I've never considered myself an artist, but that hasn't stopped me from experimenting with every medium out there: pastel, acrylic, oil, pencil, charcoal, pen...you name it, and I probably have some sort of "beginner kit" for it. Sometimes it makes me sad that design has become all about the software and not about the art. There are SO many wonderful free tools out there...patterns, brushes, vectors, etc. But every time I use one in a crunch, I feel like I'm cheating. That's why today I decided to make my own set of Photoshop watercolor brushes. To my amazement, it was really easy, and wonderfully satisfying.
After painting my shapes, I followed this tutorial. I did the photo-editing part a little differently, but I ended up with hi-res custom brushes in a matter of minutes.
For those of you who download free digital work on a daily basis, I encourage you to make some of your own. After all, an original is always better than a copy.