Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mermaid Evolution

Mermaid Evolution by flowerlily1
Mermaid Evolution, a photo by flowerlily1 on Flickr.
This is another drawing I did a while back.
The first image is the hand drawing, the second is the watercolor painting (unfinished).

In the third image I used Photoshop to recreated every element of the illustration and this is the final digital rendition.

Evolution of an Illustration

So here is something I was playing with.

This little girl started as an idea for an ATC swap a few weeks ago. I hand drew her and painted her in watercolor (image 1 & 2)

ATC can be viewed here

This week I wanted to test my drawing and painting skills in photoshop and this is what I came up with (images 2 & 3).

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

How to make your own "embossing fluid"/ Como hacer tinta para gofrado

How to make your own "embossing fluid"/ Como hacer tinta para gofrado, a photo by flowerlily1 on Flickr.
The other day a friend of mine asked me if I knew how this fluid was made. I had never wondered about that myself. (Yeah, I know…unbelievable for such a diehard DIYer LOL). In any case, when I got home I googled it and found the answer here...

Since the recipe is simple I decided to give it a try. Glycerin can be found at most pharmacies. I found it at Walmart (pharmacy section $3+). Craft stores sometimes have it as well. It is used to make fondant therefore; it should be in the “Cake supply” section.

I don't know if glycerin can vary in consistency but the ratio suggested in the above site (1/1) didn't work with the one I got. The mixture was a little too thin and only a little embossing powder adhered. I added a bit more glycerin (1.5 glycerin/1 water). This ratio yielded the right consistency and it works great!

El otro día una amiga me pregunto si sabia de que estaba hecha la tinta para gofrado. Nunca me había hecho esa pregunta pero cuando llegue a casa hice una búsqueda en Google y encontré la respuesta aquí…

Ya que la receta es tan simple decidí probar. La glicerina se la puede encontrar en farmacias. Yo la compre en Walmart (sección farmacia $3+). Tiendas de manualidades también pueden tenerla. Se usa para hacer masa elástica o fondant para tortas así que estará en esa sección.

No se si la glicerina varia en consistencia pero la proporción sugerida en el link de arriba (1/1) no funciono con la glicerina que yo compre. La mezcla resulto un poco ligera y el polvo de gofrado no se adhirió bien. Añadí un poco más de glicerina (1.5 partes glicerina/1 parte agua). Esta proporción me dio la consistencia correcta y funciona de maravilla.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Klic-n-Kut Zing (day 1)

Klic-n-Kut Zing by flowerlily1
Klic-n-Kut Zing, a photo by flowerlily1 on Flickr.

Klic-n-Kut Zing new Zing arrived yesterday!!

I decided to breakdown and buy this digital cutter. The versatility of materials it can cut was a big deciding factor. However, the biggest selling point for me is the fact that I can make my own desigs and this machine will cut them. Well HAH!'s not as easy as klic-n-cut. Yesterday I spent some time trying to figure out how to "import" my designs but I have yet to figure it out. From what I've read, it seems I need to first to make them into "vector" shapes (which in turn means now I need to learn about vectors *sigh*) before I can do any such importing.

Oh well....I'll keep working on it. Hopefully figure and be able to cut something today *X-ing fingers*