Monday, 31 March 2014
Thursday, 27 March 2014
First Pattern: Here's my first pattern anyway: Apple and Lime, and this is what it looks like on the phone case. You can click the picture and it will take you straight to the shop listing on Etsy!
Fourth: I am in love with the colours of this one. Crossflower Pattern I call it. I dono why, I just found it hard to put a name to the flower. Yet again I thought a Monogram would look great and this one has got the option to be made with or without the Monogram as well. Click the picture below for shop listing.
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Yesterday I thought I'd have a go at creating my own patterns. I haven't finished yet as I need to sit down and read through and watch some tutorials on how to make proper patterns in Illustrator. But I found loads of inspiration from Google Image search. I find myself drawn to 50's and 60's patterns mostly, but I wanted the patterns to have a touch of my style as well of course.
These patterns are for mobiLOVE, so you will see them on phone cases eventually. However if they come out nice I might make some new products out of the too. We'll see. Now I'm off to work! Have a great day all of you!
Monday, 24 March 2014
We finally made it to the beach where it was super windy and super cold, but we were set on having our lunch there and so we did. As long as the sun was out it was fine, it warmed you up nicely. And sorry for the Instagram photos, there was so much sand blowing around and I wasn't allowed to use the camera. You don't want sand in your camera....
The beach in Bournemouth is beautiful this time of the year, and it is also the only time you can enjoy it properly. In a few months you won't be able to see the sand anymore. Last summer at the peak season there was 70 000 + people on the beach at one time. And last weekend when we had a hint of summer with 18 degrees warm there was probably somewhere around 10 000 people down there. I had a panic attack and started crying and we had to walk above the beach after climbing about 500 steps of stairs, to get away. I am a bit too sensitive right now that I'm pregnant and all, but I don't like crowds of people and I hope that I can afford to buy a house on the country side one day, where I can get away.
I couldn't live without my sculpting tools. These are for wax carving but works wonders with Scupley too.
What are your plans for this week?
Friday, 21 March 2014
Last night I started preparing for my big day of sculpting. I thought since I was making a hat for Munny that I could run you through how to make one. Funny thing about this hat is that you can apply it to anyone, no matter how small or big. Your baby or even yourself. So here's how to make a fleece bunny beanie:
This is what you will need, plus some sort of fabric paint which I forgot to include in the picture:
2 Different Colours of fleece (or more if you feel like it)
2 Different Colours of fleece (or more if you feel like it)
Stuffing Tool (or anything pointy that will do the job)
Hand Sewing Needle
Hand Sewing Needle
To begin with, take the measurements around your models head and split that in half. Munny's head was 20cm around. Also measure the height of the head from the forehead to the crown. Munny's head was 4.5cm high. I also add an extra 1cm to the height. Make a pattern on a separate paper so that you can use it over and over again. This is how I do it...
Fold the pattern in half and cut along the drawn line to make both sides equal...
Use the same technique to make the pattern for the ears. The ears can be any size you want. I wanted mine to be quite big and made them 14cm long and 7 cm wide. Yet again add and extra 1cm around...
You will also need a band for the head piece. This needs to be as wide as the head bit and as high as you want it. Mine is 3cm high... Once you got all the patterns sorted you can start drawing them on to the fleece you want to use and then get cutting...
Fold the head piece in half and cut a little nodge at the top to round the hat off a bit. Sew along the nodge...
Attach the band to the bottom bit of the head piece and sew along the edge. Then fold the band in half and try to sew along the same seam...
Then move on to the ears. Make sure when you work with fleece to use allot of pins, as fleece tend to twist a bit when you sew it on the machine. Sew along the edge and use a pointy tool to turn them the right side out...
Since the ears were going to be quite small I needed something to weigh them down. When you work with larger hats the fabric will do the job itself. But in this case I had to make little sand bags so that the ears would hang nicely. It is very simple. Just take a bit of any fabric you've got handy. Make sure that it is dense enough so no sand falls out. Draw a ring on the fabric and fold it in half. Sew along the line and use the pinking shears (zig-zag scissors as I like to call them) to cut around the stitches. Leave a little hole at the end, big enough to get a funnel end into it.
Use a teaspoon to fill the funnel with sand and slowly let it sink in to the little bag. Once filled, close the hole carefully. You don't want to get sand into your sewing machine. Then place the bag in the ear as you turn the ear inside out and try to place it nicely at the bottom of the ear...
I used this chinchilla sand which I get from work. I always keep it handy as you never know when you'll need it for your models. It is really handy!
Ones you got all the pieces sewn and ready it is time to finish things of. Pin the ears to one of the head piece halves. Ones these are positioned right, pin the two head pieces together and sew along the edge.
Tada! Finished! Super Cute! And super simple!
I also wanted cross eyes on my little beanie. Start out with a marking pen so you know exactly where to paint. You don't want to mess up the hat at this point... ;) I use DYLON fabric paint for more or less anything fabricy that needs painting on. And a clay shaper in this case, rather than a paint brush. You just have more control with the clay shaper I think.
Once painted, let the paint dry for a few hours and when dry, fixate the colour with an iron. The paint has got the directions on the back. It also softens the paint so that it feels like part of the fabric... And that's it! Your Bunny Beanie is finished! It only took me about and hour to get this done, so not long at all!
I also prepared the eyes I plan to use, the night before. It is important that the acrylics are dry before you put them on to your sculpture and they can take some time to dry properly as I use so many layers. This is tricky as hell and I really don't like painting eyes. I have OCD when it comes to painting things round. They just have to be perfect, and that is more or less impossible. This time I only messed up one though, so not to bad. I would like to get some air-brush tools for the future as this would help majorly during this process...
I am making a hat for Trikky as well but that will be a later tutorial. For now I am ready to start sculpting and ready for a new day of creativity!!!
Thursday, 20 March 2014
What are you lot up to today? I got a day full of work but have made some plans for tomorrow. It is Friday after all and I am working at my part-time job all weekend. So I decided that tomorrow is me time....
I got these Trikky and Munny DIY dolls for Christmas and they've been sitting around for long enough now I think. I've had my mind set on the designs for them for quite a while, but I like to make my ideas stew for a bit if there is anything I might want to change.
After doing all the reading on Etsy the other day I've decided to make weekly set goals and this is part of my first week. As I am a working artist I do take my "personal" projects in to mind when it comes to work as well. It is important to me as an artist to feel that I have a free mind and a choice. When I don't variate my work I tend to go in to "robot" mode and I slowly head down a steep hill when I do this. There is a fine line between work and free-time when you spend most of your time working with what would be your spare time if that makes any sense at all. I'm sure most of you know what I mean. Anyway, Friday is creative day. No computers, just clay my models and myself in mah bubble! lol
Today I got a load of cases to finish off and I've also noticed and decided something very important in my work from home life. I suck at taking breaks. I get up, have my breakfast in front of the computer, where I read all my blogs and sort my own blog out as well as all the social media. After that I get stuck in my slackies working all day. I do take a break when I am so hungry that my tummy hurts, but that is it. Not a great way to work I think. So today at around 13.00 I am taking my man for a coffee and a stroll around the neighborhood. And this is going to be a daily routine for me. I live in the middle of a beautiful town center which I never seem to take advantage of, so now I'm going to and I am going to feel great about it.
Lesson for today: NOTE BOOKS ROCK!