7/2014 - After a year and half, we finally have a next winner! It's Dimensionwalker21, winning 360 points. Congratulations!
Dec/24/2012 - We have a next winner! It's WintersRead, winning 306 points!
Nov/11/2012 - The second winner is nuvak! He generously refused the point reward, so there is still a lot of points in the pool for the next winner!
Oct/12/2012 - We have the first winner! It's ninquetari, who wins 475 points!
The easy day was yesterday! Today, the game begins! And It's just in time for dA's birthday! :D

It's awesome! So finally, FEEL FREE to participate.

:iconseaofsadness-sos: is a wonderful compassionate group, wanting to make a difference!
If you care about animals, as I know SO many of our own Members here DO,
this IS the group for you!
This group is based on the cause of primarily the protection of DOLPHINS!
Please Read Their Journals about this!
Then consider joining!

Not only will you be a part of a great group,
but at the same time you will part of a VERY worthy cause!
:icondolphinplz: :icondolphin-plz: :icondolphinplz: :icondolphin-plz: :icondolphinplz:

:iconpetpicks: A very friendly group about pets, animals, and nature!
We hope you'll join! :D
CONGRATS to PetPicks on their recent SUPERGROUP status!!!
It was a wish they made at dAWishingWell about a year ago, and
dAWishingWell finally was able to make this wish come true for them!

To donate points :points: to continue to help them, with possible future contests,
and to maintain their SUPER status, go to the page of the Founder:

To celebrate the wish coming true, we are trying to organize a Contest:
Ready for a contest?Hello members!
Now that we are a super group, we admin have decided to celebrate with a contest! :dummy:
While we are still working on a theme and date, we'd like to ask you, the members, for prizes.
Anything from llamas to features to points will all be accepted and appreciated. :hug:

:heart: :iconlilplz: :heart:

:trophy: Affiliate Groups’ CONTEST WINNERS! :trophy:

:iconinspirationstation1: WINNERS OF THEIR CONTEST:
"Opposites Attract- Spring & Autumn"

:trophy: FIRST: :iconsamanthajordaan: with:
Opposites Attract by SamanthaJordaan

:trophy: RUNNER-UP: :iconstilleschrei: with:
The joy of new life by Stilleschrei

Autumn's Magic by John-PeterAutumn by Svetlaya777

To SEE the FULL ARTICLE, with more features, and info.,
Please go HERE:
:iconpinkflowerplz: Opposites Attract ~ Spring and Autumn Contest!OUR FIRST CONTEST - "Opposites Attract" ~ Spring & Autumn
YAY!!  How Exciting, our first contest at the Inspiration Station!  :icongottadanceplz:
The theme of the contest revolves around the similarities  AND  the differences between Spring and Autumn, opposite seasons that most of us are experiencing.  So, we want you to come up with some unique and wonderful creations depicting what you feel, could either be any similarities that Spring and Autumn share, or the differences between them.  
For example this could be; weather related, color related, texture related or just a collage of them both...its up to you and your creative imagination and open for interpretation! Photo manipulations are accepted in this instance, BUT please confer with the rules of photo manipulations, before submitting to the contest folder.
1. VERY IMPORTANT RULE - :iconDDRarrowrightplz: Please include the name of the contest in your description of your entry to the
Go forth, and become INSPIRED!

:iconskies-and-seasons: WINNERS of THEIR CONTEST:
"Signs of Spring"

:trophy: FIRST: :iconpawelmatys: with:
When evening falls by PawelMatys

:trophy: SECOND: :iconpassionandthecamera: with:
Welcome the season of spring by PassionAndTheCamera

:trophy: THIRD: :iconcheah77: with:
after rain blossoms by cheah77

:rose: RUNNERS-UP:
What? Up there? by Egil21Costa's Hummingbird by adanielescuDelicate by DanCrystalis

To SEE the FULL ARTICLE, with more features, and info.
Please go HERE:
:iconflowerplz: 'Signs of Spring' Winners!~First Place~

~Second Place~

Beauty For One Day by PassionAndTheCamera
In Bloom by PassionAndTheCamera Spring Flower Exhibition by PassionAndTheCamera
Dewdrops... by PassionAndTheCamera Psychedelic Zebra by PassionAndTheCamera
Colours of Summer by PassionAndTheCamera
~3rd Place~

white blossom-cherry by cheah77
Rhododendron--light pink by cheah77 Allium roseum by cheah77
Peist (Arosa)-2 Switzerland by cheah77 illumination by cheah77
:thumb342561925: blue summer by cheah77
fire maple by cheah77
~Runners Up~

Vacation in Blue by Egil21
Colours of Renewal by Egil21 Magnificent by Egil21
Sweet Memories by Egil21 The Last Sunset by Egil21
Frail by Egil21

A Long Drive through Beautiful Mountains by adanielescu
Fairy Dream by adanielescu Warmth by adanielescu
Oregon Sunset by adanielescu Black-Chinned Hummingbird by adanielescu
Antelope Canyon III by adanielescu




Thank you for your attention to our Wonderful Affiliates. :thanks:


Thank you ALL,
Members and hard working Admins. alike!

:note: A SPECIAL HUGE Thanks to my fellow-Admins., who are always doing a truly fantastic job here!
There are just no words great enough to express my utter appreciation for my fellow admins.
I just love our TEAM!


:iconbutterflyplz: :iconbutterflyplz: :iconbutterflyplz:

We, at Unframed-Nature hope you have been having Marvelous MAY!
We look forward to seeing more of your sensational submissions,
during the rest of this month!

I know that we are nearing the end of this month, and I apologize that this article is out later than usual this time,
... too much happening.

:note: Remember, if still you are NOT sure about some of the changes that we've made for 2013,
after reviewing them from the Group's FAQ Sheet, or checking inside the folders, feel free to send the Group a Note, and we will do our very bests to help you!


Tea :iconteaphotography:
Your Founder

CSS and Photo By Michelle Ramey
This is our regular Monthly News Article,
which comes out exactly ONCE a month... ;)

The main purpose of it, is to showcase what the MEMBERS voted on, as "the best works"
in their opinions, from the previous month's five original folders.
[We have other special folders...]

This article also showcases our donors of POINTS,
MEMBERS of The Month, our OWN Group News, and
Affiliate News!

We do have other Special Articles, which also come out periodically!
Thank you and ENJOY! :heart:
Add a Comment:
awesome43 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
My dearest :iconteaplz: I am very touched that you are consistently featuring my work. It means the world to me and is so much appreciated.:iconhug1plz: Your group has been included in my latest journal of appreciation here [link] as well as on the pages of all featured photos. :iconheartcandleplz:
Lior-Art Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
What an incredible collection.Thank you so much for including my works here among these amazing arts:love:
JunJun510 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you~
TammyPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you dear Tea for the wonderful feature and great article. :heart:
Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner May 31, 2013   Traditional Artist
What a beautiful page! Thank you for featuring my lazy squirrel :)
cheah77 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
thank you so much for da featured:)
philippeL Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a BEAUTIFUL journal Tea! :woohoo: You did a tremendous job as always!!! Thank you so much for featuring my work, darling :iconbouquetplz:
Fairy-Nature-Lover Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
:iconwowplz: :iconthankyou1::iconthankyou2: that is a wonderful feature!!!
PassionAndTheCamera Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the feature! :hug:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the feature!
ratinrage Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconw00tplz: thx soooooooooooo much :glomp: and beautiful features :love:
Tako-Yakida Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the feature! I just saw Wildfire the cat a few minutes ago as a matter of fact.
He says "Hi." :D
Stilleschrei Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:) Thanks very much!
ZoranPhoto Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :meow:
Bisanti Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much
RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
You journals always great dear Tea. I really wonder how u doing to much work.I have been lately working hard( I have a nice job since 10 days:) and no time to see all things here but I m so happy u shared our little contest on ur journal:))
Thank you so much dear:huggle:
PS: Please read ur notes=D
Kisses and hugs:huggle:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you my sweet friend! :hug:
I don't know how I do anything lately, to be honest... I've been not well, and too much difficulty has been happening... :hmm:

I have seen some notes, [even one from you] but I have not replied to any, and most of my notes [over 100] I have not even read yet. :ohmygod:

I'm a bit overwhelmed, can you tell? ;)

So, as you see, I really not able to do everything.

I will reply to notes soon as I am able, but I did read a special personal one from you.. I have saved it. Love to you, sweetie. :heart:
RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Get well soon dear:huggle:
hope u feel better very soon.
I m also very busy and so tired. I started to work is a very hard job.I dont know how I will fix things here. Even my nails paining very much but still trying to do somethings here.
For this case, I understand you very well.
it is more important to know u are fine and happy dear Tea.You good take care of yourself please:huggle::heart:
John-Peter Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for feature me here! :)
feigenfrucht Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart: Thanks so much for the feature ... and thanks a lot to the members which have voted for my picture :hug: :sun: and :blowkiss:
Redilion Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Wow so many beautiful works this month!
Thank you for including me!
Trichardsen Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
many thanks. :)
Anj3lla Featured By Owner May 27, 2013   General Artist
:heart: Thank you so much for including me in this lovely feature! :heart:
Truly and honor. :dalove:
SamanthaJordaan Featured By Owner May 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wow! Thank you:-)
SilkenWinds Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for featuring my African Black-footed cat photo :heart:
Egil21 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
luisbc Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
thanks so much for the feature:hug:
ForrestBump Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Nice collection, thanks for the feature :hug:
tikitaki Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you so much for the feature :heart: :heart:

CapnSarah Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for including me in this lovely feature
Svetlaya777 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you for the feature :) How many beautiful photos!
bellaricca Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the feature :-)
Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
:love: Thank you so much for the feature, lovely!! :heart: You're so kind and sweet!
ShinyHeels Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so so many lovely works again:w00t:congrats to all:boogie:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
We have a talented group, that's for sure!
Thank you my so sweet friend! :heart:
ShinyHeels Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ArtByCher Featured By Owner May 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
My heart has melted from cuteness!! Congratulations to the winners! :love:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for your lovely feedback, dear Cheryl!
JocelyneR Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Great results, Tea, your group is awesome because, yourself, you are awesome! :love:

The feature is amazing! :heart:
Congratulations to the members of the month! :clap:

And congratulations for the beautiful results of your Spring contest, it is a big success! :aww: :hug:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Your support is so kind and wonderful! :glomp:
But I could never do all of this alone...
thank you for the help you give, believe me I appreciate it! :hug:

I'm happy for your feedback on this article and earth day contest, too. :heart:
JocelyneR Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
You are doing a lot, Tea, a lot! And so very well! :hug:
The profile page of the group is amazing and very well organized. Thank you for that too! :aww:

You are so welcome, the contest and its results are awesome! :heart:
LydiaRhianne Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So much beautiful art :love: - great work as always, Tea! :dance:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Happy you think so, and I appreciate your support! :heart:
BlueAnomiS Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :hug:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
You are so welcome! :hug:
Deb-e-ann Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Congratulations to all the winners. It was hard to choose which to vote for this month. Thank you to anyone who voted for me so that I've been included :D
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
What a kind comment! :hug:
And yes, I hear often, how difficult it is, thank you so much for voting! :rose:
I'm happy to see you were included. :rose:
Deb-e-ann Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Anastasia-Ri Featured By Owner May 22, 2013   Photographer
Amazing journal!:heart:
Thank you!:tighthug:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Happy you think so! :hug:
You are welcome. :rose:
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