Thursday, July 31, 2014

TBT: Humble Beginnings…plus, a Free Tutorial?

While starting to clean the studio last weekend, I came across the first things I made when I started this Penny Candy adventure back in 2009. Few people know that my original intent was to make and sell coin purses in my Etsy shop. But I wanted to design my own fabric for them, which is what brought me to Spoonflower. Long story short: I enjoyed designing the fabric much more than making the bags! So I abandoned the purse sewing and headed off toward surface pattern design.

Here are the first two purses I designed and made, using the first prints I created for Spoonflower so long ago (Woodtype Alphabet in Gray lined with Woodtype Alphabet in Mono Blue, and Footnote Flower in Gray lined with Footnote Flower Stripes). They're about 6-1/2" x 7". The outer Alphabet fabric is laminated, which I thought would be nice since the fabric is white and could get dirty. I'm thinking of writing up a tutorial for these, because they're fairly easy to make, taking about 30-60 minutes (not including 8 hours for the glue to cure). What do you think?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

TBT: My First Color Chart

When I was a senior in high school I received a large set of Berol Prismacolor art markers. This was my first set of "real" markers, some of which still work today, over 25 years later! Around the same time, my grandma had just retired from decades as a secretary, so she handed down her electric typewriter to us. I think I was more excited about making this color chart than actually using the markers. I'm thinking of investing in Copic markers now that I'm "all grown up", and you can bet a color chart will be the first thing I use them for!

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