A Gimp brush to paint gently falling snowflakes.
This is a Gimp image hose brush (a .gih file) containing 27 images. The snowflakes were created in Inkscape, then imported into Gimp for further processing.
Download the .zip file, unzip it, then place the steves-snowflakes.gih brush file into the "brushes" directory of your own gimp directory (.gimp-2.x/brushes/ in Linux) or in the system gimp directory (in Linux, often /usr/share/gimp/2.x/brushes/).
This animated Gimp brush can be used with any color (not just white). Try using the colors from a gradient. After selecting the paintbrush tool, click the "Use color from gradient" checkbox, then click the gradient preview and choose a gradient from the drop-down list.
Try creating several layers filled with transparency, and then change the scale and opacity of the Steve's Snowflakes brush for each layer, with smaller and less opaque snowflakes in the background and larger, more opaque snowflakes in the foreground.
Please ignore the "No icon in brush chooser" comments below. They are no longer valid. As of version 3 (Dec. 16, 2008) Steve's Snowflakes has an easy-to-see black-on-white snowflake icon in the brush chooser.