Sketching Digitally: Semi- Custom Prints

I'm really big on mixing mediums. Much of my work is entirely digital but often I'll sketch and apply color by hand first and then polish it off on my laptop.

One of my most favorite parts about digital painting is the convenience  of editing. Years ago I can remember actually trying to white-out mistakes on sketches. Thankfully that is long in the past. Currently, I use the basic Bamboo pen/tablet with Photoshop (and sometimes Illustrator). The pen I use is an older Bamboo model and although it lacks all of the features that the newer ones possess, it does everything I need it to.

Aside from making revisions, working digitally also allows me to create variations on whim.

I recently created a print for a friend who loves wine. When it was finished I realized I had at least a dozen other friends who could relate.

This piece had been sketched entirely digitally so with a few quick tweaks I was able to make it more relevant to a wider range of girls.

Utilizing layers in Photoshop, I removed the eye glasses and created a few hair and skin color options. I came up with a total of 5 variations (though just 3 are shown above). 

This print package is available for download in my etsy. You'll receive all 5 variations so you can print your favorite!

Homemade Christmas Cards

MErry Christmas Eve Everyone!

 

Before I set out for the night, I wanted to share a little seasonal DIY I worked very hard on this year: Home-made Christmas cards!

 

 

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I love paper and stationary.  I really like working with all the different patterns and colors. Paper isn’t so different from fabric in that respect. Mixing graphics on a card is similar to combining prints for a collection. I like to justify all the time this took by counting it as pattern training but while working I was having too much fun to really focus on what I was learning.

 

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christmas cards

The prints are actually from two different holiday scrapbooking pads from Michael’s Craft Store. One I had gotten on clearance last year and the other I picked up this black Friday. They were under ten dollars each.

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I had originally planned to only make about ten cards but I kept remembering more and more people on my list.

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It was loads of fun but it was no easy feat finishing in time for Christmas after such a late start.

christmas cards
christmas cards

I like experimenting with different things because its helps me clear my mind and focus solely on what’s in front of me. In that respect, card making provides a different sense of relaxation for me because it’s not something I do professionally.

christmas cards
christmas cards

I thought about not only which colors went well together, but what mood each of the cards would have and how each would make the recipient feel.  Afterwards, selecting who would receive each one was even more of a challenge than making them.  More went into the final selections than you’d imagine!

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I made 28 Christmas cards this year for friends and family.

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My card army was sent out just a few days ago. Hopefully each has found its way to its destination in time!

*Limited Holiday Printable DL available in my Etsy this week only

*Limited Holiday Printable DL available in my Etsy this week only

I am always open to custom paper/stationary work! Drop me a line if you’ve got something in mind!

 

 

Editing for this post was done by: Victoria - Contact: victoriaKnC@outlook.com

 

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is my most favorite time of the year. It can also be one of the most stressful times as you scramble to complete your shopping. To make things easier I've put together an Illustrated holiday gift guide to help you check off that fashionable-someone on your list. The best part is that all of these items are from makers and small businesses so each has a personal touch.

 

       

 

 

 

1.)Fashion Totes

Fashion Tote

 

  • Fall Fashion Girl Illustrated Tote by IndigoBeri

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This Illustrated Fashion tote is printed on sturdy PolyPoplin and measures 13"x 13"

Get it here

2.)Kid's Tees

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  • Lead Vocalist Kids Shirt by Hip Kid Apparel

A sassy band tee for the lead vocalist in your life. Available in kids sizes. Part of the Family Garage Band Collection.

Get it here

 

3.) Prints and Mugs

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  • Watercolor Feathers Mug by 622 Press

A beautiful ceramic mug with a calming watercolor feather design. The perfect mug to house your morning coffee.

Get it here

 

 

  • You Got This - Motivational Fashion Print by IndigoBeri

A downloadable motivational print for that busy bff who could use a reminder that she's awesome (hanging on her wall).

Get it here

 

  • Pug Art Poster Hipster Pug - Fine Art Print By Aberleigh

Know some one who liked Pugs before they were cool? They'd probably love to have this print as home décor.

Get it here

 

  • Rocket Ship Digital Download by AshleeBinderinDesign

This Fun rocket Ship printable adds a little whimsy to any room.

Get it here

 

 

4.) Fashion

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  • Be Your Own Beautiful Top by The Confetti Collective

These self-love tees are all about loving yourself as you are. They come in both women's and girl's sizes.

Get it here

 

 

  • Sea Glass Wire Wrapped Earrings with Gold Wire and Gold Hooks by CraftyLittleGnome

Beautiful lime green handmade earrings. Nickel-free

Get it here

 

5.)Phone Cases

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  • Miwako Inspired Pink Sugar i Phone Case by IndigoBeri

This colorful smart phone case will protect your phone while keeping it super cute. Available for the Iphone 4 and Newer models.

Get it here

 

 

6.) Books and Accessories

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  • Sailor Moon Cosmic Heart Transformation Brooch by Chibee Studio

This handmade resin replica pendant is perfect for fans of the 90's cartoon super hero, Sailor Moon. It's available as a brooch or key chain.

Get it here

 

The International Fashionista's Lookbook Diary by Dana Lardner and Deanna Kei

The International Fashionista's Lookbook Diary is perfect for the young fashion savvy jet setter on your list. It's a style driven coloring book and design journal packed with creative prompts to get an aspiring fashionista designing her own runway collection. The book introduces ten fashion girls from around the world on coloring pages and includes tidbits about each country. Fashionista's can have fun and be creative while closing the global gap.

Get it here

 

Editing for this post was done by: Victoria - Contact: VictoriaKnC@outlook.com

 

Happy Shopping! Have a favorite holiday gift? Share in the comments!

Introducing: The International Fashionista's Lookbook Diary

        It’s out!  I no longer have to keep it a  secret! For the past month and a half I’ve been working on a very exciting joint project. In collaboration with Dana Larder of HowInTheWolrd.org, we’ve created The International Fashionista’s Lookbook Diary. We released it earlier this week on October 11th, The International Day of The Girl.

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        The book features 10 international fashionistas in coloring pages as well as tidbits about their respective countries and drawing prompts to get fashionistas creating their own designs. It’s recommended for girls ages 8-13.

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        I was really happy to be a part of this project. I had always wanted to work on some sort of fashion coloring book so of course when Dana proposed the idea I was ecstatic.

 

Chinese Fashion Girl

        One of the most difficult things for me was deciding on the outfits for each of the girls. We wanted the book to have a current, trendy vibe, so unlike many other fashion books that introduce characters dressed in the traditional garb of their cultures, I looked to international fashion bloggers for inspiration. That’s where the difficulty came in.  In this age of instagram, girls all over the world are sharing their styles. There are subtle differences of course, but the same black leather jacket you might find on the streets in Japan could also be worn in Turkey.

 

        With this realization in mind, we wanted this book to express the idea that we’re not so different and to teach young girls that no matter where they’re from, we are all human.

 

        I had a lot of fun drafting the outfits for the girls and then drawing their final looks one by one. Aside from touching on all the trends and silhouettes, I also took merchandising into consideration, making sure to include pants, dresses, skirts, jackets, hats—and so on.

 

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        I did each of the backgrounds as a separate layer and then combined the pages on Photoshop. The backgrounds took an equal amount of research. I wanted to capture recognizable scenes but keep them basic enough to not take the focus away  from the girl.

 

        Creating all of the sketches was a blast! Dana came up with a bunch of great diy and diary pages to keep the readers involved and inspired. She also included information about each of the countries to compliment each section.  I'm looking forward to getting some feedback! I hope girls enjoy it as much as we did while making it!

 

You can grab a copy of the book at:

HowInTheWorld

and

Amazon

 

Editing for this post was done by: Victoria - Contact: VictoriaKnC@outlook.com