Okay, so about 10 to 12 years ago, I found a free Windows application that could apply painted effects to images.

I remember you could set the number of 'passes', and the brush stroke length or size. And it had a preview pane.

I tried googling but didn't find it...

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There are options to produce a painted effect to an image in G'MIC (this can be either standalone or a GIMP plug-in).

Both are free, gratis & open source, and available for Windows, OS-X, Linux and other platforms.

Example of the G'MIC watercolour in action: Linda G'MIC Watercolour

  • Looking good, will surely try
    – FDM
    Commented Jul 5, 2020 at 19:34

Wow, I did find it after more googling: FotoSketcher. At least I think it is, it's been modernized a bit, but the options feel very familiar.

  • A link to FotoSketcher would be nice as well
    – albert
    Commented Jun 5, 2020 at 9:55

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