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Download the two PSD packs of 4 (each) -- for The Vampire Diaries!
You can also download them from my deviantART: pack #1, and pack #2.




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17th-Nov-2012 05:59 am - Spuffy PSD Colorations






Download these Spuffy (PSD, for Photoshop) colorations, made by me so please credit!
You can also download all of them together in this zip file.
And from DeviantART.


PICANTA-Spuffy04PICANTA-Spuffy03
PICANTA-Spuffy02PICANTA-Spuffy01
PICANTA-Spuffy05PICANTA-Spuffy06
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16th-Nov-2012 04:18 am - 32 Icons batch


Recent icon batch, starring:

- Gossip Girl (8)
- Vampire Diaries (8)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (9)
- Pretty Little Liars (7)


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gossip003 gossip001 gossip005 gossip009
vd008 vd007 vd005 vd001
 vd006 vd002 vd003 vd004 
buffy008 buffy002 buffy001 buffy003
buffy0010 buffy006 buffy0011 buffy0012
buffy009 pretty002 pretty001 pretty003
 pretty004 pretty006 pretty008 pretty009

Recently, I've realized what really draws me to certain TV couples. Given the fact that I'm not a romantic person, personally, and I'm very hard to impress, love wise, it takes something really special in order to make me fall in love with a couple that falls in love. The common factor of the fictional couples that I adore is simply a love story that starts out as a "hate story". In short, two people who start out as enemies, who hate each other and maybe even want the other dead. It's the two people that neither us and/or those characters would have guessed they could ever love each other. It's the real impossible love. The love they work to achieve and isn't taken for granted. It's not the "love at first sight" kinda love, it's simply "love". Those two characters dance for a while… there's an attraction, passion, foreplays and games. There's denial that can't be denied, that if you took a second and thought about their relationship – it makes sense. Those characters get a real challenge, maybe more than one. And the writers must start from a position where the couple-to-be hates each other to death (point 0) to real love. I find it much more interesting when I watch TV shows. So I tend to ship those couples. It's like, they've earned each other. Thus, they don't take each other and the other one's existence for granted.

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I'll give you a few examples of those couples that I tend to ship for that reason:

Buffy/Spike ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") – from mortal enemies, a slayer and a soulless vampire, to a big love and respect. And with many obstacles along the way which has created the allies, the friends, the supporters, the sexual lovers… they had so many stages from the point they met each other and fought each other to the point where the "I love you" saying is plausible. I find it very interesting, as Joss Whedon really took the time to develop that. It was a slow process and didn't "just happen 'cause it's right".
I'll compare Spuffy to Bangel for a sec... Personally, I do not find anything realistic or driving in the Bangel relationship, as it does not make me want to keep wanting their story to go on. Honestly, I've deserted them by season 3, when they got so annoying I wanted to cry my tears out. Too "Drama Queens". No, thank you. And their story just hasn't developed anywhere within the next years. There's nothing really new there, as if Joss Whedon doesn't know what to do with them anymore. This couple is in serious block, mouth to mouth is needed! Either that, or they just lost their charm after season 2 ended. Maybe Angel should've stayed in that hell dimension, because I really think that'd be far more interesting. How long can you really drag out the whole tragic love story, of a slayer and a vampire with a soul who cannot be together? It hasn't changed, and I'm already bored with them. Season 2 was their climax, it was a great love story, but it went downhill from there. With Spuffy, their story changes every season, and there's still so much to tell for them. And I look forward for more as I keep yearning for more Spuffy!

But let's not forget the couple that I'll naturally love, as they're rivals at heart: Spike and Angel, a.k.a Spangel. That SO counts!

Veronica/Logan ("Veronica Mars") – Well, they really got on each other's nerves after his girlfriend/her best friend died. My heart felt so good when, first, Logan goes after Veronica to make sure she's safe (and "saves" her), before she even kissed him, before they even got to the phase where they admit their feelings. It really shows that he actually cares about her. They had to keep their relationship in secret, neither wants to break up just because of what others might say. Once it's all revealed… I LOVE HER, DEAL WITH IT!

Joey/Pacey ("Dawson's Creek") – What, did you really think she would end up with her neighbor? Just because she kept climbing in through his window? Let's face it, guys, if Joey would have ended up with Dawson, what's fun about that? I would have felt cheated, after wasting my time watching the show a few years just so that she would end up with the one we were supposed to believe she would end up with. So, thumbs up, writers! Joey did not end up with her "meant to be"! She ended up with the one she used to fight a lot.

Sawyer/Kate ("Lost") – Can you deny the attraction? The games? The teasing? What wouldn't a guy do for a kiss? Nevertheless, their first kiss had passion… and a punch in the face, which emphases the love/hate relationship. And the principal female role was not the woman for the leading male role (and THE lead). I hate it when the two heroes wind up together, TV or movies. So cliché. 

Elena/Damon ("The Vampire Diaries") – You saw that one coming, didn't you? Well, I KNOW I'm not the first one to say this, but: Spike/Damon. So after years of loving Spike and shipping Spuffy, it was pretty obvious that I was gonna be team Damon. And just like with other "REAL impossible couples", there's undeniable passion and attraction, and they're both attracted to that very thing. If the show ends with Elena and Stefan together… thumbs down, writers, that's boring and too predictable. The guy who saved the girl wins the girl? Come on.

Bottom line, a girl who winds up with her first love? That's very cliché. You think having the girl winding up with the one she's supposed to hate is predictable? Well, let me tell you this… if it's done right, i.e. with many kinds of obstacles and challenges and the "they have to work for it" element, it turns out to be an amazing love story (love/hate story), that shows that just like in real life: love isn't so easy and it's not a fairytale. That's why I ship this kind of couples. That's why I find them more interesting. They challenge each other, they challenge the writers, they challenge me as a viewer. They do not promise that they will end up together, because it's a hard job to accomplish for them. Thus, from fighting each other, they fight to love. And the love is worth so much more. That's the (only) kind of romance that I like!

11th-Oct-2012 04:18 am - Ancient Rome 20 in 20 icons








After a short break from icon making for the sake of downloadable PSD coloring for my DeviantART (a teaser and a link in the previous post), I made Ancient Rome icons for history20in20 community, which I claimed because I like that it's not only an era but also a culture of its own. Besides, I like the way they used to dress. This is for round 8 of the history related community. Enjoy!

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category - Atmosphere
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5th-Oct-2012 02:43 am - Downloads update





I haven't updated lately, but I've made so many new PSD colorations, GRDs, retouches and icon colorations. They're all (I don't know, about 20?) in my DeviantART, you can download them from there:  picanta.deviantart.com

Here's a teaser:


emma_stone_psd_coloration_by_picanta-d5dnrqi  fairyland__10_colorations_pack_by_picanta-d5dy618  PICANTA-GossipGirl-PSD-6  psd_coloring_by_picanta-d5dr1xm  selena_gomez_psd_coloration_by_picanta-d5fh357  skins_psd_coloring_pack_by_picanta-d5du6d5   swift_perry_psd_coloration_by_picanta-d5e7oob  PICANTA-PLL-PSD
pretty_little_liars___season_3_psd_by_picanta-d5g45h0
 emma_wetson_psd_coloration_by_picanta-d5g3tib
And of course there's much more at DeviantART!
9th-Sep-2012 02:12 am - Awards show





Some awards that I've recently won:

































4th-Sep-2012 01:26 pm - Icon text textures pack





Download free 100x100 icon text textures pack - the file (zip) contains 20 textures.







Download the zip file here
Or from Deviantart







1st-Sep-2012 04:46 pm - Huge icon batch



HUGE batch of icons:

Okay, not that huge... pretty big though

Chace Crawfold (10)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (8)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (12)
Nina Dobrev (2)
Olsen Twins (1)
Jennifer Anniston (1)
Alexis Bledel (2)
Mila Kunis (1)
Taylor Momsen (1)
Annalynne McCord(1)
Courtney Cox (1)

(please credit if you use any of those, THANKS!)



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19th-Aug-2012 09:28 pm - Picanta free layout




A Katy Perry Livejournal layout:

~ STYLE: S2 Flexible Squares

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Please read these rules BEFORE using this layout:


~ Don't airbrush the credit out of the header
~ You can add your own title to the header
~ You may ask for the header file, so you can insert your own text on the image. Make sure to save it as a PNG file, so it will have the higher quality... don't save it as JPEG/JPG/BMP. But later on, you will have to re-upload the file and either keep the same file name or change it and the url in the CSS code. If you want me to re-upload it to my own Photobucket account and then send you the new code with the new url, just ask.
~ I would appreciate it if you mentioned Picanta in your journal, if you use the layout (:
~ You may change the coloring and/or background, but try keeping it as close as possible to the original, because this is the style I chose to make it... You picked it for a reason ( ;
~ I would really really appreciate it if you commented before/when/after you take this layout to use. You may also give feedback.


You may ask questions, if you've got 'em, or request for specific stuff for this layout (like a userpic, for example).
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS


1. First, grab your legs and go to your Journal Style.
2. If needed, change your style system from S1 to S2, as this is a S2 style layout.
3. In the Journal Style, insert into the search box Flexible Squares. Choose one of the themes. Click Apply Theme on that one.
4. If needed, change the Page Setup at the bottom of the page to 2 Column (sidebar on left) and also (preferred) 'Between Entries' in Ad Placement (unless you have a premium account). Save changes.
5. Go to Customize Journal Style, and click Custom CSS, on the left sidebar of the page.
6. Under Page, you have 3 Yes/No options. Choose: No (for the 1st), No (for the 2nd) and Yes (for the 3rd). i.e. NO, NO, YES.
7. At last, insert the code in the big Custom Stylesheet box, and save changes:




THE CSS CODE (scroll down):

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