…And here we are – modelled by Jennifer rockin’ her new ‘do 😀
In the Etsy Shop [ HERE ]
Can’t wait to start working on more Gothic & Stitchpunk designs ^.^
Additionally, I’ve realised that I probably can’t afford to start College/University and get the fancy Degree in Graphic Design that all of these creative, city-based, nice-paying, non-Factory Jobs are shouting out for (My friends also tell me not to waste a few grand and my time on an OpenUniversity programme) so I’ve armed myself with my existing copies of Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop and I’m teaching myself how to fully utilize the software and not just what I’m currently using for the Wrestling Gear. First up is [ A Crash Course in Abode Illustrator ] and a funky little Treasure Map WIP I drew ‘By-the-Book’:
It is taking a considerable amount of Self-restraint not to grab a blank piece of paper, draw an island and all of the funky little doodles I still want to add to it, paint it with tea, dry it on the radiator and set fire to the edges. I’m just a Hand’s-on Girl, I can’t help it!
To prove a Point…
In Vector by Adobe Illustrator & Imported/Resized and cut by Artcut6:
And printed on the finished Garment:
Incidentally, the Sponsor Logo was requested to be added after the order was placed & paid for and before I started the Adobe Illustrator Crash Course. Usually, we charge a bit extra for the time and materials that go into extra additions to an order depending on how far along it is, but with the complication of the design – even though it’s only two colours, it was still a few extra solid hours of work to get it perfect – I wanted to add it to my Portfolio as I’d placed a few newly-learned techniques onto it. The mesh detail was unfortunately too elaborate to complete sensibly, but both the Client and ourselves were well happy with the outcome 🙂
Remember the [ Bunny Ragdoll Shirt ] I made a few weeks back?
I finally finished her off this afternoon after having a long um-&-ah session on what to put on the nape print instead of the usual “Don’t Touch the Moon Clover!” logo (Which didn’t quite fit with the theme!) and…voila!
The Heart is red chrome and reflects at a short distance, and I had a perfect excuse to break into it and try it out 😀
I wanted to get it up on Etsy this afternoon, but it got dark and rainy in a ridiculous amount of time…
…Never mind (Although Jennifer enjoyed getting dressed up!), let’s try out a test print for ‘Madeline’…(With Silver patches & a Spectrum star eye)…
…and get the Sketchbook out!
This is Katie – She was particularly fun to draw.
She likes Phil Collins, Hamsters, collecting Magic Trolls & tea with two sugars =^.^=
Rainy Day (Still not sure how I feel about this one!)
After my [ Test Print // Muffin ] Post the other week, I tried out my Bunny Ragdoll on a black unisex tee. I’d been working on [ Wrestling Gear ] orders for two afternoons & evenings in a row so it was quite nice to wrap those up ready to take back to Sue for construction and blow the dust off my sketchbook.
I did toy with the idea for each Ragdoll to be released in two versions – one on a black tee with complimentary printed borders and one on tie-dye in complimentary colours with black embellishments, but eventually decided to attach each Ragdoll with his/her own two-tie-dye colours or an elaborate printed embellishment to make that type of Shirt unique to the Ragdoll.
This design is made in stencil format as per usual Vinyl Printing Methods, each layer being heat-sealed at 160°, printed on top each other and done entirely by creating a centre-fold and constructed by eye. The various stencils are sized, cut and weeded from 8 different shaded rolls of vinyl in 35 parts including black, white, purple, red, tartan, metallic green, spectrum chrome & mirrored chrome.
Bunny on her own:
Metallic green/Red Rose detail added and mirrored chrome Needle, Scissors, Button, Safetypin & Broken Heart complete the circle:
Side view to show reflection of Chrome:
I’m super happy with how this has turned out. The sewing accessories were added as a later “Hmm-this-still-needs-a-bit-extra” feature after a bit of thought and the metallic green & mirrored vinyl don’t take too much attention away from the Bunny Ragdoll. She’s my first ‘Gothic’ design and I’m well proud of her.
Can’t wait to get the rest of my Ragdolls in print 😀
I made a new batch of Muffins after the Dark Chocolate & Summer Fruits batch, replacing the Dark with White & the Summer Fruits with Forest Fruits, omitting the cinnamon (and chucking a handful of walnuts in there for good measure ^.^ ) All feedback so far has been great and they’ve earned me a few new best friends on the Boyfriends side – Haha! This has been my first attempt with something squishy in baking and I’m well chuffed with how they’ve turned out. Proper soft, moist & awesome!
I made an example vinyl print of a sketch that’s been lurking in my Scrapbook for years a few days ago and again, quite pleased with it! Wanted to see just how fiddly it would be to produce as an actual design on Clothing and the answer is LOTS OF COMPONENTS (23 separate parts to be exact, which had to be printed in layers)! I built a Rabbit today – Haha, and she’s only 20cm tall! The stitches were quite fiddly and didn’t look right to print so I want to test out my fabric markers on vinyl vs Fabric first to see how well they hold with wear before I start scribbling on my poor Bunny. Really happy with the weeny safetypins (despite being bastards to weed!) and the patch of actual Tartan vinyl I was finally able to use 🙂 The only thing I’d change for next time is popping a tiny black outline on the holographic eyes as this’ll emphasize the contrast between those and the white face. Really looking forward to bringing the rest of my other Dolls to print! ❤ It was just lovely seeing her go from a mad idea in my head to becoming an actual presence, something I’ve been lacking the confidence in for years
This Angel came home with me after she fell off a Shelf in front of me in Newcastle. I think she knew I needed a hand.
Matt says Don’t worry & Stay Positive.
So I will 🙂